Holy Ghost (Virgil Flowers, #11) by John Sandford

Holy Ghost (Virgil Flowers, #11)

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...

Details Holy Ghost (Virgil Flowers, #11)

TitleHoly Ghost (Virgil Flowers, #11)
Release DateOct 9th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller

Reviews Holy Ghost (Virgil Flowers, #11)

  • Kemper
    I received a free copy of this from NetGalley for review.This book asks the ultimate question: How long can a man live eating only frozen chicken pot pies?Wheatfield, Minnesota, is a dying small town until several apparitions of the Virgin Mary in an old church are captured on video by multiple people and posted on social media. Now Wheatfield is booming thanks to an influx of visitors hoping to see the vision for themselves. However, when a snip...
  • Janet Newport
    Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Group / Putnam for this arc.If you want a good time....call Virgil F*** Flowers!I thought Holy Ghost was a great read. Not to be confused with great literature, but a fun, fun good time.This was a typical Virgil story. Poking around in a wide spot in the woods (or corn fields) a very small town just chock full of all sorts of interesting folks leading rural lives. most pretty typical of small town (read dying) busi...
  • Darcia Helle
    If you've yet to read any of the Virgil Flowers novels, no worries about starting with this book. This is the type of series you can jump into at any time, without concern about missing backstory or not understanding characters' relationships.You won't find nonstop action or edge-of-your-seat suspense in this story. Virgil simply doesn't work that way. The focus with Virgil Flowers is largely on the characters and the setting. In this story, Virg...
  • Joyce
    5 starsWheatfield, Minnesota was a small town in decline – until that it, the Virgin Mary appeared before a crowd of Mexican American and other citizens at St. Mary’s Catholic Church; people armed with cell phones. On the second appearance, there were television cameras there. Now there are thousands of pilgrims who need to eat, sleep and so on. Now, Wheatfield is booming. And the mayor, Wardell Holland has cashed in on it – big time. He an...
  • Miki Mackennedy
    3.5 Stars. Holy Ghost is #11 in the Virgil Flowers series but can easily stand alone.A tiny Minnesota town is breathing it’s last breath when suddenly, a “miraculous” thing happens, an apparition of the Virgin Mary appears. Tourists and pilgrims flock to the tiny town, people that left come back home and business is booming. Until a series of shootings threatens to end it all.Virgil Flowers, BCA investigator is called in. While he is invest...
  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    ‘Honest to God, what is the world coming to?’Wheatfield, Minnesota, is one of those small towns teetering on the edge of oblivion. A small town with a declining population, probably down to around 650, located off the main highway. Why would anyone need or want to visit? But then a vision of the Virgin Mary appeared at St Mary’s Catholic Church in front of the congregation of worshippers, some of whom take photographs. And when the Virgin a...
  • OutlawPoet
    So, not only am I a Virgil (insert expletive here) Flowers fan, I’m a sucker for books about visitations by Saints. Oh, I’m the total skeptic. No, I don’t believe the Virgin Mary imprinted her face in your toast, but I’m fascinated by the psychology behind the phenomenon.As a result, I went into this ready to be entertained, and boy was I.(Insert expletive here) Flowers is…(Insert expletive here) Flowers. He’s funny and smart and lika...
  • Kaye
    As a reader who's followed all of John Sandford's fiction series, I feel like I've gone home for a family reunion when I pick up one of the Virgil Flowers, Lucas Davenport or Luellen-Kidd books. Nobody depicts rural life -- where nothing ever happens, yet something is happening all the time -- and rural people better than John Sandford.This was a particularly fun installment. Virgil is sent to a tiny farming village that is barely holding on to p...
  • The Real Book Spy
    Fresh off his last case (Deep Freeze, 2017) the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension sends Virgil Flowers to Pinion, Minnesota, to investigate a series of shootings. It all started when former Iraqi war vet turned mayor of Pinion, Wardell Holland, listened to John Jacob Skinner, his seventeen-year-old sidekick, pitch him a daring idea to line the city’s coffers with tourism dollars. Sitting in his mother’s trailer and armed with a pellet gun, Holl...
  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    3.5 Stars. It was a pretty good read. I enjoy the way Sandford does the small town murder(s) trope; and I really like Virgil Flowers. There was a long slow section in the middle of the book, and I got rather tired of Virgil ruminating over food. Still, there were some interesting twists and well played red herrings. Overall, I’d recommend this if you are a fan of the series/Virgil and low-key and laconic investigations. If you are looking for c...
  • David C Ward
    Sandford ‘s two long running series are the exception to the rule that character driven series decline over time. Both the Flowers and Davenport books are entertaining, reliably good reads. In this one a small town is revived by the sudden apparition of the Virgin at the same time as people start getting shot. Since the Flowers books are as much about Minnesota small town folkways it won’t surprise that the motivation for the crimes is local ...
  • Diane Hernandez
    A killer is stalking Wheatfield, a miracle is seen at the local church and Virgil Flowers is on the case in Holy Ghost.The mayor of tiny Wheatfield Minnesota was selected as a joke. However, he and his teenage partner come up with a con that might just save the town.The Virgin Mary is appearing at the local church. The faithful are flocking into town. The general store recently opened by the con men is doing an excellent business. There is just o...
  • Donna Hines
    Pinion Minnesota is your small rural town in which nothing rarely happens unless someone makes something happen.Holland is the Mayor who is determined to put the town on the map.The scheme involves a floating Virgin Mary image that will capture the hearts of pilgrims seeking to believe while emptying their wallets in the process.As dead bodies turn up there's more to it than just a lucky shot as a sniper is on the loose and Virgil is on the prowl...
  • Echrada
    An even better ffing Flowers book! Couldn't put it down, the final twist is really good. 'Nough said.
  • Robin
    Love everyone one of these. Great story, characters and narrator. Looking forward to the next one.
  • Maria T. Weinberg
    Oh that effing FlowersI can't get enough of John Sandford's books. This one was really good with original ideas. It was also good to see Jenkins and Shrake again. Read this one and you will not be disappointed.
  • Laura
    Virgil Flowers started out as a bit of a joke side character in the Lucas Davenport series, but he’s really come into his own and he’s growing on me. His plot lines are a bit wackier than Davenport’s, a little more off-center in a refreshing way. Plus, he’s got great taste in music.
  • Denise Riehle
    John Sandford is back with a brand new Virgil Flowers book, Holy Ghost, and it's an exciting read from start to finish! This is the 11th book in the Virgil Flowers series and this is now my favorite Virgil book. Virgil Flowers is an investigator for the Minnesota BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) and he is on a case in a small Minnesota town of Wheatfield about 1 hour from his home in Mankato.This small town rarely has anything take place, b...
  • Lisa
    A miracle... and a murder... in an entertaining thriller? Sure, sign me up to read that book! I've not read any of the Virgil (Effing) Flowers books before, but I didn't let that stop me from reading this one. It's a great read. Sure, it's not going to be going up on my classics shelf, but it was still an entertaining read from start to finish. Despite being eleventh in a series, I don't feel that I missed anything joining in mid way. It's defini...
  • Jen
    Holy Ghost is the eleventh book in John Sandford's Virgil Flowers series, but my first foray into this series.A small town in Minnesota is dying--not an unusual plight for small towns anywhere that are off the main highways. Wardell Holland and teenager John Jacob Skinner come up with an idea to put Pinion, MN back on the map, a sketchy ruse to attract tourists. They are going to use the Catholic Church, a faked Marian appearance, and turn the to...
  • Darcy
    Virgil is back at it, solving weird crimes in unusual ways. This time he is in a town that was once dying but brought back to life due to the sighting of The Virgin Mary. Sounds good so far, but the bad thing is that someone is killing people as they go to church, hoping to see their own sighting.The town is full of characters, especially the ones that seem to be profiting most from the town's new life. Sure they only want what is best for the to...
  • Vicki Elia
    Holy moley. Another wild ride with Virgil Flowers into small town Minnesota, where there is more deception and criminality per capita than there is in Washington, DC. Virgil is called to investigate murders in Pinion, where several of the locals have cooked up a scheme to revitalize the town. As the potentially unrelated murders continue, Virgil seems to run in circles chasing down leads that end up in another crime. It's almost impossible to rev...
  • Jane Rose
    Another book in the Virgil Flowers series. Flowers has a different style of investigating crimes which are usually in small towns in Minnesota. He doesn’t mind spreading facts and theories about the crime to all and sundry and he doesn’t mind co-opting some of the colourful locals to assist him. This one Is about a series of assaults and murders that take place after a vision of Mary appears in the local Catholic Church. After going nowhere i...
  • Monique
    Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia and Netgalley for a free ARC of this novel.This is my first Virgil Flowers novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The mystery isn't far-fetched, the characters are believable and I didn't have the story figured out in the first 20 pages, which kept me reading eagerly to the end.Virgil is a likeable character, not to brilliant and not too dark and broken like so many police detective heroes. I love the way he fi...
  • Ann
    I adore that F**king Flowers. I downloaded the book just before hurricane Michael came to visit. It kept me amused as I hid in a closet while the windows rattled, trees, and power lines came down. Amusing and entertaining. My daughter will be disappointed if I include spoilers. When she started reading Sandford, recently, she preferred Lucas Davenport to Virgil Flowers. Soon she decided that Lucas was a bit too intense - a stone cold killer. Virg...
  • Robert J.
    A good, easy read from one of my favorite authors. I’ve been looking forward to this book since it was announced 6 months ago. I anticipated a good read and I’m not disappointed. Not the best Mr. Sanford has done but not the worst either. It’s an easy read with fairly obvious villains and heroes and a nice side plot with a Marian apparition. Fun, not deep and too quickly finished. But worth the time and price.
  • J.M. Harvey
    Mediocre mysteryThis is a page turner but not a very satisfying one. The characters could have been pulled from any of Sandford’s other books they are so blandly caricaturist and the mystery itself is as bland as oatmeal. I like a mystery that gives you the chance of reducing who-dun-it by introducing the cast early in but that’s not possible here. This is meant more asa character driven novel I believe but they are as interesting and excitin...
  • Betsy
    My Favorite John Sandford book So FAR ! I think I’ve read them all , so THAT is saying something. Virgil Flowers is back and his cast of characters in this episode are the most engaging so far ! A smile never left my face for long - honestly I wish I could wake up to a new episode in the life and exploits of Virgil and company Everyday :)
  • Steve Halliwell
    Solid performance, inspired plot lineJust another needle-moving Virgil F-Ing Flowers installment, with all the philosophy and forensics we have come to anticipate. There were several complex twists and brilliant characters. Somehow life as observed by Virgil always makes me feel better for having read each one.
  • thomas davisson
    Another great entry into the saga of Virgil Flowers. Everything about it grabs your attention and just hangs on. The plot,the characters get your attention and don't let go. I won't say anything about them other than you just want to keep reading until you finish. Books like these are worth waiting for because you know you will not be disappointed. Unfortunately now the wait until the next one.