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These books (having come to the end) are well-written, with reasonably sympathetic characters. They are always readable, and generally have multiple murders for the Fantastic Four to solve. But I do wonder how many people today are going to find mysteries surrounding St. Therese de Lisieux (the Little Flower) relevant or interesting. I must admit I struggled with this one. I still also feel that Doyle was woefully underwritten. But I don’t regret having read them.
This book was disappointing. Throughout the series, Markham has come across as almost mystic. But this time, the normally down to earth Noakes has succumbed to RC fairy tales about so called "saints". There was far too much detail about the cult of Therese. As a Bible believing Protestant, I abhorr such heresy. Moloney writes well but the subject matter leaves much to be desired.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book... I am not a Catholic but I sent for the autobiography of St Teresa. The knowledge that was imparted was second to none... I loved that dear Nokesy was like a father figure in his championing The Little Flower.... I am sorry that this is the last book in the series... Please may we have more❤️
I do like the Markham series, but this is one of the weaker stories. There's a lot about the way everybody, including Noakes, goes overboard for St Therese, and the details of her life rather suffocate the not-very-strong plot. We really don't need to know SO much about her! Hoping for a return to form with the next in the series!