Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost

Large Print - 2018
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Wheatfield, Minnesota: a huge city of all of seven hundred folks who define the phrase 'small town'. Nothing has ever happened in Wheatfield and nothing ever will ... until the mayor of sorts (campaign promise: 'I'll Do What I Can') comes up with a scheme to put Wheatfield on the map. He's heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of curious people and making the townsfolk rich overnight. Why not stage a prank in Wheatfield and do the same? No one gets hurt and everyone gets rich. What could go wrong? And then a dead body shows up. It turns out that lots can go wrong with a get-rich-quick scheme like this one ... and lots will. It'll take everything Virgil Flowers has to put things to right - before someone else dies.
Publisher: New York :, Random House Large Print,, [2018]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781984827524
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT Sandford 2018
Characteristics: 467 pages (large print) ; 24 cm


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Jan 19, 2020

Enjoyed the first 200 pages then it was spoiled for me. When he gives the killer name. Then it felt as if he was trying to keep the story going by then with a twist. Standford as the god of this story illusion should have went back just before revealing the killer name and re wrote from there. The first 200 pages went quickly then the last of the book went slow. The only reason I continued to read the story to the end was because of the time I already invested in the book and I needed closure. The name Virgil kept making me think of the TV show, "In the heat of the night"

Oct 19, 2019

Read this series in order or you'll spoil the fun. And they are lots of fun.

Aug 16, 2019

An OK read. Lots of murders in Minnesota and Flowers is there to solve the case, and even find the Lego.

Jul 30, 2019

Enjoyed this book. Love the Virgil Flowers character.

May 28, 2019

This is a mildly entertaining offering from John Sandford. I like the Virgil Flowers character and his cast of wacky sidekicks but this effort seemed a bit lame and slow moving. I especially didn't care for all the time spent sitting around the store in Wheatfield, eating pot pies, and dreaming up crackpot schemes to flush out the killer. It also seemed to me that the body count warranted more attention than just one state investigator and his two buddies.

Mar 17, 2019

Virgil Flowers does it again. What's not to love about this .... unconventional Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent? His cases are always a bit odd, but I think the apparition set up of Holy Ghost was odder than most. You can't help but like most everyone in the town of Wheatfield, as John Sanford certainly makes Minnesotans the people you want as neighbors.

Virgil does things his way. I believe he subscribes to adage that "It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.". Virgil goes his own way but in Holy Ghost he neither went fishing nor womanizing, not even mentally! Perhaps that's why he's a bit discombobulated solving the twists and turns of this mystery. Also, while he did a bit of private philosophizing, he didn't give us his typical insights, memories and version of religion and God.

I miss Lucas Davenport (especially the young Lucas) but I await the next outing with Virgil ... and I wish Sanford would bring back Kidd!

Mar 09, 2019

Too slow moving for me as a mystery novel and way too much detail about different types of guns. Disappointed overall since the culprit was not even in the story until basically the end.

Feb 21, 2019

VF 11

Feb 03, 2019

John Sandford actually CAN write a crappy book - this is it.
Story went nowhere and the chicken pot pie callback gets worn out early. The culprit isn't in the story for 95% of the book.

Jan 16, 2019

Unfortunate but limpid at best. Don't waste your time. This story cheats and introduces facts very late in the game so the reader has absolutely no chance of figuring out the ending. The reviews say that this town was moribund before the Marian sightings ... I think the writing is moribund and the author needs to move on to something else.

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