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"I really miss the lee Harris murder books. I would like to read more of Ms. leahy's work." (Bobbie Duke)

"Thank you for your critique of my three books. No one of your caliber has been so kind as to do that. Usually I get the usual from readers, but you are the first to take them apart and I want you to know I appreciate it very much. I would love to get to know you and your work better. Have a wonderful day and God bless." (William (Bill) Kritlow)

"I enjoyed your reviews of Katherine Hall Page's books, but some of your criticisms are things I like best about her stories - her food writing, her insights about different locations and the books that feature Pix Miller as the main puzzle solver. However, I do agree with you that this series suffers from a standard format for the denouement. The slower pace, which you appear often to dislike, is also something I enjoy about these books, since it is in the daily life of the Fairchild family that some of Page's most interesting, insightful and humorous observations occur. I wonder if there might be a gender issue involved. My husband has read the books, and complains of some of the same things you do. Though, like you, he enjoys Page's wit and is endlessly charmed by Faith. Thank you for excellently-written synopses of each book." (Sharon)

"We hope Boris writes more on Sister Palagia as we both enjoy imensly these books." (Robin and Laura)

"Very nice site with a good amount of interesting information." (Rev Lawrence)

"Love Sister Fidelma..have all the books ... looking forward to next make ancient celtic irish history even more interesting than all the history books I have read. Even visited Rock of Cashel last year. Will there be another book soon?" (Annette Maguire)
I don't doubt there'll be another Fidelma book soon - but I'm not the author, only the webmaster of the Clerical Detective site! (Philip Grosset)

"Thank you for bringing on one site all the clerical detectives that have existed in fiction. This is a really cool site as it helped me find the author and the name of her detective that I had read before but forgotten. Please keep up the great work." (Joy)

"When is Sharon Kahn going to write another book, they are great!!!!" (Chris)
I'm afraid I don't have any information about this, but there is a link to her website at the foot of my Ruby, the Rabbi's Wife page. (Philip Grosset)

"Thanks for your wonderful Clerical Detectives web site. I discovered it quite by accident. I have a new blog that I am devoting to murder mysteries that have religious themes (,and I have linked several of your pages to my blog.
I am also the author of a new murder-mystery novel that features The Rev'd Michael Richey, rector of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church. I would love to have you list it on your web page, if you're so inclined." (Dale Osborn Rains)
I've now included a page about The Rev Michael Richey - he is detective no. 241! (Philip Grosset)

"I appreciate the time you've taken in reviewing my books in which Father Alfonso appears. I can take no issue with your criticism regarding punctuation. In the process of converting my books to eBook formats, I have caught many of my errors and corrected them. I plan to do the same for the printed versions. Self editing is a hazardous pastime. Regards." (Norm Matthews)

"David's novel A Matter of Diamonds left me disappointed. We never find out who in the heck the woman was who cut off the fingers. Plus were Forrester and Haines brothers? I loved the opening, but I feel the author left too many unanswered questions. Yep, there's more, but I'll leave it at that. Thanks." (Debbie Gaddie)

"I am June Wright's eldest. June is 92 on june 29 2011, she is in an aged care facility, dementing sweetly, and visited each day by my brother Tony or me. For reasons of affection and history (not commerce) I am reprinting (limited numbers) of Makeup for Murder, and a lost manuscript Duck Season Death. Just thought I would like to tell you. Regards. (Patrick Wright)
Very many thanks for the information. All the very best. (Philip Grosset)

"Clare Fergusson, an Episcopal priest solves mysteries in upstate NY - books by Julia Spencer-Fleming." (Renee Obrien)
Thank you, but I already have a Clare Fergusson page! (Philip Grosset)

"I remember reading Conversations with Rabbi Small. I would have thought it was published before 1981. The year of my conversion to Judaism. I am trying to recall if this book was on a list of books to read about Judaism and conversions for prospective converts." (Michael DeRosa)
It was first published in 1981! (Philip Grosset)

"Hi, I live in Oklahoma City USA. We just received your book The Reluctant Detective into our store. A coworker and I are reading it and we wondered when you have the next instalment out. Keep writing. We love mystery." (Debra Replogle)
I'm afraid I can't answer for the author, as I just run the Clerical Detectives website! But look back to the relevant page and you'll find a link to her website. This includes information on how to contact her." (Philip Grosset)

"Hello, I am the wife of Pip Vaughan-Hughes, and I just wanted to set the record straight on a few of your very thoughtful comments about his work. The second book in his Petroc series is called Vault of Bones (not Valley of Bones). The third book is called Painted in Blood (not Painted Blood).
He now has a fourth book out, called
The Fools' Crusade. This book ends the Petroc series.
We no longer live in Vermont - we are now back in Devon, exactly where Pip grew up, and we have three lovely children and one incredibly large cat named Mr Bumble. Thank you for all your reviews!" (Tara Vaughan-Hughes)
Many thanks for the corrections that I've now added to the Petroc page. I have also now reviewed
The Fools' Crusade. (Philip Grosset)

"Thank you so much for your very useful site! I was looking for the chronological order of the Schweizer novels, something I couldn't determine from Kindle listings, and though Wikipedia fell down, you came through. Now, thanks to you, a whole world of clerical fiction has opened up in front of me. You might want to mention that Schweizer's novels are available for the Kindle, currently at the supremely reasonable price of 99 cents. Thanks again for a useful and delightful site." (Patrick D Enright, PhD)

"I discovered your site while looking something up re Rabbi Small, whom I enjoy re-reading every 5-7 years. I spent an enjoyable couple of hours on your site.
While not the main protagonist, Canon Tallis weaves his way through a number of Madeline L'Engle's books, both the children's books and the adult ones. Have you considered him as a candidate for your list? Thank you for the work in assembling the information and doing the reviews. I shall return to your site!
" (Bill Van Duker)
Many thanks for the very helpful suggestion. I have now added a Canon Tallis page. (Philip Grosset)

"I am the author of "Death at Briar Ridge, A Reverend Harvey Ashe Mystery", which you reviewed on your website. I was very excited to see your review of my book - and found it quite by accident! I enjoyed your website, good work! Your review indicated you'd like to know my birth year, it's 1959. You also requested a photo, which I can supply if you email me. It may interest you to know that I am currently working on an update to this book, and have a few more in this series that I hope will be coming soon. I'll keep you posted on this progress. One minor correction to my bio, I live in Dallas, Georgia, not Texas. Easy mistake, most people don't know there is a little town called Dallas in Georgia, but there is! Also, my teenage son is now 28 and married. The Bio information on the cover is, of course, dated from the 90's. I really appreciate your kind review of the book. I noticed you thought the plot seemed a little naive, and I actually agree with you on that. Most of it was written when I was in my very naive 20's, which is partly why I am re-writing it and updating it. Maybe the updated version will be a little less naive. Again, I enjoyed your website! Keep it up." Charles M Poore)

"Enjoy your site! Thanks for including my work. Thought you would be interested to know that my book, Mindfulness and Murder, was turned into a movie here in Thailand and is currently playing in the theatres. Reviews have been quite positive. You can find more information at (Internet Movie Database). Keep up the good work." (Nick Wilgus)

"Hello, here is a slight bit of information about Margaret Ann Hubbard, taken from the blurb of a 1954 French edition of "Murder Takes the Veil": graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1932 (PhD in Sciences), then turned to a writing career. Published some historical novels and wrote radio plays adapted from fairy tales. Best regards." (Jerome Serme)
Many thanks for the extra information that I've now added to her page. (Philip Grosset)

"Thanks for the review of Archie and the Preacher. All input is appreciated. Would like to know more about what you think of Into the Desert and Detective Ralph Moon, as I am in the process of writing a second Ralph Moon novel." (D G Isch)
I don't know if you spotted it, but I already have an review of
Into the Desert on another page. (Philip Grosset)

"I too read a lot of clerical mystery books, I was looking up Veronica Black, I think that is how I found your site, thank you for giving me a lot more authors. I have bookmarked your site so I can keep going back to it. A lot of the books are no longer available. I love the Sister Carol Anne O'Marie mysteries, as well as Rabbi Small, can't seem to find his books.Thanks again, keep up your good work." (Maggie Smith)
You'll find available copies of all the Rabbi books listed on Look under Kemelman as author and Rabbi as title. (Philip Grosset)

"I really am enjoying reading these Rabbi books. I have read them Friday and Monday. Am currently reading Saturday and the next one will be Sunday. I had to read out of daily order, since most of these books have to be brought from out-of-town library branches. Thank goodness the library has this service for their avid readers, as I will now continue to read them in order of their original writing by Harry Kemelman.
Yes, these books are excellent reading for Jewish and non-Jewish people, as they keep you gripped until the ending to find out who was the person committing the crime.Thank you." (Doreen)

"Thank you for the commentary. It helps me to decide whether I want to read more books by this author." (Martin Cox)

"Hello, I just came across your page on James L. Johnson while beginning some research on African Challenge magazine. Thanks so much for posting this. Do you know much about African Challenge and the staff who worked on it? I'm interested in a comics feature they ran regularly, called "Schoolboy Sam." It appears to have been drawn by different people. Many thanks." (Rich Remsberg)
So sorry but I don't know anything about this. (Philip Grosset)

"to cristina summers i have read the rev. kathryn koerney and would like to know if there will be more to the series thank you." (Jerio Johnasen)
I'm afraid I have no information about this. If you want to approach the writer direct, try writing her c/o her publishers. I'd be interested to hear the result! (Philip Grosset)

"I loved the book "Septimus & the Danedyke Mystery" and I am now looking for the other "Septimus" books. It's such a pity that the 1979 series "The Danedyke Mystery" has never been released on DVD. We can live in hope!" (Jonathan Tansley)

"I am about to lead a 3 part discussion I call Divine Detectives: Reading Crime Fiction as a Spiritual Exercise. Your list has been most helpful in finding some of the lesser known clergy and other religious (a)vocational sleuths. My index is about 8 pages long and includes a TV priest/detective Rev Hardcase (Robert Blake). Thanks for this exhaustive collection." (Rev Phil White)

"I have thoroughly enjoyed your books. I have also enjoyed your attitude about the Church. I was born and raised a Catholic and will always be one: sometimes practicing and sometimes not so much. You have somehow made me feel closer to the Church after reading your books than I did before; though I really don't know why. God Bless You!!" (Marylynn Truffa)
Thank you for sending the message - but which is the author you have in mind? (Philip Grosset)

"Happy Holidays from across the pond.Thank you for very enjoyable books. I look forward to more!!" (Michael Pell)
Not too many more, I hope. I'm now at detective no. 216! (Philip Grosset)

"Hi, I am also Tory Historian who linked to your site a couple of times and you wrote on mine. Do you know anything about Debbie Viguié? Just come across her name and books. Not seen any of them but thought they might be up your street." (Helen Szamuley)
Many thanks for the suggestion. I have now added a Debbie Viguié page. (Philip Grosset)
"Just read your reviews of the two books. I guess you didn't think much of them. Ah well."
(Helen Szamuley)

"Mr. Grosset, Mr. Haughey shows up at a new address in TX. contact me at my email for info. I am seeking to contact him to see if he can lead me to another author who used the same publisher. Thanks, Dave."
I'd be interested to to hear more about him. (Philip Grosset)

"What a great site! I've marked it as a favorite. I'm so glad to see that you've found my Monastery Murder series. I hope you enjoy A Very Private Grave. I'm at work on book 2 in the series." (Donna Fletcher Crow)

"The book, A Very Private Grave by Donna Fletcher Crow features an Anglican Priest and a female seminarian investigating a murder and is the first in a series, so you may want to include "Felicity Howard". (Adam Graham)
Many thanks for the suggestion. As it happened, I was already reading the book! I have now included it on the site. (Philip Grosset)

"Very good work! Parlais-vous francais? Or hungarian :-) ?" (Gyorfi-Deak Gyorgy)
Sorry - no French or Hungarian! (Philip Grosset)

"You mention the Assons as undefined on your PaPa LaBas/"Mumbo Jumbo" page. An Asson is a ritual rattle used by the local Houngan (priest) in Vodoun ceremonies to invite the loa to participate. When LaBas says, "Look, we may not have the legitimate Assons but we've been called and we can Work-It-On-Out too" (page 127), he is alluding to the Houngan initiation ceremony, in which newly-ordained Vodou priests are given an Asson. LaBas practices the Work, but he is not officially recognized as a Vodou priest." (Rebecca Q)

"Thanks for your review of my Jim Burton-Julie West mysteries. I make a living as a nonfiction writer and an editor challenged me to write those 3 cozy mysteries. It was fun, but I'm not sure I'll write more.
FYI, every name in all three volumes are names of real people, including Jim Burton. It was fun to kill off editors and agents. In the third book I killed my assistant, Twila Belk. It was so much fun. Steve Laube (aka Stefan Lauber) was once my editor and is not an agent. After he read
Everybody Wanted Room 623, he wrote, 'That's awful! You killed me and I didn't get a speaking part.' Again: Thank you." (Cec Murphey)

"Just finished "Code Name Sebastion". borrowed it from our church library yesterday mornning and could not put it down. Looking for more of his books now." (Darrel P Burns)

"Cyril Hare's book "Untimely Death" is referred to more than once in a recent Dalgleish novel by P. D. James, "The Private Patient". I hope I manage to find it my local library." (Robin Hoare, New Zealand)
You may find "Untimely Death" under its English title, "He Should Have Died Hereafter". If not, inexpensive copies are available for sale. Try the Bookfinder link near the foot of my Introduction page. (Philip Grosset)
Thanks Philip. My point was the references to the book in another detective story by a famous author. I doubt if Cyril Hare is represented in out local library but no harm in trying. Best wishes, Robin."

"I read a story of star footballer who became a Episcopalian priest, marries, goes to chicago and gets involved in solving mysteries. Can or do you know the author? i know it was an older book. Seems as the church was in a fancy building and he and his wife lived in apt. above.Thank you." (Ruth Hurst)
You are probably thinking of Reverend Randollph by Charles Merrill Smith, although he was a Methodist. (Philip Grosset)

"I'm mightily grateful for your critiques of my detective novels. I've completed another "The Moorland Mystery" and am in the process of editing it. I hope you enjoy it when it's published next year. Probably as a result of your comments my detective novels have become more popular. Best wishes." (John Waddington-Feather)

"Where to start, i read many many books but none moved me like "arn templar knight " every word came alive in my mind. i didnt realise the templar knights were so holy in their quest ...iv been ill for a time and this book was so engrossing and so vivid about how hard their lives were and how hard it was in the convents. its very well written i loved and lived every moment of the story ...well done." (Ann Davies)

"Sister Carol Ann O'Marie passed away May 27, 2009. She continued working at the shelter she founded until near her death from Parkinson's Disease. She did get the manuscript for one more book done but it is a history of her religious order, not an addition to the series. See the wiki about her for more details." (Gail)

"Are any future books coming along in The Divine Mystery series by Cristina Sumners? I have read the three now in print and am beguiled by the plots and the characters. Please have more." (Anne Eastman)
I'm afraid I don't have any information about this. (Philip Grosset)

"Years ago I read 2 of your books, the one about the shadow and the one about the scream. It was the best Christian fiction I ever read. I want to buy those 2 books again and also buy the others. I hope I can get them from this site." (Chaplain (Lt/Col) W.Garrett Civil Air Patrol (volunteer) supervisory Group Chaplain, AZ Wing)
It took some detective work from me to discover which author you were referring to, but I think it must have been Thomas Brace Haughey. Used copies of his books are still available from Amazon. (Philip Grosset)

"I have just read the Reverend Kathryn Koerney series and enjoy them very much. Will there be any more to the series? Thank you." (Jeri Johanson)
I'm afraid I don't have any information about this. (Philip Grosset)

"Thank you for this site, and more particularly for the William Brodrick material. I've read all of him, and I found his first and third books (significantly, WW II and WW I respectively) amazing. As a military history obsessive, with a passion for war poetry I found "A Whispered Name" absolutely fascinating - the stated tribute to Sassoon in the title, and the implied one to Isaac Rosenberg in the frequent references to larks in the text touched me most poignantly. Thanks so much! Am now looking forward to Brodrick's "The Judas Window" set for a July release.

By the way, your list doesn't contain Bro. Juniper of "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" (Thornton Wilder). But then, I suppose he investigated an accident, not a crime. And besides, he dies in the book." (Vijay)
Many thanks for the suggestion about "The Bridge of San Luis Rey." I've now added a page about Brother Juniper. (Philip Grosset)

"I went to high school with Eric Allison. Since he was a little younger than I am, his birth year would have been approximately 1948. Eric and another young man and I (I'm female) were the only three science fiction fans in our high school, or at least we thought so. We also were all in the Civil Air Patrol. We lived in the central Long Island town of East Meadow, NY; I graduated from W. Tresper Clarke Junior-Senior High School in 1964, and Eric graduated in 1965. I lost all track of him (and our other friend) after that. Many years later, when I was working at a radio station in New York City, Eric turned up as a guest on one of the talk shows, which is how I found out that he and his wife were writing mystery stories in a medieval setting, as well as "nonfiction" books. I don't remember exactly what year that was, but that was the last contact I had with him. I'm glad to know that he's still writing, and has done very well for himself." (Ace Lightning)
Many thanks (Philip Grosset)

"I loved reading your synopsis of the Hawkenlye series - funny and accurate. I am hooked on the Hildegard series by Cassandra Clark. Do you have any idea when the Third Book will be coming out? Has she found a publisher? Her website says she is working on Book 4 but no details. Thanks again." (Hafiza Khan)
I'm afraid I don't have any information about this. (Philip Grosset)

"This is mainly to say what a really interesting site, and lots of great suggestions for new (to me) authors - I read detective novels voraciously and so am often in need of new ideas.One extra thought: I'm not a huge fan any more of PD James, who has become rather judgemental, I think, but there are at least a couple of her books with religious settings, so I wondered if you'd thought about adding her?Thanks anyway for spending so much time sharing information and reviewing. I agree completely on Michael Gilbert, I've always thought Smallbone Deceased is especially brilliant." (Clare Cozens)
I couldn't find a P D James novel with a clerical detective. The closest I got was that police commander Adam Dalgleish's father was the rector of a Norfolk country parish! (Philip Grosset)

As the editor of three of Susan Dunlap's Darcy Lott novels, I was pleased to see her included in your very readable, admirably intelligent listings. However, I need to point out that two more books featuring Zen practitioner Darcy --- Hungry Ghosts (2008) and A Civil Twilight (2009) --- have come out, with a fourth, Power Slide, due to be published by Counterpoint Press in August 2010." (Michele Slung)
I have now added a review of
Hungry Ghosts and will look out for the other books. (Philip Grosset)

"I love the Dame Frevisse novels. Just finished the one where Dame Frevisse gets elected prioress. Now I hear the publisher no longer wants to publish any more! I am terribly disappointed. I would love to see how Dame Frevisse handles being prioress. Also there are story threads that are not complete. What happens to Alice and her son? What happens to the former prioress? How do the other nuns (especially her friends Dame Clair for example) react to her new status?" (Rosanne Hughes)

"Thanks for the interesting review. I appreciate it! Devon and Lydia are madly in love and just had their first baby! (Lenora Worth)

"Hello! I'd like to record my appreciation of
Edward Candy's 'Words for Murder Perhaps', but would also like to do so at first hand to Dr Neville's daughter Sarah Hiom, who writes so fondly of her mother on your web site. Before I send you my thoughts on the book, do you still have her email address, or are you able to pass on my thoughts to her on my behalf? Is she the same Sarah Hiom who works for Cancer UK? Your web site looks most interesting, and I look forward to digesting it at leisure. I look forward to hearing from you. With best wishes, Andrew Daniels (Norwich)."
I have passed your message on to Sarah Hiom, and hope you will be hearing from her. (Philip Grosset)

"City of Silver (2009) by Annamaria Alfieri, features Mother Maria Santa Hilda, an abbess in 17th c. Peru, who narrowly misses an auto da fey by solving the crime in her abbey." (Pam Reese)
Many thanks. I've now added a page about Mother Maria Santa Hilda whom I am glad to have been told about. She is the 202nd clerical detective to be listed on this site. Surely there can't be (m)any more! (Philip Grosset)

Thank you for your excellent and very kind summaries of my novels. I could not have done better myself. The first four titles are now reprinted by Ostara publications via print on demand at Heffers Cambridge and some Waterstones." (D M Greenwood)
How delightful to hear from you! It's really good that at least some of your books are available again. (Philip Grosset)

"How did Father Brown dress? He was a short, untidy character, was he not?" (Patrick)
He is described as a short little man who wears shapeless clothes: a black cassock and clerical shovel hat, and carries a large, shabby black umbrella. (Philip Grosset)

"Stumbled on one of your books and enjoyed it immensely. As I had been reading books by Kathy Herman I found it interesting that they share some of the same characters and places - ie. Gordie's and Barry Jones. How come?" (D Rae Miklos)
I'm only the webmaster of this Clerical Detectives site, not the author as you suppose, but you don't mention which book/author you have been reading. However, doing a bit of detective work of my own, I think it must be one of the books in the Mystery and the Minister's Wife series. If so, the reason for the use of the same characters is explained on my Kate Hanlon page. (Philip Grosset)

"Excellent! If I may add a french clerical detective: Abel Brigand. Author Jean-marie Villemot. French editors: RIVAGES. GALLIMARD. Titles: L'oeil mort. Abel Brigand. Ce monstre aux yeux verts. Cordialement." (c.cossu-veillard)
'm afraid these books do not seem, as yet, to have been translated into English. (Philip Grosset)

"Do you think veronica black is against the catholic faith? is she even catholic?" (p. musereno)
Maureen Peters (her real name) died in 2008. She certainly had friends who were nuns, but it seems that she was "the Magus of a Magical Lodge in North Wales for many years" (see the foot of a BBC interview page). Her novels seem to me to show an understanding of convent life and the value of prayer. (Philip Grosset)

"I thought I was the only one who read the Randollph books! I love those, and Sister Joan ... I plan to investigate a lot of the others listed here." (C C Lady)

"Delighted to find your comprehensive site. Have just discovered D M Greenwood and love her writing even if the plots are sometimes a bit contrived. Why is it that I can find more than I ever wanted to know about England's football captain, and very very little about someone with such incisive views and as worthwhile as Greenwood?" (Cynthia Hunt)

"Richard Goyne died in Gladsbury-on-Wye on the Welsh borders, and is biuried in St Peter's churchyard. I remember seeing his photo on the back of a Paul Renin novel. Before he died he had told an aunt of mine, a good friend, that he was Paul Renin but she did not believe him." (Phillip Duggan)

"Anne Emery, starting with Sign of the Cross." (Mary Trumpener, Canada)
Many thanks for the suggestion. I have now added a page about Father Burke. (Philip Grosset)

"Thank you for creating this wonderful site! Brother Cadfael sparked my interest in Historical detectives, though I think I enjoyed him more than you did - I even prefer him to Sister Fidelma. Peter Tremayne is a wonderful author, his glimpse into 7th century life in Ireland is hugely interesting, I just find his writing a little too violent at times. A recommendation for your European Readers - - there is no shipping charge. I live in Spain & find shipping charges from other online bookshops can be horrendous.
Thank you again, I have so many more books to enjoy since I came across your site."
Mary Lucas, Spain).

"I love the Veronica Black series. It is all in good fun and I am becoming a Solitary Sister.  I am of Catholic background and still am. I have decided I want a library of books on Nun's Stories.  I read and saw The Nun's Story years ago and here in Australia we had an ABC production called Brides of Christ, so bit I bit I hope to gather films and books. I loved a film I saw years ago with Deborah Kerr called The Black Narcissus. A real classic of a film.Thanks for having all the Veronica Black novels on the Detective Nun on your website. I hope to set about getting them." (Sharon Konrad, Australia)

"I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska as a Jesuit Volunteer where I met a young Jesuit priest named Brad Reynolds. He was such a kind and gentle man that I thought of him often over these past 25 years. Recently I ordered an audiobook for my mother, who can't see, and the author was Brad Reynolds. When my mother said the book was written by a Jesuit, I thought, "couldn't be." Your site has cleared that mystery up to a degree. Could there be two Brad Reynolds, S.J. who lived in Alaska (in the missions I am familiar with) and wrote Father Townsend mysteries?? Thanks so much for making me smile!" (Mary DeVito)
All I can add about Brad Reynolds is that he first went to Toksook Bay on Nelson Island in 1973 to write on the work of Jesuits there. But I have now added a photo of him - so, if it is the same person, perhaps you can recognise him! (Philip Grosset)
"Wonderful site, I have bought ALL Father Koesler books and I love reading them." (Frank Rodriguez)

"Dear Michelle, I have appreciated and followed Lily Connor in all of your three books and I am kindly wondering if there will be a fourth book any time soon. I have only just reread all three of your novels for about the fourth time, hence my inquiry. I do adore all of the Episcopal mysteries [wink!] I have found, and so have read Julia Spencer-Fleming and I am currently reading Mark Schweizer's Hayden Koenig mysteries but I have a fondness for Lily that is unique. Thank you for your time and wonderful writing.  As an Episcopalian and a chaplain, these books warm my heart and feed my Episco soul. Sincerely, Catherine Windsor+"
I'm afraid I'm not Michelle Blake, but only the compiler of the Clerical Detectives website! If you'd like to get in touch with Michelle Blake, I suggest you write to her via her publishers. I'm sorry but I have no news of a fourth book. (Philip Grosset)

Interesting site, have read most of Ellis Peters' work, and am very interested in the history.
Is not 'the heretic's apprentice' set, say, in 1143? Cadfael is 65 in the last book!  Also wasn't 'Summer of the Danes' given a date?" (John Campbell)
You are quite right. 'The Heretic's Apprentice' was set in 1143. The 'Summer of the Danes' was in 1144. (Philip Grosset)

"I cannot begin to tell you how useful this site has been to me as I continue to build my personal collection of novels involving Roman Catholic priests/detectives.  The chronological listings alone would be invaluable, but the detailed synopses/analyses/critical evaluations are extremely valuable in numerous ways, as are the biographical sketches of the authors.  Thanks ever so much for all the care and work which has obviously gone into building this resource!" (Richard Meyer)

"In your listing of the titles, it shows "Brother Cadfael's Penance" as taking place in 1195. That must be a typo, it should be 1145. Great site, good discussion of the books. Thanks!" (Luke Birgit)
Many thanks for the correction. (Philip Grosset)

"I am trying to contact author James L. Johnson's son.  James was my teacher in the early 80s and I would like to reestablish contact. Can you help? Many thanks." (Michael Apichella)
I'm afraid I've had no contact with his son, so cannot help. But can anyone else? (Philip Grosset)

"Hello, I just found your review of my novel The James Version, and I thought I`d respond. This was my first novel (I am now writing my fifth) and I actually agree with your critique. A first novel is a training ground, and although parts of the book work well, other things are less successful. I suspect all novelists would say the same about any book they write - we all hope that our next one is better than the one before. Thank you for for reviewing The James Version and drawing it to people`s attention. I wish you luck with your unusual and interesting site. Best wishes, Ruth (Dugdall)

"I was looking for Code Name Sebastian. Do you include on your list the Father Brown mystery stories by Gilbert Keith Chesterton? They're the best!" (Darien)
Yes I do! Please see the contents page for a list of the over 160 authors so far included. (Philip Grosset)

"Was interested to read your comments on my Grandfather C A Alington: 'One of his daughters married Sir Alec Douglas-Home who was to become UK Prime Minister. He had been one of C A Alington's pupils at Eton.'
As it happens all of his future son in law's had been pupils of his at Eton: Lord Dunglass later Earl of Home and later still Sir Alec Douglas Home. Roger A.B. Mynors later Sir Roger Mynors. And my Father JCV Wilkes later Rev JCV Wilkes, head master (warden) of Radley and like his father in law ordained later in life. Hope this is of some interest." (Rob Wilkes)

"Read The Smile of the Ghost and enjoyed it very much.  Recognized the surroundings too and that made it all the more interesting.  Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Hope you plan to do more. Cheers." (Maureen Patterson, Fanny Bay, British Columbia)
If you would like to email Phil Rickman directly, there's a link to his website (that includes his email address) at the foot of my Merrily Watkins page. (Philip Grosset)

"You might like Don Camillo. Author (I think) Giovanni Guareschi. His stories are excellent, just get The Don Camillo Omnibus.  A detective subplot carrying through many of them covers the murder of a man in front of his young son in his home; but the real story is the tension of politics between the Catholic and Communist factions and their leaders in their town." (ChrisPer) 
Very many thanks for reminding me of Don Camillo. I've now added a page about him. (Philip Grosset)

"My husband, Christopher Leach, a greatly under-rated writer, died 26.6.2004. The Texas Station/aka Blood Games has long been on film option in USA but does not get any further. Unfortunately he never had a regular agent to promote his works and was an idealist, passionate about writing. He was sometimes reviewed as an American but never even visited USA. I have on disc his last book (short), unpublished : ' A view from Fort Piker'. His 2 volumes of short stories are outstanding but I don't think they were published in America. Boston University has an archive. (Joan Leach)
Many thanks for the extra information, some of which I have now added to the page. (Philip Grosset)

"Is Mark Schweizer still writing?  Anything new to come out?" (Ann  Rankin)
Mark Schweizer's last book, The Mezzo Wore Mink, came out in 2008. I have no news of the next one but you could try asking his publisher,  St James Music Press, at (Philip Grosset)

"I am Joan Coggin's niece.  My father was her brother. If you would like a photo of Aunt Joan I have rather a good one.  I also have first editions of some of her books. Best wishes." (Ingrid Honderich nee Coggin)
Yes please! I've now added the photo to the Joan Coggin page. (Philip Grosset)

"In 1980 I used to work at Tesco in Knutsford, Cheshire and one of our customers was Christopher Leach. I was googling him to see if he was still writing/alive!  And I found your site. I read a few of his books and did enjoy Blood Games, his preacher-based book." (Nick Allen)

"Louis Buss is the son,by his first marriage of Robin Buss, film critic and translator of french classics who died in december 2006 (see obituary in the independent). I knew Louis and Robin and last met Louis at the funeral of another acquaintance, Michael David Anthony, author of ecclesiastical thrillers (Harrison - on your site). Since moving to Italy some years ago I lost complete touch with Louis, even though I sent an email to his publisher - I too am puzzled at his lack of web presence and the failure of other novels from his pen to appear." (Francis Pettitt)
Thanks for the information, some of which I have added to the page about him. (Philip Grosset)

"On the home page you list the name of The nun who hides mystery stories in her prayer book as Sister Helen Mary, it is actually Mary Helen which is  correct on the link page." (Eileen)
Many thanks for the correction. (Philip Grosset)

"Are you aware that there is now a ninth Sister Agnes book, called A Violent Act, available from Allison and Busby? It deals with creationism and evidence, fossils and evolution. You might like it. Best, Alison (Joseph)
Thanks, I have now added it to the page. (Philip Grosset)

"Most interesting information - but I'm sorry to read that D.M. Greenwood seems to have stopped writing.   For a long time, I couldn't track down 'Theodora Braithwaite' books at all, because I couldn't remember her author's surname [this was before I knew that I could proably just have typed 'Archdeacon Theodora - fictional detective' into Google!], but then I found one of the books in a charity shop....
Round about the time that I first read one of these books, I also read some books whose detective was a vicar's wife.  The titles had a similar witty twist to them, and I thought their author, too, had two initials and a two-syllable surname.
I don't know whether a vicar's wife would qualify as a 'clerical detective', but thought it was worth asking whether you could help!
Incidentally, I too very much enjoy Michael Gilbert [though 'enjoy' isn't really the right word to use for his chilling 'The Night of the Twelfth'] and particularly Michael Innes. [Have you also read the books he wrote as J.I.M. Stewart not detective novels?]" (Cath Humphrey)
The author you are looking for may be Emilie Richards, creator of minister's wife Aggie Sloan-Wilcox. There is a list of clergy wives towards the foot of my contents page. (Philip Grosset)

"You spell the name of the inspector in "Which Doctor" as Burnival. In the edition that I have (Ballantine paperback), it is Burnivel." (David Hawkins)
You are quite right. I've now corrected my text! Many thanks." (Philip Grosset)

"I was given a set of 3 books in a presentation box for a present and now I am hooked! I am now working my way through the rest. Sister Fidelma is a great characterisation and the plots are excellent." (Tom Hickie)

"An excellent page on William Brodrick." (Keith Parkin)
Also see Keith Parkin's interesting own page on Brodrick. (Philip Grosset)

"I haven't read the Reverend Dean stories but I know something about it and think you have missed the point. What you regard as 'silly plots', 'too many murders' and 'unreal situations' are quite deliberate and represent an attempt to bring back the classic style of detective story in which the interest lay in the act of deduction rather than any kind of emotional involvement with the characters. If you want a 'detective story' with 'real characters' and 'emotional depth' -- and personally I find THESE utterly tedious and boring -- then there are a hundred to choose from on the shelf of your local bookshop. The Dean book is deliberately and refreshingly different.
It's a little naive to criticise something for failing to achieve something it never attempted to do in the first place. Would you criticise a crossword puzzle because it had a 'silly plot'?" (Jon Jermey)
Having had the advantage of actually reading the book, I stick with my verdict that "The stories, despite the rather silly plots, can be quite fun to read, particularly if you like solving mysteries." And, in fact, the author does try to make Reverend Dean seem like a real person. (Philip Grosset)

"I enjoyed the comments on Michael Innes, but think you should mention Hamlet Revenge which is particularly good." (Andrew Lee-Hart)

"Great site and very well done.  Glad to see William F. Love's wonderful Bishop Regan and wry Davey Goldman represented." (Diane Gilbert Madsen)

"So glad to see that the words written by Winona Sullivan live on - Sister Cecile books are the best ever!" (Mary Murray)

"Great Site!  My mother Winona wrote the Sister Cecile mysteries, glad to see they are appreciated!" (Rachel Sullivan MD)

"Hi, I came across your well put together site today and noticed that you were looking for more information on the author of the Sister Cecile Mysteries, Winona Sullivan.  Your short description is accurate for the most part.  She worked for the CIA during the 1960s, and even as her son, I know little about her activities as an agent in Russia.  She devoted most of her life to others, through teaching and raising her seven children, and always offered a unique and humorous perspective on life.  She taught at several colleges, but was also very enthusiastic about teaching high school students and teaching English as a second language to immigrants.  Her writing career consisted of a great deal of short stories and poetry in addition to the Sister Cecile Mysteries and a book on how to be a mother.  She was very faithful to her religion and volunteered as a religious education teacher for most of her life.  Although she was a non-smoker, she died of Lung Cancer in 2004.  There is a website that awards a scholarship annually in her memory:
The creative tradition in her family is continued by her husband, a prominent fine artist who does a lot of religious work (, her son an artist (myself:, her daughter ( and her son Edmund, a musician ('
Thank you for your very informative and useful site, I look forward to perusing some more, and please do not hesitate to contact me for any additional information." (Chris Sullivan)
Many thanks for all this information, some of which I have now added to the page. (Philip Grosset)

"The site has been an invaluable resource." (L. V. Lawrence}

"In answer to the comment "I'm trying to track down information about Michael Gilbert's radio plays. Can you help?" (Gareth Tilley) the web site a private bit torrent site for BBC radio broadcasts, has the following in mp3 format:
Michael Gilbert - Petrella - Series 2 (4 radio plays)
Petrella - BBC Radio Detective Drama - Series 1 (4 more radio plays)
and michael gilbert smallbone deceased.
The web site has listing information about past BBC radio broadcasts including smallbone deceased and petrella series 1." (Gordon H Sabaduquia)

"I would like to know if Ann Granger is going to write anymore of the Mitchell and Markby Mysteries. I enjoyed them very much." (Bev Colgan, Australia)
I am afraid these are not clerical detectives (not even by my generous interpretation of the term!) so I'm sorry but I don't know anything about them. (Philip Grosset)

"Looking for information on Cadfael. Much interesting info here. I will return & browse further when I have more time.Thank you for an interesting read." (Hilda Harvey)

I really enjoy the Sister Mary Helen Mysteries.  Hope there will be more.  I also have read many other of the clerical detectives such as Father Dowling mysteries and many others.  Have enjoyed them all." {Theresa Aufleger)

"I am a library director that loved your mysteries the first time I read them and decided to see if I could buy all six of them before I retire .... some are on their way." (Kathie Scott)
Yes, but, please, whose mysteries are you talking about? (Philip Grosset)    

Great site, I have been an avid reader of clerical detectives since reading Father Brown as a kid and the Rabbi Small. I like how they work their cases from a theological approach. Keep up the good work." (Paco Rodriguez)

"I am the God Daughter of Margaret Ann Hubbard. I enjoyed your review. Email me if you would still like pics and stories of her." (Katy Larkin)
Yes please! (Philip Grosset)

"Maureen Peters (also known as Veronica Black and other names) was my mother. She did indeed have four children, me, Rachel, Emily and one adopted child, Vincent. Sadly she died in May of this year. If you need any more info about her, don't hesitate to get in touch with me." (Martin Peters)

"this is an intresting site" (Oweri)

"Do you know how to contact javan kienzle? i found the name mentioned the "dedication" of a book by Roger E. Craig. i'm hoping to get in touch with mr. craig. roger was a very good friend of my father's in the 1960's in Dearborn, michigan. it would be fabulous if i could find him. my father think's he's no longer alive - i'm not so sure. can you help? thanks." (lisa willis)
I have sent you her email address, and have since received the following message from Javan Kienzle:
"Roger E. Craig is indeed still alive and living in Naples, Florida. If the writer wants to send me her e-mail, I will forward it to Roger."

"Thank you for your succinct resume of the back story to my novel Hangman Blind. Insofar as Tangled Web and so-called inaccuracies are concerned, I suggest you reread what they call inaccuracies and then look at my text. For example, the reviewer (another writer of medieval fiction) claims that events take place at Christmas. I think you'll agree it is clear from the first page that he really means the Feast of St Martin (November). He also confuses the time scale after the fire at the mill and there are other claims which again are due to a too hasty reading. Very slack.
Anyway, that aside, I hope you enjoyed the book and will bear in mind that it is a series, the books are linked and there is no intention of winding everything up except for the main plot - for instance, what happens to Escrick? Read The Red Velvet Turn Shoe to find out!
I do feel Hildegard has a sense of the social value of religion as did the real life prioress of Swyne (see the Chronicle of Meaux 1395) and although this may not fit with our 21st century of what nuns were like I feel it is a reasonable view to take of medieval ecclesiastical life. Dont' forget they ran the economy through the wool trade and wouldn't have been able to do so if they'd been on their knees having visions all the time.
But thanks for taking notice. It was an astute response and for that reason welcome. Perhaps you'd be a good reader for the first draft of my third novel The Law of Angels? Best wishes." (Cassandra Clark)
I'm only relieved it wasn't me who wrote the Tangled Web review! You did not include your email address so I am afraid I could not reply, but it was good to hear from you. I'd be pleased to review The Law of Angels. How about a photo and some biographical information? (Philip Grosset)

"If you are the Philip Grosset who compiles "Clerical Detectives" then this is just to say many thanks for giving such a comprehensive & encouraging review of my second novel "Bones In The Belfry" (Your guest book is kaput). If you are not the same person, I like your website anyway and may one day visit St Ives!" (Suzette A Hill)
I think the guestbook is back in action now! (Philip Grosset)

"Maureen Peters (also known as Veronica Black and other names) was my mother. She did indeed have four children, me, Rachel, Emily and one adopted child, Vincent. Sadly she died in May of this year. If you need any more info about her, don't hesitate to get in touch with me." (Martin Peters)

"I have recently discovered this series, mostly to deal with my Agatha Raisin withdrawal. This site has helped me regarding the order of things." (Deece)

"I was trying to find out if Sister Carol Anne O'Marie was still writing novels because I enjoy her books.  Thank you." (Lillian R Hall)
I'm afraid I don't know. Her last book was published in 2006 and no forthcoming book has yet been announced. (Philip Grosset)

"Your Website is wonderful; thanks for your efforts.  Here are a few more authors and titles:
Cassara, Ernest (2 titles)
Father Hosea Ballou, 19th c Boston, MA, USA, Universalist minister (historical person)
Murder on Beacon Hill: A Father Ballou and His Dog Spot Mystery, Cambridge, MA: The Anne Miniver Press, c 1995, 1996.
Murder on the Boston Common, [Cambridge, MA]: Cambridge Cornerstone Press, 1998.
A church organist who solves the mystery:
Langton, Jane
Divine Inspiration, New York: Penguin Books, 1993, (Alan Starr, organ builder).  Well-written story.
And let's not forget the solitary witches, a recently growing subgenre:
Alt, Madelyn (2 titles) Maggie O'Neill, solitary witch, Stony Mill, Indiana, USA
The Trouble with Magic,  New York: Berkeley Prime Crime, Jan. 2006
A Charmed Life, New York: Berkeley Prime Crime, Dec. 2006
Damsgaard, Shirley (4 titles)
Ophelia Jensen, librarian/witch and Abby, witch- herbalist
The Trouble with Witches
Charmed to Death
Witch Way to Murder
Witch Hunt
, New York: Avon Books, 2007
Regards, Rev. Kristine Tomlinson
Very many thanks for all these suggestions. I'm amazed you could come up with so many! I've now added pages about Maggie O'Neill, Ophelia and Abby, Alan Starr and Hosea Ballou, of whom I found the latter by far the most interesting. (Philip Grosset)

"Thank you for creating such a good website. I love the genre or subgenre. You may also be interested in the authors David Bland and Cassandra Clark."
Many thanks for the suggestions. I've now added Cassandra Clark and David Bland. (Philip Grosset)

fine site, you do good work god bless you too" (rev dasari sudhakararao)

"What a great site! You might also be interested in my book, "The Mysteries of Reverend Dean."  It's a collection of six locked-room mysteries set in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains; all investigated by a lonely old man - and retired reverend." (Hal White, Washington, USA)
Many thanks for the info. I've now added Reverend Dean. (Philip Grosset)

"My mother was a friend of Alison Neville, and as a teenager I remember very much enjoying some of her novels and was searching for them as my Mum no longer has her copies. I have fond memories of Alison from my early teen years when we lived in Liverpool - my Mum met Alison through dog walking - they had 2 dalmatians. I always found Alison an Inspirng woman - perhaps because unlike so many adults she talked to me seriously. When we moved away she gave me a copy of Le Grand Meaulnes, a book I have always loved. If any of her family read this, please know your Mum is still thought of." (Fariha Thomas)

"Thank you so much for this wonderful site! It will keep me busy reading for a long time!" (Cheryl)

"I just read my first Father Koesler Mystery, The Man Who Loved God (1997), and loved it. You were pretty harsh on it, but I think it was a great read and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the 23 books in the series. I just purchased 8 of them to get me started." (SonDan)
I very much like the Koesler books too. It's just that I didn't think this was one of the best. (Philip Grosset)

" I loved Michelle Blakes Lily Connor Mysteries were there only 3?" (Sherry)
Yes, she has not published anything since The Book of Light (2003). However, she explained in an interview with Julia Spencer-Fleming that she has been busy researching the brain and how we remember, and hoped to finish her next book in 2008. (Philip Grosset)

"Thank you a gazillion times, you listed several authors whom I was trying to remember for several years; the Librarian got tired of trying to help me." (Marjorie)

It was such a relief to find your comments on the author I was looking for, as I was feeling alone in finding certain aspects of her work less than convincing. Basically, if I want to read a fantasy in a parallel universe, that's what I do. If I want to read a historical fiction with a convincing sense of reality, then Cadfael or Fidelma are a lot better. Especially Tremaynes's handling of the pagan issue. Since the Weald was an industrial area of great value to major landowners, I don't see it as a trackless Celtic survival of what the Romans sought to eradicate. And as for John Dee being around in the time of Richard I. And effective talismans. I'll read Scott for that.
Since I found a number of my favourites (Rabbi Small, Theodora Braithwaite) on your site, I'm going to look out for and try to read some of the others recommended.
Thank you for restoring my sanity. And giving me enough info to avoid what riles me. It always seems to me that the pagan and the supernatural are seen as more powerful than the Christianity - I don't see as much of the nun's spirituality as of the less historically or scientifically validated paganism." (Penelope Stanford)
Was Alys Clare the author you had in mind? (Philip Grosset)
"Yes, I was looking for her. I think my search term had developed into "Alys Clare criticism", or "Alys Clare pagan" which should explain how I got to you. There are aspects of her books that I like - the very down to earth nuns and their generosity. But I keep running up against the supernatural. It isn't just her. There are non-detective writers whose medieval works call on ancient gods and are answered.
By the way I was interested to see the entries about Greenwood and Theodora Braithwaite. I first came across her in a local bookshop which stocked her because she was a friend of one of the staff. I think I may drop in there again and make enquiries.
Also by the way, have you come across the radio Franciscan detective Paolo Baldi operating in Ireland? I have been sorry not to find him in print." (Penelope Stanford)
Paolo Baldi (a priest on sabbatical from the Franciscan order, who enjoys using his skills to solve murders in modern-day Dublin) is the leading character in a detective series that was first broadcast in 2000. It had been developed by BBC Northern Ireland from characters created by Barry Devlin, who trained at a Franciscan seminary before becoming a rock musician. Different writers wrote different episodes. The stories have not appeared in book form. (Philip Grosset)

Firstly, congratulations on a truly useful site, i`ve made some notes and will go to my library tomorrow (today is Sunday) and look for several of the authors - so muchly thanks. Secondly how about expanding the site to cover historical detectives who are not in holy orders.  That would be absolutely brilliant.Thank you for your hard work and keep it up. " (Thomas Farquhar)
Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm afraid it would be too much for me to add non-clerical detectives. I'd no idea there were so many clerical detectives when I started - 95 of them, if you count the ones I decided not to include (I've listed these in my Introduction). I hope I've found them all now! (Philip Grosset)

"Wow! I love this site & have favorited it! Boucher wrote 2 Sr. Ursula short-stories that are worth your time and one novella about her that's never been reprinted! Also, I feel that Melville Davisson Post's "Uncle Abner" stories deserve a mention. Abner comes off as an Old Testament Prophet figure, though he is not officialy clergy. Hey, great job on this site!!!" (Mike Baker)
Many thanks for the Uncle Abner suggestion. I have now added him to the site. The Sister Ursula novella is called "Vacancy with Corpse" (1946) but I have not been able to find a copy of it. I have also added mention of the short stories to the Ursula page. (Philip Grosset)

"The girl's family never thought Ursula was trying to talk her into being a nun. It was only her boyfriend (and hence the narrator and reader) who thought that. There was a Sister Ursula short story or novelette called "The Stipper".
You only fixed "Adso of Elk (to Melk) in one spot." (Ralph Merridew)
Thanks for the suggested corrections that I have now made to the site. The short story is called The Stripper. (Philip Grosset)

"I enjoyed your commentary, and have agreed with your opinions on most of the (Dame Frevisse) books.  I especially related to your remark, "let's hope than the next book ... will be more concerned with Dame Frevisse than with all this political strife".
I'm now reading her next book, "The Apostate's Tale".  It looks like your wish has been granted. I'm a cheat, and read the author's note before I began the book.  She wrote, "The lack of politics in this story may have been noted" and explained that in 1452, there had been insufficient real conflict to carry gossip to Frevisse's end of England.  It certainly is making the story much more entertaining for me.
You also mentioned that wandering player, "[who] admits to Frevisse, his name is not really Joliffe and he is obviously much more than the strolling actor he once pretended to be."  If you have been sticking to clerical detectives, you might have missed Frazer's "Play" series. They center on that person who is not really Joliffe.  While they don't tell us where he came from (yet) they do explain how he came to be in the employ of so august a personage as the Cardinal.
The four novels in that series that I have read are:
A Play of Isaac -- The heir apparent was an "Eden Child" (had Down's Syndrome). He could have been put away, so why was he killed?
A Play of Dux Moraud -- A creepy  tale of doomed bridegrooms.
A Play of Knaves -- Nasty neighbors kick it up a notch.
A Play of Lords --  Politics as usual.
I like them much better than the Frevisse Novels.  (And I like Frevisse quite well.) I hope you can find the time to read them, as I think you will like them, too. Kathy (Kathryn Merry)

"Just finished "The Assassin's Riddle" ending w/ Brother Athelstan's leaving St. Erconwald's. Can't find in any other books of the series the thread that ties his leaving w/ his return to Southwark & details John of Gaunt's interference. I've enjoyed your writing & hope you'll be able to help solve THIS riddle! Thanks for your help." (Marti Hrones)
There is mention in the next book, "The Devil's Domain", that Athelstan had left St Erconwald's and "had got as far as Cripplegate before Prior Anselm had intervened and sent a message ordering the Dominican back to his parish"
. But even Sir John could not discover why, as, when he had asked him, "Athelstan had just shaken his head and smiled". (Philip Grosset)
"It was very good of you to take time to reply. I was wishing for at least a couple chapters from Mr. Harding detailing Athelstan's departure & return: a normal progression from the book's ending chapter. Didn't think I'd be that affected by the characters! Many thanks for your note and good reading in the New Year, Marti."

"The Dorothy Gilman books are always the ones I can curl up with after a long tiring day.  I don't usually read books over again but hers I do.  I don't usually buy books but hers I will.  Thank you." (Marilyn Thiessen).

I have enjoyed reading 'Gold and Gaiters' which I would describe as 'an entertainment'. I would agree that it takes a little time for CAA to get going but I enjoyed the story.  Why did he choose to use quotes from Wordsworth at the head of every chapter?  Any suggestions?" (Thomas Christie)
Alington explains in "Archbishops Ashore" that "Lady Strathmungo's extensive and peculiar acquaintance with the works of Wordsworth has been invaluable to me while selecting the mottoes for the several chapters". In "Gold and Gaiters" he adds, "I have to thank the compiler of the Index to First Lines appended to Wordsworth’s works; they provide, as will be seen, an inexhaustible supply of quotations appropriate to every occasion."  (Philip Grosset)

"Fen, along with Nero Woolfe and Archie Goodwin, is one of the most interesting detectives in fiction and it is a tragedy that Crispin dried up so early in his writing life and didn't dry up in his personal life. I remember one TV dramatisation of Moving Toyshop which brought the character to life admirably although I can't remember who played Fen. I wonder who owns the copyright?" (Peter Birchwood)

"Firstly, congratulations on an excellent site. However, as you might expect, we take exception to the various comments about Stratus 'Innes' books being 'full' of typographical errors. These appear to have originated in one email; now lost, according to your Guest Book page. I'm sure there are one or two 'typos' we have not yet been made aware of, but all books were proof read by independent professional proof readers prior to publication and any discovered since would have been corrected in the next printing.
I wonder if your anonymous correspondent struggled with the age old problem of two nations divided by a common language/spelling? (David Lane, House of Stratus)
I can sympathise with the spelling problem. On this site, I try to use English spelling for English authors and American spelling for American ones - but it gets complicated when an English author's books are published in American editions complete with American spelling! (Philip Grosset)

"Who would ha' thought there were so MANY clerical detectives in fiction?" (Sally Odgers)

"I love the Sr. Joan series.  Do you know if Ms Black will continue the series.  I would be very disappointed if she did not." (Rosanne Hughes)
Has anyone any information about this? (Philip Grosset)

Looking for CM Smith. I will enjoy returning often. Thanks." (Suzy Hill)

"Great site." (Kathie Nicolet, Chicago)

"Does anyone have any information about DM Greenwood. I love her books and would like to know if she has any plans to write any more." (JEP)

"I have just begun a degree course in Creative Writing and have to turn in a piece on a book by someone I have not previously read. I just happen to have read The 13th Apostle, and your item headed Father Nil will help enormously in givng me a picture of the author and allowing me to organise my own thoughts on the book. Thanks!" (Claire)

Thank you for this useful website. I have enjoyed Veronica Black's Sister Joan series since the 90s, when I found some of the series' books in the county library. You are correct about the paucity of information about the author and the difficulty in finding books from this series. Your list will be most helpful in my attempts to locate copies of the books - not only those I have not read, but finding and rereading the ones I read and thoroughly enjoyed years ago. And the list will be handy in discovering new clerical sleuths." (Nancy)

"Fantastic work. I am an Adult Services librarian in a public library. I can use your web site to create a new book display. Many thanks!" (Brett Castleberry)

"I think your site is wonderful. Everything I have been looking for. Thanks." (Betty Day)

"What a wonderful web site! I have a great interest in clerical detectives, and you haven't missed too many of them. There are a couple of factual errors in my bio. My husband isn't a Brit - or at least he wasn't when I married him. We both now have UK nationality. And after 20 years in Bedford, we now live in Ludlow, near the Welsh border. I was interested to see the photo and have no idea where you got it." (Kate Charles)
Many thanks for the corrections. I have now amended the text! (Philip Grosset)

"i stumbled upon your website while searching for more info on sister pelagia and author boris akunin. i just want to let you know that i find your site very useful since i am a big fan of mysteries and in particular those solved by clerical detectives. my personal favorites are sister joan, father koesler, and recently sister pelagia. i just finished reading pelagia and the black monk and plan to get a copy of the first of the trilogy, pelagia and the white bulldog.
i will definitely visit your site again to check out the other clerical detectives. thank you!" (eliz s. reyes)

"Just a grateful line to say many thanks for your nice review of my absurd novel, "A Load Of Old Bones". Have just returned from an excellent holiday feeling slightly tired and flat - and your comments on The Revd Oughterard et al have certainly given me a boost! Good luck for your website. Regards, Suzette."(Suzette A Hill)

"What a fantastic site! I read a mystery involving an Episcopal priest who owned a large was very funny...ever heard of this series? also, how do you pronounce Ellis Peter's Brother Cadfael properly? I love her books...too bad she died...I miss her mysteries." (Freddy Weller)
The priest with the large dog could well be The Rev Francis Oughterard, whose dog Bouncer tells part of the story. Cadfael is usually pronounced Cad-file (as in the TV series), but there are some Welsh speakers who insist it should be Cad-vile! (Philip Grosset)

"It would be an honor to find an address for Sister Carol Anne O'Marie, so that her fans could send her cards & letters. The hours and hours of reading enjoyment that she has given the world with her "Sister Mary Helen" Mystery Series is an absolute Blessing!" (Sallie Bourgeois)
To contact Sister Carol Anne O'Marie, you could contact her through her publisher at: St. Martin’s Press, ATTN: PUBLICITY DEPT.,175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010. Or, as you subsequently found, it would be even better to write to her: c/o Sisters of St. Joseph, Carondelet Center, 11999 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049 as they will forward letters to her. (Philip Grosset)

How about Freda Bream's clerical detective?" (Valerie A Roth)
Many thanks for the suggestion. She is in the list on my introduction page of detectives not so far included, but I have been unable to get hold of her books except for the few that are only available in large print editions. (Philip Grosset) 

Can you please advise me as to the correct pronunciation of the cloth 'LUYE' which appears in 'The Sempsters Tale' as I have never heard of it. ...LOOY ( / ) ... LOO-YAY ( / ) (Graeme Peacock)
Sorry, I don't really know, but there is a river in SE France called Luye, an area still known for cloth production, so I'd go for the French pronunciation. (Philip Grosset)

"I came across your site while researching Chesterton's Father Brown and found it fascinating! You have not included Father Paolo Baldi. Is this because, to the best of my knowledge, he has only appeared on the radio? I have listened to and enjoyed three or four series of half-hour playlets on BBC Radio 4, written I think by a variety of authors." (Paul Randall)
Yes, Father Paolo Baldi only seems to appear in radio plays. If he ever makes it to book form, I'll be pleased to include him! (Philip Grosset)

"How wonderful to find this site. I so enjoy finding more folks to read about. I have been reading clerical mysteries long before I became a clergyperson, but I enjoy them even more now that I have ten year's of parish ministry under my proverbial belt! Thank you for this site, for I would have had to create this site if you had not, and I think you've done it better! I salute you with gratitude!" (Lynn S. Smith-Roberts (Rev.))

"The Sister Fidelma mysteries are wonderful brain candy, and the authentic 7th century ambience gives a feeling of having a history lesson while being entertained. I do feel that the author has used up his lifetime allotment (perhaps even still overdrawing on his account!) of the word "grimace" which seems to be now a default word for telling us what characters' faces are doing. It is now a kind of running laugh between me and friends who introduced me to Fidelma and Eadulf. Could we have a book, no a chapter, even a page--without a gr..., gri...--I'm sorry, I can't say it. Thanks so much for making this part of history take on life and identity and making me care about it." (Alden Josey)

"Enjoyed the reviews. I have just discovered Dean Feldmeyer and was looking for more of his books. THANKS. Your reviews of his books are right on." (Mitch)

"Enjoy your site--I'm a Merrily Watkins fan and have been from the beginning of the series. One question: is Michelle Blake ever going to write another Lily Connor book?" (Kathryn MacAlister)
According to an interview on the Julia-Spencer Fleming site, a fourth book is under way. (Philip Grosset)

"As a boy I read a Dutch translation of "Waiting for Oliver" by Simon Troy and I always have kept a soft spot for the author. I'm glad I found out at this site that "Troy" was a pseudonym and I thank you for the short biography. There isn't by any chance a full length bio or some memoires?" (Paul Jacobs)
Sorry, I don't know of anything more on Thurman Warriner. (Philip Grosset)

"Hi. Sorry about the format on my blog Getting Medieval. I know that those with Firefox have a bad time with it. I just liked the format when I started it about two years ago now and it kind of stuck. Please give it a try anyway. And even though I don't have a clerical detective, I hope you and your readers will find my Crispin Guest mysteries just as fun to read as these others. Be on the lookout for Veil of Lies in the Fall of 2008." (Jeri Westerson)
I particularly like your interviews with Sharan Newman and Margaret Frazer - despite the odd format! (Philip Grosset)

"Kindly tell me the correct pronounciation for Josse d'Acquin. French/English/Spanish? Thank you." (Maureen Holmes-Higgin)
He was a French knight. Hope this helps! (Philip Grosset)

"Fascinating site - I came across it googling for D.M. Greenwood - for whom this is now undoubtedly the best source of information on the net. It is very sad that she appears to have stopped writing.
I am also not sure if you are aware that Wyatt James sadly died early last year (2006) - you can see his tribute page at There are now problems getting into his site (mysterylist) and the link you are showing does not work. There are other ways back into the site but you can also find all his comments on Innes' books at the GA of Detection wiki...,%20Michael." (Nick Hay)
I've now removed the link to Mystery List from my Appleby page, but am glad that the comments on the Innes books are still available. (Philip Grosset}

"On your synopsis of Leonard Holton's book The Pact with Satan you suggest that Father Bredder uses old fashioned theology. Catholic theology and it's teachings are the same yesterday, today and forever and aren't subject to change (no matter what liberal so-called theologian has taught you) Change in teachings is what is called Protestism. As for his character saying tobacco was a gift from GOD, Catholics don't see tobacco, gambling, or liguor as evil only when the money used for them becomes excessive and hurts the family. Otherwise all is great with your website. May JESUS and his only Church guide you with his Teaching!!!!!!" (Ed)

"My wife and I have been reading mysteries for almost 30 years. While I recognize some of my favourite writers here, your site will be a useful reference for finding new ones. Thank you for setting it up. After 20 years of reading mysteries, we had read many great mystery writers and some not so. One night, I flung a particularly badly written tome across the room and said, "I can write better than this." My wife said, "Why don't you?" So far, three of my John Smyth mysteries have been published (Who's Grace?, Desolation Highway, and Mountaintop Drive). I would be interested in your opinion of them. John Smyth is editor of a denominational magazine in Canada. He is also named after the 17th-century English separatist who founded the first English Baptist church and who was the subject of my doctoral dissertation. (James R. Coggins, Abbotsford, B.C. Canada)
Thanks for suggesting your books. I enjoyed reading them and have now added a page about John Smyth. (Philip Grosset)

I don't know why but I have always liked Clerical Detectives and never found a site before yours. I loved all of Sister Joan series and didn't realize Black had written Vow of Evil (sorry to hear its not of the same quality of the others). Also read all of Rabbi Small. Hope to find great enjoyment in your other selections. Thank you," (Franklin Frandsen)

"You might like to add the following authors to your list of near clerical mysteries. Kate Charles wrote five mysteries with the central character of David Middleton-Brown, whose interest in church architecture & his dealings with the Anglican church are the basis for a marvellous series. A similar central character was church official Richard Hastings, created by Michael David Anthony. These mysteries are all within the Canterbury Cathedral community. Unfortunately Michael David Anthony wrote only three of this series before his death in 2003." (Trevene Shillam)
I don't really think that solicitor David Middleton-Brown could be counted as a clerical detective, but now that Kate Charles has introduced The Revd Callie Anson, I've added a page about her.
I had not heard of Michael David Anthony, but have now included
Richard Harrison (not Hastings!). Many thanks for both suggestions. (Philip Grosset)

I am trying to get a hold of James L. Johnson to let him know that I'm a friend of Farouk Hamouda's, who was your (Johnson's) heart surgeon. I went to Wheaton College and have gotten to know Farouk playing the piano at Von Maur in Lombard, where I still work. I also teach his young daughters piano lessons. I just wanted to inform you that today is his 70th birthday. He has had a stroke and heart attack himself but can still talk. It's just kind of hard to understand him. I thought you might want to call him to wish him a happy 70th birthday today (2/17/07). I'm going to read your book "Coming Back" that Farouk lent me. My husband and I are trying to be a witness to Farouk and have taken him to church a few times with us and we take him out to eat occasionally too!" (Robyn Vitson)
I'm afraid that James L Johnson died in 1987, aged 60. He had had major bypass surgery in 1978. (Philip Grosset)

"this is a very interesting site. i love reading Alys Clare's novels because i'm really fond of medieval times and the monastic life, and this great author bridges these two loves in one for me." (Robbie)

"This site is a treasure! I read what I think was the first Clare Munnings book and, because Jill Ker Conway is one of my heroines, have been looking for additional books by the Munnings duo. Dare I say I was "led" to this site? Now I've discovered lots of new clerical detective volumes to investigate and am hoping my library has at least some of them. Small correction: Margaret Coel's priest is Father O'Malley and the Indians he and Vicki aid are the Arapahos." (M.C. Bucholtz)
Many thanks for the corrections. I have now added Clare Munnings to the site. (Philip Grosset)

"Just wanted to say I thought the site was really good. Theodora Braithwaite and Sister Fidelma are two of my favourite detectives. As a Christian I find church history absolutely fascinating, and the DM Greenwood's books are a fascinating commentary on the state of the church today. I also love Inspector Appleby and Gervaise Fen. Appleby's End and The Moving Toyshop both had me in hysterics they are so funny. It was good to find a site with so much background information on them all and has given me some ideas for other authors to read." (Gillian Clarke)

"Hi Philip.Thanks for including me (and Hayden) on your Clerical Detective site! I apologize if I didn't answer your e-mails, but I don't think I received them. Anyway, this is a great site and I appreciate being part of it. Cheers. (Mark Schweizer)

"I love this site. Some of my favorite authors, and others to try." (Marilyn)

"I was DM Greenwood's editor and can perhaps answer any questions you might have about her, although we have not been in touch for some time." (Anne Williams)

"I gave one of your Sister Fidelma books to my 85 year old Father and he was sooooooo thrilled with the character and stories. He says he can picture Maureen O'Hara in the role! I have never seen him so excited about anything he has read in years. Thanks from me too." (Janet Cain)

"Mark - I met you at the KY book fair. I just finished the Alto Wore Tweed and LOVED IT! I'm an avid mystery reader and an episcopalian. In fact, my rector is a woman which made reading your book all the more fun. I've ordered your others and am curious when the next one is planned. Keep writing!" (Ruthe Holmberg)
I have forwarded your message to Mark Schweizer. (Philip Grosset)

"Is there still a Ellis Peters or Brother Cadfael Society that I may get in touch with? Many thanks" (Ann Bell)
Sue Feder, founder of The Ellis Peters Appreciation died in 2005, and I don't think that the Society survived her. (Philip Grosset).

"I am an Anglo-Saxonist, attempting to make a connection between a Lacnunga recipe for a "grene sealve" and the "green salve" that Cadfael uses to heal wounds. Can you tell me if Ellis Peters/Edith Pargeter was acquainted with any other Old English texts besides AElfric's list of plant names? Thanks for your help." (Marie Nelson)
Sorry, I can't help you. All I know is that Cadfael was said to have a copy of Aelfric's list. (Philip Grosset)

"Your section on William X. Kienzle's books referred to me as Jan. My name is Javan (10th Chapter Genesis). The reason I included the events about my own life and the dogs in Judged by Love, the biography of Bill, was because the events had a bearing on and interwove with Bill's life. For, as Bill often said, we were yin and yang. As I told a reporter after his death, I miss him as I would miss the ground beneath my feet. I will never be whole again without him." (Javan Kienzle)
Many thanks for writing. Sorry for the misprint that I have now corrected. I think Bill Kienzle was one of the very best writers of clerical detective stories. (Philip Grosset)
Thanks for your note. I'm always interested in which of Bill's books readers find preferable in the series. Aside of "Rosary," which started the whole thing, "Mind Over Murder" was my own favorite. Despite the disclaimers, almost all the main characters were indeed based on real people, and the nasty monsignor in MOM was a particularly venial cleric whom diocesan readers recognized immediately.  (He's dead now.) I think your thumbnail reviews of Bill's books are pretty much right on and reasonably fair. I myself didn't care for the "lighter" ones like "Assault With Intent" but then I like the old-fashioned English mystery novels myself. Again, thank you; it's obvious that you have done a tremendous amount of reading and research. I am in awe." (Javan Kienzle}
"I'm trying to track down information about Michael Gilbert's radio plays. Can you help?" (Gareth Tilley)
I'm afraid I can't, but see guestbook entry above for help. (Philip Grosset)

What a pity that D M Greenwood seems to have come to a halt. Her ecclesiastical mysteries are among the very best of English detective stories. Has she definitely retired from her writing career?" (Brian Butler)
D M Greenwood is one of the most elusive of all the writers featured on this site. All I know is that her last book was published in 1999. I too would welcome more information about her. (Philip Grosset).

"A recovering Catholic enjoying your books" (Pat Beatty)

Awsome site, very interesting and informative. I love all books, especially mysteries, history and bios. Thanks!" (Missoldlady)

"Hi thanks for your interesting article about Charlie Mortdecai, the Mortdecai ABC et al." (Chris)

"Hi, I typed in my mothers' pen-name (Edward Candy) and your site came up. I am the youngest of her five children and I was extremely pleased to find you like her detective books as much as I do. I too find her other books hard going but Fabian has always held a soft spot for me. My mother died of Motor Neurone Disease 13 years ago this October, but I'm sure she would have been pleased to be remembered.
I have been talking to my Dad today and he said that mum had published quite a lot of poetry before she married him and always under the name of Alison Boodson (see question about this below), and yes my Mum knew Tambi very well.
She wrote under the name of Edward Candy for two reasons apparently; firstly there was a shop near Fitzjohn Avenue called Edwards' Candy and also because the G.M.C. council frowned on any kind of self advertisement in those days so she had to safe guard her anonymity.
There is an archive of her work at Boston University in the U.S.A which was put together by a friend of hers called Howard J. Gottlieb, if that is of any academical help. My Dad was very touched that Mum is actually on the internet,so, thanks for making his day. Best Wishes." (Sarah Hiom [Neville])

"Very interesting and helpful." (Marty Nelson)

"Fascinating website, though it's poetry that interests me, primarily. Thanks very much for the information - I'm writing about Tambimuttu for an outfit called the Modernist Magazines Project. 'Alison Boodson' contributed poems to Poetry (London) No. X, the glorious book-thick issue, edited by Tambimuttu in 1944; and to The New British Poets edited by Kenneth Rexroth (1949). Tambimuttu describes her and another poet as 'under twenties', so her date of birth would check out. I would guess that she's the same person as Barbara Alison Boodson Neville - assuming Neville was her married name." (Jim Keery)
Thanks for the info about Alison Boodson. Her daughter (see above) confirms that she was indeed Barbara Alison Boodson Neville as you suggest. (Philip Grosset)

"I have a book by Mr. Charles Merrill Smith and it is called "Reverend Randolph And The Fall From Grace, Inc". I have been trying, all day, to get some information on it and I can't find anything anywhere. Perhaps you can help me. It is an uncorrected proof copyright 1979 for limited distribution. I have searched everywhere and none seem to exist. Can you help me with my curiosity about this book? Thank you." (Sarah)
"Reverend Randollph And The Fall From Grace, Inc." was, I think,  first published in 1979 by G P Putnam's Sons in New York. Subsequent paperback copies were published by Avon Books in 1982. I give basic info about the author on my Randollph page. Hope this helps. (Philip Grosset)

"I have always been interested in places associated with writers. Lately I have been combining this with my liking for Real Ale - and researching literary pubs. You can preview my 'work in progress' at: I'd be grateful to know about any leads I have missed.
I was sad to learn through your website of the death of Michael Gilbert. I interviewed him at his home in Kent back in 1988 for a literary magazine - he was a real gent." (Terry Townsend)

"How nice to read such an accurate and well written piece on one of my favorites authors. And a very good selection of quotes. A film being made are you saying??? And what about traductions , Spanish and Japanese I read about, but I'm wondering about French." (Etienne)
Assuming you are referring to Kyril Bonfiglioli, his book The Great Moustache Mystery is being filmed with Sacha Baron-Cohen (see photo on the right) cast as Mortdecai. (Philip Grosset)

"first its adso of melk not elk. second it is nice that some people unlike others care for helping others by sharing their knowledge with them for free. thanks for the help, but i was hoping to find something related to eco and historiographic metafiction for my finals. anyway it is a good contribution." (Marcel Najm)
Thanks for telling me about the misprint on my William of Baskerville page. I've corrected this now. (Philip Grosset)

"Your site rocks! I though I was the only one who remembered the "Rabbi" Mysteries and Reverend Randolph series. I loved them all. I am in the process of seeking these fun books out to re-read. Thank you for having such complete list. I will be checking out the other series that I have missed.
I was so disappointed that Mr. Terrance Lore Smith had died. Yes, I could tell roughly where his father had left off and his son continued the stories. I am not a clerical scholar, so that nuance in the writing missed me. I really loved the series. I have been waiting for more Rabbi Winter books. Thanks again for the head's up on your site. it is bookmarked!" (Jan Wells)

"I am not a mystery fan, but I want to read ONE of the Rabbi Small books to get a feeling for the style and content. The first book in a series is not always the best. Please recommend one that is a good representative of Kemelman's body of work. Thank you." (Marian Bock NYC)
I quite agree that the first book in a series isn't always the best, but even so, in this case, I'd go for the first Rabbi Small novel, 'The Rabbi Slept Late' (1964), as this won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award, and got the series off to a good start. (Philip Grosset)
Thank you so much! I think I will start with 'The Rabbi Slept Late' (1964) and then jump to "Conversations with," since I'm more interested in the Jewish philosophy than in who-did-it." (Marian Bock)

"A very good appraisal of Michael Innes although it would seem you Yanks don't always appreciate the humour of we Brits (though technically both Innes and myself are Celts!). I have known about Innes for years because I am a librarian but only started reading him recently. I think his books are great and am a huge fan. I love all the recondite allusions etc. also, "lament for a maker" is one of my faves and I find the opening moonlight snow sequence in "Appleby's End" one of the most moving passages of english prose I have ever read. Keep up the good work. ps have you ever read Charles Willeford?, I think you'd like him." (Margaret Mcdermott)

"I've just discovered your wonderful site, via the MysteryFile site, and am looking forward to reading it all when I have the time. I would like to suggest another clerical detective who doesn't seem to be included yet - Sister Joan of the series by Veronica Black. There are at least ten of them and she's my second most favourite - right after Theodora Braithwaite.' (Betty Harris)
Many thanks for the suggestion. I''ve just added Sister Agnes (Alison Joseph), Rabbi Winter (Joseph Telushkin), Archdeacon Toft (Thurman Warriner) and Dan Thompson (Dean Feldmeyer). I wasn't at first so impressed by Sister Joan, but have now been won over and added a page about her too. (Philip Grosset)

Book of Kells
"Thank you for such an interesting view of early Irish life. Where are the manuscripts from that time that were so carefully created by the monks at the time of Sister Fidelma?" (Sylvia)
The earliest surviving (badly damaged) Irish manuscript (Cathach of Colmcille) dates from the late 6th/early 7th century, just before the time of Fidelma, and is at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. The psalms in it are said to be copied by Columba himself. The famous Book of Kells, seen on the right, is later - around 800 AD - and can be seen in the Trinity College Library, Dublin. (Philip Grosset)

"I attended Michael Gilbert's funeral in Luddesdown today - a sad occasion but his son-in-law paid a wonderful tribute. 17th February 2006." (Sarah Hobbs)

"I was delighted to come across your splendid article about my father. I'm glad you have so much enjoyed his stories. Just in the last couple of years he's been republished in Germany, Israel, Switzerland, France, Japan, Italy, US, as well as an excellent audio-cassette of Tragedy at Law in Britain & just last week I signed a contract for a Chinese translation ("in complex characters"; I don't think I'll be reading it...)
Just one or two small points:-the dust cover of Tragedy at Law which you show isn't the original - published during the war it had a very minimalist cover (as did With a Bare Bodkin after the war) - I remember being very disappointed as a small boy!
An English Murder coverThe attractive cover you show was from a Faber reprint,- I'm not sure of the date & sadly haven't got it. I think it may be by Edward Ardizzone, the very distinguished artist and illustrator who did the dust jackets for An English Murder & That Yew Tree's Shade (the view of Yew Hill was the view of Box Hill from my bedroom window!)
The jacket of the Faber pb Tragedy at Law was by Nick Hardcastle, a well known illustrator still working. I bought one of the originals the other day.
Inspector Mallet's home life: in the last novel we learn that his wife came from Exmoor & had died before Pettigrew & his wife go there on holiday! His name I think was John, though I'm not sure how I know this.
The portrait of circuit life in Tragedy at Law: my father had been a judge's marshal, once as a very young man & again at the beginning of the war, doubling the job with some briefs. So it was very much written from inside. (I did the job in 1954, as an even younger man; the salary was still 2 guineas a day!)
There were never any sketch plans in With a Bare Bodkin, only mentions in the text. They wouldn't really be necessary.
An English Murder owes its rather enclosed and traditional character to having been blown up from a BBC play "Murder at Warbeck Hall". Subsequently my father wasted too much good writing time turning it into a stage play whch was put on once, in Margate, and never again.
The short stories collected by Michael Gilbert were of two sorts: rather leisurely pre-war ones, and "short-short stories" written for the London Evening Standard. There were many more of these than were republished in the collection, & they've been republished again and again all round the world, sometimes for education in good English in Africa!
Anything else you'd like to know about him, just ask. Best wishes." (Charles Gordon Clark)
Many thanks for suchg a warm and helpful letter. I've made the corrections you suggest. (Philip Grosset)

"I enjoyed reading your account of Michael Gilbert. I'm trying to find out about his father, Bernard Gilbert, who wrote amongst other things Lincolnshire dialect poems. I'd like to contact his grandchildren about BG's career. Any chance of a lead?" (Mike Scott)

"Greatly enjoyed the presentation of the authors and their links. cleverly done and made me want to explore each review. Thank you!" (J. Eisner)

"We at the International Sister Fidelma Society thought your readers might be interested in the first ever Sister Fidelma Weekend, to be held in Cashel, Ireland, September 8-10, 2006. As you may know, Sister Fidelma is an Irish religieuse of the 7th Century AD who is also a trained advocate of the ancient Irish law system of the time - the Laws of the Fenechus, popularly called the Brehon law system. She is the heroine-sleuth of a series of popular novels and short stories by author Peter Tremayne. When the first stories began to appear, the UK Book and Magazine Collector prophesied: "Sister Fidelma promises to be one of the most intriguing new characters in 1990s detective fiction." They have been proved right and Sister Fidelma has now survived into a new decade with a still growing following. "Sister Fidelma is fast becoming a world ambassador for ancient Irish culture," says the Irish Post. The USA Publishers Weekly has called her: "A brilliant and beguiling heroine; immensely appealing..." And the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine has said she is "One of the most interesting sleuths to come on the scene in recent years." The weekend event brings together the author, several guest speakers, as well as a chance to visit Fidelma’s “hometown” of Cashel. If you would like to receive a press release with more details, feel free to email me. Or visit our website at" (David Wooten)

"How on earth did you manage to miss out Brother Cadfael?" (John Storey)
I was no great admirer of Brother Cadfael, but I'm including him now! (Philip Grosset)

"I have been a fan of Michael Gilbert since reading his short stories in "Argosy" and "John Bull" (that gives away my age) and I still enjoy re-reading them. I have collected all but "Over and Out" and "Stay of Execution" which, as you say, are now pretty rare, but I will keep on looking." (John Storey)

"Many thanks, I have recently enjoyed 'murder at the Chase' (Tony Bright)

"It would be so nice to have another Mother Grey or two or three or......? I own the five that Ms. Gallison has written and have read them ragged. Wit and irony are so delightful in a suspense story." (Mary Lou Tyndall)

"Very nice web site. Who are you intending to add in the future? There's Father Brown, of course, but you prefer novels to short stories." (Wyatt James)
All right, I give in. I've now added a page about Father Brown. (Philip Grosset)

"Congratulations on the new layout. Keep it up to date as a celebrity :)" (Mark Watson )

"really good one, but i would stick more with updating and fresh data. this will help a lot to play." (James Beckett)

"What fun to find your page and the write-up on my uncle (Charles Merrill Smith ). He was a kind, witty, and charismatic man." (Shari Smith Bradley)

"How could you leave out Father Brown! (Jeremy Fisher)
Father Brown seems very dated to me now - much as I used to like him. But I've included him now. (Philip Grosset)

"Welcome to this guest book. Please feel free to comment on the site or add any additional information or corrections." (Philip Grosset)


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