The Devil's Acre by David Holland
An Unlikely Mystery (Reverand Tuckworth, 2)

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It is 1833, and you are invited to enter the quaint, quiet world of Bellminster, a pretty cathedral town in the English countryside with secrets and shadows around every corner.

Venture into a world of petty politics and malicious gossip, a world of surprises and betrayals, a world held together by the suffering soul of a simple man - the good Reverend Tuckworth. Someone is preying on the good people of Bellminster, and only their vicar can save them. But Tuckworth has a dark secret of his own, a deadly secret, a secret he must keep hidden from everyone: from his loving daughter, Lucy; from the rash young painter Raphael Amaldi; from the supercilious rector, Mr. Mortimer; from Detective Inspector Myles of London; and most of all, from the murderer himself.

Join the vicar as he sifts through the stones of Bellminster Cathedral, drawing from its cold heart the secrets behind the string of grisly murders that is plaguing this picturesque little town.

The Devil runs free in Bellminster, and only Tuckworth can stop him.

 

About David Holland

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David Holland has a Masters in English with an emphasis on Victorian literature from Purdue University. He has worked as a freelance journalist, college teacher, advertising copywriter, and is now the creative director of WHAS Radio in Kentucky. He is the author of The Devil in Bellminster.
 
Published December 10, 2003 by Minotaur Books. 289 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Both setting and characters have such promise—a descriptive gem like "this realm of grays and deeper grays" hints at what the author is capable of—that one can only hope that Tuckworth, as he grows into his role of amateur detective, will in subsequent outings rise to that promise.

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On a trip to London to raise funds to rebuild Bellminster Cathedral, Tuckworth, who has lost his faith and feels guilty for having made the decision to end his ill wife's suffering, goes hat in hand to philanthropist Hamlin Price, only to be directed to reappear in the evening along with other si...

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The previous two books are THE DEVIL IN BELLMINISTER and THE DEVIL'S ACRE.

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Dean Tuckworth has given himself a dangerous assignment.

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In 1833 Bellminster, England, Vicar Tuckworth finds the beheaded corpse of the local sexton Will.

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Though warned by the police and Price to mind his business, Tuckworth who was the first to see the corpse knows something is off kilter and begins making inquiries not the least concerned that the cathedral's so-called savior will withdraw his paltry offering.

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