Tumblar House Catholic Novels

by Roger Thomas

From Afar
Fiction - Historical
The Magi, or Three Kings, of the Nativity story are among the best loved yet most mysterious figures in all history. The fleeting and sparse account in St. Matthew's Gospel raises as many questions as it answers. It has been so embroidered over the centuries that the original historical context has been almost completely buried. Yet the world of the early first century was as dynamic and intriguing as any legend - and much more perilous.
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by William L Biersach

Insomuch As To Deceive (Father Baptist Series) (Volume 5)
Fr. John Baptist, loyal gardener Martin Feeney, the formally attired Knights Tumblar, and their friends are back in their wildest adventure yet, Insomuch As To Deceive, the first of a five-part thriller. In this latest outing, acclaimed author William L. Biersach tops himself again - a centuries old murder mystery and a reenactment thereof, a spooky mountain lodge, a séance promised to be a sham which turns out to be authentic, an eerie dance ... 490 pages. Read First Chapter
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by David Dean

The Purple Robe
Rumors rising out of the Yucatan jungle report healings and miracles attributed to a holy relic. Father Pablo Diego Corellas discovers that even his own parishioners are making secret pilgrimages to the decrepit plantation where it is held. There, Doña Josefa, a mysterious woman who is either mystic or mad, possesses an artifact that she claims is a fragment of the robe worn by Christ at his trial. Guarded by armed Mayan farmers, she holds sway ... 328 pages. Read First Chapter
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by Lorraine V. Murray

Death Dons a Mask (Francesca Bibbo Series) (Volume 3)
Fiction - Detective/Mystery
A masquerade ball! That sounds like the perfect solution for the summer blahs at St. Rita's parish, where the sidewalks are sizzling and the money coffers are dwindling. Who could have predicted that utter chaos would be unleashed? At the event, a handsome seminarian attracts the eye of a voluptuous woman disguised as the angel of death, the unstoppable Francesca Bibbo meets a mysterious wizard - and someone pilfers the cash box. When a body is l... 312 pages. Read First Chapter
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by Thomas Ward

Set in London 2065, society has continued its advancement in both philosophy and technology. People no longer suffer the hardships which previous generations faced. However, Sam Moorcroft, a teenager, is drawn to a particular village, primitive in nature. Designed as a sociological experiment, the village has no connection or knowledge of the outside world. Sam finds his new life to be rough but strangely appealing - so different from modern life... 364 pages. Read First Chapter
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by Terry Cross

Fisher of Men
When people, and even great white sharks, suddenly become prey off Southern California, marine biologists Storm Hancock and Terry Ho battle through ruthless politicians, dangerous waters, and their personal quests for truth to track down a mysterious killer before it strikes again. 322 pages. Read First Chapter
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by Lorraine V Murray

Death in the Choir (Francesca Bibbo Series)
Fiction - Detective/Mystery
Francesca Bibbo is eager to jumpstart her social life, so she joins the choir at St. Rita's. There, she discovers that the director and the pastor are locking horns over a decrepit organ, while the sopranos are vying for solos. After a rehearsal party, things go very wrong, and when someone shows up dead, the police rule the death a suicide. But Francesca suspects foul play, so she begins prying into the dead man's past. Before long, she uncovers... 184 pages. Read First Chapter
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by Michael Hallford

Slacker reporter, Jim Jacobson, is sent to cover the visit of the mystic-prophet figure, Nigel Fox. Jacobson's skepticism is exceeded only by his self doubt and remorse about his own life and roots. Before the day is over he will be hurled into an adventure that spans sixty years of history, the events of a world war, a beautiful and ill-fated love affair. The book is a novel in the grand sense: a purposeful plot with characters that walk and b... 486 pages. Read First Chapter
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by Margaret Robe Summitt

Catholic Literature: An Introduction
Fiction - Literature
Why should we study literature? To learn truth, answers Margaret Summitt, and in so far as a story, poem, or play is true, it is literature - and the deeper the truth it gets at, the more Catholic it is. In other words, the more deeply the author pursues truth, the more likely he is to find his way to the mysteries and dogmas of the Church. Summitt explores authors like Chesterton, T.S. Eliot, Evelyn Waugh, Flannery O'Connor, J.R.R. Tolkien, and ... 254 pages. Read First Chapter
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by William L Biersach

Out of the Depths (Father Baptist Series) (Volume 4)
Fiction - Detective/Mystery
It's happening again! Los Angeles, the City of Angels, is once more besieged by the bizarre and the strange! A fresh but unidentified corpse, dressed as a priest, turns up in a niche in a mausoleum, while a trusted assistant of the Cardinal is kidnapped, and two precious objects disappear with him. The police are baffled, and obviously, only one man can bring order to chaos and solve the affair: Fr. John Baptist. Together with his trusty gardener... 672 pages. Read First Chapter
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by William L Biersach

The Search for Saint Valeria (Father Baptist) (Volume 3)
Fiction - Detective/Mystery
Life is never dull in William Biersach's mythical city of Los Angeles. In The Search for Saint Valeria, the third entry in the series, cop-turned-priest Fr. John Baptist and his faithful sidekick, gardener and chronicler, Martin Feeney, are once again on the trail of the unusual and strange. Why is someone stealing discarded religious objects - relics, altars, chalices - from the city's antique shops? And why on earth would modern-day grave robbe... 210 pages. Read First Chapter
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by William L Biersach

The Darkness Did Not (Father Baptist Series) (Volume 2)
Fiction - Detective/Mystery
A rolling blanket of thick, purple storm clouds -- which some call The Vampire's Shroud -- overshadows the mythical city of Los Angeles, California, yet not one drop of rain is anywhere to be seen. In the County Morgue lay the bodies of murdered young women, garlic and Crucifixes resting upon each bloodless form. Something is loose in the City of Angels, and the police are not only stumped .... but afraid. With such ominous events transpiring and... 525 pages. Read First Chapter
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by William L Biersach

The Endless Knot (Father Baptist Series) (Volume 1)
Fiction - Detective/Mystery
Who is killing the Catholic bishops of Los Angeles? One by one, they're dying horribly. The clues surrounding the murders point to an occult connection and the police are stumped. Fr. John Baptist, cop-turned-priest, and Martin Feeney, his faithful gardener-turned-chronicler, are ordered by the anxious archbishop to get to the root of this baffling mystery. Together they uncover a terrifying conspiracy that threatens their faith, their sanity, an... 454 pages. Read First Chapter
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