Title: The Body Under the Bridge (A Father Gilbert Mystery)
Author: Paul McCusker
Publisher: Lion Fiction
Father Gilbert is called to the scene on the local aristocrat’s property where a body has been discovered under a bridge during revamping of the property. The aristocrat and the man in charge of the local preservationist group are having a shouting match. The shouting match is nothing new as these two man and their families have been feuding for centuries. The body is dressed in clothes from long ago and has been buried for quite some time. A medallion is discovered with the body and that soon leads to the first death.
As Father Gilbert is called in to offer advice or give comfort, as more people are killed, he also is subjected to more strange happenings. By delving in the pasts of three families, he hopes to discover what is happening in the present and prevent any further murders in his small town. He also faces temptation as a very attractive woman arrives in town to research the medallion as well as the sword and ring that complete the set. She lets Father Gilbert know in no uncertain terms that she is available for more than research.
I did feel a little disconnect from the main character as I didn’t listen to the stories when they were on the Focus on the Family radio program. I felt I missed out on Father Gilbert’s history as a detective and his personal history as well as why he left the force to become a priest. That being said, I still enjoyed the story as there is plenty of mystery with Father Gilbert fighting against members of the occult, digging into the past of his church and some of the local families while trying to discover the identity of a killer. Now that he is an Anglican priest, he must use all his former skills as a detective as well as his newer skills as a priest to fight evil incarnate. Father Gilbert is also encountering an evil poltergeist or is he just having another vision? He does have dreamlike visions about certain situations where he feels like the events in the dream are really happening. This story served as a good reminder to me that Satan is a very real and powerful enemy. He revels in luring people into choosing him, but we do still have a choice. So be vigilant, and praise God He has won the war against evil and defeated Satan for all eternity.
My rating is 4 stars.
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