Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Murdering Ministers by Alan Beechey
An amusing beginning that explores the confusion of teenage awareness in a church. This opening line introduces character and multiple conflicts (person vs. devil and person vs. self-guilt), plus it's a little out of the ordinary and not how one might expect a mystery to begin, a quirky line that sets the tone and the rest of the first chapter does follow . So this opening hooks. The next sentence which begins the second paragraph:
If it had been the sermon, he wouldn't have worried. Everybody's mind wandered then...
Unfortunately the rest of the chapter slowly descends into a weaving back story that sounds like someone discussing and reviewing the past three seasons of Downton Abbey.
First thing said:
"After the same manner also He took the cup."
I would have given this a higher rating but my attention started to wander midway through chapter 1 with all the people and their history being introduced. Annoyed by this intrusion of characters I couldn't care less about, I found myself skipping to the end only to find someone dying, which was good, but it certainly was a long-winded way of getting to that plot point.