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Murdering Ministers

(1999)
(The second book in the Oliver Swithin Mystery series)
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Oliver Swithin, creator of the notorious "Finsbury the Ferret" series of children's books, has been commissioned to write a satirical article on modern religious practices from the point of view of his atheist ferret character. With Christmas approaching, Oliver and his friend, photographer Ben Motley, attend an evening service at a dowdy United Diaconalist church in a north London suburb, chosen by the publisher to represent the English "low church" tradition.

Oliver is surprised to discover that the minister of the church is an old school friend, the Reverend Paul Piltdown. Piltdown soon confides to them that the recent arrival in the congregation of lay preacher Nigel Tapster, whose influence over the young people threatens to create a separate cult, has the church members up in arms.

Wondering if Tapster is a better subject for his article, Oliver visits the lay preacher later that week, only to discover that Tapster was surprisingly voted onto the diaconate of the church, replacing long-serving deacon Cedric Potiphar at the day's previous meeting.

But the following Sunday, as communion wine is passed out, Tapster takes a drink, falls convulsing to the floor, and dies. Having passed the glass to Tapster, Piltdown becomes the main suspect in his poisoning. Both Oliver and his new girlfriend, Detective Sergeant Effie Strongitharm, strongly feel that Piltdown has been wrongly accused, and that they must find out who in the congregation had the best motive for revenge.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: Murdering Ministers: An Oliver Swithin Mystery
Author(s): Alan Beechey
ISBN: 0-312-20902-9 / 978-0-312-20902-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

May 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: Murdering Ministers: An Oliver Swithin Mystery
Author(s): Alan Beechey
ISBN: 1-4642-0245-1 / 978-1-4642-0245-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

April 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Murdering Ministers: An Oliver Swithin Mystery (Oliver Swithin Mysteries Book 2)
Author(s): Alan Beechey
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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