The Reverend Francis Oughterard is the vicar of St Botolph's and genteel murderer of parishioner Mrs Elizabeth Fotherington. So far eluding arrest (but with fears of imminent exposure), he is in the grip of his blackmailing pal, the shady Nicholas Ingaza, who forces him to steal a valuable figurine of a prancing pig. Naturally the project backfires, plunging the hapless vicar into further skulduggery and leading to embarrassing complications for him and his pompous bishop, Horace Clinker. Once again it is up to the world-weary cat, Maurice and intrepid mongrel, Bouncer, to save the reverend's bacon.
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A graduate of the universities of Nottingham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Suzette A. Hill taught English literature for many years at Reading College before retiring to Herefordshire, where - despite the novel's narrative - she lives convivially with neither cat, dog nor clergyman.From Publishers Weekly:
At the start of Hill's highly amusing third clerical mystery (after 2008's Bones in the Belfry), the Rev. Francis Oughterard, canon of St. Botolph's in Molehill, Surrey, is dismayed when Det. Sgt. Sidney Samson appears at his door and announces the reopening of the inquiry into the murder of one of his parishioners, Elizabeth Fotherington. Almost 18 months earlier (in 2007's A Load of Old Bones), Francis dispatched Mrs. Fotherington and got away with it. Now he must turn again to Nicholas Ingaza, who provided him an alibi in the initial investigation. Unfortunately, this means getting involved in one of Nicholas's dubious schemes. Matters really get complicated after the victim's daughter returns to Molehill to make certain claims. When another murder occurs, neither Francis's adopted cat, Maurice, nor dog, Bouncer, can do much to help their master. The outrageous plot will keep readers guessing until the end. (Aug.)
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