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Letters to AO

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Letters from 13 to 19 July 2009

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Anglican intrigue . . .

With reference to the dearth of Anglican thrillers (July 5), I refer you to murder mysteries by British writer Kate Charles. Not only do her books have an ecclesiastical background, with titles taken from the psalms — 'A Drink of Deadly Wine', 'The Snares of Death', 'Appointed to Die', 'A Dead Man Out of Mind', and 'Evil Angels Among Them' — but the crimes (ranging from blackmail, to obscene phone calls, to fraud and theft, to murder) all take place in or around Anglican churches, and clergy and parish officials at all levels of hierarchy and churchmanship are major characters.

Ms Charles' books also deal with church politics, the current issue of inclusion of GLBT people and resistance to women in the priesthood. The five books in the series are well-written, well-researched and reveal the Church of England in all its diversity and turmoil. They're also great fun to read.

It is unfortunate that Ms Charles seems to have abandoned the series and one can only hope that she will pick up where she left off five years ago and have the Canon's artist daughter Lucy and her lover, solicitor/church architecture-and-ecclesiastical-silver buff David, back on the trail, sniffing out crimes and misdemeanours in high and holy places.

Rene Jamieson
St. John's Cathedral
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
13 July 2009

Editor: We're thoroughly in favour of any series of novels that have a solicitor cum church architecture-and-ecclesiastical-silver buff in them. And it does sound as if these books are a possible answer to the question we posed.

. . . on every corner

Liked your Editorial letter of last week. [Well, I mostly like them, every week.] You must find the novels — a quartet thus far  — by C.J Sansom, an English writer. Our hero is one Matthew Shardlake, not a detective, but a lawyer, the books are set in 1541-1543, and they are crucial to an understanding of the Anglican Church, as well as being wonderful, pacey thriller novels.

The first is Dissolution, the second, rather more secular, but no matter, religion is on every corner in the London of the day, is Dark Fire; the third is Sovereign, and the last, without doubt to my mind, the very finest, not least because it has so contemporary a feel, compare the Fundamentalist push we suffer from today, is Revelation.

I stayed up till midnight last night to finish Revelation, and all day I've been rather at a loss. I am missing Master Shardlake, I fear, and the other characters who also 'star'. Cranmer for instance . . . and he hasn't even written the BCP yet!

Peace and love to you, dear hard-working friends at Anglicans Online.

Caroline Nancarrow
Parish of Avon, Diocese of Gippsland
Stratford, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
13 July 2009

From murder to letters Ancient & Modern

My favorite hymn, one that brings tears to my eyes each time I sing or hear it, or read the words, is "My Song is Love Unknown," by Samuel Crossman (1664), using the John Ireland tune. At 67, I am setting down all my requests for my funeral, whenever this may occur (no apparent maladies at this point, thank God!), and I want all six verses of this hymn sung, either by a choir or soloist or by the congregation.

Since there will be Spanish-speaking people present, I will also insist on having "Pescador de Hombres" ("Fisher of Men), a very popular hymn written by the Spanish Roman Catholic priest Cesáreo Gabaráin (1936–2001), which I have translated (as have many others).

Barbara P. Gómez
Episcopal Church of the Epiphany
19 July 2009

Editor: We suspect your letter is in response to a long-ago front-page letter, which you may have happened upon in our morgue as a result of an Interent search. But we're happy to publish it, as we always enjoy encouraging discussion about hymns.

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