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''What a hell of a way to start a vacation,'' is the way Father Ted Caldwell, an Episcopal priest, put it after falling over a corpse in a graveyard. But that was only the beginning. Father Ted, vacationing in England with his Aunt Kate, who works for a mysterious British government agency known vaguely as ''the department,'' soon finds out there's more than meets the eye in the remote coastal Norfolk village Little-Wickham-by-the-Sea.
First the lines of division among the village population are unusual, to say the least. This somewhat feudal arrangement consists of what Father Ted calls the establishment, Sir William and his cronies; the submissive native villagers, well taken care of by the baronet; and young urban professionals who are apparently too busy with their own lives and affairs to question the strange events taking place in Little Wickham.
What catches the priest's attention is an apparent attempt by the establishment to cover up what seems to be a murder and the reluctance of the police to intervene. As he probes further, he discovers a village history that extends all the way back to the Second World War.
Added to this mix is Kate's seeming involvement and her ambivalent attitude as Ted begins his own investigation. Inevitably as Kate predicts, Father Ted finds himself getting in too deep and finds his own life at risk. He is abducted and, with the help of the local postmistress and Kate, escapes only to stumble ever deeper into the morass that lies at the bottom of the village's life.
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Father Raymond L. Cox is a retired Episcopal priest of the Diocese of Connecticut. As a priest who has worked in city parishes, he is familiar with drug houses, the street corner trade in vice, and the variety of scrapes, and worse, in which many of our disenfranchised citizens find themselves.
As a contributor to theological publications as well as parish and deanery publications, writing has played a large part in his years as a cleric, not to mention the variety of materials necessary for preaching, teaching, and presenting parish seminars.
Like Father Caldwell, he was born in England and moved with his family to this side of the Atlantic when he was in his teens. He has degrees from the University of Hartford and the University of the South. He has worked as a musician, factory worker, personnel director and consultant, newspaper reporter, teacher, and in a variety of other miscellaneous trades.
He continues to be active as a priest since his retirement, serving a variety of parishes on a part-time basis, but he still enjoys writing, including short stories and theological pieces.
He lives in Connecticut with his wife, visiting often with his two daughters.
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Book Description Red Lead Press, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M143496521X