Reviewed by Dan
SERIES: The Blake Harte Mysteries Book 2
AUTHOR: Robert Innes
LENGTH: 209 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 12, 2017
St Abra’s church is harbouring a dark secret. Several elderly parishioners have been found dead in the church’s confessions booth, all appearing to have suffered fatal heart attacks.
But when another, much younger body is discovered in exactly the same way, Detective Sergeant Blake Harte must investigate how it is possible for the confessions booth to be killing off its occupants. Dark forces are at play, forcing Blake to believe it’s more than just tragic coincidence.
Are the deaths a punishment for the sins confessed, or are there ulterior motives in play? In a race against the clock, only Blake can discover the long-kept secrets and lies hiding in the shadows before they tear apart the sleepy village of Harmschapel.
I’m really liking these mysteries in the Blake Harte series. As I mentioned when I reviewed the first one, I stumbled on them by accident on Amazon
In Confessional, we move forward a few months with Detective Sergeant Blake Harte and the other residents of the small town of Harmschapel. Things have been quiet since the events in Untouchable, and the character we came to know if that first book, Harrison, has moved on with his life. Both of his parents are now in jail for killing his lover, he has sold the family farm, and he and Betty the goat are living in the village.
But things aren’t perfect. He and Blake are still looking at each other across a crowded room as it were, neither willing to take that first step. Things get complicated when people start dying in the confessional booth at the local church. Three people have died of heart attacks in the middle of confessing. Is it God taking revenge for sins or is there a more sinister cause? When a fourth body turns up, that doesn’t fit the pattern of the first three, Blake is in action.
This one moved along fast. Before I figured out whodunit, we were at the whodunit reveal! As with book one, I’m going to repeat myself and say that I really enjoyed this light detective mystery. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes that type of story. As for me, I’m heading on to one click on book three!