“A great cast of characters. Even though the book is set in a large section of Seattle, the people still feel, act and speak very much like they are in a small area surrounding a quaint local community church. From Father Robert to Lester the sexton to the organist and a slew of others, this is one ‘congregation’ that will work day and night to unveil the murderer. This series may be in its infancy stage, but thus far the plots have been perfect, leading readers to want more.”

—Mary Lignor, Professional Librarian and Co-Owner of The Write Companion for Suspense Magazine

“I found myself enjoying Death in the Old Rectory so much that at times I found myself laughing out loud because each character brought personality to the story. I visualized the scenes as if watching a live performance where each character played their part extremely well. As Detective Joyce and Officer Chen, along with Lester (an unofficial security and criminal expert), begin to uncover the clues of the murder, the fun and adventure begin.”  Read more….

—Vernita Naylor for Readers’ Favorite Reviews

“I specifically fell in love with Nick, you will see why when you read the book, but he seemed like the glue between the thrift store, the food pantry and the church plus all the people. I was devastated when he was murdered and even though I had to step away for a bit to collect myself, I went right back to the story. I was on a mission!! I was right alongside Father Robert, Terry, Mae, Mrs. Evans and the rest of them trying to figure out who the murderer was. I highly recommend this book to everyone, religious or otherwise. I also suggest picking up the first book, Death in the Memorial Garden, and put the third one on your ‘to read’ list. I know it’s on mine!!!”  Read more….

—Missy S., Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

5 Stars: “Kathie Deviny has written an interesting mystery with red herrings galore…. The book is pretty engaging and a fun puzzle.”  Read more….

—Rosi Hollinbeck, The Manhattan Book Review

“I love this series as you meet various parishioners and watch various relationships while learning history of the characters and their connection to Nick…. Such a great story, and I was stumped on who the murderer was until the last page. Can’t wait to see what is next for Ms. Deviny.”  Read more….

—Paul Mitchell for the Community Bookstop


“Lovable characters, atmospheric charm, and sins from the past make this a must for brick & murder readers.”

—Mary Daheim, author of the Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries and the Alpine/Emma Lord Mysteries

“A heart-warming story filled with likeable characters as they deal with murder, mishaps, and mayhem. An insightful view into the challenges faced by today’s urban churches. I look forward to the next murder at Grace Church.”

—Liz Osborne, author of Dirty Laundry, A Robyn Kelly Mystery

“Deviny had a challenge on her hands and she met it and exceeded it. With her character development, her take on a subject that is divisive with the Church, and solid pacing I’m looking forward to more installments with the other characters taking their turn in the spotlight. RECOMMENDED.”

–Vikki Walton, I Love a Mystery

5 Stars: “This book is so good it practically reads itself. Let me tell you a secret. I was very tired as I read this, but this book was so exciting that I could not sleep! I did not nod off once. If you like mysteries, this book is for you. It is practically squeaky clean, and it is enjoyable reading for a winter’s night.”

My Devotional Thoughts

“A fast-paced tale that has intrigue, mystery and humor all rolled up into a neat little story that takes place over a span of one week …. the storyline has surprising twist and turns coupled with satirical humor that will keep you engaged, and a quirky cast of characters who are a lot of fun.”

Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“I just loved following the day-to-day activities of this crazy group that is keeping Grace Church running on a wing and a prayer! Author Kathy Deviny does a great job creating three-dimensional characters, not only the aspects of them that play into the solving of the mystery but random miscellaneous traits that simply make them REAL.”

Words by Webb

“I did enjoy the casual nature of this story and it was short enough that I read it in one sitting. If you are looking for something to read while relaxing – this is the book. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.”

The Stuff of Success

“If you are a member of a small, older church, you will definitely relate to the characters of the altar guild, vestry and organist…. The book is humorous, satirical in the right places and a lively little read. I highly recommend it for a light afternoon read!” Click here to read more, as well as the blogger’s interview with Kathie Deviny.”
–Bless Their Hearts Mom

“A great cozy…. with a big mystery to solve and colorful characters. I look forward to reading her next book!”
Book Lovers Stop

5 Stars: “I love a nice, cozy mystery!  This novel had some wonderfully eccentric characters; Daniel the organist was my personal favorite.  Set in an Episcopalian church, the mystery is reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s ‘Miss Marple’ series, except this time, instead of villagers, we have church members.  Very nicely done; I hope this is the first in a series.”
The Self-Taught Cook

“There were many revelations, twists and turns that I was not expecting. Deviny weaves a charming mystery that can be read in one sitting.”
Wanted Readers Blogspot

“A very light-hearted mystery, not too much depth involved with the characters or the location. I would definitely recommend this to all readers of cozy mysteries.”

A Date with a Book

“A fun and quick read. It makes me smile to reflect on it!”

Beth Art from the Heart

“A fun, cozy mystery that combines two threads: a whodunit and a drive to save a valuable community resource …. A very quick read with characters who will capture your heart. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon relaxing.”‘

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  1. Much more than a whodunit, this is a very well written story artfully blending two themes, a mystery and the saving of Grace Church. The characters have an endearing charm, the mystery is most serious and the saving of the church seems an unsurmountable task. The style is reminiscent of Susan Wittig Albert, with amateur sleuths attempting to solve the mystery and the fate of the small Grace Church community in their hands

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