The congregation is split over whether or not to sell its religious relic, the Lydmouth Chalice, to finance repairs at St. John's church. But when journalist Jill Francis and the vicar, Alec Sutton, discover a body, it complicates matters greatly. Spice up the pot with some libelous letters and the disappearance of the chalice, and now you've got an interesting brew indeed! (Mysteries by Mail)
Ever since Agatha Christie, small English villages have been haunted by murder most foul, disturbing the peace and quiet of the countryside, upsetting the vicar's wife, and lifting the edge of the lace curtains to show the darker sides of the eccentric inhabitants. So it is again with Andrew Taylor's tale of a woman murdered in the church vestry, apparently during the theft of a medieval chalice. The village's dirty secrets come gradually to light, in spite of the rather unskilled detective work of the distracted policeman leading the investigation and a nice but not terribly bright young newspaper reporter, who also provides some romantic tension.
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A medieval chalice is stolen from a church in an English village and a woman is found murdered in the vestry, a woman who had romantic intentions towards the vicar. Local newspaper reporter Jill Francis investigates.