The Endless Knot
Publisher: Tumblar House
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
The first book in the Father Baptist series.
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, and their very lives. Such awaits all who get entangled in the Endless Knot.
There are several murder investigation of people killed in very unusual ways.Profanity: None Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: Moderate
There is a decent amount of drinking by the Knights Tumblar, but no one is explicitly drunk. There is a decent discussion on various types of alcohol. Martin Feeney drinks ginger ale because he's quit alcohol.NOTE: This guide may be incomplete.
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.
The mixture of macabre, serious Catholic commentary, and satire in such tasteful fashion is a crowning achievement that no other writer would dare attempt. The wit and humor found within The Endless Knot are also very rare commodities for Catholic novelists, as they permeate the novel in such a way that you’re always 100% tuned in, for fear that you’ll miss any juicy little tidbit. Mixed together, these ingredients make a special cocktail that you will want to savor over and over again.
Good mystery, fun and witty. Traditional Catholic humor and commentary on the Church and traditionalists. Helpful gardening tips.
I love this book. I am hooked.
This is a wonderfully executed mystery novel. The pacing is good, always leaving you wanting to read one more chapter. The author's voice is distinct and expressive. His characters leap from the page, fully alive. You can see in them any number of people you know or wish you knew. This is especially true of one Pierre Bontemps, if you are an Off the Menu listener.
However, it is much more than simply a mystery novel. The Catholic faith is imbued throughout the story. You also get a hopefully-but-maybe-not exaggerated at times depiction of a post-conciliar diocese gone wrong and a caricatured-but-not-that-much Traditionalist parish. It is comical to say the least.
Overall I highly recommend this book, not just to Trads who will certainly appreciate it, but really anyone who likes a good mystery.
This book, in my opinion, was one of the funniest and greatest books I've read. There are parts of it that read like the crime novel that it is, and other times it reads like a golden satire on the problems in the Traditionalist movement, the author shining a light on some of the more obtuse members of the movement. Plus, it features an argument with America's favourite Renewable Resourse and Igneous Americans' Rights Activist and a New Age Witch. In short, what's not to love?
The Endless Knot is a fun modern-day Catholic mystery with a great cast of characters! There’s a mixture of serious, humor, Faith issues, and hilarious commentary! I look forward to reading more of this author!
It’s an absolute page-turner. I honestly think, as a recent convert, that one could gift this book to a non-Catholic and they would enjoy it immensely. In fact it might prove all the more fascinating to them. It’s a actually well-written! So much better than the vast majority of fiction anymore.
Little did I know when I ordered this little gem that I would be reading it nonstop from start to finish and ordering the rest of the series!!
The characters are incredible. Martin Feeney keeps me laughing with his little remarks and I find myself yearning for a good priest like Fr. Baptist and a parish like St. Philomena’s!
I wish I had discovered the Father Baptist series years ago. The Endless Knot had me hooked from the start, and now I am working my way through the books in order. Priest/detective Father John Baptist, his "Watson", Martin Feeney, The Knights Tumblar -- one of whom, "mind you" (that's a clue, son), may remind you of a certain other Tumblar House author -- what a great cast of characters! Now the rectory at St. Philomena has become as cozy a hangout as 221B Baker Street. Highly recommended!
This is a great fiction work for Catholics who want excitement and adventure on par with any of the “mainstream” blockbuster series without having to worry about the overt and subliminal anti-Catholic or immoral messages that come along with them. It’s also a great gift for non-Catholic friends who love to read as a way to introduce them to Catholicism through great literature. If you enjoy the antics and brilliance of Professor Biersach and/or Charles Coulombe on Tumblar House, you will love this book.