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I found this book to have lots of talking about morality, justice, soul searching and not enough mystery or action.
Not nearly as good as 1st and 3rd books. Anselm becomes semi-detached from the monastery to look into the possibly unnatural death of a young woman who is disabled. He spends more time listening to jazz than the Divine Office, while her dysfunctional family and friends rehearse their views on "mercy killing" and assisted suicide, plus an ex-Intelligence Corps officer relives his Ulster traumas and morally dodgy service there. (Just to confuse us further.)
It seemed to go on endlessly -perhaps an abridged version might be more satisfying - and finished much like Godot.
No one ever seems to think it might be OK to be disabled, either, just because this woman seems to feel life's not worth living.
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in this book William Broderick has taken the scenario of was she murdered or did she commit suicide and made it complicated.it is excellent writing that held it all together.
in this story father anselm has a companion to help solve this mystery by bouncing ideas of each other of how it could have happened leading to the solving of this conundrum. for me this didn't really work.
this is the fifth book in the series and seems to follow the trend that most series fall into of being disappointing. hopefully he will be back on track with the next.
Gordon griffin did a good job of performing this book.