The Storks of La Caridadby Florence Weinberg
Father Ignaz (Ygnacio) Pfefferkorn, a missionary from the Sonora Desert region of northern Mexico, is caught in the Expulsion of all Jesuits in 1767. After enduring eight years of prison and abuse, he is incarcerated in La Caridad Monastery where the abbot recruits him to help solve two murders. In the course of his investigations, Father Ignaz finds his own life in… See more details below
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Father Ignaz (Ygnacio) Pfefferkorn, a missionary from the Sonora Desert region of northern Mexico, is caught in the Expulsion of all Jesuits in 1767. After enduring eight years of prison and abuse, he is incarcerated in La Caridad Monastery where the abbot recruits him to help solve two murders. In the course of his investigations, Father Ignaz finds his own life in peril.
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A native of Alamogordo, NM, Florence traveled extensively with her military family during World War II. Travels continued in Canada, France, Spain and Germany, after marriage to scholar-critic Kurt Weinberg. After earning her PhD, she taught for twenty-two years at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, and ten at Trinity University, San Antonio. She continues to travel and write, enjoying riding, hiking, swimming, reading, and good conversation.
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While this is the third book I’ve read by this author, it was written some years previously. I found the beautiful, clear writing I have come to expect from her. The story is set in the 18th century, and paints a perfect picture of those times. At the same time, it is a murder mystery, following the classic pattern of a series of victims, and the detective being in mortal danger himself. The difference is, the victims are priests and brothers in a monastic order, and the detective is also a priest. I found it sad, but all too realistic, that people sworn to serve Jesus were indulging in murder, lying and blackmail from a motivation of greed for wealth and power. The final surprise for me was in the Appendix: it states that Father Ignaz and many of the others named in the story were real, historical figures. Only, there was the usual disclaimer at the beginning of the book, “No person, persons or places in this book are real. All situations, characters and concepts are the sole invention of the author.” This is the final twist in a murder mystery with many. Storks of Caridad is an exciting, engrossing read with rounded characters, a very likeable hero and an intriguing storyline.
'The Storks of La Caridad' is Professor Emerita Florence Weinberg's third historical mystery featuring Father Ygnacio Pfefferkorn, a detective priest character based on an actual historical Jesuit missionary who was forcibly removed from his Sonora Desert mission around 1767 to be imprisoned for 6 years near Cadiz, Spain before being sent to La Caridad and the Norbertines for two years. Weinberg's painstaking research and rich historical detail of an obscure but bloody epoch in church and secular Spanish American history provide a flawless framework for this intriguing tale of bloody survival and a martyr's forgiveness. All notes ring true in the world of Father Ygnacio, but how do they lead to the solution of two murders and the supposed theft of an ancient charter to the monastery in time to preserve Ygnacio's threatened mortal existence? The storks of L Caridad are the natural historians and observers of the intrigues of the abbey. Can Father Ygnacio possibly follow their example and find his way through the maze of danger, before his limited venue as endangered holy sleuth literally expires? 'The Storks of La Caridad' is beautifully written, as well as meticulously researched. It will grip its readers, shock them, and confound them. Along the way, much valuable and accurate history will be painlessly assimilated. Perhaps this is the art of historical mystery writing at its best. 'The Storks of La Caridad' is a must -read!
I read this one because it appeared to be a cozy, light reading, nothing serious. I was surprised by a compelling story of murder and intrigue in an earlier period of history when Spain outlawed the Jesuits and imprisoned them for what they claimed were crimes. The fascinating element of this book is the fact that is used as the structure for the fictional (I guess) crimes. I'll be looking for some more work by this gal.