The Pure in Heart— Murder Mystery 2 by Susan Hill

Murder mysteries are by definition, explorations of darkness, evil. After all, we are talking about murder here, not accidental death. And so necessarily the murder mystery novelist must do what few of us relish doing--- pull up the front door mat, and show us the unseen and obscene disgusting things that crawl around right under our noses, unnoticed.Hill is very good at such explorations and revelations, and yet maintains a ray of hope in her characters that are Christian, particularly Cat … [Read more...]

St. Andrews Highlights

This is the first of two posts on St. Andrews, mostly pictures. What you see above is two aging gentlemen, one with the initials BW3 and one with the initials NTW. We are standing in Tom Wrights lovely sitting room in his bungalow near Kirkaldy. The next two pictures are from his study--- one is of the handwritten flow chart for Chapter 10 of the Paul book. The other is his Thomas Jefferson revolving Bible stand (I need one of those for sure).Below this we have pictures of me doing … [Read more...]

The Durham Chronicles– Part Three

Down at the Cafe Capriccio they are serving up a mean mocha. Right at the apex of Elvet Bridge street, and next to Sadler Street in Durham, the Ducate coffee-making machine is humming. I do mean humming. The biscotti is flying off the shelves, and the paninis are fantastic. You can even get a full English cooked breakfast, but who wants that in an Italian bistro? This is a family owned restaurant with the Pappa of the place hardly speaking English. He is from Napoli, but fortunately he has a … [Read more...]

The Durham Chronicles– Part Two (Christ is Risen!)

Durham at 5:15 in the morning just after the clocks have been pushed forward is not exactly a time for a sunrise service. It was billed as a bonfire and baptism and confirmation and communion service, all rolled into one and it lived up to its billing. The service lasted a good 1:45, and nobody was eager to leave. The service began in utter darkness in the cloister....then the bonfire was lit and the choir and the clergy processed to the middle of the lawn in the midst of the cloister. The … [Read more...]

Whatever your Path, Don’t Let it be a Psychopath–‘The Various Haunts of Men’

First novels are make or break kind of things. I know all about it. If the Lazarus Effect hadn't done reasonably well, we would not have been five novels into the series as of this summer (Roma Aeterna is coming). Whatever trepidation Susan Hill, who lives in a Gloucestershire farm house, might have had about her first mystery, it was entirely unwarranted. People went wild over The Various Haunts of Men, comparing her to P.D. James. High praise indeed. It is one of those rare novels where it … [Read more...]

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“Whoever has done it unto the least of these….”

We should see every poor person as an icon of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because what we do to the least of these we do unto HIM. … [Read more...]

The Durham Chronicles– Part One

Durham is one of the few places in the world I know of where it is impossible to be hyperbolic about its beauty and grandeur. It's a place that needs no hype. And it is also a spectacular place to get an education. But I digress. I first arrived in Durham, or to use it's old name Dunelm, 35 long years ago, a youngish student of 26. I've returned numerous times, this time for two months, and while various things have changed, the essential things have remained the same, indeed one could … [Read more...]

Roger Ebert—- Time to Roll the Credits

Beginning in the late 70s, my wife and I had two favorite PBS shows. No, it was not one of those long running serials like Brideshead Revisited. The first was the wonderful show about the life of James Herriot in Yorkshire as a vet. It was hysterical. The second was Siskel and Ebert at the Movies. Intelligent, even witty, commentary and critique on movies was never made so accessible, and so lacking in the usual irascible spirit of some critics, as with this show. It was just plain fun, and … [Read more...]