Daily Review: Over My Dead Body by James R. Callan
May 5, 2017
Over My Dead Body
By A. Bennett
The story is well written and fast-paced, keeping the reader interested and intrigued.
Fathr Frank is fast becoming one of my favorite sleuths!
When a parishioner, Syd Cranzler, is found dead from an overdose of heart medicine, the police call it suicide and close the case. But Father Frank knows his parishioner and suicide is not something the cantankerous Syd Cranzler would do.
Father Frank’s friend and parishioner, Georgia Seitz, agrees and tries to get her sort-of boyfriend, Mike, who is a detective, to get the case reopened. There are plenty of people who wouldn’t have minded seeing Syd dead… and Father Frank becomes a suspect himself when it’s revealed that his parish is a beneficiary of Syd’s considerable estate!
The story is well written and fast-paced, keeping the reader interested and intrigued. My only complaint is the way Georgia badgers Mike for information on the case and then pouts and acts rather unreasonable and uncharitable when he lashes back. In contrast,
Father Frank’s sister, Maggie, is a welcome addition to the cast and I hope to see more of her in the future!
By Amazon Customer
James Callan’s novel Over My Dead Body finds priest, Father Frank, in the middle of trouble once again! If you like a good mystery, if you love intrigue, I highly recommend this book. Did the elderly, cantankerous parishioner commit suicide or was there something more sinister afoot?
This book has all the elements of a good mystery. The characters are well rounded with personal touches that help you identify with them. For instance, Father Frank is a Dr. Pepper lover, something dear to my heart!
These little nuances give the characters a personal touch and make them come alive. I’ve read Murder a Cappella, another great mystery by this author, and enjoyed it very much. I look forward to more from James Callan!
By Eileen Obser
I love this book! Over My Dead Body had me reading almost non-stop. Father Frank, pastor at Prince of Peace Church, Georgia Peitz, a good parishioner, and all the other characters we meet are well-drawn, interesting, real-life people.
The plotting is terrific, and believable. James R. Callan knows a lot about eminent domain and, after reading his novel, we do too. Syd Cranzier’s murder will not go unpunished, and with Detective Mike Oakley, of the Pine Tree, Texas, police force, and Maggie, Father Frank’s sister/crime novelists to help, clues will be found, the plot will thicken, and we will join them in the good fight, trying to solve the crime.
We get to know the town, the residents, as well as the peripheral and central players. Callan has a great sense of humor and a good heart. This is evident as we follow the twists and turns leading to the climax, then final whodunit, which is a surprise, but well thought-out by the author.
I’m looking forward to the next Father Frank mystery.
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