I received a copy of DEATH IN THE SHADOWS by Paul McCusker from Lion Fiction via Kregel in exchange for an honest review. It is the second book in the Father Gilbert Mystery series. Like the first book, this is expertly written and you will find yourself not only lost in the mystery, but consumed by the characters and setting as well.
In this story, Father Gilbert is attending a three-day religious conference. It turns out that the town, Engelsea, isn’t a wonderful family vacation spot. In fact, it is rather scummy. Father Gilbert quickly becomes ensconced in a murder. He sees an apparition and decides to investigate. If you’re like me, you won’t figure out who did it until the very end.
Much of the book focuses on the sex-trade world, something I don’t normally read about. It is, however, written tastefully. I do find this book to be appropriate for adults and young adults.
I enjoy how Father Gilbert is written not just as a priest, but someone real and relatable. I find that him being an awesome, intelligent person shines more than him being a man of the cloth, although the book doesn’t make light of religion.