Like the previous book, this one is rather dark. The theme is sex trafficking, so that's pretty dark as well. I think Paul McCusker does a good job, though, dealing with a delicate subject and making readers sympathetic and aware of the characters and what is going on in the story line.
Father Gilbert is the former detective who is now an Anglican priest. But he can never seem to fully leave his detective work behind, and this time he finds himself in the middle of a mystery when he's supposed to be enjoying a conference of ministers in the ocean-side town of Englesea. A murdered body of a girl is found, and the investigation leads to the uncovering of a sex trafficking trade in the town. Father Gilbert, with his propensity of having supernatural visions, is drawn in to help with the investigating and uncovering all the dark secrets of the town.
The characters in the novel are very well developed. Father Gilbert is a very sympathetic character, and readers will feel for him as he gets caught up in the dark investigations of the town against his desires. The story line is well done as well and not predictable. Twists and turns kept me reading and made this a hard one to put down.
I can highly recommend Death in the Shadows as a good read. It is dark and may make some readers uncomfortable, but I'm finding that I really enjoy the Father Gilbert mysteries.
You can find Death in the Shadows on Kregel here and on Amazon here. And you can read a Kindle excerpt below.