I am a young clergywoman, so right off the bat I might relate to the lead character more than many readers. Alma is a spitfire priest, full of faith and passion for helping people not just in her church but in her wider community. When death comes (literally) to her doorstep, it is natural for her to jump in and help solve the case.
I love mysteries and I love when the surprise me with whodunnit. I was so intrigued by the world and characters the author created that I didn't have an inkling of the guilty party until just a few pages before it was finally revealed. I felt the mystery part of the story was well done and I can't wait to read more stories with Alma as priest/detective.
I don't have a lot of experience reading books with LGBTQ characters, but that part of the book seemed well done to me as well. I really felt Alma's pull towards current female (and past male) love interests.
I found myself really engrossed in this novel, to the point of distraction. Which was needed at the time because I read most of it when Joel and I were stranded overnight in a Berlin McDonald's! Thank goodness for good fiction that transports us to another world! I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves strong female characters and a good mystery!
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