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Kienzle, William X.
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Kansas City : Andrews and McMeel, [1991]

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A hooker dressed in a nun's habit is shot dead at the shrine of her sister's convent. No clues, no motive and scant leads present the police with a parish puzzler. Father Robert Koesler attends the woman's wake, and soon finds himself swept into a bizarre and chilling case of multiple murder that begins with a nun under the gun and ends with Koesler under a cardinal's cassock . . .

Author Notes

Mystery writer and educator William Kienzle was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 11, 1928.

Kienzle is a former Catholic priest who served for 20 years until he left the priesthood in 1974. He has served as director for the Center for Contemplative Studies at the University of Dallas and taught writing at St. Mary's College in Orchard Lake, Michigan.

Kienzle wrote The Rosary Murders, a mystery novel featuring Father Robert Koestler, a Catholic priest from Detroit. Koestler appears in almost 20 other books. Kienzle died on December 28, 2001.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Kienzle's contemplative clergyman Father Robert Koesler reappears in another suspenseful adventure with an ecclesiastical twist. When a prominent nun, a diocesan bureaucrat, and a retired archbishop are targeted for murder, Koesler dubiously agrees to shepherd Lieutenant Alonzo "Zoo" Tully of the Detroit police department through the arcane intricacies of the Roman Catholic church. Father Bob and Zoo must work in concert in order to unravel a deadly game of revenge mired in the complexities of canon law. An intriguing blend of glory and gore from the master of the theological mystery. ~--Margaret Flanagan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Father Robert Koesler, Detroit's Catholic priest and amateur sleuth, returns in Kienzle's latest snappy mystery. When a prostitute wearing a nun's habit is shot to death, it seems the intended victim may have been the dead woman's sister, who is in fact a nun. When a church finance officer who wants to shut down inner-city parish schools is murdered, homicide cop Alonzo Tully wonders if a serial killer is on the loose or is someone targeting members of the Detroit archdiocese? Suspicion centers on a married ex-priest eager to return to active ministry, and on a postal clerk, leader of an ultra-conservative grop that wants to ``get the Church back on track.'' Tully, of course, leans on Father Koesler for churchly insights that will help crack the case. While the improbable ending is a letdown, earlier suspense, witty characterizations and candid exploration of the Church's inner workings make this a winner. Kienzle wrote The Rosary Murders. Mystery Guild selection. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved