- STAFF PICKS
- GIFTS + GIFT CARDS
- SELL BOOKS
- FIND A STORE
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
The Redeemed: A Jenny Cooper Mysteryby M. R. Hall
Synopses & Reviews
Now in paperback, the second novel in this “series to watch” (Booklist) stars coroner Jenny Cooper as she investigates the murder of a porn star turned megachurch devotee.
When Washington-based Mission Church of God opens a new megachurch in Bristol, England, it’s an instant phenomenon. With the help of millionaire Michael Turnbull, it quickly grows to a large congregation. Among the converts to its highly charismatic brand of religion is ex-porn film actress Eva Donaldson, whom Turnbull enlists as the face of a national campaign for legislation banning Internet pornography. When Eva is brutally murdered, Paul Craven, a recently released prisoner, makes a confession to police. But Coroner Jenny Cooper is reluctantly persuaded by Craven’s Catholic priest, the zealous Father Lucas Starr, that there is far more to Eva’s death than the police cared to investigate.
As Jenny enters the emotionally charged world of the Mission Church, she uncovers sinister connections to the apparent suicides of two other congregants. Beset by demons from her own past, Jenny struggles to unearth the buried traumas that continue to haunt her while confronting the dark forces behind the three deaths. The Redeemed is a provocative and compelling mystery that explores the dark waters of false redemption and the fine line between good and evil.
“Readers of Patricia Cornwell will very much enjoy this psychological thriller. Jenny Cooper’s character is flawed and unflinchingly real.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“A chilling blend of religion and corruption.”
“Dad, what happened to Cousin Katy?”
“You remember, Smiler. You killed her.”
JENNY COOPER has a lot on her mind. Under fire from her superiors for exposing a high-level government cover-up of the disappearance of two Muslim youths, she is also haunted by the discovery that she may have been responsible for the death of one of her own family members. Her college-age son, her therapist, and her neighbor and sometimes lover all seem to be turning their backs on her, driving Jenny to increasingly give in to the temptation to escape through alcohol and pills.
The discovery of a dead man lying outside a Bristol church with the sign of the cross gouged into his flesh looks to her at first like another grisly suicide. But the unexpected arrival of an enigmatic Jesuit priest reveals deeper levels of mystery.
Father Lucas Starr, the chaplain of a nearby prison, has come to plead for Jenny’s intercession on behalf of one of his parishioners, who confessed to murdering Eva Donaldson, a former adult movie actress turned world-renowned anti-pornography campaigner. Persuaded by him to look at Eva’s death afresh, Jenny un-covers a sinister series of connections between Eva and the body at the church.
After another tragic death, Jenny’s suspicions turn toward a powerful new global phenomenon: the politically ambitious and intoxicatingly charismatic Mission Church of God.
Answering to no one but the dead, Jenny’s lone quest for justice takes her to the heart of the fight between good and evil, sex and the supernatural, and on a dark inner journey to confront ghosts that have haunted her for a lifetime.
About the Author
M. R. Hall, a screenwriter, producer, and former criminal lawyer, is the author of The Disappeared. Educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Worcester College, Oxford, he lives in the U.K. with his wife and two sons.
What Our Readers Are Saying