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Posted August 6, 2006
'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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 2, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.