The Vicar’s Lot

The Vicar’s Lot -‘The Island Connection #6’

The Vicar's LotSarah gets a new police partner called Penny, and her initial reaction is not good since the new girl has the same name as her former partner and friend who was killed by jihadists six years previously. However, Penny proves to be a good match for Sarah as they are sent on a hunt for the truth into The Dordogne region of France. Meanwhile, Hjalmar’s past has caught up with him again in the form of The Vicar. But now, Hjalmar’s using his computer skills to track a group of influential paedophiles, and deals are made so that the past can be forgotten. When he sees Penny, he loses more than just a few fingers – he loses his heart. Will it end in happiness, or will it end in tears?

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The Vicar peered around the curtain. His gaze swept the auditorium, shifting like a search light until it had touched everyone in the room. He wanted to remember these people’s faces and their fear. He wanted to brand his memory with their guilt and their sudden understanding of what was about to happen to them. He wanted to be sure that they realised that this was no accidental fire, though with Jean-Pierre Bernier hanging as naked as a peeled apple over the flames, that was hardly likely.

People were already panicking. Some were trying to open the double doors at the back of the hall, but had nothing to pull on them with. One grabbed a fire extinguisher from the wall, and discovered it was of no use. He then used it to try and batter the double doors, but they were strong and opened inwards, not outwards. Another man ran towards the front and tried to run up the steps onto the stage, but The Vicar kicked his legs from under him as he clambered onto the stage and, with hands as hard as granite, took hold of the man’s arm and bent it at the elbow in the direction that it was never intended to go. He pulled the howling man back onto his feet and kicked him back down the steps into the auditorium. One man in the hall was as fat as a distillery pig. He was so fat that he couldn’t get out of his chair unaided but nobody was rushing to help him.

The Vicar glanced at Bernier, arms shackled behind his back and hanging in the air by his wrists. His shoulder blades protruded like open car doors and blood was running down his shadowy naked body from where the harness was cutting deep into his wrists. He danced like a man in a swarm of hornets, but the more he struggled, the more the harness cut down to the bone. His feet were now smouldering and the meaty pads underneath were beginning to melt as the skin and flesh peeled off them.

5 star reviewAll my favourite storytelling themes – suspense, mystery, thriller
By mousyb Dec 11, 2016
I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading The Vicar’s Lot. The blurb said it was set in The Dordogne region of France and I know that region well. But by the time I got to chapter three, I was totally hooked. The settings were perfectly described and already the story began to unfold. Having read the other ‘Manx Connection’ books, I already knew the characters, but it’s not necessary since all these books are stand alone. In the end, I literally couldn’t put the book down. I loved it. It’s a terrific story incorporating all my favourite storytelling themes – suspense, mystery, thriller and, above all in this book, there are some quite chilling scenes that made my blood turn cold but which were a vital part of the story. Seldom have I enjoyed a book as much as this.


5 star reviewAn exciting read!
By Sally 10 August 2017
Difficult reading in places due to the nature of the story but so well written without missing detail and yet sensitive to how much detail is required! The Vicar is a character I would not like to cross, but in this story his sadistic character made it a joy reading what he did to his victims. A great read, thank you.


5 star reviewExciting thriller with an unexpected twist.
By Penny 10 March 2017
Exciting story about a difficult subject made easier to take in because of the lovely descriptions of beautiful places in France. I particularly enjoyed the references to wonderful French food. Good ending with a twist.

Book cover design by Bruno Cavellec, Copyright © Bruno Cavellec 2016.
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