Deep Waters: A Callie Anson Mystery #3

By Kate Charles

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In a culture obsessed with celebrity, baby Muffin’s death is big news. Crib death? Or something more sinister? Everyone wants to know, including the police. Whatever the truth, the bereaved parents, celebrity couple Jodee and Chazz, live in curate Callie Anson’s London parish, and Callie becomes involved with funeral arrangements, despite the disapproval of her vicar and his wife. Detective Inspector Neville Stewart is recalled from his honeymoon to investigate the case with disastrous personal results. And journalist Lilith No one’s professional future is on the line, as she is sucked more and more deeply into her own flirtation with celebrity culture. Meanwhile, for police family liaison officer Mark Lombardi, the death of baby Muffin is eclipsed by another death, much closer to home, and he finds himself in an impossible position, torn between his loyalty to his family and his growing love for Callie.

Deep Waters takes an unflinching look at our ambivalent relation-ship with the celebrities we make…and discard.


"Callie Anson, curate of All Saints' Church in London, and her beau, Mark Lombardi, a family liaison officer, get caught up in a high-profile investigation in Charles's engrossing third ecclesiastical mystery (after 2007's Secret Sins). When the baby daughter of a celebrity couple from a reality TV show, Jodee and Chazz, dies in her cot, the subsequent autopsy raises enough questions to bring Det. Insp. Neville Stewart back from his honeymoon, much to his bride's fury. Since Jodee and Chazz live in Callie's parish, Callie becomes involved in arranging the funeral. Mark does his bit to help the bereaved family, but finds himself distracted by his own troubles after his brother-in-law dies of an apparent heart attack. A realistic conflict arises between Mark's devotion to his family and his love for Callie. A tabloid journalist's drive for status heightens the drama.

Charles combines credible characters and a puzzling mystery with a tantalizing look at the world of reality TV." -- Publishers Weekly

"Charles's latest is sure to appeal to fans of both British police procedurals and Julia Spencer-Fleming's Episcopal mysteries." --Library Journal

"Details of celebrity life, police work, and the Anglican Church add to this third in the series, which will appeal to those who enjoy Julia Spencer-Fleming's Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne mysteries."--Booklist

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