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August 29, 2014

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Allen Hazen

May I suggest some contemporary religious fiction? I have greatly enjoyed the Bast novels of Rosemary Edghill (three: one available only in the omnibus edition which includes the other two, "Bell, Book and Murder"): detective novels, with an amateur sleuth (& narrator) who is a practising Wiccan. (I think the author herself may be to at least some extent a Wiccan.) What I think makes them more interesting than JUST semi-cosy detective stories is that-- despite the fact that the religion is one I have a hard time taking entirely seriously-- the sleuth/narrator ("Bast" at least to her co-religionists) seems to me to be a very believable portrait of someone trying to live religiously in a secular society.

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