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  • Good start, some unbelievable parts though.

    I was pleasantly surprised with The Penitent Priest by J.R. Mathis. I was fearful that it would be overly religious or preachy, and it wasn’t. I was really impressed that Mathis decided to write about a tough subject, mental illness, in his very first book. I think he did a great job conveying the secrecy, highs and lows, and confusion that family members can feel when faced with someone with such an illness. I thought the mystery was well written in that it kept me reading to see if I was correct since I was pretty certain of the whodunnit very early because of how Mathis seemed to have the killer stand out, at least to me. It was kind of hard for me to overlook some of the investigation procedures that I really didn’t think would happen that way during an investigation. And the fact that his mother-in-law even kept her daughter’s secret when it affected everyone’s lives just didn’t seem believable to me. I’m keeping this and the killer really vague since I don’t want to give any spoilers. But even with these thoughts floating in my mind while reading the book, the writing was so engaging that I wanted to keep reading. And finally the romance, or more so the romance that may be coming. I think people should be able to love and be with whomever they choose, clergy included. But I really hope that the possible budding romance does hold back the rest of the mystery or become a drudgery of guilt that the reader has to read through to get to the rest of the story. So we shall see when I read the next book in the series, The Framed Father.

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  • Different but enjoyable

    I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author.

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  • Penitent Priest

    Enjoyed very much. Dialogue well done. Kept me guessing until the end. Great first book for a series. Will follow this writer.

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  • Good read

    Interesting, easy to read, and likeable characters

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  • Great read.

    Was not sure what to expect but must say was pleasantly surprised. The story got you involved early and holds your attention till the end.

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