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Requiem for Moses (Father Koesler #18)

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Father Koesler knows he might be on shaky ground when he agrees to hold an unofficial wake for a Jewish man in old St. Joseph's Church. First the "small" ceremony draws a huge and strangely festive crowd, with those closest to the late Dr. Moses Green among the happiest to see him dead. But when Koesler learns the dark details of the good doctor's life, h
Paperback, 322 pages
Published January 29th 1997 by Ballantine Books (first published March 1996)
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Anne Roszczewski
May 15, 2017 Anne Roszczewski rated it really liked it
I have never read a William X Kienzle book I didn't enjoy. The twists and turns in the story always keep me glued to the book. This one didn't disappoint n
May 27, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#18 in the Father Koesler series.

Father Koesler series - Everyone at the wake seemed to agree on one thing: The deceased, Dr. Moses Green, was a totally reprehensible person. As they confide in Father Robert Koesler, their stories about the newly dead man poured out venomously. What might have been a simple, if nontraditional, Catholic wake for the Jewish doctor quickly turned into a maelstrom of animosity. Certainly Jake Cameron was glad Green was dead. As the doctor's partner in a string of ni
Jul 23, 2012 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, mystery
2.5 This is an unusual murder mystery, but then it's been a long time since I read one as evidenced by the fact that I just added "mystery" to my shelves. Only 4 days after finishing it I don't remember "who done it." Mostly because I liked it better when I thought everybody did it. You can tell by how few people added comments about this book that it doesn't require a lot of thought and wouldn't be good material for a book club. I never heard of the author or the 18+ books in the Father Koesler ...more
Aug 01, 2010 Rebekkila rated it liked it
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I have read 4 or 5 books by this author and this is the one I have enjoyed the least. It had to do with a man who comes to life in his casket and if it was a miracle or not. The man who died (Moses) had not been embalmed per Jewish custom and was a vile human being. The stories that different characters at the wake came through with seemed a bit rushed. The part dealing with miracles however was very interesting. I am going to offer his to my Aunt or leave it somewhere between Michigan and Sout ...more
Jul 21, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it
A new widow pressures a priest to allow a wake in his church for her husband. He is Jewish but she, the kids, and all attendees but one will be Catholic.

Waiting to say a few words, the priest hears nothing but horror stories on how evil the man was. And then larger-than-life Aunt Sophie shows up and knocks over the coffin. The shrouded man opens his eyes.
And it escalates from there.
With minor flaws, this is a readable and entertaining book. Recommended.
Jul 29, 2011 Pat added it
An interesting premise but plods along slowly for much of the book. However, the rousing finish makes it a worthwhile read.
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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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