Sunday, 15 September, 2019

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Clerical Detectives

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I take clerical detectives to mean any detective with a significant church or religious background, so I include not only priests (male and female), ministers, monks, nuns, ex-nuns, a Shaker, two rabbis (and rabbis widows and ministers wives), a church administrator, and a clerk of a Quaker Meeting, but choirmaster/organists, religously inspired policemen, Buddhists, a Muslim, and even a few witches.

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Description: Clerical detectives. Over 180 clergy and near-clergy detectives.
It has been said that the most successful detective stories are 25% plot, 25% characterisation, and 50% what the writer knows best. Certainly, many authors start by using their own backgrounds and experiences as settings for their stories, and this is particularly true of many clerical mysteries, especially those written by clergy, so these can give us a chance to discover what really goes on behind the scenes, not only in their personal lives but in the organisations to which they belong.

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