Chameleon (Father Koesler #13)
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Chameleon (Father Koesler #13)

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published 1991 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Jan 14, 2011 Donna rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: die-hard Catholics who might learn something about Church structure
Shelves: mystery
In this book you can learn all about the organization and structure of the Catholic Church -- why men become priests, seminary life, why men leave the priesthood, ranking within the hierarchy, why conservatives hate Vatican II, why liberals hate Vatican II, the history of the diaconate, what are the four minor and three major orders of clerics, the financial reasons for closing Catholic schools, the moral reasons for keeping these schools open, the dedication of Catholics to their parishes, etc....more
I think this was actually a rather well written mystery story, following a series of murders and attempted murders within the upper echelon of Detroit's Catholic church.
So why do I give only 2 stars? The reason for that can be found in the penultimate chapter when the murder is solved and the motif is so ridiculous that I felt cheated after a solid mystery story.

As a positive note, the nominal hero of this series Father Koesler, doesn't actually play such an active role in the investigation. In...more
Marilyn Knox
First of all, the title for this book is Chameleon. I have read several books by Mr. Kienzle. I think this was the weakest I have read. The solution of the mystery is far-fetched. Read for yourself or better yet, read another of his books.
This Father Koesler Mystery was a bit more of a slog than the other I've read. While I actually really like the way Kienzle works in information on the workings of the Catholic church, there was more detail on Vatican II issues than I was interested in and the motivation for the killer to do in the folks he killed seemed really far fetched to me.
Tom Baker
Good little mystery. Lots of great Catholic information-most that I had forgotten but also some new. Slow moving but of good flavor.
Heidi Angell
I am always up for a good thriller/ mystery novel and I like the priest! It works. Not brilliant, but definitely not shabby!
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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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