ELEVEN by Carolyn Arnold

elevenCarolyn Arnold is a prolific mystery/crime fiction writer, and Eleven is the first in the Brandon Fisher FBI series.

Brandon Fisher is a new FBI profiler just out of training and on a two year probation, working with a team which solves serial killer murders.  I have really become ho, if not fully hum, about serial killer mysteries.  Seems like every other mystery/crime plot is about a serial killer, usually with the extra added attraction of the protagonist being targeted by said S.K.  Are there really that many S.K.s operating in society?  Perhaps instead of whining about it I should do a little research to see just how prevalent is the phenomenon.

Speaking of whining, I found Special Agent Fisher to be a whiny creature, and frankly, feel that his moral core could use some strengthening.  His wife is not happy with his change of career, does not seem to understand that when he is on a case it is not a 9-to-5 job and keeps calling him all day and evening demanding to know when he is going to be home.  Geez, didn’t she ever watch Criminal Minds?   So we have the whiny FBI agent married to the whiny immature wifey, and while he is in training, he has an affair with another agent.  Which he has ended, because, gee, he’s MARRIED.  Sigh.

The mystery itself starts out with the discovery of a network of tunnels under a farmhouse, and at the end of each of ten of the tunnels is a buried body, which on further examination appears to have been tortured, the innards removed, and eleven cuts made on the torso in the form of 4 straight lines with one diagonal, like you keep score.  So two groups of the five lines, and one single.  Eleven.   More chilling…. if it can get any more chilling … is an eleventh dug grave with no body.  The team member who knows all about everything says it is a symbol for coinherence.  And as the story progresses, we find more references to this concept.

The owner of the property where the tunnels and bodies are found is currently serving some jail time for assaulting a neighbor, and has been there for three years.  But the FBI team determines that he has an accomplice, or two, that are continuing the work.   Then they come upon information that in another state,twenty years ago, the police had found another series of tunnels with eleven graves and eleven mutilated bodies.

So other than the downside of it being about a serial killer, it was a cleverly plotted serial killer mystery, involving a number of peripheral characters who turned out to be not so peripheral, and an interesting FBI team, with the requisite crusty, seemingly unfeeling head, the overly knowledgeable guy with encyclopedic info at his fingertips, the female agent, still harboring a hankering for the morally challenged newbie, and another techie, not to mention the genius-computer tech chick working at headquarters who can do miracles clicking away on the keyboard.  Yeah.  You remember Criminal Minds.    There is even a passing reference, perhaps a subtle homage, to the show in the book.

There are several more now in the series, and I am trying to decide if I want to read any more that include Special Agent Whiny, or perhaps hope that he grows up a bit.   Maybe I will try a couple of her other series.

Oh, yeah.  Coinherence.  Since I never heard of this, and I love all that mystical mumbo jumbo, I looked it up and learned that the term co-inherence was coined by the English writer and theologian Charles Williams (1886-1945) to describe a concept that was central to his rather unorthodox theology. This concept was derived from the Christian mystery of the unity of God in the three persons of the Trinity. Williams extended this to the idea that the unity of mankind consisted of their analogous co-inherence with  each other.  Still with me?  A definition of co-inherence has been given as “Things that exist in essential relationship with another, as innate components of the other.”  It is an inherent spiritual fellowship involving human or divine persons.

Yeah. Well.  The number eleven.  The number eleven is thought of as a “master” number in numerology because it is a double digit of the same number. When this occurs – the vibrational frequency of the prime number doubles in power, which means the attributes of the Number One are doubled.

Therefore, the very basic and primary understanding of the Number One is that of new beginnings and purity. When eleven is doubled as with the eleven – then these attributes double in strength.

So there you have it.  Mystical numbers, and coinherence.  Bet you didn’t expect that with a serial killer, did you.

 

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