I can’t believe it’s 18 months since lovely Jackie Baldwin last featured on Linda’s Book Bag with a smashing guest post, Saints and Sinners, that you can read here. I’m delighted that she has agreed to stay in with me today to talk books.
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Staying in with Jackie Baldwin
Welcome back to Linda’s Book Bag, Jackie. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
My absolute pleasure, Linda!
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
Well, I’ve brought along Dead Man’s Prayer, the first in my DI Farrell police procedural series. The second, Perfect Dead, is currently lying in pieces on the floor as its being edited and I didn’t want to mess up your carpet.
(That’s very thoughtful of you as this is a brand new carpet! I understand Perfect Dead will be released on 15th June and is available for pre-order here!)
What can we expect from an evening in with Dead Man’s Prayer?
Frank Farrell is a rather different lead detective. As one reviewer said, ‘he has more baggage than Gatwick’ which made me laugh. He is a former practising RC priest who suffered a complete mental breakdown as a young priest. He recovered and subsequently entered the police. The book sees him returning to his home town of Dumfries only to be landed with the murder of a local priest, the one who drove him out of the priesthood fifteen years ago. Then twin boys go missing from a local nursery. One is recovered unharmed in a local church. Is Farrell seeing patterns where none exist or is he losing his grip on reality once more? It has been described as an ‘intense’ read but there is some humour in there as well.
(Dead Man’s Prayer sounds brilliant. I’ve known a few dodgy RC priests myself!)
What else have you brought along and why?
Well, Linda, I’ve brought some Gregorian chants along as Farrell finds them soothing. I’ve also brought along some handcuffs and a Taser…just kidding!
(Phew! Had me worried there for a minute Jackie…)
I’m hoping I can tempt you into joining me for a hot toddy, consisting of whisky, sugar and hot water. I’ve also brought along pictures of the empty Benedictine Convent where a pivotal scene takes place and the view from Farrell’s cottage at Kelton. And of course, it’s only polite to bring chocolates…!
I’ll definitely join you in that hot toddy Jackie and as you’ve brought chocolates it would only be rude to refuse…
Thanks so much for staying in with me Jackie. I can see where the humour in your books comes from and I’ve really enjoyed hearing about Dead Man’s Prayer.
Dead Man’s Prayer
A dark and gripping crime debut, the first in an exciting new series. Eighteen years ago, DI Frank Farrell turned his back on the church. But when an ex-priest is murdered in his hometown, he has no choice but to delve into his past.
Ex-priest DI Frank Farrell has returned to his roots in Dumfries, only to be landed with a disturbing murder case. Even worse, Farrell knows the victim: Father Boyd, the man who forced him out of the priesthood fifteen years earlier.
With no leads, Farrell must delve into the old priest’s past, one that is inextricably linked with his own. But his attention is diverted when twin boys go missing. One twin is recovered in an abandoned church, unharmed. But where is his brother?
As Farrell investigates the two cases he can’t help but feel targeted. Is someone playing a sinister game, or is he seeing patterns that don’t exist? Either way, it’s a game Farrell needs to win before he loses his grip on his sanity, or someone else turns up dead.
Dead Man’s Prayer is available for purchase here.
About Jackie Baldwin
Jackie Baldwin worked as a solicitor specialising in criminal and family law for twenty years before training as a hypnotherapist. She is married with two grown up children and lives in Dumfries, SW Scotland.