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The Lord Is My Shepherd (The Psalm 23 Mysteries #1)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  897 ratings  ·  135 reviews

Cindy’s church is getting ready to celebrate Easter, and Jeremiah’s Temple is preparing for Passover when Cindy literally stumbles over the body of an unknown man lying dead in the sanctuary. The church was locked, and a bloody cross necklace on the floor seems to be the only clue. The killer is likely a member of the congregation, but there are hints that similar deaths h

Hardcover, Large Print, 379 pages
Published January 19th 2011 by Thorndike Press (first published December 1st 2009)
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I picked this up, and promptly plowed through it, as I was genuinely interested in picking up the following book in the series... while it was possibly on sale! But I had to be sure it was something I'd actually want to read more of!

As the plot quickly picked up pace, and the most eclectic group of characters began to reveal themselves... I knew I had to see the WHOLE book through before I could make a true conclusion. I was not in the slightest disappointed. The next book is now loaded up to pr
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Cindy is a Christian church secretary at the First Shepherd Church, she really hates Mondays and this particular Monday goes from bad to worse when she trips over a dead body inside the church sanctuary as she turns on the lights while opening up the church, following her screams she is grabbed by a man who turns out to be Jeremiah the Rabbi from the Jewish Synagogue next door, what follows is a murder mystery that includes many more bodies and an investigation in which Detective Mark Walters ju ...more
Author: Debbie Viguie’
Publisher: Abingdon Press
March 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4267-0189-4
Genre: Inspirational/mystery

Cindy Preston is the church secretary, and she hates Monday. After a long weekend away from the office, she never knows exactly what she’ll find, and she doesn’t like disarray. So, she unlocks the church doors and promptly falls over a body. Someone has been stabbed to death in the locked church.

Jeremiah Silverman is the Rabbi at the Jewish temple next door t
Joan Reeves
This mystery is not your usual cozy. The Lord Is My Shepherd, Book 1 of the Psalm 23 Mysteries, is what's considered Christian fiction. I normally don't read books labeled as such because the ones I've picked up are too "preachy" and usually in a way that doesn't reflect my faith. However, this book was a pleasant surprise. Author Debbie Viguié deftly blends elements from many popular genres: mystery, thriller, humor, and even a touch of romance in the awareness and tension between a rabbi and a ...more
Elise M.
I downloaded this nook book when it was a free offering from Abingdon in late October. There are so many free books that it takes a long time for me to get around to reading those I've already downloaded, but I was attracted to this book because it was a Christian murder mystery, which is what I'm writing.

The reviews I've read of this book tend to be at one extreme or the other. Readers either love it or hate it. Generally those who hate it object to the number of murders for a Christian book. T
Well first off, I read the Psalm 23 Mysteries out of order. I started with Book 3 ( Lie Down in Green Pastures (The Psalm 23 Mysteries, #3) by Debbie Viguié) by accident. This led to a moderate spoiler ((view spoiler)), but didn't really hurt the book. As you can see, I still gave this book 4 stars, because I really enjoyed it.

Church secretary Cindy finds a murder victim when she gets to work Monday morning of Easter week. This understandably freaks her out, but due to some baggage on her p
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I love reading books that I learn from as well as be entertained. This first in the series of "The Psalm 23 Mysteries" fills that requirement easily.

The Presbyterian Church, First Shepard is situated next door to the Jewish Temple. They have shared parking lots for many years, now they share a murder!

This gently presented novel holds some shocking Easter themed murders of a serial killer. It is not a traditional cozy murder, yet, it does hold some of the feel of a cozy. Amateur Sleuths, Church
Leah Good
I'm primarily a reader of historical fiction, but trying to come up with new and varied monthly themes for my book review blog has pushed into reading a wider variety of books than I used to. This Christian murder mystery is one of them. I find murder mysteries creepy, and this was no exception, but I liked it anyway. ;) My favorite part was the development of the friendship between Cindy and Jeremiah. While there's definitely a hint that the friendship may turn into something more in future boo ...more
I really appreciated that this book could simply be a great murder mystery without involving foul language and sex. Maybe it's because of the religious aspect of the story, but I found it very refreshing regardless of the reasons behind it.

The only negative point I found in the story is that it is blatantly obvious who the killer is the moment they appear. That is sort of rectified by the fact that it isn't revealed how the killer is involved with the victims or the other characters until the en
This is my second time reading this book, and both times I really enjoyed the chemistry between Jeremiah and Cindy. I kept hoping it would turn into a romance! The mystery itself was interesting, the motive for the murders was somewhat unique to me, although the book felt a bit short and rushed at the same time. I liked the themed setting as well, though I thought it a little odd that a Christian Church would be so close to a Jewish Synagogue. I enjoyed the book well enough to continue with the ...more
Julie Graves
Cindy Preston is the secretary at First Shepherd. She hates Mondays and especially this Monday as it is the beginning of Holy Week for the church. Cindy decides to get to work early this Monday to get a jump start on the week. What she finds is the sanctuary door unlocked and open. Thinking that the youth group left it open accidentally the night before Cindy goes in to make sure all is cleaned up. When she trips over something in the dark she thinks that something was left after the youth event ...more
Quick easy, untaxing murder mystery tale. Maybe a little naive or stretching belief of police procedures but I did enjoy it and the pages turned very quickly.
Particularly enjoyed the interaction between Cindy and the Rabi and about the jewish religious ceremony of Passover.
Odd that I can swing from cosy murder thriller to hard core horror, but that's pretty much says it all about me.
Amy Paget
I've always enjoyed "occupational based" mysteries, especially if the occupation is one that I have some familiarity with. It's one of those standard truisms that the secretary (in our case Parish Administrator) runs the church, and it's sure true here in this series mystery. There's a nice cross-faith link with the nearby rabbi providing a good samaritan, detective pal and possible love interest for our heroine. This title centers around, Easter, the busiest church season, murders set in biblic ...more
What I liked was the action, straight away! Murder in chapter one! I got sucked right into the story and I found it hard to put the book away. The Church and Synagogue next to each other was also something I found good, showed that religions can work along each other. Cindy, our main character, finds a dead body and Jeremiah, rabbi from the Synagogue, comes to her when he hears her scream. It's the beginning of a partnership to find the killer.

That the murders (yes, there is more than one) have
Mar 06, 2010 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense/mystery lovers; christian fiction lovers
Recommended to Molly by: CFBA; Abingdon Press
This was a new author for me, but one that has great talent in writing a Christian fiction suspense book, and one that I look forward to reading more work from.

The Lord is My Shepard is book 1 in The Psalm 23 Mysteries and it brings us to the lives of Cindy Preston and Rabbi Jeremiah Silverman as they try to solve the Passon Week killings happening around their town. The thrill of suspense in this book leaves you on the edge of your seat. It grabbed me from page one and pulled me in, making me

I picked "The Lord Is My Shepherd" because I was looking for a cozy mystery. I love that cozy mysteries give you a mystery without the sex and foul language. Cozies also involve more characters that I can relate to. Let's face it, for the most part, the people we know aren't fashion models, movie stars or explorers. Most of us through six degrees of separation may know someone in a high end career, but most of us still live our day-to-day lives far from a spotlight. In a cozy anyone can become a
Spring is here, bringing on Easter Week and Passover.Cindy's church and Jeremiah's synagogue are next door to each other.This is convenient because both congregations can use the other's parking lot for overflow parking during services.But when Cindy's screams in the church are heard by Jeremiah in the parking lot, a new alliance is formed.

There's a body in the church and fear and death draw people together.While the police, led by Mark, try to figure who this dead stranger is, Cindy and Jeremi
Jan 02, 2012 Kristy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves a good decent mystery
Hands down one of the best mysteries I've ever read!...and a great first book to ring in the new year! :P I really wasn't sure if I'd like it, since after all I did get the whole 3 part series FREE on Kindle...but OMG, it was amazing!!! I could not put it down. It hooked me from chapter 1, right when the main character Cindy trips over a dead body in the church she works at, and it didn't let me go until the very last chapter. Constant action throughout, never a dull moment. I watch a lot of Cri ...more
Beverly Frisby
Jun 26, 2011 Beverly Frisby rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: murder/mystery fans
This is book one in the "Psalm 23 Mysteries Series" and was released in 2010. This is the first book by Ms. Viguie that I've read and I wasn't sure what to expect from her writing style. From the beginning, the story-line drew me in and it wasn't long before I was hooked. Along with suspense and mystery, there is a sprinkling of humor, and a hint at the possibility of a developing romance.

The plot centers around a Presbyterian church secretary, Cindy Preston, and Rabbi Jeremiah Silverman from t
Now, I like serial killer books as much as the next girl but the bodies in this one where piling up like... well, cordwood. To my best count there were 22 dead bodies before this 275-page book was over. And that's not counting the approx. 12 that occurred before the book started. That said it was a good read. Interesting characters: Cindy, the church secretary who kept tripping over the bodies; Rabbi Jeremiah Silverman from the synagogue next-door who teamed with Cindy in the investigation; Mark ...more
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The Lord Is My Shepherd by Debbie Viguié

The Lord Is My Shepherd is the first book in Debbie Viguié's series The Psalm 23 Mystery series.

I got this book as an Amazon freebie for my Kindle a few months back. I was in the mood for another mystery following the other few that I have read recently, so I settled in for this one. It sounded very intriguing to me!

The Lord Is My Shepherd is a Christian murder mystery (I'm pretty sure the title is a dead giveaway that it is Christian) but i
This mystery has the two elements of most good mysteries. (1) A lead character that you can either like or admire (or both) in Cindy and Jeremiah. Cindy in part because she grows stronger through the story and her friendship with Jeremiah, and Jeremiah because of his quiet strength. Having served as a deacon in my church and taught in a Catholic school, I saw realistic characterizations of people in church environments. (Although, this being christian fiction she did ignore the very unchristian- ...more
I was looking forward to a light mystery read. I wasn't disappointed with "light", but that was about the only good thing. The characters are so two-dimensional it takes no time to read, despite their "quirks" which I guess were meant to force them into appearing real. None of the main characters seem to act appropriately for either their job or their age. (You're seriously telling me a young, single rabbi would invite a strange young woman into his home just hours after she found a dead body... ...more
Who doesn't love a good serial killer story??? I haven't finished this book yet, but I am finding that I am enjoying the mystery so far. I like how the two main characters come from two different faiths and are building a friendship beyond their individual beliefs. They can even find humor in each other's beliefs and yet still respect each other.

I have to say though, because I haven't finished this story, I am not entirely convinced yet that the rabbi, Jeremiah, isn't the killer himself. Guess
Georgiann Hennelly
The Lord is my Shepard is the first book in a series. Cindy Preston and Rabbi Jeremiah Silverman work together to try to solve the passover week killings that are happening around town. Cindy's church is next door to the synagogue .So when she shows up for work and stumbles over a dead body Jeremiah hears her screams. He goes to investigate . While the police try to figure out who the dead stranger is Cindy and Jeremiah get involved also because now someone is targeting Cindy. She can't leave it ...more
This is the second time I have read this book and I have read the following books up to number 11 so I have formed opinions of the characters and knows what happens after this book. It was fun to revisit the first interaction between Cindy and Jeremiah, and watch them just getting to know each other. I feel Debbie did a great job of describing the Jewish traditions when it came to Passover celebrations. In regards to the murder and mystery aspect, the story was written more from the point of vie ...more
John Hanscom
By no means "deep," but very engaging, with an interesting premise - what if a serial killer staged the murders in such a way each represented one of the Events of Holy Week as recorded in the Synoptics. The characters are well developed, especially the two main sleuths - the unlikely pairing of a Presbyterian church secretary and a rabbi.
This is supposedly a cozy mystery. But I think more thriller in it than a typical cozy. Felt the police force could have been stronger, the author made them look a little weak I thought. I figured out who the killer was long before the characters did, so I kind of feel it was a little thin.
It was a quick read and kept my interest, I liked the pace. Liked the church and synagogue world's connecting.

p. 221 " I do not know why Adonai choose to let this happen. I do know this, there is a purpose for
The secretary of the Presbyterian church trips over a dead guy in the main auditorium. In to rescue her is the Rabbi from the church next door. Now a serial killer is on the loose trying to reenact his murder scenes to the last week in the life of Christ.

Pros: It was not overly preachy and I did learn a little about the significance of the food used in a Sedar. The characters are well devolved and at times quite funny. There was only one typo that I found in the e-book format, which is someth
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Debbie Viguié is the New York Times Bestselling author of more than three dozen novels including the Wicked series co-authored with Nancy Holder. In addition to her epic dark fantasy work Debbie also writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries, the Kiss trilogy, and the Witch Hunt trilogy. Debbie also plays a recurring character on the audio drama, Doctor Geek’s Laboratory. When Debbie isn’t ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Psalm 23 Mysteries (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • I Shall Not Want (The Psalm 23 Mysteries, #2)
  • Lie Down in Green Pastures (The Psalm 23 Mysteries, #3)
  • Beside Still Waters (Psalm 23 Mysteries, #4)
  • Restoreth My Soul (Psalm 23 Mysteries, #5)
  • In the Paths of Righteousness (Psalm 23 Mysteries #6)
  • For His Name's Sake (The Psalm 23 Mysteries #7)
  • Walk Through the Valley (Psalm 23 Mysteries #8)
  • The Shadow of Death (Psalm 23 Mysteries Book 9)
  • I Will Fear No Evil (Psalm 23 Mysteries #10)
  • Thou Art With Me (Psalm 23 Mysteries #11)
Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of The Little Mermaid Violet Eyes (Once Upon a Time Fairytales) Scarlet Moon: A Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood The Summer of Cotton Candy (Sweet Seasons, #1) I Shall Not Want (The Psalm 23 Mysteries, #2)

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