stuart laing

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  • Good, Clean, Murder: A Plain Jane Mystery on Feb. 25, 2013

    I received a copy of this from the author in return for an honest review so that is exactly what it will receive. Jane Adler, a young woman working as a house cleaner to pay her way through Harvest Bible School to further her wish to become a missionary finds herself unwillingly caught up in a murder. Her clients who own a burger chain in Portland are found dead when she goes to clean their house. What had started off as a normal Monday soon takes a turn for the worse. While that basic premise may seem routine the author brings a fresh perspective to the genre through the Christian faith of Jane. She constantly seeks guidance and assistance from God not only to assist her with her growing determination to discover the identity of the killer but also to help her with doubts about which field of mission work she should focus on. Romantic feelings towards her new lecturer and growing concerns about whether she has wasted two years of her life at Harvest Bible School where even the staff seem determined to convince her that the certificate she has been working for is essentially worthless. Through into this mixture a psycho ex room-mate with a Neo-Nazi boyfriend, a mob of drug addled Human rights activists determined to close down the burger chain and Jane's attempts to act as a comfort blanket to the bereaved children and family of her clients you have much more than your standard murder mystery. Financial worries and a growing reliance from the family upon her threaten to drag her down but Jane refuses to buckle under the pressure dropped on her shoulder. The Christian faith of the main character shines throughout the book and never feels that it is being used as just a plot device. Everything Jane does is guided by her faith and that faith is a beacon of hope in even the darkest hour. All in all this hold the promise of being a wonderfully engaging series and the ending leaves it wide open for Jane's adventures to continue. Thoroughly enjoyable.
  • Good, Clean, Murder: A Plain Jane Mystery on Feb. 25, 2013

    I received a copy of this from the author in return for an honest review so that is exactly what it will receive. Jane Adler, a young woman working as a house cleaner to pay her way through Harvest Bible School to further her wish to become a missionary finds herself unwillingly caught up in a murder. Her clients who own a burger chain in Portland are found dead when she goes to clean their house. What had started off as a normal Monday soon takes a turn for the worse. While that basic premise may seem routine the author brings a fresh perspective to the genre through the Christian faith of Jane. She constantly seeks guidance and assistance from God not only to assist her with her growing determination to discover the identity of the killer but also to help her with doubts about which field of mission work she should focus on. Romantic feelings towards her new lecturer and growing concerns about whether she has wasted two years of her life at Harvest Bible School where even the staff seem determined to convince her that the certificate she has been working for is essentially worthless. Through into this mixture a psycho ex room-mate with a Neo-Nazi boyfriend, a mob of drug addled Human rights activists determined to close down the burger chain and Jane's attempts to act as a comfort blanket to the bereaved children and family of her clients you have much more than your standard murder mystery. Financial worries and a growing reliance from the family upon her threaten to drag her down but Jane refuses to buckle under the pressure dropped on her shoulder. The Christian faith of the main character shines throughout the book and never feels that it is being used as just a plot device. Everything Jane does is guided by her faith and that faith is a beacon of hope in even the darkest hour. All in all this hold the promise of being a wonderfully engaging series and the ending leaves it wide open for Jane's adventures to continue. Thoroughly enjoyable.