Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg - Book Review

        Patrik Englund is back to solve another mystery in Camilla Lackberg’s second novel in the series, The Preacher.  The subplot involves his wife, Ericka, who is married to him now and pregnant, offers some comic relief to the murders in this story. 

       The murder scene seems complex.  A woman is murdered and there are two skeletons under the body, making Patrick wonder how they got there and if there is a connection in the murder.  The police chief is there, offering his usual inappropriate comments.  

       Unfortunately, there are a lot of other people in the book and their point of views are included as well.  I would say that there were so many that I lost count, whether it was other police officers, the police chief, and the murder suspects.  

        Yes, there were some humorous moments in the book such as the mail order bride that the police chief got involved with as well as Ericka’s family who would spend so much time with her that she would go crazy and spill food all over them. 

        While there were a lot of comic moments in the book, I would say that it was difficult to keep up with all the characters due to the constant changing of points of view throughout the story.  It certainly took away from the mystery and the answers to who the killer was.  

         The book would have been easier to follow if there point of view were limited. If that were the case, the story would have been easier to follow.  Have to give this book two stars as a result.  

Ron Hummer

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