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  1. The Soprano Wore Falsettos : A Liturgical Mystery
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  2. The Soprano Wore Falsettos : A Liturgical Mystery

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(No. 4 in the Liturgical Mystery series) Detective Hayden Konig is a success in anyone's book. He has a job that he loves as Chief of Police in the small Appalachian town of St. Germaine, North Carolina. He's employed as the part-time organist and choirmaster at St. Barnabas Church. He's just proposed to his sweetheart, Meg Farthing, and, to top it all off, he's as rich as a televangelist with his own 900 number.

In spite of all his apparent success, Hayden Konig's life-long dream is yet to be realized. He longs to write the next great hard-boiled mystery. Though his past attempts have been less than impressive, Hayden is convinced that using Raymond Chandler's actual typewriter (purchased at an auction) is just the impetus his writing needs to push his detective story over the top. Unfortunately, he's dead wrong.

St. Barnabas, meanwhile, has come into a great deal of money. Sixteen million dollars, to be exact, and the members of the congregation all have ideas on how to spend it. Suddenly, a shot rang out! A woman screamed, and Detective Konig has another dead body in the choir loft. It's business as usual in St. Germaine. With Easter right around the corner and suspects galore, Hayden must find the murderer. Can things get any worse?

Hayden Konig's 4th mystery
The Soprano Wore Falsettos
It's not what you's even funnier!

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This fourth chronicle in the exploits of Hayden Konig, Chief (and only) Detective of St Germaine NC and chief (formerly, now subbing) organist of St Barnabus Episcopal Church, gives us another mysterious murder and another of Hayden's liturgical mysteries, written on Raymond Chandler's old typewriter and running as an absurdist parallel to his real-life crime investigation. This time, organist Agnes Day, Hayden's not-so-talented replacement at St Barnabus, is given a great wallop in head with a hand bell...yes, they are heavier than they look, as Hayden's girlfriend, Meg, later demonstrates on a coconut.

Who wanted Agnes dead? Actually, the list of people who harbored feelings of goodwill toward her is a much more manageable list. She knew all sorts of secrets about people, cheated people (such as paying $800 to a cash-strapped farmer for a family heirloom violin, then selling it for $250,000), went out of her way to antagonize people, and was a harpy of a choir director... Read more
I love these hysterically funny stories about Chief Hayden Konig and the lovely village of St Germaine. Populated by colorful characters, the town does seem prone to mysterious deaths, but no fear, Chief Koenig is more than equal to the task of solving the mysteries. He is less adroit, however, in negotiating the ins and outs of modern liturgy at the Episcopal church where he is organist and choir director. From blessing of the animals to a Pirate mass, he watches bemusedly as one atrocity follows another. To maintain his equilibrium, he writes earnest attempts at hard-boiled detective fiction on a typewriter that once belonged to Raymond Chandler and puts his current chapter in the choir folders for the delight of his singers. If you have ever sung in a church choir or enjoyed a whimsical pastiche of detective fiction, laughed at the idea of a Weasel Cantata (check YouTube for performances), or wished you had an owl of your own, these books will delight you. I give them to my friends... Read more
Book 4 in the Liturgical Mysteries: Reading the series in order, I've gone from sneaking a peak at guilty pleasures to devouring each word of these amusing and entertaining mysteries. The main character, Hayden Konig writes a Raymond-Chandleresque mystery within the story of a fascinating case he investigates as chief detective in the small Appalachian town of St. Germain, North Carolina. In this adventure, Hayden is on leave of absence from his part-time job as choir and musical director for St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, but still very much part of life in the small parish.

To pretend there is no irreverence, I'd be "lying like a Clinton commemorative impeachment rug." But I've grown accustomed to the cheeky attitude so now I merely cluck my tongue and move on to the next outrageous simile. Consider such examples as she "nagged at me like Mr. Ed's wife" or "her face had more tucks than a hospital bed sheet," or "they came and went quicker than Methodists in a liquor... Read more
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