William X. Kienzle’s The Rosary Murders was the first of Kienzle’s Father Koesler mysteries. It was one of my favorites.
A serial killer begins killing Detroit’s priests and nuns. The killer murders them according to a plan tied in with Lent and Easter celebrations.
Koesler, working with Detroit’s Detective Sergeant Koznicki, solves the crimes.
Along the way, the killer confesses to Koesler, and Koesler decides he cannot violate the sanctity of the confessional. He can not tell the police what the murderer said.
This book is a combination puzzle and police procedural. The puzzle is to discern the murderer’s underlying plan. The police procedural is for the police to do the legwork until they turn over a clue.
Finally, after eight murders, the two methods work almost simultaneously with the puzzle part winning by a nose.
I enjoyed this book as much as I did when I read it the first time.
Recently Amazon offered this book as an e-book. They featured it with a special price that may still be in effect.