The Resource Crooked heart, Cristina Sumners

Crooked heart, Cristina Sumners

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Crooked heart
Title
Crooked heart
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Cristina Sumners
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eng
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Review
  • Chief of Police Tom Holder is middle-aged, 40 pounds overweight, and trapped in an appallingly bad marriage. When a suburban housewife goes missing, it doesn’t take Tom long to conclude that she is a kindred soul who has decided to run away from her despicable husband. However, the case soon becomes more complicated, and he enlists the bright, attractive Reverend Kathryn Koerney (with whom he is secretly smitten) to help question a child who believes she has witnessed a murder. First-novelist Sumners shapes a case that mirrors the emotions of the lead characters. The simmering erotic tension between Tom and Kathryn, which they refuse to act on, constrained by their faith and their roles, is reflected back to them in the course of their investigation of two people who acted on their attraction with disastrous results. Sumners also explores the nature of unrequited love--is it cowardice or conscience? What happens when you play it too safe? This is smart, engaging writing in what one can only hope is the beginning of a series. (Reviewed September 1, 2002) -- Joanne Wilkinson
  • While the autumnal suburban street scene on the dust jacket of Sumners's winning debut suggests peace, serenity and tea at the rectory, the opening chapter with its gruesome murder scene proves otherwise. When housewife Grace Kimbrough goes missing in the affluent university town of Harton, N.J., Tom Holder, overweight 40-something police chief, seizes the opportunity to recruit the Rev. Dr. Kathryn Koerney, a professor at Harton's renowned seminary and associate of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church—anything to have contact with the pretty, witty priest and a respite from his worse-than-bad marriage, if only in his fantasies. For her own reasons, Kathryn agrees to help, and the two sleuths begin an investigation that will uncover the closely guarded secrets of several townspeople as well as secrets of their own hearts. Spunky 10-year-old Tita Robinson, who has recently become fascinated with Nancy Drew, guides Kathryn and Tom to a dramatic conclusion, though veteran crime readers may find the solutions to the various mysteries obvious. Graduates of New Jersey's only Ivy League university and others familiar with the Princeton area will relish the picture of Harton, while fans of ecclesiastical cozies will delight in Kathryn, whose lecture on lust and contact with others is intelligent, bold and refreshing. (Nov. 5) FYI: Like her heroine, the author is a teacher and an Episcopal priest. --Staff (Reviewed September 16, 2002) (Publishers Weekly, vol 249, issue 37, p52)
  • In peaceful little Harton, New Jersey, an unnamed man and woman walk gingerly around the dead body of another woman, dressed in white, drenched in blood, and lying on the kitchen floor. Thus ends, or begins, the case of missing Grace Kimbrough, whose effete husband George reports her disappearance with odd detachment. Adding to the mystery is the absence, and possible disappearance, of the Kimbroughs' next-door neighbors and best friends, Bill and Carolyn Stanley. Police Chief Tom Holder investigates, though his mind is distracted. The unhappily married Tom has an unlikely, X-rated crush on his Episcopalian priest, Rev. Kathryn Koerney, who even more improbably feels the same about him. Tom brings her into the case to question witness Elizabeth (Tita) Robinson, an observant ten-year-old who may have seen Grace's body being taken out wrapped in a rug. Kathryn makes similar headway with the Stanleys' prickly secretary Patricia Clyde, who'd offered Tom only evasiveness and obstruction. As Sumners is picking up Carolyn on the run in California, where she indulges in a one-night stand, and providing many other quick scenes from indeterminate male and female perspectives, Kathryn, who knows both the Kimbroughs and the Stanleys, gets intrigued by the mystery—apart from her nascent interest in Tom. She even flies to the West Coast, unbeknownst to Tom, on an investigative hunch. The disappearance of Tita raises the stakes and speeds the story to an end. Newcomer Sumners doesn't develop either her characters or plot enough to generate the interest it might. As the proposed series moves along, the unusual relationship between the cop and the priest might intrigue—or offend. (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2002)
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072194
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Sumners, Cristina
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Divine mysteries
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Police
  • Police chiefs
  • Women clergy
  • New Jersey
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Crooked heart, Cristina Sumners
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24 cm
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viii, 296 pages
Isbn
9780553803037
Lccn
2002025589
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rdamedia
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9780553803037
Label
Crooked heart, Cristina Sumners
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 296 pages
Isbn
9780553803037
Lccn
2002025589
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780553803037

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