"Don't miss D.R. Meredith's High Plains mysteries. Delightful characters, vast Texas landscapes, dandy yarns."
Nobody approved of the preacher's wife--a truck-stop waitress. But when she was found murdered and plunked in the Christmas nativity scene dressed as the Virgin Mary, well that's too much. John Llloyd Branson agrees to defend the seemingly guilty minister, but John Lloyd is stuck with a client who refuses to discuss his actions.
It will all lead to a spectacular courtoorm battle that pits the unflappable Branson against Amarillo's most formidable assistant D.A. And as the minister awaits his destiny, the murky secrets of the Church of the Holy Light are exposed to the bright light of day....
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Rev. David Hailey shocks the folks of Canadian, Tex., by adding a disturbing figure to his church's life-sized, outdoor nativity scene: Amanda, his flirtatious 19-year-old wife, dressed as the Virgin Mary and dead of a head wound from a blunt instrument. Doing this in full view of the church's budget committee is incriminating enough--Amanda was alive and well earlier in the evening--but one churchgoer, Canadian DA Glen Williams, says that after the meeting he saw Hailey pick up a rock and head straight for the parsonage. Williams, as a witness, relinquishes prosecuting duties to Amarillo DA Cleetus "Maximum" Miller, while Hailey is championed by the brilliant, dapper defense attorney John Lloyd Branson and his volatile aide and significant other, Lydia Ann Fairchild. Hailey refuses to discuss his wife's death. As the murder trial progresses, Lydia is astonished to realize that "the Panhandle's would-be Perry Mason" seems to be bungling the defense. Meredith ( Murder by Reference ) effectively makes the courtroom a stage on which tragedy and farce play simultaneously. And if the irascible Lydia wears thin at times, there's always hope she'll grow up before her next appearance.
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Book Description Fawcett, 1993. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0345376935
Book Description Fawcett, 1993. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0345376935
Book Description Fawcett, 1993. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110345376935