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

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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

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Hardcover, Large Print, 379 pages
Published January 19th 2011 by Thorndike Press (first published December 1st 2009)
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Amancay
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...more
Ron
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Laura
Title: THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
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...more
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...more
John
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...more
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...more
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
Steve
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...more
Sharon
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.
Nicole
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...more
ReviewsByMolly
Mar 06, 2010 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense/mystery lovers; christian fiction lovers
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly 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...more
Kelly

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...more
Ronna
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...more
Kristy
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...more
Cathy
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
Camille
Today's review?

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...more
Jim
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
Hilary
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
Sheree
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...more
Dorothy
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...more
Lillie
This is a great mystery, but I was disappointed that the characters didn't demonstrate their faith in their daily lives. Cindy is a church secretary, but her focus is on assigning meeting rooms and preparing for the services and events of Holy Week. Even when her life is in danger at the hands of a crazed killer, she doesn't pray. I would have expected someone who is supposed to be a strong Christian to at least attempt to pray--even if the prayers were groaning of the spirit prayers. There is a...more
Wendy Jones
I saw the second two books in this series reviewed and decided to buy all three. This is the first book in the series and it is brilliant. Cindy, a church secretary, falls over a body, literally in the church sanctuary. She's reams and Jeremiah, the Rabbi from the synagogue next door comes to her rescue and so we are introduced to the two main characters. I found both of these characters to be believable as was the detective in the series, Mark. I was truly gripped form beginning to end. The bod...more
Anna
Not your typical Christian cozy mystery. When church secretary Cindy stumbles over a dead body when unlocking the sanctuary, imagine her surprise. Not a great way to start her monday morning. The rabbi, Jeremiah hearing her scream runs to her rescue. Is it a member of the church? Who else had a key to the sanctuary? Together Cindy and Jeremiah aid the police in tracking the killer. As the bodies begin to accumulate in odd recreations of the Easter story, tension builds in identifying the killer....more
Tessa Eger
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I expected less, but it delivered a pretty good product! The mystery was not predictable, the characters were real and engaging, and there was no preaching. Somehow it wasn't quite complete in places--characters were thrown into the mix, explored a little, then disappeared offstage. Maybe the next one in the series will feel more finished. Usually I'm all for editing out whole passages, but this book needed the opposite--more fleshing out. Something to lo...more
Cassie ♥
Rarely does a book come home from the library and 5 hours later, I am slamming the book shut with a cheshire cat smile.
Stacy
A freebie I got for my Kindle. Sort of Christian cozy mysteries, although this one had a bit more than some cozies I've read, as far as descriptions of murders and other nasty criminal activities. A church secretary stumbles over a body in the sanctuary of her church, on Monday morning of the Holy Week before Easter. The rabbi next door comes to her aid, and they get involved with police in finding who is re-creating events from Jesus last week (including the crucifixtion). Pretty enjoyable, and...more
Kamas Kirian
It reminded me of the Rabbi novels by Harry Kemelman. I was pleasantly surprised by it. Considering it's geared for a Christian audience, I was a little surprised by how dark the nature of the crimes were. But, if you've actually read your Bible, you'll know that there is some pretty violent stuff portrayed, it's just not usually as graphic. I'm looking forward to reading the next couple of installments in this series.

The eBook was formatted well with no obvious errors.
Kurt
This was a nail biter! I would read another in this series.
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Debbie Viguié has been writing for most of her life. She has experimented with poetry and nonfiction, but her true passion lies in writing novels.

She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from UC Davis. While at Davis she met her husband, Scott, at auditions for a play. It was love at first sight.

Debbie and Scott now live on the island of Kauai. When Debbie is not writing and Sc...more
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