Second Father John Baptist Mystery
WandaCC on July 14, 2015
This second novel in the Fr. John Baptist Series is as enjoyable as the first. The author was successful in portraying the characters in the first novel and by the second book, the characters are even more believable and endearing. Fr. Baptist is the consummate priest as he was the consummate detective and combining the two makes him an incredible character. His side kick, Martin Feeney, is also an endearing character with a hilarious sense of humor. The author must be a blast in social settings since Feeney's humor comes directly from the author. The mystery is very satisfying and keeps the reader pondering throughout the story. Fr. Baptist and Martin are true to their faith and spiritual references are made, though not too much to run off secular readers. As a practicing Catholic, this reader believes Fr. Baptist would be the ideal parish priest. This series is small therefore, it is hoped more mysteries are forthcoming. Very entertaining and fun.
great Catholic mystery
Anonymous on March 17, 2012
This is the second novel in the William Biersach's series about cop turned traditional Catholic Priest John Baptist. As narrated by Fr Baptist's "gardner" Martin Feeney, it is a rollicking tale involving vampires, true and fake, love, relics, rosaries, Bishops, and of course the Faith. It's possibly to read, and enjoy these mysteries on more than one level, but for a Catholic, particularly one interested in the pre Vatican 2 Church, these books are a goldmine of information as well as a very good read. This volume, has an exciting story line, with a unique and Catholic take on vampires, and further acquaints us with Fr Baptist, Mr Feeney, Millie the housekeeper, the Knights Tumblar, and a couple of fine LAPD officers. An excellent read gladly recommended to one and all.
Good story all around
Adeste Fideles on March 28, 2016
Good story all around. I would have given this 5 stars if the author (a self proclaimed traditional Catholic) had done a bit more homework. For example, a Maronite Bishop and Priest would certainly not in moments of unplanned prayer, resort to Latin as a language, but rather Syriac or perhaps Aramaic. In addition, there are things such as claiming that St. Thomas Aquinas (who is a Doctor of the Church) inserted errors into the Faith, but them going on to quote his Summa, or the Council of Trent for that matter, while neglecting the fact that during that same council, the Summa was position next to the Bible itself as a guiding document. Furthermore, the claim is made that Baptism of Desire or Baptism of Blood is not declared, when it fact it is.
Having said all of that, the first two books of this series have much to offer and are an enjoyable read for Catholics, particularly traditional ones. If the author would have done more homework on these other issues, I would have given it 5 stars.