The Word? Murder

By Geoff Lee

June 21, 2016 8:47 AM

Southridge Community Church pastor, Kelsey Greye-Friesen, read from her fourth book, The Bitter Root, at the Lloydminster Public Library Wednesday. The book written under her pen name Kelsey Greye is a murder mystery with a touch of romance set in Victorian times in England. It's the third book in her Hayes & Associated novel series. You can buy a copy for $25 at The Bitter Root is published by Wesbrook Bay Books in Vancouver, B.C.

She’s a pastor with a Bible in her hands, but murder plots on her mind.
Kelsey Grey Friesen, writing as Kelsey Greye,  just published her fourth book,  and her third murder mystery in a series.
The writer and associate pastor at Southridge Community Church held a reading from new book A Bitter Root at the Lloydminster Public Library Wednesday.
She’s planning another signing at Verses in the near future to speak more about what A Bitter Root is all about.
“It’s historical fiction, a murder mystery and a little of bit of romance thrown in there,” said Greye.
The book is set in London England,  predominantly in the Victorian era.
A Bitter Root is another Hayes & Associates novel, then flowed from Greye’s first book as a potential series concept.
“When I started I don’t think I was planning to start a series, but after I wrote the first book I ended up with a character that I thought, ‘You know,  there’s a story there that I’d like to tell,’” said Greye.
“So that led into the second book and then from there it’s just gone on.”
A peripheral character in her second book, Detective Inspector Ramsay is the lead character in
A Bitter Root.
As for weaving any theological themes into her books as a pastor, Greye said she deals a lot with what it means to forgive in her writing.
“For this one, I really looked at my own life and went, ‘What does it mean to have a bitter root of bitterness in my heart and how do I get rid of that?’” she said.
“So as I was writing the book, I thought how would I take my characters through that and what happens if we don’t move our bitterness out of our hearts?”
Greye is already into writing her fifth book, but said she has no plans to make a full time career out of it.
“I think I am a pastor first and a writer second, but I like to do both,” she said.
She said writing is a really good way for her to kind of externalize the things that she’s processing internally.
Her fellow workers and parishioners are fully behind her as a writer she said.
“The reaction has been overwhelmingly postive,” she said.
“They are excited about it—they think it’s funny that their paster writes about murder.”
A Bitter Root is published by Wesbrook Bay Books in Vancouver and can be purchased directly from Greye by e-mailing her at

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