Crimefighting and religion don’t always seem compatible

Crimefighting and religion are both elements in my new book The Key to a Murder.  How does that make sense? My hero is a young man studying theology (aka divinity) at university when he learns his father’s death was a murder. To save an innocent man, he sets out to find the truth. [That’s enough to be going on with. There’s more on a previous post. Or why not get the book?]

Do crimefighting and religion mix in fiction?

Father Brown is a popular TV series, as was Grantchester, and many years ago there was a successful American series Father Dowling Investigates. Recently, The Sister Boniface Mysteries have been on our screens. Apparently, the public likes religious amateur detectives. Let’s hope The Key to a Murder is as popular!

Is this credible?

You might at first think it unlikely, but here are a few points to consider.

  • Vicars, priest and nuns have a high sense of right and wrong and hate injustice of all kinds, as do most theology students.
  • They may have lots of other duties, but are not tied to office hours.
  • Despite what many people think, clergy tend to have enquiring, analytical minds. They usually go through intellectual doubts before, during and after their training, but few have a simple unquestioning faith these days. My fictitious hero goes through doubts in the book. Amateur detectives need such a mindset.
  • Their work brings them into contact with a wide range of people and they often develop a shrewdness in assessing other people., because most are not as naive as people think.

What do you think?

I would welcome feedback on the book and if many of you like it, I might give my character more opportunities to solve crime!

A key. From the cover of The Key to a Murder, where crimefighting and religion overlap

A key. From the cover of The Key to a Murder, where crimefighting and religion overlap