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  1. The Alto Wore Tweed: A Liturgical Mystery
    The Alto Wore Tweed: A Liturgical Mystery
    The Alto Wore Tweed: A Liturgical Mystery
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  2. The Alto Wore Tweed: A Liturgical Mystery

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(No. 1 in the Liturgical Mystery series) Hayden Konig is the police chief in the small Appalachian town of St. Germaine, North Carolina. His part-time job, however, is serving as the choir director and organist at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, but he’s also determined to write the next great hard-boiled mystery novel a la Raymond Chandler — a liturgical mystery novel with no real plot, but enough bad prose to make the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest look like the Oxford University Press spring catalog.

Chief Konig is also lucky enough to be independently wealthy, which is why he decides that his lack of talent in the writing department can easily be remedied, or at least greatly enhanced, by the purchase of Raymond Chandler’s 1939 Underwood typewriter. He is sadly mistaken, but the results are uproarious! Even as Hayden works on his opus, he must deal with other, more pressing, problems — a new priest at St. Barnabas, a Christmas feud between the Rotarians and the Kiwanians and, more importantly, a dead body in the choir loft. It’s a good thing that Hayden keeps a loaded Glock under the organ bench!

As Christmas approaches, the tension (and hilarity) rises to a fever pitch. St. Barnabas is introduced to "The Penguin of Bethlehem" and the town’s Nativity feud turns ugly when the Kiwanian’s bagpiper spooks the Rotarian’s camel. A 12 year old wine snob, hedgehogs, Benny (the world-champion thurifer), church antics, and an episode that is just too good to give away, fill out this mystery that will leave you laughing with every page turn.

Hayden Konig's first mystery — The Alto Wore Tweed. It's not what you's even funnier.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

The protagonist of "The Alto Wore Tweed," Hayden Konig, is a musicologist, the director of the choir at St Barnabus Episcopal Church in St Germain, NC, and the chief of detectives (hint, he's his own boss) for the town. He's also perhaps the worst mystery writer in the world, despite the fact that he's using Raymond Chandler's old typewriter, which he bought at auction. Fortunately for readers in the real world, Mark Schweizer is a much better writer, and in this first book of the series he manages to weave together such disparate elements as domestic violence, feuding civic groups, women priests, fine wines, sacred music, latex sex toys filled with helium, moon-worshiping feminists, Christmas cheer, ecumenical politics, owl training, singing and dancing nativity scene penguins, secrets codes, and a rather mysterious murder in the choir loft into a very funny, very engaging mystery filled with people you'd want to know, some you'd never want to meet, and a few you wouldn't mind... Read more
This book had me laughing out loud at least once (and usually more) with each chapter. However, even the title (The Alto Word Tweed) was clever, but had nothing to do with the mystery, and thus, to me, made the book a bit too contrived, with a lot of jumping around between the murder mystery, the Episcopal church choir, the police activities in the town, and the attempts at writing a Raymond Chandler-style detective story. I loved reading the book on my Kindle, because whenever musical or other terms that I didn't know came up, I could get an instant definition from my Kindle, which usually turned quite humorous when characters in the book went with their own (incorrect) definitions. While a little disappointed that there was no way that the mystery could be solved by the reader, I really enjoyed the ongoing humorous romp through this book. I will definitely read some more in this series.
Highly, highly recommended for its sheer entertainment value. Musicians and church-folk will especially love it, and will be falling out of their pews laughing at the highjinks of the characters involved. Our narrator Hayden Konig is a church organist and choir director who is also the sheriff of the small town in which the mystery is set. He is plagued by a new female priest, "Mother" Ryan - not because he's a misogynist, but because she is a certified loon. Not only does she lack a sense of humor, but she bullies the children in the Christmas play, and holds 'Womyn's" worship services that resemble 1960's encounter sessions. Now a boozing, ill-tempered sexton is dead from a strange poisoning, and there are suspects - and oddballs - aplenty, not the least of whom may be Mother Ryan herself.

While I found the Chandler-esque inserts of Hayden's other pastime - writing crime fiction - a bit distracting, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book. The characters... Read more
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