A mystery novel with all the usual elements – secrets, lies, adultery and deaths. When I came across Ordinary Grace on the Edgar Award best mystery list, I was not expecting a “redeeming read.” This quote stirred my curiosity: “That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word.”
The story is set in a small Minnesota town in 1961 and is told from the perspective of Frank, the teenage son of a Methodist preacher. Tragedies befall his town and specifically his family. As Frank and his family struggle to come to grips with grim reality, God’s grace is shared in simple, yet surprising ways. It is a quiet novel with rich, believable characters that hooked me from page one. Recommended by Sue Snow.
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger is the winner of the 2014 Edgar Award, an annual presentation by the Mystery Writers of America. It is available at the Saline District Library and from book sellers.