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!