Death of a Liturgist
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press
Publication Date: 2010-09-01
Book 2 of the Francesca Bibbo SeriesSome 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 date, to get more people to participate, to make the Mass more appealing to the tastes of modern Catholics. But all he did was make enemies; it seems St. Rita's wasn't ready to sing a new church into being quite yet. So when the liturgist turned up dead, under violent and mysterious circumstances, everyone was a suspect.
Death of a Liturgist features the return of Francesca Bibbo, the irrepressible heroine of Death in the Choir. Join her and the rest of St. Rita's eccentric crew, including Sister Therese, Detective Tony Viscardi, and Ignatius the Hamster (with a little help from the archbishop, too), as they try to solve the mystery and make St. Rita's safe for tradition again.
Lorraine V. Murray is a free-lance writer living in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband, Jef, and a hamster named Ignatius. She works part-time in the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University. A columnist with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she is the author of six other books. Lorraine's latest work of fiction is Death Dons a Mask a wild and wacky romp through a small Georgia parish that is perpetually plagued by crimes and misdemeanors. This is the third book in the laugh-out-loud Francesca Bibbo series, which also includes Death in the Choir and Death of a Liturgist. Her most recent nonfiction is a biography of Flannery O'Connor, which is titled The Abbess of Andalusia. Lorraine has written about her conversion story in Confessions of an Ex-Feminist.
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 me...having worked in a parish office for a number of years, I couldn't help myself). Highly recommended.