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Bishop as Pawn (Father Koesler #16)

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When a seemingly innocent game of chess turns lethal, the serene St. Anne's Parish becomes a devilish murder scene. Most of the Detroit clergymen agree that the victim, Bishop Ramon Diego, abused his power by treating the loyal and devoted as mere pawns, making them prime suspects in this unholy demise. Enter Father Koesler, whose investigation ge
Mass Market Paperback, 307 pages
Published September 27th 1995 by Ballantine Books (Mm) (first published March 1994)
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excellent and surprise at the end
Jan 24, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
"Bishop as Pawn" is a mystery by Ralph McInerny. Billy Murkin appears at the St. Hillary's rectory in Fox River, Illinois. He is the husband of Marie Murkin, the rectory's housekeeper, even though she hasn't seen him in 15 years. Later that night he is found dead of a gunshot wound in the rectory. It becomes apparent to Father Dowling and his friend Phil Keegan, captain of the Fox River Police Department, that Murkin had been living in Fox River all along under the name of James Dunbar. Then, Bi ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Marilyn rated it really liked it
Bishop Ramon Diego seemed to take delight in lording it over others and making people miserable. When he turns up dead in his own living quarters it wasn't hard to come up with a list of suspects. Unfortunately, Father Carleson seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and became the primary suspect. Father Koestler had just become acquainted with the relatively new priest and couldn't imagine him committing murder. As Father Koestler had worked with the Detroit police in the past, he fo ...more
Sep 19, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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For something described as "A Father Koesler Mystery," this book certainly spent more time with just about every other character in the book except Father Koesler. That said, it was an entertaining read and kept me interested through a couple of flights.
Aug 06, 2016 Judy rated it liked it
Just because Bishop Ramon Diego abuses his power, should he be murdered? I think not. As multiple members of the clergy come under suspicion, it's time to call in Father Koesler to sort things out.
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William X. Kienzle was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1954 and spent twenty years as a Roman Catholic parish priest. Kienzle left the priesthood in 1974 because of his disagreement with its refusal to remarry divorcees. He became an editor of MPLS Magazine in Minneapolis, later moving to Texas where he was director of the Center for Contemplative Studies at the Uni ...more
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