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Death of a Liturgist

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Some people are just dying for change!

St. Rita s was a vibrant suburban church whose parishioners liked things on the traditional side: old-fashioned hymns from the choir and no-nonsense preaching from the priests, pious devotions in the chapel and warm pastries in the rectory kitchen.

All that ended the day the liturgist arrived.

He promised to bring the parish up to dat
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Saint Benedict Press
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Jeff Miller
Nov 05, 2010 Jeff Miller rated it really liked it
When I first saw the title Death of a Liturgist I must say I was intrigued. Judging by the title I though I always like a book with a happy ending. Well actually I was intrigued, but was really wondering if the novel was worth reading or whether it was a vehicle for liturgical polemics. Lorraine V. Murray is an author I have heard good things about with her “Confessions of an Ex-Feminist” and “The Abbess of Andalusia – Flannery O’Connor’s Spiritual Journey”. Death of a Liturgist is her second my ...more
Apr 15, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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Any doubts I had about this book were resolved in the first few pages. Father Bunt is assigned to a new parish, much larger than his old one and feels quite out of his league. The natural thing to do, then, is to hire a liturgist, right? Not everyone agrees, though Father is a bit blind to the chaos and upheaval said liturgist is causing. And then, the liturgist is dead! Foul play? Who's to blame? Discovering the answer will keep you turning pages AND keep you laughing (at least if you're like m ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Anam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This, in my mind, is the best of the three!

I loved the problem with the moderization of the church. This is a problem that shows up in so many places. And the argument that "we must make the Church more relevant" is such hogwash! Young people are looking for truth and true spirituality - they don't want more of what they get everyday in the world!

The only problem for me is that I read these out of order (each is a stand alone) and I read it so long ago I want to go back and reread the third. I
Peter Mongeau
Dec 19, 2013 Peter Mongeau rated it really liked it
After her first book Death in the Choir, Lorraine Murray delivers another cozy mystery in this second in her Francesca Bibbo series, Death of a Liturgist.

After grieving the death of her husband, widowed Francesca has carved a comfortable place for herself in her St Rita’s’ parish. She answers the phone at the rectory, sings in the choir and has even started dating handsome detective Tony Viscardi. But a lot of new changes are happening at St Rita’s. A new pastor is taking over.

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Aug 04, 2011 CatholicBibliophagist rated it liked it
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I didn't like the main character as well as the supporting characters -- mainly because I wanted to shake her and shout, "Don't be so stupid!" Note to self: try to actually review this later.
Jan 24, 2013 April rated it liked it
Pretty good read. I did not enjoy some of the stereotyping, but otherwise found it an interesting, light mystery.
Julie Davis
May 02, 2011 Julie Davis rated it liked it
Definitely a more developed story than the first in the series, Death in the Choir. A full review to come.
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Lorraine V. (for Viscardi) Murray grew up in Miami. She graduated from the University of Florida with graduate degrees in English and philosophy and then taught both subjects in college for many years. In her forties she finally got serious about pursuing her dream of writing and left teaching to become a free-lance writer. Today she is a columnist with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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