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Jill Fountaine returns to her backwoods hometown of Dimlit in the Ozarks to plan her fourth marriage, reuniting with her third ex-husband, Barry Davison. She longs for her first church wedding, but Jill’s dream turns into a nightmare as she dodges daggers from the bossy, holier-than-thou leaders of the Women’s Altar Guild Society (WAGS). She also meets the congregation’s latest man of the cloth, Pastor David, whose angelic looks and devilish banter give a whole new meaning to the word, “Hallelujah!”
Pastor David persuades Jill to join his mission of atonement and “put the Bible down” on an unscrupulous payday loan company, scavenging on the poor folks of Dimlit. Owned by Ronnie Roland, a major donor to the church and husband of WAGS leader Georgette Roland, the company leaves a trail of swindles, scams and strange murders. As Pastor David and Jill delve deeper into the mystery, Jill becomes the prime suspect in the killings. Her eccentric Aunt Olida Wilhelmina and Uncle Verl offer support in their peculiar ways, even pushing Jill into an undercover caper that lands them all in jail. Solving the hijinks and murders is the top priority, but Jill is faced with another dilemma as she ponders whether to proceed with her nuptials to Barry now that the handsome pastor has entered her life.
Cindy McDermott writes with a quick wit and turn of phrase. I’ve read all of Agatha Christie’s books and eventually figured out whodunit. This book had enough red herrings that the ending completely surprised me. The characters are well developed. All of them are a tad quirky, making them fascinating and wishing they lived in my town. The play on words, chapter headings left me laughing out loud. I’m looking forward to reading all of her books and adding her to my favorite author list! I highly recommend this book.
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Laugh out loud funny!
Fantastically funny book from beginning to end. The characters jump off the page and make you feel like a part of the wacky family. Best kind of cozy mystery. It’s a great puzzle that keeps you guessing but it’s light and fun with great characters. Absolutely love the funny typos from the bulletins that are at the start of each chapter. I’ve not read the other books in this series but I fully intend to after reading The Congregants. I highly recommend you pick up your copy today!!
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- Category: Romance
- Published: Aug 29, 2017
- Publisher: Cindy McDermott
- Seller: Smashwords, Inc.
- Print Length: 252 Pages
- Language: English