Is it Stormhaven’s best kept secret?
The Community of the Holy Fire is a convent by the sea with a leader who has plans. Abbess Hildegard wishes to turn the community into a beacon of ‘Greenness’ – a prophetic call to the world in the face of terrifying climate change.
‘Green is not a hobby for fanatics,’ she says. ‘It is the warp and weft of all that is!’
But time and tide wait for no one, and on the night of the Great Bonfire, the abbess is killed in a manner no one deserves.
It is another case for D.I. Shah and Abbot Peter, as they attempt to find the murderer among the saints by the sea. Who could hate her so much – and why?
‘Let justice roll!’ said the prophet Amos but the forces against it are strong and neither Shah nor the abbot will ever forget the Community of the Holy Fire, which some call, ‘an inconvenient convent’.
Praise for the Abbott Peter Mysteries.
‘To a long list of much-loved detective pairings, which includes Holmes and Watson, Poirot and Hastings, and Morse and Lewis, we must now add Abbot Peter and Tamsin Shah.’
~ Church Times
‘Abbot Peter is a true original.’
~ Daily Mail
‘Highly original ... very different from most detective stories.’
~ Clerical Detectives
‘Parke evokes the creepiness of the setting marvellously. He has a stunning ear for the way people actually speak.’
~ Fiona Hook, Church Times
About the author
Simon Parke has been a scriptwriter for Spitting Image, a Sony award-winning radio writer and a priest in the Church of England. He is now CEO of The Mind Clinic and author of ‘The Secret Testament of Julian’ and the Abbot Peter murder mysteries, set in Seaford on the Sussex coast where Simon now lives with Shellie, seagulls and his running shoes.
Publisher: White Crow Books
Published October 24, 2022
Size: 5.5 x 8.25 inches