Dead Man’s Prayer by Jackie Baldwin

Dead Man's Prayer by Jackie Baldwin

12th September 2021.

This is an intense and complex story where the past forces its way into the present with devastating effects. At its heart is DI Frank Farrell, a priest with a past that links with the brutal murder of Father Boyd. Then, with hardly the blink of an eye, the investigation takes on a sinister twist and new urgency when twins are abducted.

From here, the investigation becomes complicated as Frank Farrell’s involvement in the crimes becomes suspicious.

I enjoyed the complexity of the novel, though I think the police, namely Frank Farrell were rather slow at reading the signs. He was meant to be a loner and something of a misfit, but I struggled to warm to his character, perhaps because his behaviour seemed to be at the mercy of the plot. But this still remains a well crafted and written story. The atmosphere, though dark and intense, created plenty of tension and built towards an exciting race-against-time climax.


 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 eighteen years earlier.

With no leads, Farrell must delve into the old priest’s past, one that is inexorably linked with his own. But his attention is diverted when a pair of twin boys go missing. The Dumfries police force recover one 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 by Jackie Baldwin

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