Authors: Danny and Wanda Pelfrey
Publisher: CrossLink, 2016
Genre: Christian mystery
There were still a few minutes of daylight left when the former preacher turned bookseller parked his new Jeep in the Adairsville Police Department lot. Davis Morgan had been chaplain for only a couple of weeks. One neat perk for Davis was that Chief Hanson allowed him, under normal circumstances, to accompany the officers when they patrolled the little North Georgia town.My Review:
I didn't realize until today that this is the second book in the series (the first is Out of the Depths). No doubt it would have been very helpful to read the first before reading this one. I needed more back story about Davis's relationships with his daughter's roommate Deirdre and his friend Charley. Perhaps Charley's reaction to Davis's news at the end of As a Shield would not have come totally out of left field had I known earlier facts.
At any rate, while this is a completely clean mystery written by Christian authors, it could have benefited from better substantive editing. While the writers acknowledge editing assistance in their concluding thanks, this reviewer wonders how much attention their book received. Dialogue is stilted and unnatural, certain words are overly repeated ("rapidly," for example), the bad guys are cartoonish cliches (with the possible exception of the mastermind), and so much detail is given to street names and directions that at times the reader wonders if this is a guidebook.
Characterization is also an issue as characters seem too good or too bad to be true. While there is some growth in Davis in terms of his readiness for courtship after being a widower, he comes across as considerably older than he is. This makes his romance with Deirdre - a woman young enough to be his daughter - almost creepy (to me anyway). When Barbara and her son Ted come on the scene, the reader expects the younger man to be a legitimate contender for Deirdre's affections and for Barbara to catch Davis's eye. But no.
The story itself had potential, springing as it did from the real-life discovery of bones in a cave used during the Civil War. It just needed several more rewrites and tweaks before being shared with the world.
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Authors' website: http://www.pelfreybooks.com/
Goodreads Description: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34675133-as-a-shield
Note: I received this book free through the Bookcrash review program in exchange for my honest review.