The Search for Saint Valeria
Publisher: Tumblar House
Publication Date: September 21, 2005
The third book in the Father Baptist series
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 robbers want to steal the remains of a 4th century Saint from New Golgotha Cemetery?
William L. Biersach was born in Pasadena, California, on the Feast Day of St. Philip Neri, the "Laughing Saint", in 1953. A product of Catholic grammar and high school, he naturally lost his Faith when the effects of Vatican II came rattling through the world like a maniacal jalopy in the 1960's and 70's. He found his way back to Traditional Rome in 1993 and has been active in trying to reacquaint Catholics with their own religion ever since. The Endless Knot is the first of his Father Baptist novels. He is currently working on the rough draft for the sixth book in the series. He resides in a stone house somewhere in Southern California, likes spicy food, and hopes to retire in Heaven some day.
This book was entertaining. I just wish that certain things were not put in that can be an occasion of sin for me.
The Search for Saint Valeria. This book was a real page turner. It was hard to put done. I just had to read one more page and than I found that I had completed the book. I gave this book to a friend and they said the same thing. I have to ask "More please" of this same type of mystery book
I am waiting for the next title from this author. I have read them all.
Mr. Biersach provides a thought provoking solution to the sacrileges of our times through the courage and greatness of heart of that merry band "the Tumblars." Another great book by Mr. Biersach.
Our family are big fans of Wm. Biersach writings, both his non-fiction and
fiction. I bought another copy of two of his Fr.John Baptist Mysteries, because
I loaned them out and never got them back! (Can't break up the set.)
The Search for Saint Valeria was a quick, quirky and fun read, in keeping with the style and humor found in the first two books of this series. All the more impressive in that it was written in eleven days! Divinely inspired? Quite possibly!
Now we want to know when the next books of his latest series "And WhereIn You Stand" will be published?! Put us on the waiting list!
With its length standing at a modest 212 pages, the best word to describe the style for The Search for Saint Valeria would be "expeditious." When embarking on Biersach's other novels, you had to strap in, realizing that all non-essential life duties would be put on hold until the book was finished. While that's also the case with The Search for Saint Valeria, it's for a much smaller time span, so you don't feel the same amount of pressure. So sit back, relax, and enjoy yet another outstanding monument erected by Biersach in defense of Catholic tradition.