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A Dead Man Out of Mind by Kate Charles
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A Dead Man Out of Mind (original 1994; edition 2015)

by Kate Charles (Author)

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A woman priest at St Margaret's? Over my dead body! Dolly Topping, head of the national organisation 'Ladies Opposed to Women Priests' and wife of one of the churchwardens, feels that strongly about it. It is unfortunate, therefore, that Father Julian, the well-loved curate of the Pimlico church, should have been killed in a burglary gone wrong. And doubly unfortunate that the Vicar, upwardly-aspiring William Keble Smythe, should choose to appoint a woman to replace him. From the moment that Rachel Nightingale enters the serene Anglo-Catholic world of St Margaret's, tempers and emotions run high; Christian charity is not much in evidence, even among those who espouse it loudly. Then another 'accidental' death unites the parishioners in new heights of hypocrisy, and leaves some crying 'murder'. But David Middleton-Brown is sceptical - until he learns about Father Julian's death. With the encouragement of the Archdeacon, David and Lucy Kingsley embark on a search for the truth about the 'dead man out of mind', and discover more than they ever wanted to know about greed, hypocrisy, ambition - and the cost of love.… (more)
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The Church of England has voted to allow women priests but the parish of St. Margaret's is adamantly opposed. Tempers flare when a woman curate is appointed and there is more than one well concealed sigh of relief when she is knocked off her bicycle and killed. The police write it off as a simple hit-and-run, but David and Louise are not so sure, given the other funny goings on at St. Margarets.

Although some of the polemicising seems a bit dated now, it doesn't stop this from being a very intriguing mystery. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Feb 2, 2016 |
Entertaining clerical mystery involving the controversial appointment of a female curate at a London church (how long ago 1994 now seems!) Some of the characters are rather broadly drawn, but the denouement is cleverly plotted , with reasonably fair presentation of clues (even so, specialist knowledge is as useful here as with Austin Freeman). ( )
  JonRob | Jun 19, 2008 |
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I am clean forgotten, as a dead man out of mind: I am become like a broken vessel. (Psalm 31.14)
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For Jacqui, who has demonstrated the value of women's ministry to so many.
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A woman priest at St Margaret's? Over my dead body! Dolly Topping, head of the national organisation 'Ladies Opposed to Women Priests' and wife of one of the churchwardens, feels that strongly about it. It is unfortunate, therefore, that Father Julian, the well-loved curate of the Pimlico church, should have been killed in a burglary gone wrong. And doubly unfortunate that the Vicar, upwardly-aspiring William Keble Smythe, should choose to appoint a woman to replace him. From the moment that Rachel Nightingale enters the serene Anglo-Catholic world of St Margaret's, tempers and emotions run high; Christian charity is not much in evidence, even among those who espouse it loudly. Then another 'accidental' death unites the parishioners in new heights of hypocrisy, and leaves some crying 'murder'. But David Middleton-Brown is sceptical - until he learns about Father Julian's death. With the encouragement of the Archdeacon, David and Lucy Kingsley embark on a search for the truth about the 'dead man out of mind', and discover more than they ever wanted to know about greed, hypocrisy, ambition - and the cost of love.

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During what the London police call a fatally bungled burglary at run-down St. Margaret's church in Pimlico, a priceless silver chalice is stolen from the ransacked sacristy and the curate is brutally murdered. His replacement becomes the victim of a hit-and run- driver. In this latest Book of Psalms mystery, author Kate Charles reunites her two endearing sleuths, artist Lucy Kingsley and solicitor, church historian lover, David Middleton-Brown, for a sinfully good puzzler.
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