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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Nick was extremely likeable and could charm anyone despite his shy and guarded demeanor, so why was he murdered? In Death in the Old Rectory by Kathie Deviny, Mrs. Adele Evans, President of the Ladies Auxiliary, Directress of the Altar Guild, and the Chair of many other committees at the Seattle Grace Parish Church was a force to be reckoned with despite her small stature. One day she decided that since Father Roberts was not fully using the rectory provided by the parish as was required, because he was a single man and the rectory was built for a clerical family, she made an executive decision to have Father Roberts move out of the rectory and relocate elsewhere. Mrs. Evans had the idea of using the rectory to house the Grace Church Charity Thrift Shop and Community Outreach Office, which would be a benefit in servicing the community. Nick came to volunteer his services at the Thrift Shop.
I loved how Kathie introduced the cast of characters (Lester, Daniel, Deacon Mary, Arils, Molly, Mae, and Terry) in Death in the Old Rectory to build the story. It reminds me of one of my favorites, Murder by Death. Now here is where the mystery about Nick (aka Dominic Monte) getting murdered comes in. Nick was active within the community from the Sounders’ soccer team to volunteering at the Grace Church Charity Thrift Shop until his criminal past caught up with him. I found myself enjoying Death in the Old Rectory so much that at times I found myself laughing out loud because each character brought personality to the story. I visualized the scenes as if watching a live performance where each character played their part extremely well. As Detective Joyce and Officer Chen, along with Lester (an unofficial security and criminal expert), begin to uncover the clues of the murder, the fun and adventure begin.