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"Verity Goodchild was based on my mother, Felicity Sutton, a pupil at Roehampton (according to my mother). I wondered if Eric Shepherd was a pseudonym for her father, Eric Sutton (a translator) so was pleased to learn about the real Eric Shepherd." (Emma Tristram)

"Thanks so much for the concise and insightful distillation of the Cadfael series ! These books not only entranced with elegant writing but also encouraged a faith journey closer to God." (Judith Nelson)

"I have just discovered Judith Cutler and her Tobias Campion. I thought they would be rather like Grantchester, but they are much more. The historical references to the way the poor and tenants in particular were treated, are most certainly eyeopening and I think interspersing the words in their then current use, is more than entertaining. I have read the first two books in the series and am now about to start on Cheating the Hangman." (Judith Baxter)

"I am tickled to find your website. I was looking for the brand of Irish whiskey that Father Blackie Ryan (by Andrew Greeley) drank. This I found easily, and your site revived my interest in detective stories, both religious and secular. Thank you from the U S, state of Illinois." (Bruce Boyd)

"I am almost done reading Force of Habit Box Set Series and love it. I think you should also publish Nun Too Soon, the last book in the box set like you did Books 1 to 5." (Andrea Latham)
I am not the author, but I see that
Nun Too Soon is included in the Kindle complete series as well as the paperback. (Philip Grosset)

"Author: Lynette Hall Hampton Series: Rev Willa Hinshaw. Please write more in this series. I thoroughly enjoyed the 1st book and am looking forward to the 2nd. Really hope the series continues. Thank-you for writing such a great escape for me during these trying days of this lingering pandemic." (Dawn Smith)
As explained at the top of the page, I am not the author, but only the webmaster of this site! (Philip Grosset)

"Congratulations on the excellent reviews." (Jean-Pierre Louvrier)

"I never knew that so many books in this genre existed. What a treasure! Thank you. I have been trying to find a reasonably priced copy of Vow of Evil by Veronica Black. Seems to be a fools errand. Do you know how many copies were printed? Thank you for any help you might be able to give." (Joyce Collins)
I'm afraid I can't help you. The copies shown as available on Bookfinder are absurdly priced. (Philip Grosset)

"New clerical detective fiction from Lindsay Jacob: - Murder at Elmstow Minster - A Father Eadred Tale (9th Century East Anglia)." (Melisende d'Outremer)
Many thanks for the helpful suggestion. I have now added a Father Eadred page. (Philip Grosset)

"Your readers might be interested to know about the upcoming virtual Crime Fiction Weekend at St Hilda's College, Oxford University, 13-15 August 2021. This is an annual conference, first held in 1994, which usually takes place in St Hilda's College but which this year has to be held virtually, as it was last year. Each year CFW has a different theme, and this year it is 'Oxford -- capital city of crime fiction' with speakers such as Val McDermid, Mick Herron, Veronica Stallwood, Peter Kemp, Cara Hunter and Maria Rejt (editor of Colin Dexter) on various Oxford sleuths. The fee for this virtual Weekend is £45 (including access to the recorded sessions for a month afterwards), and there is a special student rate of £10 (students must book with their academic email address). More details here:" (Jean Harker)

"Hi, thank you so much for creating this site! I’ve been delighted to find a few series I already knew about and several new ones I adore (Rabbi Small and Sister Fidelma).  I most often listen to books on audible. For your favorite (**) books, would you consider adding whether or not they are available on audible? Perhaps another symbol or a separate list? It would be absolutely wonderful if all the books on the website indicated whether or not they are available on audible, but I get that’s a big ask. It’s disappointing to keep searching on audible for what I am hoping will be my next favorite series, only to discover that it doesn’t exist on audible at this time. Again, many thanks for creating this page! I appreciate all the time and work you’ve put into it. Blessings, Kristin." (Kristen Reinhold)
Many thanks for your message, but I'm afraid that checking up on several thousands of books would be too daunting a task for me! So sorry that I cannot be more helpful. (Philip Grosset)

"It was fun finding your lists of clerical detectives, and appreciate your delineating your thoughts as you approach each, although I am more attracted to those who are strong in their faith, and get their strength from that. RE: Sister Simon's Murder Case. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. It's nice to not have sex and gore, but still a great story. I've requested it, and it'll tbe sent from the one library that has it within the library sharing capabilities of our local library. CORRECTION: In the first paragraph of your full description, you state: But in the convent there were few vocations.  That is an apropos mistype/misspelling, as the word you meant was vacAtions, It did make me giggle internally. Anyway, you might want to go ahead and fix that." (A M Perks)
Many thanks for pointing out my odd mistake, which I have now corrected. (Philip Grosset)

"I really loved your site. It was very comprehensive. Are there any authors currently writing in this clerical detectives category? I've pretty much read most everything I could get a hold of." (Barbara Le jeune)
Yes, there are authors still writing about clerical detectives, but I'm afraid I have no current list of them. (Philip Grosset)

"Great site. I wrote a paper for a college literature course on religion as depicted by clergy detectives some 30 years ago. I'll try to find it and the list of detectives that I compiled. The collection has come a long way since then. Your lists are incredible!" (Jerry Salow)

"HI, your reviews. question: was the Fr. Dowling of these mysteries inspired by Fr. Ed Dowling, the spiritual advisor of Bill W (AA founder)? See "The Soul of Sponsorship." Thanks again." (Bob Kurland)
I'm afraid I have no idea, but if anyone else can help, please message me. (Philip Grosset)

"Re William X Kienzle: Thanks for interesting account - I'd never heard of him. But you say 'First priest to write detective stories?' Have you never heard of Monsignor Ronald Knox? And some of Monsignor Benson's could possibly class as detective stories, but definitely Knox's. Thanks again." (Kathleen Mahan)
You are quite right, of course. I have now corrected my entry. As I already have a page about Knox, I should have known better! Benson wrote hundreds of books so I would welcome information on which book you think might feature a clerical detective. (Philip Grosset)

"I've just published number six in my Father Hardy Alaska Mystery series. Since your review of Number one was decidedly lukewarm, I'm back to say, "take a fresh look." (Jonathan Stratman)
I have now reviewed "Down to the River to Prey". I tried to email you but the email address you gave me was not recognised. (Philip Grosset)

"I'd like you to consider adding Eliot Pattison's "Inspector Shan" series, that begins with "The Skull Mantra." It starts with Shan, a Han Chinese police inspector, thrown into the Tibetan gulag for asking difficult questions about someone in the hierarchy. There he survives thanks to the kindness and peace of his Tibetan fellow prisoners, Lamas and ordinary Buddhists. Then, a murder is committed just outside the camp, and has to be hushed up to avoid an international incident. Shan is the only skilful policeman for hundreds of miles, and presumed docile, so is drafted in. The book ends by giving a clever double explanation for events - one that is perfectly rational, and the other that perfectly suits the Buddhist idea of karma. The only other time I've seen something like that done elsewhere was in Simon Raven's "September Castle." The rest of the "Inspector Shan" series (that I've read so far, there are ten in all) cover a good deal of Tibetan spirituality and attitude to life, and the terrible travails of modern Tibet." (Robert Bull)
Many thanks for the helpful suggestion. I have now reviewed "The Skull Mantra". (Philip Grosset)

"Nice article. But the actual quote is, “If youre a salesman worth the name at all, you can sell razors to a billiard-ball;” the implication being that a billiard ball is like a bald head and would therefore have no need of a razor." (Kim Barry)
Many thanks for the correction. I have now amended the Montague Egg page. (Philip Grosset)

"I have just had Judy Campbell's books recommended to me but so far none are in my local library system. I am a retired Unitarian chaplain and enjoy the free thinking of a non-creedal church in Wisconsin. As an Englishwoman I am glad to know of her. (Juliet Hills)

"I Loveeee Father Gilbert. And all of the things Paul has written." (Sandra Fitch)

"Thanks for posting this list. Maybe it doesn't fall into any of the categories you are listing here but I like the Father Elijah books by Michael O'Brien." (Chris Imming)
Many thanks for the suggestion. I read "Father Elijah. An Apocalypse" with great interest and it certainly held my attention over its 596 pages. Part of a "Children of the Last Days" series, it describes the confrontation with Antichrist of Carmelite priest, Father Elijah. It is a remarkable achievement, and I would recommend it, but it would be stretching things too far to describe Father Elijah as a clerical detective!

"I particularly enjoyed your article on D M Greenwood's Theodora Braithwaite. Real spiritual depth there. Is Greenwood still alive and is she able to be contacted? Thanks very much." (The Very Revd Dirk Van Dissel)
I am sorry I don't have any recent information. Can anyone help? (Philip Grosset)

"I am writing from AddALL, a smaller 22 years old book search site comparing to I like your reviews, but if you could increase the line-space and font size, it will be more enjoyable while reading. You can easily do it by changing your dsR4 CSS class. Email me if you need help with HTML / CSS or other technical issues, I can offer my free assistance.  By the way, BookFinder is no doubt a useful resource for locating books; many people find AddALL is another good alternative. Do you think is it possible to give us a link,, on your Introduction page beside bookfinder? Thanks a lot." (Chaihup Tan)
I am sorry you find the site difficult to read, but as you are the first person to mention this, I don't think I'll redesign the whole site at present!
I'm afraid I prefer the bookfinder site as it is more comprehensive and includes postage costs. (Philip Grosset)

"In Charles Williams's War in Heaven, Archdeacon Julian Davenant does some successful detecting, and the murder with which the novel begins is solved with the help of Prester John (!)" (David Llewellyn Dodds)
Many thanks for this suggestion, but I found it quite a struggle to read this book, with its weird mix of magic and mysticism. There were parts that were totally incomprehensible, and I found it all very confusing. I cannot really see the Archdeacon as a detective. Philip Grosset)

"I have only discovered Cadfael this year, at 69 years old. I was immediately addicted and have been reading the books, followed by watching the corresponding TV episode. These were the first books that I've ever read where I immediately went back and reread them after finishing them. I am also listening to the narrations by Glyn Houston and Derek Jacobi. I am awaiting An Excellent Mystery from the library now so Iím about half was through the series." (Linda Cart)

"Hi, Great site. I found it looking for a detective cleric who was working in the years between WW1 and WW2. Someone a bit more athletic than Father Brown :) I am making a scenario which calls for such a person. Your otherwise excellent site does not give a timeline for the entries. Can you suggest a couple of folks. Thanks." (Robert Beattie)
No-one springs to mind, so I can only suggest it might be an good idea to decide which denomination you prefer, then work your way through the list here. (Philip Grosset)

"I have read five of the Sebastian thrillers by James L. Johnson. I loved them all. I couldn't put them down. I have been looking for one more. Still looking. They are the best of the best." (Mary Stone)

"Rabbis in fiction. I know Kemelman, and Ilene Schneider, and Marvin J. Wolf as authors ... but others ? Thanks ..." (David J Zukker)

"Your site is *great*." (Punquisima Del Visillo)

"Hello, In the Confessional by Alice Scanlon Reach can also be found in Ellery Queen's Book of first Appearances from 1982, Davis Publications." (Stefan Andersson)

"Thank you for your work on listing clerical detectives. You might want to include a newer British author Fiorella de Maria who writes a Father Gabriel detective series. Father Gabriel is a Benedictine monk who while being a clever sleuth is constantly getting into hot water with his Abbot." (Robert Koechl)
I have now added a page about Father Gabriel. (Philip Grosset)

"The plot of "Cakes to Kill" did involve the conflict between High and Low Church. However, Rev Mickle arrived in Dorchester on the hunt for info on an unrelated topic. Do you want to know 'who done it?' " (Lorene Irving)
Thank you so much for telling me about "Cakes that Killî. I would not want to give away the killer - although the chance of anyone ever finding a copy of the book is remote! (Philip Grosset)

I am the wife of Michael Langford, creator of Simon Weatherspoon. Sadly he passed away on 18 July 2020. I found your page on the De Vere Papers while researching for his obit. Would you still like a photo of him? It's nice to see him publicised in this way. There is an online interview with him done by Prof Alan Macfarlane at Cambridge:" (Sally Church)
Many thanks for the very helpful information and for sending me photos. I have now updated the site accordingly. (Philip Grosset)

."Just purchased "Forgotten Towns of Southern New Jersey," by Henry Charlton Beck. I was amazed to see that he also wrote some crime novels! I was born in Camden, NJ, so anything South Jersey appeals to me. Don\'t know how current this blog is. Thanks for doing it!" (Marylyn Coffey)

"Hello - Very nice site. Thank you. Also just to say there was a revised edition of The Cadfael Companion published in 1995. That includes coverage for all the books." (Stuart Fanning)
Thanks for the information. I have now revised the Cadfael page accordingly. (Philip Grosset)

"Brilliant, thanks for this uniquely desirable database. It's a must for all! I'm an ex-cop & Buddhist priest in the Chinese tradition." (Rev. Eric Hernandez)

"I own a copy of Touchstone which I bought 2nd hand in 1972. I have been a fan of the authors since reading and reading this story. I also am interested in some information about the authors. I have always considered this story to be worthy of a movie in a series." (Carol Stratton)
I'm afraid I know nothing about this book, and the little I know about the authors will be found here. I too would welcome more information about them.(Philip Grosset)

"Mr. Grosset -- Just want to bring your attention to something I just heard on NPR about author Brad Reynolds
In my opinion, in light of this additional information, his literary efforts should be removed from your website. Thanks for your consideration. (Karen Hawk)
Thank you for the information, in the light of which I have added the following to my site: "In 2008 Reynolds was alleged to have sexually assaulted two boys in Alaska and was brought home on leave to live under supervision in a Portland Jesuit community. He subsequently worked at Gonzaga (Jesuit) University."
I would not want to set myself up as judge and jury, and start eliminating authors because of their apparent behaviour, however dreadful! There
would be no end to it .... (Philip Grosset)
Thank you! I appreciate that." (Karen Hawk)

"Rob Wyatt and "Can I Be Frank?" and the sequel "Blooming Rose" - lovely books and great characters (and good writing as well). Thank you so much for this list! I look forward to exploring more authors and characters I didn't know about before." (Anne Kavcic)
Many thanks for the helpful suggestions that I have now followed up. (Philip Grosset)

"I was really glad to find your site. I enjoyed reading D M Greenwood's books in the 1990s and hope to revisit them, but I couldn't remember the name of the author, only of the detective. I was delighted when I put Theodora Braithwaite in to computer and your site offered me all the information I wanted. Thank you." (Cathryn Blythe)

"I loved Charles Merrill Smith's How To Become A Bishop book. I wanted to contact the author just to say Hi in friendships Alas he died before I got around to it.So...I will say Hi and Goodbye to his spirit: Hi Charles. I am an Ayn Rand atheist. You're probably the only minister I would like to have known. You are funny! Goodbye now, Charles. I hope you don't rest in peace. Rather I envision you giving a bunch of angels belly laughs!" (Michael Rael)

"Greetings Mr Grosset,  I am impressed by your listing and will more than likely search out some of the books you have listed. But I'm actually trying to find a novel; the title and the author. I read his novel several years ago but I can remember neither title nor author. It's set in New York, I think and tells the story of a priest who is called in the investigate the murders of crime bosses whose heads are discovered at different times in Roman Catholic churches on the statues of respective saints. Three major crime bosses are killed and then three small-time criminals. The killings were done by a deacon and his wife who, although practicing Catholics, were also practitioners of Haitian vodoun. It was quite a read but, as I said, I can recall neither title nor author. Are you familiar with this book and can you tell me the author and title? Much thanks." (Valerie Griffith)
I have tracked down the book you were looking for. I think it is "Death Wears a Red Hat" by William X Kienzle. (Philip Grosset)

"Can't find copy of Quaker Sojourn...supposed to be hardcover copy from St Martin's Press." (Adrienne Ochis)
I think that Quaker Indictment is also known as Quaker Sojourn and you can find this on Amazon com. (Philip Grosset)
"Thanks. That makes sense. I was hoping there was a 5th book in the series. And am still hoping she may continue the was great." (Adrienne Ochis)

"Do you have access to where I could purchase 
By Compass and Square? It is by Aleta Boudreaux." (Melissa Nelson)
Sorry, I have never seen By Compass and Square! Although advertised, it looks as though it was never published. (Philip Grosset)

"Until  my  sister  can  get  her  computer  up  and running, I  wanted  to  sign  your  book  in  hopes  I  won't  forget  it.  Sis  loves  intrigue,  and  I  think  will  enjoy  it. She  DID  however,  help  me  become  a  Brother Cadfael  fan.    As  a  historian,  I  especially  like  Peter's  careful  historical  research  in  an area  of  my  forebears. What  might  have  been  tedious  for  you  was  bread  and  butter  for  me.  I  went  along  with  the  mysteries  purely  for  the  history.  I  thought  any  of  your  guestbook  signers  with  history  buffs  in  the  family  might  find  a  mutual  bridge  of  thoughts  through  that  tough  old  Welsh  monk!" (Shaunn Munn)

"Just read Doors of Sleep. Really enjoyed it. Now looking out for more Toft and Ambo."
(Evelyn Ross)

"A really good idea to analyse detectives working in spiritual professions. Not being religious I am still fascinated by the way they are described and their way of thinking- Besides, I love Kemelmans stories about rabbi Small." (Anna Krieger)

"I'm trying to get in touch with Terry Hager. I'm a retired Christian Reformed minister out of Detroit and am writing a book about the Community Christian Reformed Church during the 1967 rebellion. I understand Terry Hager was working at the church at the tim, Could you have him either e-mail me or phone me?" (Douglas Vrieland)
I am afraid I do not know Terry Hager's address as I have had no contact with him. However I noticed that he self publishes his work through CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and if you can track them down, they may be able to help you.(Philip Grosset)

"Thanks for compiling this list. Never knew there were so many clerical detectives. Good biog material - I was a Kemelman fan, but knew little about him. Agree with your assessment of Father Brown. What do you think of the 2013 BBC tv series with Mark Williams as Father Brown?" (Moe Dodson)
I prefer Alec Guinness! (Philip Grosset)

"Hmm, might need a 'spoiler alert' on the Janet Bettles suggestion. Have you seen any of the 'other' series from the delightful late Ralph McInerney of Father Dowling fame? I picked up Green Thumb. Was Father Carmody part of the sleuthing team? To be honest, I was so confused by the American University and particularly College Football setting that the convoluted plot was probably simple by comparison but I still had problems. Excellent characterisation as usual. Reading another volume (Irish Coffee) made it clearer that Fr Carmody is a bit player and the clever guy is Prof Roger Knight, the Professor of "Catholic Studies." Whatever that is, it seemed to be some sort of grace-and-favour appointment in the gift of Fr Carmody, much the same way that clergy livings were in the gift of the local squire in the days of Jane Austen. And he seems to be into philosophy and literature, but not actually theology - I told you I found all this confusing. So .... is a Professor of Catholic Studies a Clerical Detective?" (Diane Campbell)

"I can't see Janet Bettles listed. Blurb from The Confession:
'Marcus Kirkwall walks into Abby Penhaligon's legal clinic with a highly unusual problem. The young vicar has heard a dying man's confession to a murder ....'
Rumpole of the Bailey meets the Perils of Pauline. Cute young altruistic vicar in tandem with cute young altruistic trainee barrister in one of those in-fighting incestuous Temple chambers, hence the Rumpole comment. The final chapter has the vicar working it out and literally riding to the rescue on a hijacked motorboat to save the heroine who has been tied to the mast of a wreck used to stash illicit drugs, with a time bomb." (Diane Campbell)
I have now reviewed The Confession. (Philip Grosset)

"Thank you so much for compiling this extensive collection! I'm going into summer break (I teach middle school), and am looking for a collection of cozy-ish mysteries to read!" (Tammy Cullers)

"Suggestions for a couple of detectives that I think would fit on your site: 1. The Bast series by Rosemary Edghill. Bast is a Witch in 1990s New York City, and the plots involve tensions in the neo-pagan community. Full of period flavor and local color: everybody's always trying to squeeze a crowd into a tiny New York apartment. Three books and a short story collection available on Kindle.
2. The Navajo detective series by Tony Hillerman. There are two main characters: Joe Leaphorn, who is agnostic, and Jim Chee, who is devout in traditional Navajo beliefs. The author is careful to distinguish superstition from religion. Many minor characters are superstitious, but for Chee it is deeper: "Like a nonfundamentalist Christian, Chee believed in the poetic metaphor of the Navajo story of human genesis. Without believing in the specific Adam's rib, or the size of the reed through which the Holy People emerged to the Earth Surface World, he believed in the lessons such imagery was intended to teach." Chee's whole life and every decision is seen through the viewpoint of his spirituality; he even wants to be a singer (religious leader) of Navajo ceremonials. Many bestsellers from the late '80s through early '00s. If you don't know them, I'd start with the Jim Chee solo books such as
The Dark Wind, then go on to the Leaphorn-Chee team-ups, which include his best work, A Thief of Time and the tragic Coyote Waits." (Katie Schwarz)
Many thanks for the suggestions, but I'm trying to concentrate now on more mainstream ecclesiastical detectives, so am not currently looking for any
more witches! I looked at the Navajo books some time ago, but couldn't really see Jim Chee as a clerical detective. (Philip Grosset)

"You have reviewed the first of the Sister Lou mysteries. I found the last recently and suspect that the writer has got a bit more into her stride. Sometimes happens; even with the wonderful DM Greenwood. Sorry, I digress. I can see where your criticisms come from and at times it reads like the back pages of "Woman's Weekly" with detailed descriptions of the fabulous wardrobes of the secular characters. And the order involved has an unusually liberal approach to Lent . (do I give up chocolate or coffee?) Still, you may see the author developing a more readable style.

Recently stumbled across a 'fill a bag' sale by the Friends of the Sunshine Coast Library followed by a Lions Bookfest and for a few bucks carried off some treasures I'd been looking for. So, do ancient Greek High Priestesses count? I have read some of the "Claudia" books from Marilyn Todd - I thought they bore the same relation to Lindsay Davis' delightful Falco series as Georgette Heyer does to Jane Austen but am going to try this.

John Bude's "The Cornish Coast Murder" has been reprinted by British Library Crime Classics. "Luckily for Inspector Bigswell the Rev Dodd is on hand......" Just about to dive in....." (Diane Campbell)
Many thanks for all these suggestions, although I don't think I'll bother with the Greek High Priestess! However I have now reviewed The Cornish Coast Murder. (Philip Grosset)

"Picked up a couple of new books & checked to see if you had them listed, of course you had. You may wish to know that there are sequels for both Sister Eve Divine and for Mrs Laetitia Rodd: Laetitia Rodd and the Case of the Wandering Scholar. (Diane Campbell)
Many thanks for the information. (Philip Grosset)

"Very helpful site, thank you.": (Nicholas Denyer)

"Thanks for your work and for your helping us find such great reads. Very few current writers produce work like the great writers of the GAD. There's too much gore." (Paul Cleland)

"You have one book listed under the
Johnsons, but they also wrote The Broken Rosary. I was trying to find more books they wrote, only these 2 so far. Nice site!": (Elizabeth Mahaffy)
Their books are absurdly expensive and hard to find outside the USA so I shall not be reviewing any more of them! But thanks for the information. Philip Grosset

"Nicely done. I've only read the Father Ananda section but I am very impressed. Thanks for all the hard work." (Steve Rosse)

"Great website, thanks. Pleased to see that June Wright is included. I am currently reading her 1966 novel Make-up for Murder, featuring Mother Paul, borrowed from Australia's oldest lending library, in Sydney. Several of June's books have already been republished by Dark Passage Press and hopefully this one will be too." (Kay Templeton)

"I'm a Quaker from Des Moines, IA. I found the book Quaker Indictment in the condo office where we are staying on Sanibel Island, Florida. I hope to read more of her mysteries." (Andrea Holveck)

"Interesting to read about the Miles Bredon novels. My father was taught by Ronald Knox during his time at St Edmunds's, which I also attended in the 1960s. He had great admiration for Ronnie Knox and had read most if not all of his books." (Adrian Gilbert)

"You asked about Brent Carr aka Alan Brent Carruth, aka Alan Brent, among other names, often used to defraud others. Yes. This author is the disbarred lawyer. This is the same person that was sentenced to more than a year in jail for defrauding couples of their money and memories (some never received any photos of their wedding, many never received the albums that he was paid to produce). A Google search for Alan Brent Carruth will find numerous articles, forum postings, and TV hidden camera interviews with Mr. Carruth." (Tim)
Many thanks for this information.I have now updated my page. (Philip Grosset)

"Thank for taking time to write about Lily Ivory. I wanted to know if anyone else read these books. Thank you for your summaries!" (Visha vj)

"Thank you so much for introducing me to Mother Aquinas (by Harrison.) I just noticed you have listed only one of her books and wasn't sure if you knew of the others? Up to number 6 now. (Thanks for the suggestion that I shall be happy to follow up. Philip Grosset)
If you are looking for something to read you might wish to try Louise Penny's "The Beautiful Mystery." I was reminded of it reading about
Fr Anselm in your review which says that the Gilbertine Monasteries didn't survive the Dissolution. Well, except for the dozen monks who escaped and eventually set up a monastery in remote (rent a plane then canoe) Canada. The Detective is Inspector Ganache so he won't get a mention on your list, but if you'd like a closed-door whodunnit charmingly set in a monastery, the chance to learn more than you thought you needed to know about the origins of written plainsong and - my favourite - a Manby trh from the inquisition ("The Hounds of the Lord!"... "We don't use that term anymore" said the new arrival....his smile widening. "Puts people off"). It's in print & ebook. Yes, I am a fan of Penny and her creation." (Diane Campbell)

"Thank you for your review of Nicholas Brady. Just wanted to mention that all five titles are now available as ebooks in Black Heath Editions. Best wishes, Christopher Mathews."

"Found your book (The Shack) extremely thought-provoking - enjoyed it immensely. And until just now, I actually thought Mack was a real person! (credit to your great imagination in your forward!!). Was able to identify deeply with many of your characters. Thank you! a fellow Canadian." (Linda Devries)
It's not my book of course! I am still only the webmaster of the Clerical Detectives site! (Philip Grosset)

"I don't know whether you're still active, but just in case: I've read some of the books in the "Sister Frevisse" series by Margaret Frazer. She's a relative of William de la Pole, a major figure in the court of Henry VI, and so sees at least the run-up to the Wars of the Roses (I've not read the whole series to know). (Tim McDaniel)

"The Sebastian series is one of my "go to" along with Lord of the Rings and The Circle. I read it every 5 years or so." (Dayne)

"I was reading your clerical list of detectives looking for any other Jewish detectives apart from Harry Kellerman's and saw your review of Arthur Hailey whose blockbusters and style of them really appealed to me. He would write like Charles Dickens in that many characters are in the book, all unconnected and slowly come together until the climax involves them all. However the book you describe, his last commercial one, sounds like the Alzheimer's was already there which caused the insistent minute details so he was sure he had grasped the subject. Shame his editor didn't do his job well." (Mandy)

"I read 'Touchstone' written by Janet Cichetti and Lillian Ressler Groom in 1947 under the pseudonym Lillian Janet. I was fascinated by the book and would love to learn more about them. Were you ever able to find them or learn more about them? I would love to learn more. Their book was written from a delightfully feminist perspective, which I was intrigued and impressed by, since it was written in 1947. I would love to get in touch with either of the authors, if they are still alive. Thanks!" (Kim Perl)
I am afraid that all the information I have is on my site. I too would welcome more information about them! Philip Grosset

"Ick. Books which are written in the current tense should have a warning on 'em.. I loathe that in my whodunnits! Looking forward to Blake's "The Book of Light" and stopped at page 1. Sigh." (Diane Campbell)

"I am an old friend of Rev Chuck Meyer and am trying to get info about him. We attended grade school and high school in Cincinnati, OH. His first wife, Deborah Gay Whisenhunt Meyer, was also a dear friend and I am seeking any information I can get about either of them. Any help will be most appreciated." (Barry Kassner)
Can anyone help? (Philip Grosset)

"In one of your books (I forget which ) you spoke of the person carrying the Bishop's cross as the "Crucifier". I'm pretty sure he (or she) has never crucified anyone and think the correct word is Crucifer.I know I'm petty but I'm 86 years old and have a lot of time on my hands and I do love your books. My priest has recently divorced and is being married soon. Times are changing!" (Noreen)
You are not writing to Julia Spencer-Fleming, as you suppose, but to the Webmaster of the Clerical Detectives site! (Philip Grosset)

*I'm so grateful for your website. I could not remember the author or the detective,but I found Father Anselm here (luckily he was at the beginning of the alphabet). Now to find the books! Thank you so much." (Anne D Knight)

"I have recently rediscovered your books. As I currently read Quaker Witness, I must say what a great writer you are. I have read numerous mysteries and yours are as exceptional as all others. Thanks." (Dave Thompson)
I am not this this author either! Please see the explanation in heavy red type at the top of this page! (Philip Grosset)

"To Jimmy Costello: Marvellous cases you have been on, but, as a priest, please, please, please, refrain from employing vulgar language! You are supposed to be an example for the young! Thank you," (Michael Teo)

"I think I've found some more. Reading The Psalmist & enjoying it, can't see the author listed?" (Diane Campbell)I
Many thanks for the suggestion. I have now included a review of The Psalmist. (Philip Grosset)

"Fun! Thank you!" (Carol)

"I smiled a big smile at discovering your site/work. How splendid that people like you create such interesting resources for the rest of us. Thank you!" (Rob Hall)

"I love your site and I use it often to find a good mystery to read. I just wanted to express my dismay upon reading "The Tavern in the Morning" by Alys Clare. I was busy reading thru her series but have now been so upset by this particular book and the explicit sex scenes within. I don't think a book of medievil mystery needs to have this in it. She is a good writer and her books are interesting but this was awful." (Donna Schafer)

"Thank you so much for making this site. I discovered this genre by accident. I first rapidly read through all the Brother Athelston books, then through a google search discovered Ellis Peters Cadfael. I was getting a bit despondent as I am coming to the end of all the Cadfael books and wanted to find something similar. So I googled and lo and behold, your site appeared! Brilliant work! Ive bookmarked it so that I can return again and again to find more authors to read. Keep up the good work. Regards." (Jo Gavin)

I'm currently leading a mystery book group series on "Crime-Solving Clergy." Wish I'd found your site sooner! Great resource." (Carole Shmurak)

"I found and am reading the book How to become a Bishop without being religious and it is a riot! It has a note in the front by one of his children but can't read the name. Does he have any living relatives that you know of and how to get in touch with them? Look forward to getting his mysteries and other of his books." (Stephanie Faulkner)
I'm afraid I can't help you - but does anyone else know the answer? (Philip Grosset)

"Thanks for reminding me of Michael Gilbert." (Grace Runnette Clark)

"I just discovered your website and find it very interesting. Looking forward to delving into some of your suggested readings. I would like to recommend books by Mark M. Bello, especially Betrayal of Faith which is based on a true clergy abuse case. His 2nd novel, Betrayal of Justice is more political, but is based on the injustice of a Muslim woman." (Christine)
I've had a look at these books now, but am afraid I can see no way of counting lawyer Zachary Blake as a clerical detective! (Philip Grosset)

"I'm watching the Cadfael DVD's yet again and enjoying them again. Now I'm rereading the books that include his son. I wish she had written more about that relationship! I have the entire collection of Cadfael, Sister Fidelma (Tremayne), and also Sister Frevisse (Frazer). That time in history is fascinating and I'm enjoying the research that goes into these writings. Thanks again!" (Maggi Tieskoetter)

"I picked up Bone Idle (S Hill) whilst in UK. I found the review you provided very useful and reflected my view. I have one question...why limit your reviews to clerical detectives? You appear to have a genuine skill in reviewing books (readable, likeable and accurate) and I would suggest broadening your range. I would certainly take your reviews on board. Thanks." (Gav Beadle)
Thanks for the kind remarks, but I already have difficulty keeping up with the increasing number of clerical detectives! (Philip Grosset)
"Thank you for your response. Who would have thought there were so many? Cheers Gav."

"I have just discovered your website and am enjoying discovering some of the writers that you mention, thank you. Like you I enjoy the
Rabbi Small novels." {Andrew Hart)

"I'd like to nominate my Father Hardy Alaska Mystery series ... currently numbering four books. Thank you. This is great! (Jonathan Thomas Stratman)
I've now added a review of
Indecent Exposure. (Philip Grosset)

Readers might like this one: "Sabrina & The Secret Of The Severn Sea" by Guy Sheppard. Reverend Luke Lyons is missing. While the police cannot rule out suicide by drowning, The bishop of Gloucester turns to the only person she knows who might find him: newly appointed Inspector for Gloucester Cathedral's police constables, Jorge Winter. Can Jorge bring Luke safely home? Or in treading in his footsteps, is he doomed to find only bones?" (Guy Sheppard)
Thank you. I have now reviewed Sabrina & The Secret Of The Severn Sea. (Philip Grosset)

"Hello! I have come across a few clerical mysteries. Olivia Matthews - Mayhem & Mass (A Sister Lou Mystery #1) [Published November 28th 2017 by Kensington] Jane Willan - The Shadow of Death (Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery #1) [Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books]" (Asterope)
Many thanks for these very helpful suggestions. I have now reviewed Mayhem and Mass. (Philip Grosset)

"I love how you write about these detectives, but I just spotted a little mistake on the page about the The Lord is My Shepherd by Debbie Viguie. The setting is not in Raleigh North Carolina, but in the fictional town of Pine Springs, California. Keep up the great work!" (Amelia)
Many thanks for the correction. I have now put it right! (Philip Grosset)

"I loved reading excerpts from Fr. Andrew Greeley's books which brought back fond memories of the author leading me deeply into understanding this God of love." (Michael Dour)

"So grateful to have found this site---love detectives who are clerics and have found so many that I knew nothing of prior to your site. Thank you so much." (Sharon Tucker)

"Appreciate your comments and the delightful manner in which you write. Thank you." (Paul M Edwards)
It is good to hear from the author of The Angel Acronym. I have now added his second Toom Taggart book, Murder by Sacrament, to my reviews. (Philip Grosset)

"Captivated by William Broderick's Fr. Anselm books/" (Brian Lawrence)

"Excelente pagina, gracias por reunir tanta informacion acerca de detectives clericales, seria bueno que tuvieran actualizaciones por medio de una lista de correo." (Jose Gerardo)

"I am desperately trying to buy Broken Faith and Unholy Ghost but have not so far have not been successful. Can you help?" (Margaret Austin)
Both are available on Amazon. (Philip Grosset)

"I have read and re-read this book. I have bought and given copies away to people. On one occasion God provided a copy when I needed it most. I was telling a customer how much I loved this book and how it helped me heal in my own personal experiences. He said he would have to look for it. He was a long way from home, driving a Semi truck so it would be a long time before he could get to a book store. About 5 minutes later another costumer came in and said..."hey I got The Shack and read was awesome, so I brought you my copy to give away". I walked over and handed it to the first customer. He couldn't believe that just happened. But...that's God! Thank you for sharing your grief, and helping others." (Beverly)
As explained in red at the top of this page, I am not the author you suppose! (Philip Grosset)

"I wish I had met Mr. Kienzle. I would say Than You! What I enjoyed tremendously about his stories were the touchstones of Detroit and living in Michigan. In no other book will you find the phrase "If you don't like the weather wait a minute, it'll change" because that is clearly a Michigan thing. So many other things were like revisiting my childhood." (Trish)

"I had read a book about a minister and his wife going to a new town in the mountains ... but the night before the church burns down. The church ladies (one being rather large with a small toy poodle) go into investigative mode in trying to solve the mystery of who burned down the church. I think there is Fire in the title and have been unable to find it. I also think there is a companion book. I hope you are the author and can direct me to the correct titles of this particular book. I certainly appreciate you." (Beth Freeman)
I am not sure which book you're looking for. Could it be Soon After by Sherylle Kiser Jackson. Or might it be Ashes to Ashley by Robert E Shaw?
I am not the author but just the webmaster of the Clerical Detectives site. (Philip Grosset

"I found
Through the Fire by Diane Noble and I ordered it and when it comes I am going to read it aloud to a 95 year old lady in a nursing home, a chapter at a time. I know she will get a kick out of it and I have not found it for so long, I will enjoy the re-read myself. Thanks again for your attention and trying to help." (Beth Freeman)

"Thanks for your great and informative blog. Love it. As a handicapped old dame reading mysteries is my main source of pleasure. And your info is much appreciated." (Sandra Donovan)

"I am immensely grateful for all the information provided on this website. I had to make write an essay on William of Baskerville and hardly found something on the Internet, until I found this place... Thank you!!" (Dorian Castelein)

"Splendid site. One possible addition, Charles Nelo Sangster from Victor Canning's The Great Affair (1970). He is a defrocked priest, just released from prison for fraud, who steals a valuable necklace from his brother, intending to donate the proceeds to a Paris orphanage, and has to evade a host of villains who want it fro themselves. Not a detective but the hero of a quasi-thriller. I have a web page on the book: " (John Higgins)
Many thanks for the suggestion; I have now added a review of The Great Affair. (Philip Grosset)

"Great site, could spend all day looking for unknown authors/books (like I don't have more than enough to read already!!). Also loved browsing the comments." (Anne Brady)

"I very much enjoyed Joy Cometh with the Mourning by Dave Freer.
Murder in a Cathedral by Ruth Dudley Edwards is one of a series which aren't clerical. However Robert Amiss, the POV character, is sent as the secretary to the Bishop in this gem - does that count? Anyway, if you find it, its a fun read. Miss Edwards is an academic whose mystery books remind me of the later Greenwood (Theodora Braithwaite) mysteries. She is attached to the church but able to write of it with an ascerbic and occasionally biting humour. Her other books take on other Brit establishments - Civil Service, House of Lords, Publishing.
One last thing - I note a few comments about being unable to find/afford books. Is it out of place to recommend which is a charity which recycles used books to support literacy programs? I live in Australia; betterworld provides free postage & its often cheaper than buying locally even in a used book store & their search engines are excellent. (Yes I do buy new books occasionally, particularly for living authors, they should be paid.)" (Diane Campbell)
Many thanks for the helpful suggestions. I'll have a look at both the books you suggest. I myself find that is a very good way of tracking down books. (Philip Grosset)

"Have you discovered my Inklings Murder Mysteries? Set in the 1930s they feature C. S. Lewis and the Inklings in what I call "theological thrillers" (whilst solving seemingly impossible--mostly locked room--murders). Do they fit into your category? Published by Marylebone House (SPCK) in London there are four titles in the series so far: "The Corpse in the Cellar"; "The Country House Murders"; "The Floating Body" and (just out) "The Sinister Student"--if you send me a postal address I'll ask my publisher to send you a copy of the latest... let me know what you think. Cheers." (Kel Richards)
I'm always pleased to hear of omissions and new titles, and have now included reviews of them on a C.S.Lewis page. (Philip Grosset)

"Thank you for the biographical information on Rev. Smith. Years back, his book Reverend Randollph and the Avenging Angel was pitched into the cut-rate sales pile by my local library and I dropped it into a paper bag with a bunch of other mystery stories. I've just now gotten to it and am halfway through, totally delighted with the characters, the dialogue, and the refreshing points of view Dr. Randollph expresses. I'm so glad there are more of his books out there, though I believe I will skip the last one to avoid ending on a downer. Your site is most interesting--what a lot of work you've done! I'll be back. I'm not a conventionally religious person but always enjoy conversations that explore some of the arcane positions that Christianity takes, and your selection of titles and characters, beyond Rev. Smith, offers some nice opportunities. Thank you." (Cathy Lemp)

"I saw the movie and got interested to arn magnusson. Find the story very rewarding historicalin event about cristian and islam." (Junesantiago esguerra)

"I did not see it on the list, though I may have missed it. There is a new series featuring a priest. The Secret of Fatima (Father Kevin Thrall #1)- Peter J. Tanous (Published March 2016) There is also: Fields of Wrath (Luis Chavez #1)- Mark Wheaton (Book 2 was just published, Sept 2016). (Asterope)
Many thanks for your very helpful suggestions. I shall certainly follow them up. (Philip Grosset)

"Where is Adam Dalgleish? (P.D. James)" (Pamela Lake)
I don't think Dagleish could really be counted as a clerical detective just because his father was a rector! (Philip Grosset)

"I like your article about Kate Charles books and I looked up your blog about clerical books - very interesting. Will read some of the suggested books." (Mika Batteiger)

"I've found four of the Ebenezer Buckle books for 99p each on Amazon Kindle." (Paul Strickland)
Many thanks for this very useful information. All I am left looking for now is 'Coupons for Death'! (Philip Grosset)

"I am doing an article for a newsletter on clerical sleuths and I run a book group called Mystery Readers. This has been very helpful." (Carol Anne Lane Hall)

"Loved your review of Crispin's Glimpses of the Moon. I too count it as a favorite, worthy of many re-reads. It's rather like watching a Laurel and Hardy reel - as though someone said, "we need a few more minutes," so they threw in a gratuitous car chase involving a horse and a baby carriage. Absurd, and laugh-out-loud funny." (Susan Townsend)

"Love the Faith Morgan series." (Debra Replogkle)

"I agree with your review of the two mysteries regarding Father Ballou and his dog Spot. I picked up A Murder on Boston Common at my library's book sale and am enjoying it. I see from your review that only two were published. Unfortunate, as I have become fond of the characters in the book, and since I live in the Boston area,am interested in life, as the author portrays it, in this time period. I was dismayed to realize that the solution to the mystery in the first book is revealed in the second. Since I know "who done it" I shall not read it, but would have enjoyed it as much as I have enjoyed this one. Thank you for the information that you provided." (Lois Bronnenkant)

"I'm thrilled to have found your site. I didn't knowof these detectives. And I did not know Gail Frazer wrote Bishop Pecock mysteries, which I will check out. I will be returning to your site for the great information you provide! BTW, Gail Frazer passed away on Feb. 4, 2013, as revealed on her website, which you kindly provide a link for." (Mina Barker)

"Unfortunately, I found a copy of one of Beck's local history books, not his detective fiction. But here is a suggestion - if someone is able to locate one and scan it, it can be made available on line within Canada, since it is now more than 50 years since he died and copyright protection extends for only 50 years in Canada. I hope that it is possible to read some of these works - thanks so much for assembling all of this information! I will search the site and add more if I find any gaps that I can fill in. Cheers!" (Leslie Tomlinson)

"I have published a novel, Blood Under the Altar, about a Scotch Presbyterian minister settled in Central Texas who discovers a dead colleague in Shoestring,TX. He works with Police Chief, Hector Chavez to solve the crime, while his wife becomes a target of the killer.
I have written another novel, in the series,
Fire in the Blood. It's about the end of the world by eradicating insects. I'm looking for successful authors who might write a blurb for that book." (Mark W Stoub)
I have now reviewed
Blood Under the Altar. (Philip Grosset)

"A great site! Thanks for the info about Cadfael." (Kathleen Cook)

"I wrote a story called
Church Lady P.I. & posted it on a blog (
. Except to 'share' the LINK on my Twitter & Google+ profiles (neither of which are large) I did no promotion. Now I see that more than 1,300 stopped by to read it. It made me wonder how much interest there is in Mysteries with Christianity as a main theme. So I was searching the Internet, found your site, thought it interesting and wanted to let you know." (Laura-Lee Rahn}

"You write, ;Father Yygnacio (originally Ignaz) Pfefferkorn was a real person (what author would dare invent a name like that?), who was born in Mannheim, Germany, in 1725.'
Thanks for the belly laugh - in a nice way. My maternal lineage is Pfefferkorn and Father Ignaz Pfefferkorn was one of my ancestors. The Pfefferkorns came to America from the Alsace-Lorraine region of France. Once here, UD Immigration dropped the first "f" (Pefferkorn). Pfefferkorn is German for peppercorns - or so my mother told me. (smile). And. in English, my name, d'Aigle, means "of the Eagle". Any priests named d'Aigle? Thanks. Saludos cordiales." (Bob d'Aigle)

"I recently discovered a book I have owned for years but never read, "The Day the Rabbi Resigned" by Harry Kemelman. I pulled it from the shelf to begin reading but decided to search the web for the chronological order to determine if it's best to read them in that order. I seem to remember the book I have is about mid-way down the list. Thank you for this wonderful blog; it is very informative. I am not a fan of mystery series, but perhaps this is because I haven't read the "cream of the crop." (Linda Foshee)

"Your information about "Stephen Chance" and his real-life name and career, and the details about the "Septimus" mysteries are excellent. I came across the first two "Septimus" mysteries years ago, and then found the "Philip Turner" information in the St.James Press book on "Twentieth Century Children's Writers". I especially like Turner's "Colonel Sheparton's Clock", which has the same kind of adventure-mystery thrill as John Buchan's "The Thirty-Nine Steps". I wrote to Turner, asking further questions, and he very kindly replied, in detail. He ought to be better known!" (John Gough)

"I actually know of your site because of your writing on Sister Carol Anne O' Marie. I was getting concerned when I when I wasn't seeing any other books by her. Sad to learn that she passed away. I love to read. I can no longer do this for myself due to Glaucoma. Is there an index or other tool to learn which are e-books, that my voiceover screen reader can read to me, or in audio format (hopefully in MP3 or MP4 format) so I can borrow or own the books? Thanks." (Christine Fitzgerald, USA))
I'm afraid I cannot help you. Does anyone know of an answer? (Philip Grosset)

"Hello! I noticed there was no Russian Orthodox priests. Is there no Novel about them? Kindly, Kerstin Dahlqvist."
I am afraid I know of no detective stories featuring a Russian Orthodox priest. In "The Dead Detective" by Robert L Wise there is a detective who had once studied to become a Syrian Orthodox priest. This is the closest I can get!" (Philip Grosset)

"David Dickinson's "Death of a Chancellor" does not have a clerical detective but is set in the Church and you might like it. In this case Chancellor is a high cathedral official, as you are probably aware. (Spoiler alert). Unusual story - the murderer is the Dean, as there is a conspiracy amongst the senior clerics to reconsecrate a cathedral as a Catholic cathedral, and those who wouldn't join in were burnt, beheaded or quartered in mimicry of the fate of the monks during the Dissolution of the monastaries." (Diane Campbell)
Many thanks for this suggestion. I enjoyed reading the book (however unlikely it was) so have now included a David Dickinson page. (Philip Grosset)

'What a usful site. I have been introduced to lots of good books thanks to you." (Dr William Fleming)

"Magnificent! Thank you so much for all your hard work. What a gold mine! I think religion in a mystery adds another level, especially the funny ones. Thank you, again - Liz." (Liz Davenport)

"I am in the middle of Monday the Rabbi Took Off byHarry Kemelman. I had read most of the series many years ago. I am enjoying the book very much and I thought I'd like to know more about the author. Thanks for your bio and comments about the author, his books, and some of his philosophy." (Susan Robertson)

"Thanks for the reviews of Matthew Head's Mary Finney books. I found The Congo Venus at a thrift store (which might not be too far off from where the original Venus might have ended up) and have been ferreting out the rest of Mr. Head's books. I agree with your final comments on Murder at the Flea Club. There was something lacking in that book, as if the ending were rushed. Or, that Mary Finney was only there as a cardboard cutout of herself, something for Hooper to talk at rather than to. I'll probably still read the book again; I do enjoy the style and complexities of the writing, but I'm far more likely to pull Cabinda or Devil off the shelf first." (Carol Mckenzie)

"I loved this page and grateful for finding it. I cannot find/afford the books I want to read of simon quinn aka martin cruz smith and this is the only place I could find the books plots/summaries. Thanks." (Bharathy)

"I had forgotten all about Don Camillo (I had read one or two of his stories over 50 years ago) until a chance conversation I had today. I didn't know that there more stories nor did I know that there was film. Thank you for reawakening my interest." (Quentin, Comte de Vallone)

"I love the Rabbi Small books and read them years ago; I intend to reread them since I have gotten very tired of mysteries in which the authors focus on extraneous details, get wrapped up in onerous descriptions about things such as eating habits or clothing that have very little to do with the story. Once the protagonists occupation is identified, readers don't need to be constantly reminded about the yarn store or how attractive everyone of their friends are. Readers want information, they want to learn the facts and be challenged. Rabbi Small does challenge us and he solves the case. I'm going to run down to my library and check them out." (Catherine Meers)

"I'm putting together a college class where I'll be using mystery novels as a means of introducing students to major world religions. You site has been a big help with finding likely examples! One question, though: do you know of any mystery series that focuses on a detective who is a practicing Sikh? (It's the 5th largest world religion, but I haven't found anything that addresses that tradition, as yet)." Lorin Geitner
There are the Inspector Singh detective stories by Shamini Flint although does not seem to practise his religion, and The Sikh Detective by Col K S Rajamani, but this is a really odd book." (Philip Grosset)

"I wonder if Tom Hilpert will be writing more Lake Superior novels. I read all three and want more! I am a retired FBI chaplain, and currently a Cleveland (Ohio) Police chaplain. I love this genre. I remember the Rev. Randollph series from the 80's. Here's hoping.
There is also Alan Kornacki who writes a series with fire dept. chaplain Rev. Justin Corwin as protagonist. He marries a police detective and it gets interesting. These are more romance novels. There is also the Pastor Stephen Grant series. He is a former CIA hit man, and Navy Seal who turns Lutheran pastor.
Warrior Monk is the first of the series. These are high adventure." (Rev. Dean Kavouras)
Many thanks for the suggestions that I am now following up. (Philip Grosset)
I've bookmarked your site, Philip. Thanks for the labors. I just wanted to ad that I've found, after 20 years as a chaplain, that police and clergyman are cut from the same cloth. Their work runs parallel, one guarding the body, the other the soul. Both fight evil, wear uniforms, hold office, are held to a higher standard, must keep secrets. Both hear confessions, with this big difference. The one puts you in jail afterwards, the other absolves you. FWIW. Take care, and thanks again."(Dean Kavouras)

"I'm fond of clerical mysteries and a list mate mentioned David Manuel's Brother Bartholomew on DorothyL. I do enjoy these, particularly the insider's look at religious life and have almost finished A Matter of Diamonds. Looking forward to the rest." (Sharon Stucker)

"Smaller and Smaller Circles by F H Batacan which revolves around two Jesuit priests, Father Gus Saenz and Father Jerome Lucero." (Jeremy Baer)
Many thanks for the very helpful suggestion. I have now included a page about Fathers Saenz and Lucero. I found them very interesting. (Philip Grosset)

"Many other sites failed. Could not remember the name of Father Anselm and there it was with such detailed notes. Superlative." (Bruce Jamieson)

"Hello, your website is wonderful! I am researching the title Always Murder a Friend by Margaret Scherf. Specifically the book jacket design. You reference this title on your website. Do you own a copy? I am interested in an image of the complete dust jacket. I am researching the artist of the image used on the cover. Any help you might provide would be most appreciated. Regards." (Meghan Petersen)
Sorry, I can't help you. Does anyone know anything about the artist? (Philip Grosset)

"I used to read The Inquisitor in the 70's along with The Executioner, The Chameleon, Revenger etc. This was one of my favourite reading eras." (Carl Bray)

"As an Old Stonyhurst boy OS 1958 - 1967, and nephew of Pauline King's, the brief report regarding the book rings a lot of "alarm bells". There was much inapproriate behaviour in the 50s and 60s by lay masters and even some clerics, and some of it resulted in well documented Court Cases in the 80s or 90s if I remember correctly." (Philip Armstrong)

"Absolutely love the Brother Hermitage books. I read them as treats to myself. A friend is leaving for vacation, my good bye gift will be the first two in the series to send her laughing along the way." (Lynne Lockwood)

"What a wonderfully informative site. My mother, who is 84 and almost blind, is desperately trying to find some of these titles in talking book form. Do you know if any are available in that format?" (Sylvia Roberts)
I'm so sorry but I can't help you. Can anyone else? (Philip Grosset)

"I very much enjoyed your reviews of William Kienzle's books. My family were parishioners of his church (St. Anselm), and I was confirmed by Father Kienzle. I do remember him as a very kind man, especially when he tested me on my prayers. Having spent 30 plus years in law enforcement, I look forward to delving into his books, of which I did not know that he wrote so many. Thank you helping me discover that." (Dan Loftus)

"Didn't know there were sooooo many clerical detectives!!! I was just checking whether william brodrick had written any New books and found this site!! Now to write out your list and go look for some of them. Don camillo and father brown of course are oold friends!" (Janine Suhen)

"I have just read the three ash rashid books and have really enjoyed them, I am also a very keen reader of other authors such as Connolly , Connelly and other English writers." (Lynne)

"Hi! Just to correct you Margaret Scherf's Father Buell mysteries are set in Montana not Colorado. The Colorado setting was listed by error of one of her publishers. Please read the Rue Morgue bio of her at their site." (Ann Kessel)
Many thanks, I have now corrected this. (Philip Grosset)

"I appreciated your comments. The item that I remember most about "Code Name Sebastian" is where he is at a hearing about an archaeological find of one of his party. When asked if what was reported was the truth he replied that he did not know it it was, but he believed the archaeologist. He had been willing to give up his life because of his belief." (James Spooner)

"Hi - thank you for all the Cadfael information - it is very thorough. Unlike some of the other comments left I enjoyed the TV shows but am looking forward to reading those stories not used for TV. Your other author info is extremely impressive." (Tracy Robertson)

"I am so pleased to have found you and will be visiting you often to look for new books to read. I searched the following question; "does Brother Jerome of The Brother Cadfael series ever get his comeuppance?" And bless you he does and you told me about it. Thank you."(Sue Gould)

"I am looking to purchase a copy of Henry C Beck's Death by Clue, pub by Dutton in 1933. Would you have a copy of this book for sale? If not, do you know where I might purchase a copy? Thank you. Regards from North Carolina, USA." (Barry Warren)
I'm afraid you'll have the greatest difficulty in tracking down any of the Henry Beck crime novels. I've never been able to find
Death by Clue! Good luck in your searching. (Philip Grosset)
Thank you for your reply. Of the five mysteries written by Henry Charlton Beck and published by Dutton, I have four of them:
Murder In The News Room (1931), Cakes To Kill (1932), Society Editor, (1932), and Murder In The Newspaper Guild, (1937). Death By Clue has eluded me for 20 years and I do not understand why this book is so difficult to locate. Of these five mysteries, only two contain Rev Charles Cooper Mickle as detective: Cakes To Kill and Death By Clue. I will continue looking on and hope to locate a copy of Death By Clue by the end of the decade. (Barry Warren)
Many thanks for the helpful information. I have updated my page accordingly. (Philip Grosset)

"Looking for information on William Brodrick and found this utterly charming and well laid out website. I shall read the "Sixth Lamentation" and quite likely many other books from this wonderful site. Many thanks." (Ed Turner)

"I have just finished reading "Vow of Silence" by Veronica Black and really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series." (Keith)

"I haven't read enough of your posts yet to have anything worthwhile to contribute, but I look forward to reading some more of your interesting posts. It's nice that I'm not the only one left who remembers Giovani Guareshi. I vaguely remember 'the house that Nino built'. Wonder if I still have it." (Mary)

"I was telling my mother about the nun who wrote mysteries and wanted to see if there were any new ones." (Eileen Regan)
If you are thinking of Sister Carol Anne O'Marie, she died in 2009. (Philip Grosset)

"It's very interesting that you seem to prefer the Fidelma books to the Cadfael series. I've read 3 of the Fidelma books - The Chalice of Blood, The Seventh Trumpet and the one about Lombardy, can't remember its name right now. This is just my personal opinion, but I found these Fidelma books badly written (style, use of language), long-winded and boring. The author seems unable to connect with his readers. He waffles on too much about customs in the Five Kingdoms at that time, and he goes into quite unnecessary detail about other things as well. These facts would have been interesting if he had presented them in a different way. And I find the characters unconvincing and uninteresting (very two-dimensional), and there's far too much emphasis on different tribes going to war the whole time. I quite enjoyed The Chalice of Blood. But these books aren't a patch on the Cadfael stories or any other detective stories I've read. The only books I find even worse than Tremayne's are those by Michael Jecks.

Thank you very much for your review of the Brother Cadfael series. For some reason I missed them when they were first published in the 1980s, but An Excellent Mystery came into my hands early last year and now I have the whole series, which I'm eagerly reading. I'm thoroughly enjoying them all and I'm now reading Brother Haluin's Confession. Up to now it's been very easy to identify the murderer in each case - with the exception of The Raven in the Foregate and The Potter's Field! Unfortunately I haven't been able to read them in chronological order, and it's very important to do this with this series because Ellis Peters unfortunately gives quite a bit away in subsequent books. Peters writes with great humanity and compassion for human frailty. One feels sorry for the murderer each time! Her characters are well-rounded and credible, and the plots are exciting, well sustained and enlivened with a great deal of humour. However Peters does go a bit over the top when describing young female characters. All that guff about huge periwinkle eyes, apple-blossom cheeks and softly rounded faces is much too sugary for me! The only book I'm not keen on so far is The Virgin in the Ice, which I thought dragged on a bit. All the rest are great. I was so enthusiastic about the books that I watched a number of episodes in the TV series on DVD and was extremely disappointed. Sir Derek Jacobi is a great actor, no doubt about that, but he isn't Cadfael. The most important thing about Cadfael is his Welshness, and Jacobi was apparently unable to bring this out in his portrayal. Compare David Suchet as Hercule Poirot: Suchet IS Poirot. They should have got a Welsh actor to play Cadfael. Another thing I didn't like about the TV series was the big changes in the plots and the names of the characters, not to mention no fewer than three different actors playing Hugh Beringar! I cannot for the life of me see why they did this. (Can anyone enlighten me?) It ruins the whole thing. And the plethora of fake local accents ranging from Somerset to cockney doesn't make the series any more convincing. The actors should either have spoken BBC or with a Shrewsbury or Gwynedd accent. And I'm also wondering if they couldn't have found more attractive actors and actresses to play the parts of all the young lovers and other young people. Acting is very bad too, generally speaking. Bad acting, bad casting, bad adaptation and total lack of credibility. And why film it in Hungary anyway? They could have done wonders with this series but the overall quality really is rock bottom.

Your reviews of Michael Jecks's books are interesting. I have only read one (The Abbot's Gibbet) and I found it so frankly awful in all respects that I've never read any more by this particular author. First and foremost, the man simply can't write to save his life. The basic plot was good, but Jecks is unable to capture the reader's attention and hold it. Characters are cardboard cut-outs, and there is no humour at all (humour is essential in murder mysteries!) And Jecks hops around from one topic to another without going into enough depth (very unconnected), and his "literary" style is appalling. I'm sure he's a very nice man, but I'm amazed that his books are so popular. The one I read was very dreary and boring." (Maria de Ville)

"I must say that I am finding Christy Kenneally's The Remnant both gripping and very interesting, not to mention enjoying the rather wry humour - for instance when the dying pope chuckles at Eli. I am thoroughly enjoying this book." (Robin Hawkins)

"I've read all if the Merrily Watkins books. Anxiously waiting for the next book. Is it in the works?" (Sally Hall)
The last one published was 'The Magus of Hay'. I'm afraid I don't know the author's future plans! (Philip Grosset)

"I will be adding this series (The Lake Superior mysteries by Tom Hilpert) as I read them. This could be a 'can't get enough of these spellbinding books'." (Kathryn)

"Necesito un resumen de cada capitulo para una prueba." (Valentina)
I'm being asked (I think) for a summary of each page. In fact, the last paragraph of each review usually summarises what I think. This is the best I can do! (Philip Grosset)

"I love Faith Morgan and I'm waiting eagerly for a new book in the series. I hope she and Ben manage to get together- there are obviously still feelings there." (Eva Phipp)
"A Saintly Killing", the third book in the series, is due in October 2014. (Philip Grosset)

"Just wanted to say thank you. I'm a fan of Sister Fidelma, Sister John, and Sister Mary Helen, as well as of Brother Cadfael, and I am simply flabbergasted at the richness waiting for me! I had no idea there were so many clerical detectives. Now I have to start hunting them down!" (Sharon Leighton)

"I'm only just beginning to discover things about Kyril Bonfiglioli - a friend has recommended him, and after looking at various quotes and reviews (including yours) I can see why. Unfortunately I'm trying to get rid of most my books before moving to a much smaller dwelling - but I might make an exception for The Mortdecai Trilogy." (Kevin Cook)

"Love the site! Took it as a challenge to find another clerical sleuth not on your list. Don't know your exact criteria, but how about The Benedictine Bloodhounds of Betty Hyland published in 2007? Sister Gertrude looks like a likely character for you. Thanks for all the work." (Mary Beth)
Very many thanks for the very helpful suggestion. I've now included The Benedictine Bloodhounds. (Philip Grosset)

So moving re the William Brodrick novels. So moved on all the novels. So moved to tears." (Pam Broadhead)

"Seeking a copy of Death by Clue, Henry C. Beck, 1933." (Celeste Bennett)
So am I! I've been looking for copies of all his detective novels. (Philip Grosset)

"Very helpful and I hope to run down some more old green Penguins." (Merryn Williams)

"You might want to reconsider your list of not recommended Appleby books to include "Stop the Press" as it was far too long to be enjoyable." (Charleen Anderson)

"Have read all 7 of the Inspector Blake Hartley Mysteries and thoroughly enjoyed them. Was wondering if there are anymore in the pipeline." (Pamela Adams)
The 8th book, The Dance-Hall Mystery, is now available on Kindle - but I haven't reviewed it yet! (Philip Grosset)

"You asked about
Fr. William Doty, author of The Rise of Father Roland. He died in 1979 at the age of 60 after a long bout with cancer. Doty wrote 19 books over the course of his career, but they weren't all "devotional"; he wrote mysteries and character studies as well. Like you, I'd recommend
Roland to anyone. It's a good, crisp read by a very good writer who died too early." (Brad)
Many thanks for the information. (Philip Grosset)

Great site. I found a lot of authors that I have been looking for." (Audrey)

"Hi! I was wondering if you could help me solve a puzzle. Firstly, let me say that I found an online PDF copy of "The Little World of Don Camillo." I will print a copy of it now before going to bed, and take it along as my quiet read to a clergy retreat. Sometime ago I asked my Sociology professor how may I find out the source as how it came about that human words are important - mean something - have power. From where does that come? And this question is related to my wondering as to how it is that certain phrases are left to be said and should only be said by a priest (for example), and then it has its value. How do I search the origins of such "magic"? I kind of caught my former lecturer unawares, but the answer he gave me was: read Giovannino Guareschi. Please, in relation to my wondering about the "magic" of words, and his response - read GG, are you able to help me uncover the connection?" (Mark Anthony Vandayar+)
No! Perhaps someone else here can? (Philip Grosset)

"What an interesting discovery - a book and this site. Helsingin Sanomat, the largest newspaper in Scandinavia, had a column on old treasures and finds by Suvi Ahola in today's issue. Harry Kemelman was the treasured find. His book On Friday the Rabbi Slept Late was translated already in 1965. I had never heard of him, googled him and this treasure box popped up. Chaim Potok and Isaac Bashevis Singer introduced me to the Jewish literature. It turned out to be a lasting love affair. Your list offers another twist into this interest. For a Lutheran pastor (me) it is a great way to learn about other communities of other faiths while having a good time. Thank you!" (Annele Martin)

"Well judged and fair assessments of my own Blake Hartley crime novels. Since 2013 all my crime novels and other work have been published by Amazon on Kindle. Sales have soared after my work was introduced by Amazon globally, especially to the Americas and Europe." (John Waddington-Feather) "Love your books. Cannot put them down after I start reading. Just finished Cradle and All"Just read A Nun in the Closet by Dorothy Gilman, great book, and, characters. Was trying to find if Dorothy Gilman wrote any more books about these nuns?? Your site informed that there was only the one. (My loss). Thx for info." (T. King)

"Please note that the Father Ananda Mysteries you cover on your site are currently being republished in brand new re-edited Kindle and paperback editions by Crime Wave Press." (Tom Vater, Crime Wave Press co-owner)"Love Ash Rashid. Read the Abbey and the Outsider, looking for the next novel." (Audrey Carruthers)

"Read several of
Father Koesler books in the 80s and wanted to see if there were any more. To my pleasant surprise, there are." (John Henry)

"Thanks for all the information.Is it possible to obtain any of the Rabbi Small books? I have Friday the Rabbi slept late." (Pat Whittle)
Yes, all the books are available. Look them up on for a complete list or try Amazon. (Philip Grosset)

"I came across your site while researching James Hiram Watson (a GGG uncle). You noted that you would appreciate more detail on his life. He resigned the ministry in 1883, so he did not commence work as an author until after his resignation." (Christine)

"Thank you for this brilliant site. When I came across it I thought all my birthdays had come at once. I was looking for information about Sr.Fidelma. I have read books featuring about 50 of the detectives and am looking forward to introducing myself to so many more. I expect that many will be out of print but I will enjoy the search. Thanks again for such a wondrous resource." (Sandra)

"Wow Nice section on Father Dowling" (Sean)

"I am currently reading ' Sovereign ' C J Sanson. I was curious to see if Mathew Shardlake was an historical figure, or mere fiction." (Stan Oakley)
He's fictitious. (Philip Grosset)

"I love to read historical mysteries and discovered Alexander Seaton in Waterstones. An amazing character and an exceptional plot. I have already downloaded the next two books on to my Kindle and will leave these to savour while I am away in Grand Canaria in two weeks time. Thank you so much for the enjoyment that you have given to me already." (David Cox)

"Thanks for the speedy response Philip (see below). Unfortunately I don't think this is the one. My recollection is that the book/ series was set in the 60s/ 70s and I can still picture the cover, if only I could come across an image ..." (Bradley McLaren)

"Great reading stumbled across your book of
peter decker by accident, now reading the whole series like mad." (Monika Morgan)

"So glad to know of this site. I have also enjoyed the Notre Dame series by Ralph McInerny." (Joanne)

"Thank you so much for introducing me to Mark Schweizer and his character Hayden Konig. My sister in CA sent me the sheet music to "Poli Woli Doodle" and I'd never heard anything about Schweizer's comic whodunits, even tho he's been publishing for 10+ years." (Roberta Mouheb)

"Was just browsing through a book when i came across a article by kyril bonfiglioli i remember reading his books about 20 yrs ago really enjoyed them im just about to order some of his novels again . A trip down memory lane." (Ken Jones)"

"i just learned that the Wisdom Hunter author is releasing a new novel. i saw it on his website, The reviews look impressive. i see he's also releasing a children's book." (Wendell Parker)
Many thanks for the information. I'll look out for Forgotten Road. (Philip Grosset)

"Was looking for some info about D M Greenwood having just chanced on one of her books in audiobook format.Chasing through your list of clerical sleuths I wondered whether Phil Rickman's Merrily Watkins qualifies ? Not a detective in the orthodox sense but there's often some kind of crime lurking amidst the paranormal manifestations." (Mike Vawdry)
Thanks for the suggestion, but she is already included. (Philip Grosset)

"Your guestbook on Clerical Detectives doesn't seem to be sending so I'm using the direct method. Edmund Crispin should have been an early post-modernist but had too many personal foibles to make a real go of it. I'm grateful to your synopses which save me the trouble of reading the books. I did read Holy Disorders twice, at different stages of my life.
I thought the idea of Literary Critic as Detective should be fruitful. Latterly there have been professional forensic style analysts, one of whom is called Don Foster whose claim to fame is that he proved that letters received from the Unabomber showed the same linguistic tics as writings found in the hut of the man eventually convicted.
Mme Sesosteris is a 'clairvoyant e' in The Waste Land.
Your quote "lost he the other eye?" He lost both in the first attack on him in King Lear while his bastard son (guess who) Edmund, stands indifferently by.
"... The fitchew nor the gilded fly goes to't with a more riotous appetite" Leontes, A Winter's Tale, a remarkable study in extreme male possessiveness. Remarkable because we've all met men a bit like him in the real world.
I found Don Foster's memoir discarded on a chair at Bath City Library. The previous reader probably took it off the shelf thinking it was by Bath's LibDem MP, also called Don Foster, and finding it was not did not trouble to put it back. There is an interesting chapter on his investigation of the funeral eulogy, allegedly written by Shakespeare, for a man who was killed by a trio of aristocratic roughs after leaving a pub in Exeter. I wonder if Exeter County Library, which also houses the Devon Archive, would have a copy of it, or maybe even the original.
It's on my list of things to do before I die, to find this poem. Another on the list was Find out More about Edmund Crispin, with which you have been extremely helpful. Thank you." (Robert Palmer)

"Would you know where I could get a copy of a prayer book called 'Days of Praise' by William Brodrick? Thank you." (Maryan Lisle, Australia)
Used copies are available from or (Philip Grosset)

"Thank you for the info and review of Irene Allen's Quaker mystery series. I read them a number of years ago and really enjoyed them. I had hopes she would continue writing the series, yet there have been no more. Do you know why she stopped writing them? Thank you." (Carol Ketler)
I have no information about this, but you could always email the author, Dr Kirsten Peters. Her email address is on her Rock Doc page. I too would be interested to hear the explanation, so would be grateful if you would let me know what she says! I'd guess she'd just been too busy. (Philip Grosset)
"I had a reply from Dr. Peters. She does not plan to write any more mystery books. Her focus is on geology textbooks. Thanks again." (Carol Ketler)

"I liked Father Crumlish's stories very much. It is a pity that Alice Scanlon Reach is underestimated." (Ruy Furst)

"I am very happy to find this site. Clergy myself, just retired, I am now working on my own mysteries and will find your handy collection invaluable. Since we clergy live with mystery-- that is of people's lives shared with us in confidence--maybe that's why so many of us enjoy good mystery/crime stories, and turn up in them as well.
I only recently discovered the
Crispin mysteries, and love them for their quirkiness and erudition. Yours was the most complete information I found doing a Google search for Edmund Crispin. Thank you!" (Digbyde)

"Currently the only existing, I believe, on-line version of Charles Smith's very funny book "How to become a bishop without being religious" is on a Christian Identity website. I can only assume that God has quite a sense of humor. This is at:
Are you in contact with anyone from the Smith family who could have the authority to post the book on a website that is not odious?" (Ross Hyman)
I'm afraid I have no contact with the Smith family but thank you very much for the very useful link. Despite his criticisms, Charles Merrill Smith remained a practising Christian throughout his life, so a Christian website may not really be so inappropriate! (Philip Grosset)
My point is that Charles Merrill Smith's book is on a racist website.
Christian Identity is a white supremacist ideology:
I think it is safe to assume that if Charles Merrill Smith were alive he would be appalled." (Ross Hyman)

"I love the Merrily Watkins books of Phil Rickman, and agree that apart from the main characters, a lot of the players are not well characterised. But they are still a cracking read. On number 6 next." (Gary Robinson)

i've used the list off and on for a year, and have found lots of good books to read. Thanks very much." (Larry Lawrence)

"Thank you for your summaries of each of the Brother Cadfael mysteries by Ellis Peters. You have a gift for describing the book without giving away the plot. And for choosing some of the good text for quotes. I read one or two books before realizing there is a series of 20. I listen to the audiobooks. I appreciate the historical setting of these books, as well as life in an abbey.
Mainly I have appreciated a sort of conversation, where I gained the benefit of your views, to compare with my own reactions. Plus, I have the name of some new books to seek, once I find all 20 of this series, and perhaps the short stories." (Sarah)

"I have just started reading your book, how simple and fantastic a story so far. I like the idea that the Rev can be a naughty boy considering we think of them as being angelic. What gave you the idea of the Reverand being this way? Do you manage to keep a strict timetable when working if so how?
Thank you.' (Allison Houston)
I think you must be referring to books by Suzette Hill - but I am not her! (Philip Grosset)

"Thank you for writing your mysteries. I am presently using them to introduce a friend to Quakerism. She now is expressing an interest in coming to Meeting with me. Thank thee." (Peggyan Noel)
I think you must be referring to books by Irene Allen - but I'm not her either! (Philip Grosset)

"Enjoyed Venice Conspiracy so much!" (Sandra)

"i would like to do a Merrily tour, i wondered if you had an itinary to all the relevant sites i also have Merrily's Borders and the straight track i live in Istanbul Turkey so i am not really good at the border geography regards." (Emine Selbes)
Perhaps Google maps would help you find the places you want. (Philip Grosset)

"I have just settled down to re read Which Doctor...I don't remember it much except that it was one of the most enjoyable mysteries I have ever found...witty and articulate writing." (Linda Whitehead)

"I've just finished the 24th of Wm Kienzle Fr. Koesler books - I've loved them, and am so sorry to hear there will be no more." (Lucille)

"Love to read about Cape Cod and picked one up out of curiosity. Just finished all 4 and am waiting impatiently for the next. When can we expect it?" (Bill)
No idea, I'm afraid! (Philip Grosset)

"In which of the books did Helewise leave the Abbey? I am now reading 'The Rose of the World', and am totally lost." (Bonnie Connel)
The series was meant to have ended with "The Joys of My Life" and I'm sorry the author changed her mind! Its last chapter looked forward ten years to a time when she had given up her vocation. (Philip Grosset)

"Thanks for putting together some information on the elusive Edward Candy. Wish someone would re-issue the detectve novels as I still find them very good." (Margaret McDermott)

"I hope some one will make a movie of This Present Darkness. I read this book over 20 years ago and it is one the best books ever written on Spiritual warfare." (Connie Antwine)

"I loved Sixth Lamentation and now I am a Brodrick fan. Will immediately look for your next two novels. The name Fr. Anselm is very dear to me because my college voice teacher/choir director was Fr. Anselm. I am also a history nut so I loved stories that are based on facts and times in history. Sixth was so wonderful, and I was so moved by the rich writing. Thank you!!!" (Faye Miller)

"I'm enjoying Cyril Hare's 'An English Murder' more than almost any English mystery I've read. It's delightfully witty and interesting, especially when read after 'The Remains of the Day' by KIshiguro, which it resembles." (Conor)

"Thanks for the information. It was useful. I didn't run in to much information on Post, as he seems to be sinking into obscurity." (Joel Mielke)

"A total mystery buff, I discovered The Rosary Murders in '79 and read every new book since. I love mystery books that teach things as well a present puzzles. I had long given up on organized religion but Father Koesler's version of God brought me back from atheist to at least agnostic. Kienzle had a wonderful way with parables and an incredible insight into human motivation and behavior. How sad that he will write no more." (Debra Davies)

"Great site. Thanks! I had no idea there were so many clergy detectives in literature." (Andy McClung)

"While doing family tree research I discovered an ancestor named Ebenezer Buckle, then found that in fact he had several relatives with the same name all living in Buckinghamshire over the years. I wonder whether the author borrowed the name from a real family?" (Angela Woodgates)

"I am just beginning to read The Chorister at the Abbey and love the setting and the exciting gifted writing, and I appreciate the music theme:) I am saddened to hear in Suzy's review you may not yet be a believer in Christ though. I am a writer, of course, finding it difficult to break through to have a first book published .... would love your help or reference." (Susan Harrison)
I think you may be confusing my religious beliefs with Suzy's. I'm afraid I can't help with getting books published! You could publish it yourself as an eBook - but it would be much better to find an agent. (Philip Grosset)

"Will In Charms Way be published? If so, when can I expect it at my local book store? I am really in love with Maggie and Marcus and Liss and all the other characters in these books.I have and have read and reread all of them.Thank you." (Gail Henry)
It is listed on Amazon as a forthcoming title, but to get in touch with Madelyn Alt directly, email her at the address given in the press section of her website (her website address is given at the foot of my Madelyn Alt page). (Philip Grosset)

"I like your site very much -- thank you." (Chris)

"I love the Michael Jecks Templar Series and was recommended to read Maureen Ash. I finished Alehouse Murders and started Squire. 12/13th century mysteries fascinate me. Love the historical fiction genre." (Bea Strong)

"I had decided to reread the Reverend Randollph series and was trying to find some more information on Charles Merrill Smith, and your site came up. I hope to do a blog post on the initial book for the "Forgotten Books Friday" seires. It's an interesting trip back into the 1970s, when mainline Protestant churches had so much more prominence, and were struggling with changing attitudes towards sexuality.
I'll make it a goal to see the Rev. Helena McKechnie, the Angel of Philadelphia, on this site sometime, though she's more in the fantasy genre than the detective. Just got to get the book polished and published." (Steve Wylder)

"You seem not to like the historical intrusions (in the
Dame Frevisse books) but to me they are what makes these books - and the Brother Cadfeal books - so interesting, that they are placed in a historical context and that we readers get to see how the characters react and interact with their times and the larger events. Would it be more interesting to you to read about a character on 9/11/01 where there was no mention of the terrorist attack? Where the characters couldn't react to it? I guess it's because I came to these books as a history lover tired of dry history books and not as a mystery lover." (Leonard Marks)
Yes, but the historical background is handled so much better in the Cadfael books than in the Frevisse ones. (Philip Grosset)

"Hi Philip! I am a crime writer and I mentioned your wonderful site in my latest interview. Brian Drake interviewed me about spirituality and morality in crime fiction. Here's the link:
Please drop by and leave a comment if you wish. Also, if you care to tell your readers about the interview, we would love to see some God-loving, crime reading folks drop by. Best wishes. (Anonymous-9)

"Liked your page on
Rabbi Small." (Carol)

"Naturally I disagree with your ranking of Innes' books--how could I not? While I totally agree that the much admired "Lament for a Maker" is virtually unreadable (though the brief part set in Australia is good---Innes lived there from 1935-1940), "Appleby on Aarat" is one of my favorites. Yes, the story is absurd, but there is much in it to savor, for instance, the relationship between Appleby and the Australian woman, who is described as being "like a good linoleum, which wears the same all through." Remember how she drags the various unconscious ship survivors into the shifting shade of the sail?" (E Babcock)

"It's interesting to find someone who likes the Sister Fidelma series and yet can be critical when needed. I, too, find the layers of Irish heritage for one character distracting." (M E Kemp)

"Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I was too stupid to take down the name of the delightful detective Catherine Levendeur or the author, Sharan Newman, the first time I read one of the books. Finally I can read some more of these wonderful stories thanks to your website." (Kris)

"As a man of mathematics, I have always enjoyed books about detection during my 87 years. Today, there is a wealth of detective fiction that is founded on historical fact, and that is where my current reading lies. I've been wading through books by the members of the Medieval Murderers, over the past few years, and I have three books, and an ebook by Susanna Gregory on my desk as I write. Tonight, I am building up my information about this excellent author from the internet. Best wishes frm Tropical North Queensland." (Arthur)

"Thanks for the summaries of Brodrick's novels. I'm reading A Whispered Name. Just loving it. It combines several of my pet interests: the Great War, legal matters/court martials and problems of religious convictions and spirituality. Great writer too!" (Bernadette Trotter)

"Looking to see if there was a new Sister Agatha: Love sister Agatha. Please write more."(mary rogge)

"Possibly I did not see all your stuff--I saw a lot about nuns. As far as I could see, You didn't evven mention G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown." (Rima Segal)
Try looking under B for Brown on the contents list. All the best. (Philip Grosset)

"I read there was a Jesuit program in Seattle that trains lay people in the art of spiritual direction. Is that true?" (Timothy G Verkist)
I'm afraid I have no idea! My site is about clerical detectives in crime fiction. But look up Jesuit retreat centers Seattle in Google and you'll find there are several. (Philip Grosset)

"Hi, I've just discovered your site. Do you know of any Reformed/Presbyterian detectives? Thanks." (David A)
Yes, there are a number of Presbyterian detectives.The easiest way to find them is to put in the word Presbyterian in the search engine at the foot of my contents page. (Philip Grosset)
"Forthcoming clerical detectives include the Reverend Tom Christmas in C.C. Benison's Twelve Drummers Drumming in G.M. Malliet's Wicked Autumn." (David Blackwater)
Many thanks for the info. I've now added The Rev Max Tudor and The Rev Tom Christmas. (Philip Grosset)

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