Author Guest Post
The courtyard is called the Memorial Garden, and under it are buried the remains of many former members and their families.
To reserve a spot, you must agree that there will be no urn, and no marker other than your name on a plaque inside the church. You must also not be bothered by the idea that the grass above your resting place will be the scene of Easter Egg hunts, summer concerts, and St. Francis Day animal blessings. The soft green grass will also attract urban campers, as well as flocks of pigeons fed by an eccentric lady from the neighborhood.
After finishing the essay, I wondered, what would stop someone from performing a do-it-yourself burial when no one was watching? What if they didn’t bother to remove the ashes from the urn or other container, but just dug a hole big enough for everything, and carefully replaced the sod on top? And what would happen if this was the same location pre-reserved by someone else, someone whose internment was today? And what if the pigeon lady and her flock decided to attend the service?
So I wrote a mystery to answer those very questions.
About The Author
Kathie was Features Editor of her high school newspaper and originally planned a career in journalism. After realizing she was too shy to chase after stories, she followed her mother’s career path and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work, attending UC Berkeley and the University of Washington. She nurtured her journalistic ambitions by developing a program at the Monroe, WA, prison which produced a magazine in cooperation with community volunteers.
Death in the Memorial Garden, her first work of fiction, reflects her love of the cozy-style mystery. Her other loves are gardening, choral singing, and locating bargains at her church’s thrift shop, where she volunteers. Kathie lives with her now-retired husband, Paul; they divide their time between California and Western Washington.
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Publisher: Camel Press
Publication Date: October 10, 2012
Format: Paperback - 154 pages / Kindle - 456 KB / Nook - 758 KB
Genre: Cozy Mystery / Suspense / Thriller
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
Just as the sexton is about to inter the ashes of one of Grace Church’s last wealthy patronesses in the Memorial Garden, he unearths a wine crate containing the ashes of an unknown. Next to the ashes is a distinctive pair of shoes. Not only are the woman’s relatives furious at the interruption, but they soon have grounds for a lawsuit: yet another piece of the church’s tower comes crashing to the ground.
With their congregation dwindling and their world literally falling in around them, Father Robert Vickers and his colorful staff members and volunteers put their heads together to solve the mystery of the anonymous ashes and find the means to save Grace Church from the developers … all in time for the Bishop’s visit.
My Book Review:
Grace Church is in a terrible state of disrepair, and it is up to the church's congregation led by Father Robert Vickers to save their beloved church from falling into the hands of land developers. And if that isn't enough, the congregation become amateur sleuths trying to solve the mystery of the anonymous ashes discovered in a wine crate buried in the church's memorial garden during an internment ceremony. But someone wants the church to close and will go to great lengths to make it a reality ... including murder!
In her debut novel, author Kathie Deviny weaves a fast paced tale that has intrigue, mystery and humor all rolled up into a neat little story that takes place over a span of one week. Death in the Memorial Garden's storyline has surprising twist and turns coupled with satirical humor that will keep you engaged, and a quirky cast of characters who are a lot of fun.
Death in the Memorial Garden is an entertaining little cozy mystery that can be read in one sitting.
RATING: 4 STARS ****