Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of seven hundred souls, for which the word "moribund" might have been invented. Nothing ever happened there and nothing ever would--until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: "I'll Do What I Can") and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong?
That's the summary by Amazon, which, oddly enough, gets the town name wrong. It takes place in Wheatfield, MN, a metropolis of 600 souls. It's right there on the back cover!When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that's only the beginning of their troubles--and Virgil Flowers'--as they are all about to discover all too soon.
I got a little tired of Virgil running into dead-end leads, but I liked the premise (apparitions of the Virgin Mary appearing at the local church and reinvigorating the local economy).
I gave it a 8 on the Haugenometer. Amazonians liked it even better with a 4.5 of 5.
I have the most recent Flowers novel waiting for me on my TBR shelf, so I need to get going.