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Prior Knowledge (Father Columba Murder Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Prior Knowledge, what a great story, religion, sex, and murder all in one volume. Master story teller James Baker here follows the wild excursion of the aging Benedictine monk Father Columba as he is called out of retirement to reform a troubled priory and ends up becoming a sleuth. Upon arriving at his new post, a priory commissioned to train "belated vocations" for the priesthood, he learns that his predecessor has mysteriously disappeared; and before he can solve that puzzle he finds himself in the middle of a bloody murder. Someone has killed a seminarian! Getting to the bottom of this crime will require all his theological training, some trial and error good luck, and of course prior knowledge. As he probes the varied and sundry secrets of his monks and seminarians, he discovers for the first time the many facets of love and hate. At age 65 he himself finds the kind of love he long ago promised never to experience: sex with a young Chinese American newspaper woman. Join Father Columba in his quest for truth--religious, legal, sexual--which just could all be cut from the same holy cloth.
James Baker developed his passion for history and religion while in high school, during his days as a Bulldog. He is a graduate of Baylor and Florida State Universities and has for many years taught at Western Kentucky University. Throughout his career he has been a prolific writer, authoring 22 books and over 60 articles. His articles have appeared in such places as Christian Century, Commonweal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The American Benedictine Review. His creative talents and his unique points of view and insights have also made him a highly sought after speaker. He has delivered addresses and papers in the United States, Italy, Korea, Taiwan, China, and other Asian countries. He often appears in a one person show-presentation of industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. In addition to his teaching duties, James directs the Canadian Parliamentary Internship Program.
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Loved this story!
on 17 May 2010 - Published on Amazon.com
Father Columba is enjoying a rather pleasant retirement in Pennsylvania when he is suddenly called upon to take over a Benedictine monastery in the heart of Dixie. There he finds some unusual characters and a mystery that must be solved. Columba's rather irreverent talks with God add a humorous touch to the story. The mystery has twists and turns galore. Several times I thought I had solved the case, but the ending was a true surprise.
An unexpectedly clever murder mystery
on 11 June 2011 - Published on Amazon.com
One would not think that a Benedictine Priory in 1960's Mississippi would have much going on, let alone a murder. Baker takes a cast of quirky characters through the who-done-it of a monk's murder on the grounds. Cleverly written with a number of twists, Prior Knowledge is the prefect fit for those who love sleuth novels.
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