- Title: An Unspeakable Mission
- Author: Judith Campbell
- ISBN: 2940012442857
- Page: 461
- Format: Nook
When a vicious alcoholic dies in a suspicious house fire,Rev Olympia Brown and Father Jim Sawicki stretch the boundaries of their religious vows to prove his death is accidental and not murder But evidence to the contrary is mounting and the curious clerical twosome have little time to learn the truth and prevent the daughter that the man abused for years from ending herWhen a vicious alcoholic dies in a suspicious house fire,Rev Olympia Brown and Father Jim Sawicki stretch the boundaries of their religious vows to prove his death is accidental and not murder But evidence to the contrary is mounting and the curious clerical twosome have little time to learn the truth and prevent the daughter that the man abused for years from ending her own life.Olympia and Jim confront unspeakable realities of incest, domestic violence and dark family secrets set against a tapestry of misconstrued Catholic dogma and the Irish culture of silence as the two colleagues struggle to untangle a hideous web of shame, guilt, and broken lives And through all of this, Olympia continues with the restoration of her antique home in Southeastern Massachusetts Miss Winslow, Olympia s nosy and outspoken house ghost, begins to reveal of her own story Olympia s search for her lost daughter takes a curious turn Frederick Watkins, Olympia s gentleman friend from England is planning a purposeful return visit And Father Jim Sawicki, Olympia s partner in amateur sleuthing and best friend forever, struggles with issues from his own tragic past.
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Father Brown and Rabbi Small occupy a compelling subgenre in mystery fiction. While they play a part in solving mysteries, cleric sleuths are more concerned about the spiritual nature of crime—the warps and sicknesses in the human heart that drive people to violence and destruction.An Unspeakable Mission is Judith Campbell's second novel featuring Reverend Olympia Brown, the Unitarian Universalist chaplain of a small college in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Read more
Fun to see a Unitarian Universalist minister as the protagonist.
An Unspeakable Mission is the second installment in the Olympia Brown Mysteries by the Reverend Judith Campbell and it is, without a doubt, as engaging as the first. Once again, set in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Campbell weaves a compelling story that touches upon the dark subjects of domestic violence and incest. Infused with a good old fashioned whodunit, she leaves the reader guessing from beginning to end. Unspeakable follows closely on the heels of its’ predecessor, A Deadly Mission and fe [...]
A pretty good story, though the characters tend to be "types" rather than real individuals. The plotting was a little sloppy--with one sentence contradicting itself as to the timeline. I bought this because I enjoy mysteries, and this one is by a UU minister, so I thought I would give her a chance. But I found a very non-UU reaction in the UU minister "detective." The dead man is depicted as thoroughly despicable--a wife abuser and child molester who might have dealt in child pornography. Even s [...]
Olympia Brown mysteries are reverse murder mysteries. You have quite a few suspects, but you don't want anyone to be guilty. So Terry O'Mara is found dead in a house fire. He is not a nice man alcoholic, a vicious wife abuser, a chain smoker, but signs in the house indicate that although he was passed out drunk when the fire started, he probably had not started it himself let's go back to the beginning, when Olympia Brown first met his daughter Bridget, her mother Margaret, and her sister Eileen [...]
The plot & characters are interesting, but she needs a good proofreader. Too many typos, lack of continuity, things like that really spoil my enjoyment of a book. I had to keep going back to check that I hadn't misremembered something.
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