Thursday, January 20, 2011
Rec. #21: The Reaper
What: In The Reaper, Peter Lovesey spins the traditional British cozy mystery novel on its head, letting a popular and charming (and murderous) parish priest run rampant in the English countryside. Even as the evidence builds against him, parishioners remain steadfast in their devotion to the Reverend Otis Joy. The result is pure, wicked fun.
Comparable to: Have you seen In Bruges? (Yes? Good! No? Oh, we'll get there later this year.) Well, the tone is kind of like that.
Representative quote: "After a wedding rehearsal in the church --- but before rigor mortis set in --- Joy returned to the rectory, his pastoral duties over for the day. He felt as shaky as anyone does with a dead bishop waiting for disposal, but he was in control. He trusted himself not to panic."
You might not like it if: The premise kind of ooks you out.
How to get it: Readily available and easy to spot --- just look for the distinctive green and white Soho Crime covers.