Welcome friends and visitors to my new book review blog, covering a wide range of mystery and crime fiction. Firstly, I need to shout out a very loud word of thanks to Novel Blogs for both mentoring me through this process and hosting this website. For now, I’ll just be brief about my intentions and the scope and range of books to be reviewed here. As an aspiring crime writer myself, I’m very interested in all kinds of crime fiction, but particularly books that have an extra dimension of spirituality and religion to them, and which explore issues of faith and suffering in our post-Christian age.
One example on my current reading list would be British crime writer, Geraldine Evans’ Blood on the Bones, a compelling study of a British detective, long estranged from the Catholic faith because of his maltreatment at the hands of priests and nuns, who finds himself drawn in spirit to a cloistered order of nuns – until he suspects that one of the nuns may be a murderer. Besides being a crackling police procedural, the novel has the added dimension of exploring the trials of faith and doubt and the search for meaning.
Another example would be books that confront major political and social issues of our day, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The acclaimed Israela, by Batya Casper, examines the intertwined lives of three Israeli and Arab women and through their harrowing experinces explores how religion has contributed to this terrible conflict and how it might contribute to its healing.