The Devil in Bellminster
Set in 1833 Bellminster, England, there is a murderer on the loose, and the vicar, Reverend Tuckworth, may be the only person capable of exposing him. One by one, innocent townspeople are found murdered in most unusual ways. Tuckworth, along with his daughter Lucy and their painter friend, Raphael, join the police force in the investigation when it becomes clear the murderer feels connected to the vicar and the town’s cathedral. A cast of suspicious characters protects the murderer’s identity until the final suspenseful pages, ensuring an enjoyable read for all.
This novel really makes an impression with the vicar’s struggle with his own sins and need for forgiveness; I could not help but root for Tuckworth in his own personal growth as he sought out the murderer. Readers will be ultimately satisfied with the ending, both for the victims’ families and for Reverend Tuckworth. The Devil in Bellminster is a wonderful first attempt at historical mystery.