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The Vanishing Man -Review by Brenda Repland

Publish Date: 1/27/2020 4:36:38 PM


The Vanishing Man

A Charles Lenox Mystery


Charles Finch

  Review by Brenda Repland

The Vanishing Man is a prequel to the Charles Lenox Victorian series.  In this case, the theft of a Duke’s antique ancestral painting sends Detective Lenox on the hunt for a criminal mastermind.

In 1853, the Duke of Dorset calls upon (the recently-praised-for-his-investigative-skills) Charles Lenox to 1) find the painting and 2) even more urgently, the thief.  The man may have taken the wrong painting, mistaking it for one that may keep the key to one of the country’s most famous and best-kept secrets.

Lenox’s investigation will uncover some secrets Society would prefer kept quiet and eventually lead to a tragic murder.

The author treats the reader to a rich atmosphere of mid-19th century England along with its customs and culture.  We even learn the origins of our idiom “cock and bull” story!”





The Universal Christ

How A Forgotten Reality Can Change

Everything We See, Hope For and Believe


Richard Rohr

  Review by Brenda Repland

Author Richard Rohr is one of the world’s most influential spiritual thinkers and teachers.

His 50-year quest to understand the significance of Jesus’ identity as Christ here explores

what that means and how this forgotten truth can restore hope and meaning to lives.

Rohr bases his work on scripture, history and spiritual practice.  He conveys a view of Jesus Christ as the vision of God’s constant and abiding work in the world.  He frequently reminds the reader that “God loves things by becoming them.”  Thus, Jesus’ life was to communicate that man (humanity) is never separate from God (except by man’s own choice).

The author clarifies the meaning of “Christ” and its cosmic significance.  He argues that Christianity’s overwhelming emphasis on the person of Jesus to the exclusion of the Christ has blinded us to Jesus’ most important role:  a divine presence through which God is liberating and loving everything that is – the whole of creation since the beginning of time.

This book encourages expanding one’s vision and concept of the magnitude of Jesus, the “Christ.”

Melinda Gates comments that “Anyone who strives to put their faith into action will find encouragement and inspiration in the pages of this book.”


The Stone Circle

The Ruth Galloway Mystery Series


Elly Griffiths


  Review by Brenda Repland

In this latest installment, both Dr. Ruth Galloway and DC Nelson are haunted by a ghost from their past which can impact their future.

DCI Nelson receives a letter telling him to go to the stone circle and “save the innocent buried there.”  This is unnerving as it reminds him of letters that were sent to the police when Lucy Downey went missing, almost 20 years ago.  But it can’t be the same author as the earlier ones were sent by Professor Erik Andersen who is long dead, drowned in the Saltmarsh.

Adding to his angst, Ruth Galloway tells him she, too, has received a letter ostensibly from the same person.  Then she notifies him that a Bronze Age stone circle has been discovered on the North Norfolk coast.  And Erik’s son, Leif, is in charge of the dig.

When a child’s bones are discovered, it reopens a cold case of a girl who went missing 30 years ago.  As Nelson and his colleagues probe into the case, there will be one more murder.  But how are they connected?

Ms. Griffiths will keep you on the edge of your seat as we meet the various suspects . . . .

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