Unholy Murder

A Jane Tennison Novel (Book 1)

Unholy Murder is my first novel featuring Detective Jane Tennison. It was not until I finished this one that I discovered there were more preceded it.

Tennison and Boon make a great team. Jane has the experience Simon lacks, and Simon has a way with people that seems to be lacking in Jane. Maybe Tennison’s experience has jaded her and caused her to become less patient and less trusting. Whatever the reason, the author gave Jane a partner who complements her.

Unholy Murder is suspenseful and kept my interests throughout. Just when I thought I figured out the truth, the author throws in a plot twist. The author solves this cold case but leaves a particularly important part of the story line open. I am interested to see where the author takes Bishop Malone.

This was my first novel from the UK that kept British terminology. Google was my friend as I read Unholy Murder. I learned many terms we do not use in the United States. I do not mind that. In fact, I am happy to learn new terminology. However, the context clues were the heroes when it came to many acronyms that are used. Typically, acronyms are explained when they are first introduced. That was not the case in Unholy Murder. Nonetheless, I did not let that take away from my enjoyment of the book.

The only thing I did not care for in Unholy Murder was that the author seems to carry a high level of disdain for the Catholic church. No one with any kind of moral compass would agree there is a special place in hell for people who abuse their power to abuse others, especially children. Referencing the Catholic church in such general terms stereotypes all Catholics. That is not fair to the parishioners all over the world who fight for the safety of children and who are as angered as everyone else about abuses of power, particularly where children are involved, and cover-ups that put the church’s image above the welfare of children. The people who cover up abuse of children are as guilty as the people who carry out the abuse.

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