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Ben Gelman, Illinois
I have read all three of the Father John mysteries ... Each one is a great mystery. Father John joins an elite goup, G. K. Chesterton' s Father Brown) and Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael. I have lived in Southern Illinois for more than 80 years, and have worked in most of the counties, as well as Chicago. Thanks for the autograph.
Joe Cunningham, Illinois
I enjoyed your new book.To me it was captivating - I couldn't put it down.
Evelyn Mann, Illinois
"I just finished CONSPIRACY and thoroughly enjoyed it. Once again you worked a Southern Illinois peculiarity into one of your books: funeral hot dogs! Actually we just refer to them as 'funeral dogs,' leaving out 'hot.' In our United Methodist church we do serm at family dinners after funerals, but also at Vacation Bible School luncheons and with mulligan. They are delicious ... please continue to keep us informed ... when you have another book hyot off the press!"
Terry Mason, Illinois
While you were visiting this fall, Serena and I bought all four of your books after mass one Sunday. I can say without reservation that we both throughly enjoyed them. I suspect that there is a little of you in Fr. John Winterman. If you write another book let us know, we will be anxiously waiting to read it.
David & Serena Cronk, WI
As one steps into the small town world of Fr. John Wintermann, it is as if one returns to the days of a simpler life where people are friendly and supportive of one another, and even the "Bad Guys" have redeeming qualities. Fr. Frerker has written a series of murder mysteries, 'Tis True, but the stories in each case are told in a way that does not offend the senses. As happens in many instances today, shock value seems to predominate in this genre. These plots are original and unique. The amateur detective, Fr. Wintermann, is a gentle man whose wholesome relationships with the townsfolk manage to bring about the innate positive qualities in their lives. One imagines a bit of the author's character sneaks into his problem solving hero. These stories are full of creative and satisfying reading with some subtle sermonizing for later contemplation.
Julianne Biehl, Texas
I really enjoyed your discussion in (CONSPIRACY) of the sacred nature of the confessional and a discussion not heard on TV as a simple "I can just avoid it by playing word games" explanation. The other discussion that was helpful to me was the discussion at the abbey in the northwest where the visiting Priest and his mentor ... discussed the concept of the mental side of sin.
I do not know if this is the niche you wanted to find, but I believe your books could fill a need for conversational discussion of these complex topics. As we become more of an informational society, maybe society needs to gain a better understanding of the educational side of your preparation and a priest and the on-going continuing education. I actually think RICA programs could use your books as introductions to topics or even to the program itself.
Bernard Jasper, California