The Rosary Murders: The Father Koesler Mysteries: Book 1 [NOOK Book]

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"A sophisticated and baffling thriller . . . a real bone-freezer." —Publishers Weekly

"Ingenious, witty, literate—at once irreverent and compassionate—an impressive tour indeed for a first-time novelist." —Los Angeles Times

"Well-paced, tightly written, exciting as hell, and, quite possibly, the best ...
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The Rosary Murders: The Father Koesler Mysteries: Book 1

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Overview

"A sophisticated and baffling thriller . . . a real bone-freezer." —Publishers Weekly

"Ingenious, witty, literate—at once irreverent and compassionate—an impressive tour indeed for a first-time novelist." —Los Angeles Times

"Well-paced, tightly written, exciting as hell, and, quite possibly, the best mystery I've read in years." —Dallas Times-Herald

The Rosary Murders
was William X. Kienzle's first Father Koesler mystery, published in 1978. Twenty-three more books followed, creating a best-selling mystery series mostly set in Detroit and reflecting the personality of its hero, Father Robert Koesler, a diocesan priest with a penchant for sleuthing. The Rosary Murders was named one of the top twenty-five mysteries of the twentieth century in spring 2000 by the Chicago Sun-Times. It was also made into a movie, with Donald Sutherland in the role of Father Koesler.

In The Rosary Murders, Detroit priests and nuns are being methodically murdered; all are found with a plain black rosary entwined between their fingers as a calling card. From Ash Wednesday, when the murderer first struck, the police seem helpless to solve the string of senseless murders. The weeks that follow become a nightmare for the crack homicide team headed by Lieutenant Walter Koznicki, until Father Koesler breaks the madmen's code.

Here is a story with tension, excitement, intelligence, and a rare wit and humor. Kienzle painstakingly leads you through every step in an intensive police investigation of heinous series of murders. Police procedure  and Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper reporting are as much a part of the action as the crimes themselves.

With superb control of the novel's movement, Kienzle can tantalize at a tortoise's pace and torment with a breakneck hare's pace.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449424763
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Series: Father Koesler Mysteries
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 155,320
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    This is the first book in the Father Koesler mysteries. It was

    This is the first book in the Father Koesler mysteries. It was originally published in 1978 and there are 23 books in the series. For those of you who like reading books that were turned into movies, this book was made into a film starring Donald Sutherland in 1987.

    I had some trouble occasionally while reading, as I'm not Catholic. The author would use terms I'm not familiar with and he didn't explain them. But it didn't take away from the story a great deal.

    The book was slow to read. There were whole scenes in it that I feel could have been cut and not hurt the story. I found myself doing some "speed reading" to get through some of this.

    Aside from that, the main story was good. The descriptions of the murders and murder scenes were chilling, but not overly graphic. Father Koesler is a solid main character, though I would have liked to spend more time with him and learn more about him. I assume that happens in the other 22 books.

    All in all, The Rosary Murders was just an okay book for me. I didn't like it enough to want to read more books in the series. I can see where it might be something other readers would appreciate more, so if you find the premise interesting, give it a try!

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