Eastward in Eden
The Mystery Company
Reviewed by Gary Presley for Foreword Magazine
Owen Keane, failed seminarian and amateur detective, initially rejects a suggestion from a former teacher, Brother Dennis Feeney, to travel to Kenya and learn what’s amiss with Keane’s old classmate, Father Philip Swickard, whose recent communications are unsettling. Keane soon, however, finds himself in Kenya, flying to the village where Swickard’s mission is located. In this intelligent thriller, Keane confronts spiritual confusion, corruption, tribal conflict, and a grisly murder.
A truly good, cozy mystery, if one doesn’t mind death by machete, crafted by a maestro of character, setting, and narrative.