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A Death in the Parish


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THE REVEREND RICHARD COLES is a writer, broadcaster and an Anglican priest. He co-presented Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4 for a number of years and appears, from time to time, on QI, Have I Got News For You and Would I Lie To You? He has won Christmas MasterChef, Celebrity Mastermind twice, and captained Leeds to victory in Christmas University Challenge in 2019. A contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, he scored a lamentably low mark for a paso doble. He writes regularly for the Sunday Times, and is the author of half a dozen books, including a bestselling autobiography, Fathomless Riches, and the bereavement bestseller The Madness of Grief, written after the death of his partner, David Coles. Murder Before Evensong, the first book in the Canon Clement Mystery series, was an instant no.1 Sunday Times bestseller.


The best of the new writers to have emerged from the "cosy crime" boom... with a pleasingly idiosyncratic, allusive style

It's proper Miss Marple territory... for an intelligent study of human nature that transports you to a tranquil church where a choir is singing Brother James's Air, it's unbeatable.

The sequel to Murder Before Evensong is every bit as intriguing at the Rev Coles' debut... Nicely paced, this whodunnit will leave you on tenterhooks.

Great cosy crime.
*THE I PAPER, Best Books for June*

Gloriously astute on the details of village interactions... [this is] charming, cosy crime.

Full of intrigue, this is a thoroughly entertaining sequel.

A good holiday read, with much gentle humour peppered among the village characters.

First-class entertainment but with more of an edge than most "cosy crime" books.

Praise be!.. Fans still in withdrawal after Coles's withdrawal from Radio 4's Saturday Live can once again bask in his wit, wisdom and insight.

A book to appreciate as well as enjoy.

Reverend Coles brings his unique touch of humour to the cosy crime genre... Full of wonderfully colourful and eccentric characters.

Like all the best stories, this one is character-driven, and the characters are observed with an unflinching but mellow and humorous eye.


'Cosy crime with a cutting edge' Sunday Telegraph
'Even better than I knew it would be' India Knight, Sunday Times
'I've been waiting for a novel with vicars, rude old ladies, murder and sausage dogs ... et voila!' Dawn French
'Charming and funny' Observer
'Whodunnit fans can give praise and rejoice' Ian Rankin

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