A witty and poignant chiller about the evil of gossip and the sin
of indifference. Father Christopher Pardoe is a good priest. He
cares about his parishioners. He is also a human being-and is thus
saddled with man's inherent weaknesses. Is it a bit odd, then, how
much time the good Father has been spending at the house of a
certain young, single mother called Julie Norris? And why, during
each of his visits, are Julie's bedroom curtains always closed?
Julie looks to be pregnant again. Just who could that father be? As
nasty rumours begin to scorch the parish phone lines, Father Pardoe
is suspended from St. Catherine's, and Cosmo Horrocks, the West
Yorkshire Chronicle's shameless, muckraking journalist, exploits
the story in a big way. Nothing goes over better than a juicy
sex-and-the-church scandal, except, perhaps, murder. Do Father
Pardoe and Julie protest too much? Why did Julie's parents throw
her out and disown her? Is she really as bad as they say? And what,
exactly, does Cosmo Horrocks hear in that London-to-Leeds dining
car that makes him tingle with excitement? A tale of chastity
besmirched? This story could make his year. But will it lead to
tragedy? And, if so, whose? When Inspector Mike Oddie and Sergeant
Charlie Peace are called in to investigate a murder, they are
saddened and surprised by the raw emotions-the hate, the fear-they
find in the outwardly peaceful town of Shipley. There may be only
one killer, but there are many others who must share the town's
guilt and, perhaps, one day start the process of healing. Rich with
eccentric characters, crisp dialogue, stylish prose, and perceptive
insights into human nature, Unholy Dying is vintage Barnard,
acknowledged master of suspense. 'He plots a mystery as well as any
writer alive' Time
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