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Midnight come
Anthony, Michael David.
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First U.S. edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.

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302 pages ; 22 cm
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Follow the investigations of Richard Harrison, a lay church official in contemporary Canterbury, England, after he makes a ghastly discovery: A murdered corpse in a locked room. Harrison must resolve this mysterious crime while the villagers around him mount a production of Christopher Marlowe's eerily resonant Dr. Faustus. All of this combines to make Midnight Come the most suspensful and tension-filled mystery so far in this series.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A crudely written letter accuses recently widowed British parson Rev. Maurice Lambkin of driving his wife to the grave by having an affair with his married female assistant. When Canterbury lay church official Richard Harrison is dragged in to investigate the truthfulness of the letter, he stumbles upon the corpses of Lambkin and his 20-something son, Jonathan. Though an inquest rules that the notoriously decadent Jonathan killed his father in a rage before committing suicide, Harrison isn't convinced and, assisted by his wife, probes for the real motive behind the deaths. A complicated exploration of the diocese's administration and its frustrated parishioners ensues. Anthony's detailed, almost baroque descriptions of the damp British countryside purposely evoke images of gothic England, while a local school's production of Marlowe's 16th-century play Dr. Faustus gives the author ample opportunity to draw parallels between contemporary events and that famous drama of the conflict between mortal prestige and eternal salvation. Although Anthony's writing can get bogged down with elaborate allusions, he manages to present an eerie, satisfying mystery, embroidered with much fascinating clerical detail, in this thickly plotted addition to his Church-of-England mystery series (Dark Provenance, etc.). (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Richard Harrison, who works for the Board of the Anglican Church in Canterbury, England, chances upon an apparent murder-suicide in a locked-from-the-inside building. Since the deaths probably tie in with an anonymous note alleging sexual misconduct by a priest and a female deacon, Harrison's higher-up has asked him to investigate. Harrison suspects double murder from the onset, so his inquiring mind sets to work‘with some insistent prodding from his wheelchair-bound wife. A solid plot and excellent characterization by the author of Dark Provenance (St. Martin's, 1995) override the occasional over-extended similes; recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.