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The Becket Factor

(Canterbury Cathedral #1)

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  38 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Sophisticated, complex plotting at the center of the Anglican Church. *First in the Canterbury Cathedral trilogy, all to come from F&M. *First time in U.S. paperback. *Mysteries of church intrigue are very popular with mystery readers.* Clerical setting and sophisticated prose will combine to appeal to fans of Julia Spencer Fleming - note that this is the Anglican Chur ...more
Paperback, 201 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Felony & Mayhem (first published 1990)
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Susan
Jan 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, 2011
I enjoyed this ecclesiastic mystery very much though have to say I sometimes found the characters confusing as they were addressed by their first name, their title or both. Once I got that straightened out the story fully drew my attention and I read through the book, anxious to see what the outcome of the mystery would be. Will look for the next in this short-lived series.
LuAnn
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great mystery! International political and religious intrigue. Historical and marital conflicts. Unique characters and red herrings. It’s got it all. I appreciate the relationship arc between the former British intelligence protagonist cum Secretary to Diocesan Dilapidations Board Richard Harrison and his wife Winnie. But I especially enjoy the setting: Canterbury Cathedral and it’s precincts. I recommend a stroll around it via google street view for any readers who haven’t visited. It’s ...more
Jen
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: male-author, mystery
Richard Harrison is a retired intelligence officer who now takes care of the maintenance at Canterbury. As the cathedral is preparing to announce a new Archbishop, murder and mayhem break out, and Harrison finds himself smack dab in the middle of it.

Harrison returns to Canterbury from a short trip to find one of the Canons dead. While the death was being attributed to heart attack, it was fishy nonetheless; even more so when Harrison's old colleague Brigadier Greville shows up and recruits Harri
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LJ
THE BECKET FACTOR (Ecclesiastical Mystery-Richard Harrison-England-Cold War) - VG
Anthony, Michael David – 1st book
St. Martin’s Press, 1991, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0312058217

First Sentence: A boy began singing.

Retired Intelligence officer Richard Harrison is now attached to the Anglican church in Canterbury. A fellow officer from Richard’s past asks that he investigate the mysterious death of a Canon of the church and the book he was said to be writing which could defame the top candidate of new Ar
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Tom
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: British ecclesiastical mystery lovers
This was a pleasant read. I figured things out very early on, but it was interesting to read about the Anglican Church. There were times when I was exasperated with the protagonist, Harrison. He was often a day late when it wasn't necessary. The book kept my interest though, so I have to give it higher marks for that.
Pat
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was a little hard to keep the characters sorted out at first, but the mystery and the background on the Anglican church were both fascinating. The relationship between Richard Harrison and his wife was interesting, too. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.
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