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Episode Info: If you're a fan of Grantchester, I think you'll enjoy meeting Father Tom. JR Mathis' character, Father Tom Greer, is living with the fallout from a painful past. In The Penitent Priest, the father will be thrown back into the events that lead him to becoming a priest and with have to confront some painful truths. In the introduction I mention that I've had an abundance of mystery novels to read lately, including Elly Griffiths brand new Ruth Galloway mystery, The Lantern Men, and also book four in Jo Bannister's Best and Ash series, Other Countries. This week's mystery author James Mathis writes The Father Tom Mysteries as J. R. Mathis. A fifth-generation Florida man, he has lived in Maryland for the past 21 years. He currently works for the Federal Government. When not writing, James spends time with his wife and Alpha reader Susan and his grandchildren. He enjoys reading mysteries and books on writing, auto racing, and  baking. To learn more about JR Mathis and his books visit Press play (above) to listen to the show, or read the transcript below. Remember you can also subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts. And listen on Stitcher, Android, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, and Spotify. Excerpt from The Penitent Priest “I can’t believe this,” Nate said as he looked through the emails. “This is great! You see this, Father?” When I called Nate and told him I’d do an interview, he was happy. When I told him about what I had found and Helen’s response, he was practically speechless. Meeting him at The Perfect Cup the next day and showing him copies of the emails, he was jumping up and down in his chair like a little boy on Christmas morning. “Don’t you see, now this has everything. It’s not just a cold case of a senseless murder,” Nate went on, holding up the emails. “This is a cold case of a planned murder. She was stalked, and whoever was stalking her killed her--”  “Now really we don’t know that,” I interrupted. “--and we have the police doing nothing when new evidence is shown to them.” He inhaled and exhaled. “Now we have a story.” “I thought you had a story before?” “We did,” he answered. “It’s a better story now. And you’ll do an interview on camera?” “Yes,” I said, “but who’s we?” “We,” Rodriguez repeated. “My partner and I.” “What partner?” “My partner in the film,” he replied. “Oh, did I forget to mention her? She’s meeting us--oh, here she is now.” Nate stood and waved at someone. I turned around to see who. She was young, blond, and pretty. And earnest. Very earnest. I recognized her from one of the local stations in Baltimore. She did those human-interest stories that really interested nobody. She leaned into Nate and gave him a quick peck on the cheek. “Father Tom Greer,” Nate said, “Meet Katherine Shepp.” She smiled and extended her ...
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