Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Peaches for Father Francis, by Joanne Harris
Vianne Rocher returns to Lansquenet to find herself and her two daughters in the middle of a war, though they just aren't sure who the combatants are. It could be the village's Muslims and Catholics, or their religious leaders; or it could be the Muslims who are interested in assimilation and those who are not. In the end, the war seems to have built around and swirls around two very damaged people, and the people caught between them are collateral casualties. Harris is unwilling to give the readers an ending, forcing us to decide for ourselves what happens next.