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The Revd Richard Coles on his debut crime novel, Murder Before Evensong

16 June 2022

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On the podcast this week, Sarah Meyrick interviews the Revd Richard Coles about his new book, Murder Before Evensong a crime novel and his first foray into fiction.

The book introduces us to Coles’s clerical sleuth: the Rector of Champton, Canon Daniel Clement, who shares the rectory with his widowed mother, Audrey, and two dachshunds, Cosmo and Hilda.

“I think anyone who’s been in parish ministry will find the life of the parish priest in some ways maps on to that of a detective,” Coles says. “Because you’re kind of looking at the exterior of things, and for disruptions in the pattern, and wondering what that might tell you about what’s going on underneath.”

Coles also talks about how he is finding life after having left parish ministry.

The feature interview can be read here.

Murder Before Evensong is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in hardback and eBook at £16.99, and audio download (Church Times Bookshop £13.59, with signed copies available while stocks last).

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