My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Mersey Monastery Murders: The Habit of Murder is the 7th book in the Mersey Murder Mysteries written by Brian L. Porter. I’ve been a fan of this series since the beginning and was excited to read this next installment. The famous special police team is called to the scene of a strange murder at a monastery, or a priory, depending on which member of the police force is telling the story. As part of the story, readers are treated to a few history lessons on religion in England, intricate and intimate details of a church, and the various relationships between police forces now and in the past in the UK and Germany.
To begin with, we have a bit of a closed or locked door mystery. The scene is drawn such that only a member of the priory, roughly 10 nuns and monks, could’ve committed the murder. When you combine religious folk and murder, there is a sense of shock, more so than in other styles. Slowly, we learn the backstories of all the inhabitants… some good, some bad. It’s a fantastic way to tell the tale, and as we discover the connections between some of them, we feel the suspense and intrigue grow. The plot covers several decades of malfeasance, the unforeseen perpetration of long-standing enemies, and a religious vow that means more to some than others. What has this religious order done?
The sub-plots among all the team members on the police force are equally compelling. I enjoy interacting with the group, finding out about love, death, marriage, children, and promotions. It makes the books feel like an extension of regular life. Porter has created vibrant characters who each have a purpose. I will be sad when one leaves in the next book, as based on the story-line, her term has ended and she must go back to Germany. Or will she? Interesting stuff happens, and I can’t wait to read another one.
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