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Life in the clergy is quiet, respectful and peaceful – or so Callie Anson believes when she begins her new job as curate at All Saints’ Church in Paddington.
Following her traumatic break-up with fiancé Adam, the last thing Callie needs is more emotional turmoil. However, she soon finds that her new job brings with it more than its fair share of challenges. She is exceedingly disturbed when she finds she is the subject of deep-seated hatred, cast upon her by her male colleagues. One in particular, Father Jonah Adimola, picks her out for a torrent of verbal abuse. To Callie’s relief, her good friend and mentor, Frances Cherry, jumps to her defence. But when Father Adimola is found strangled to death the next day, suspicion falls upon Frances. Callie must now call upon her faith to steer her through the turbulent times ahead, and help prove her friend’s innocence. With the help of DI Neville Stewart, it isn’t long before the ecclesiastical façade is chipped away to reveal the hidden secrets of the clergy.
Evil Intent is a gripping crime novel that pitches the reader into a dark world of concealment, power and deception, as up-to-date as today’s headlines.
Callie Anson, a newly ordained Anglican minister, soon discovers that the London church scene is a world of political infighting in this absorbing mystery from British author Charles (Cruel Habitations). The low-church evangelicals and the high-church Anglo-Catholics disagree on everything, except that they both oppose the ordination of women and homosexuals. In this climate, someone murders Father Jonah Adimola, a conservative priest known for his outspoken dislike of feminism. Throw in a closeted gay priest whom the queen wants to make bishop; a hard-nosed reporter willing to do anything for a story; and a hunky, single cop, and Callie's first week on the job is anything but slow. With the current hullabaloo in the Anglican community over ordaining open homosexuals, this book is certainly timely. Unfortunately, the bad guys the evangelicals and the Anglo-Catholics are so unpleasant as to be implausible, while the vaunted liberals would be more interesting if they were a little less good. Still, fans of Julia Spencer-Fleming and Michelle Blake will doubtless enjoy curling up with a new female cleric -cum -detective.