The Sleeping Witness: A Father Gabriel Mystery

The Sleeping Witness: A Father Gabriel Mystery

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Book Summary:

In this unusual murder mystery, the tranquility of Saint Mary's Abbey is shattered by the discovery of a gruesome crime in a cottage on the abbey grounds. A foreign artist and war hero seeking refuge from the world has been murdered. Marie Paige, the frail, sickly wife of the village doctor, lies beside him beaten into a coma.

The police arrest Marie's husband, convinced that they are looking at a crime of passion. But Dr. Paige finds himself with an unlikely champion: Fr. Gabriel, a blundering but brilliant Benedictine priest who believes in his innocence and feels compelled to search for the truth.

In a country struggling to come to terms with the devastation of the Second World War, even a secluded English village has its share of secrets and broken lives. It is not long before Fr. Gabriel and his companions find themselves embarking on a dangerous journey into the victims' troubled war histories and a chapter of Europe's bloodiest conflict that is almost too terrible to be acknowledged.

"Catholic writer De Maria deserves a wide audience."
-- Publishers Weekly

About the Author:
Fiorella de Maria

Fiorella de Maria was born in Italy of Maltese parents. She grew up in Wiltshire, England, and attended Cambridge, receiving a BA in English Literature and a Masters in Renaissance Literature. She lives in Surrey with her husband and four children. A winner of the National Book Prize of Malta, she has published three other novels with Ignatius Press: Poor Banished Children, Do No Harm and We'll Never Tell Them.

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The Sleeping Witness: A Father Gabriel Mystery
5 Stars Fast-paced, cozy mystery
on March 23, 2017
I read this fast-paced mystery in a single cozy evening. Father Gabriel and his monastic cohorts as a fascinating cast of characters, though I'd have liked more character development. Father Gabriel finds himself defending Dr. Paige, a man he admits is unlikable and who appears guilty--but the priest is convinced there's more behind the murder of the doctor's wife. Set in postwar England, the book touches on some harrowing consequences of the war and the secrets borne even by residents of a sleepy, remote hamlet.
The Sleeping Witness: A Father Gabriel Mystery
5 Stars Quick read that had potential
on April 21, 2017
It's a quick read but I wouldn't say it's a fast-paced mystery. It had potential but there was no character development so at times it felt like the book should have been longer since I ended up not caring about some of the characters. I would rather re-read any Father Brown mystery since it seems like this book was an attempt at that genre.