Monday, March 8, 2010

The Lord Is My Shepherd by Debbie Viguie

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Abingdon Press (March 2010)


Debbie Viguie


Debbie ViguiƩ has been writing for most of her life. She has experimented with poetry and nonfiction, but her true passion lies in writing novels. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from UC Davis. While at Davis she met her husband, Scott, at auditions for a play.

Debbie's love for writing brought her from working as a church secretary to a successful career writing supernatural fiction. She is the author of Midnight Pearls, Scarlet Moon, and Charmed: Pied Piper, and the young Sweet Seasons series. She also is coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Wicked book series.

Debbie and Scott now live on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. When Debbie is not writing and Scott has time off they love to indulge their passion for theme parks.


Cindy’s church is getting ready to celebrate Easter, and Jeremiah’s Temple is preparing for Passover when Cindy literally stumbles over the body of an unknown man lying in the sanctuary. The church was locked, and a y cross necklace on the floor seems to be the only clue. The killer is likely a member of the congregation, but there are hints that similar s have happened in the past. Are Cindy and Jeremiah dealing with a serial killer? They have to unravel the clues before Easter Sunday arrives and more people die.

Cindy and Jeremiah come from two different worlds, even though they work right next door to each other. Cindy is a strong Christian who lives a normal but somewhat dull life, working as a church secretary. Jeremiah is a Reformed rabbi with a mysterious past full of danger and excitement. But one eventful Easter/Passover week, the two find themselves working together to solve a and stop a serial killer from striking again. Solving the mystery should put an end to their alliance, but the church secretary and the rabbi quickly find themselves enmeshed in another mystery. Soon the two form a friendly alliance and friendship, exploring personal history and faith and growing closer with each passing adventure. Despite their differences Cindy and Jeremiah find a lot of common ground.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Lord Is My Shepherd, go HERE.
There is a new Christian suspense author on the block, and she is really good. This book was another "read-in-one-sitting" books. In other words, such a great read that I couldn't put it down until I finished it.
Viguie has two interesting, yet totally different main characters for this series. A church secretary of a Protestant church, and a Jewish Rabbi. Working together, they help the police solve the Passion Week . The killer is ing people and arranging them to portray the events of Jesus' last week on this earth.
I thought the plot was genius, and I really like the interaction between her characters. She brings out the differences between the Jewish and Protestant beliefs and practices, something I think she will focus on in the series.
There are increasingly too many authors who feel you can't have a good suspense or mystery without either having no strong Christian theme, or including language not suitable to a Christian book. This author proves them wrong. There is a strong Christian theme to the book, yet it is a great suspense/mystery at the same time.
If you enjoy the genre of suspense/mystery, check this series out. This is the first book in the Psalm 23 Mystery Series, but will soon be followed by the second, I Shall Not Want. If I gave stars to indicate how well I liked a book, this would receive 5, the highest.
Thanks to Abington Press for the review copy.


misskallie2000 said...

I would love to read this book. It is thought provoking.
Thanks for the great giveaway.

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