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The Diva Wore Diamonds (The Liturgical Mysteries Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Schweizer
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Book Description

(No. 7 in the Liturgical Mystery series) Detective Hayden Konig has a great job in the little village of St. Germaine, North Carolina. He also has a loving wife, a fulfilling avocation as a choir director, friends, the respect of his peers, a house in the woods, a dog, a few guns, a 1962 pick-up truck, and more money than he can stuff into a feather-tick mattress. In short, he is living the Appalachian Dream.

In spite of his prosperity and good fortune, he still has one ambition left to realize--that of becoming a hard-boiled, crime writer. To further that goal, he's spared no expense in buying Raymond Chandler's typewriter, his hat, and innumerable Cuban cigars. It doesn't help.

St. Barnabas Day is reason for celebration! The new, rebuilt church has risen like an angel food souffle and is playing host to parishioners and dignitaries alike, but when a time-capsule from 1900 is opened during the festivities, the discovery throws the whole town into a tither. Toss in a murder, a Prayer Vigil that goes horribly wrong, the return of Brother Hog, Bible School terrorists, and a Children's Choir performance of an unknown Henry Purcell masterpiece, and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church will never be the same.

Hayden Konig's 7th mystery
The Diva Wore Diamonds
It's not what you expect...
it's even funnier!

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This book is the Pachelbel Canon of novels. -- Nada Fuqua, soprano --The Inchoirer

Product Details

  • File Size: 403 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008572X0U
  • Publisher: St. James Music Press (March 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed to cheer you up... April 27, 2010
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I bought The Diva Wore Diamonds the moment it came out, but I only read it yesterday because I'm a hoarder; when I get hold of a book I know I'm going to love I don't want to use it up right away, I want to tantalize myself, savoring the security of knowing that when I really NEED something to lift my spirits, I will have just what the minister of music ordered, waiting patiently on top of my chest of drawers. Thus, after I recently had to take the last cat in the household on that final visit to the vet, I picked up TDWD and read it. What can I say? It made me laugh. Uncontrollably, in places. Now I am worrying that Mr. Schweizer will run out of voices to write about. What's left? Countertenor. Contralto. Russian Bass? CASTRATO?!! I don't care; he can invent whole new vocal ranges as far as I'm concerned, as long as he goes on writing these wonderful books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Schweitzer strikes again September 30, 2009
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Book seven in Mark Schweitzer's little liturgical mystery series is set in St. Germaine NC and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church...but readers of this series already know that! These books are rather short in length but long in wry humor and will leave the reader chuckling. This book won't win a Pulitzer Prize but it will entertain the reader. I call this type book, a vacation read...since it's set in the mountains, it may not be beach reading..or maybe it is. It's funny and it's entertaining, period!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best in an excellent series July 29, 2009
The Diva Wore Diamonds is simply entertaining. We revisit St. Germaine 18 or 19 months after the events in The Mezzo Wore Mink. Hayden's life and work are going great. In my opinion, even his hard-boiled writing is getting better.
As usual, a murder happens in an unusual way on St. Barnabas Day and Hayden solves it with a great deal of help from the usual group of interesting people.

We get an excellent dramatic work in Diva called "Elisha and the Two Bears". It is easily as good as "The Pirate Eucharist!" If you cannot picture the munching dance then tell a group of 8 - 10 years old the story of Elisha and the two bears and watch them. You will enjoy yourself or be horrified. If you are reading this series, I suspect you will enjoy yourself. If you have not read this series, start at book 1: The Alto Wore Tweed: A Liturgical Mystery
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mark continues his mystery music romp! September 10, 2009
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The Diva is another hit for Mark! Good fun... good story ... good music. Same great characters. If you have read any of the others you will enjoy this one, too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite books! September 10, 2011
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I normally read in bed long after my husband has fallen asleep. It's never been a problem. That was before I was introduced to St. Germaine, North Carolina and the whacky happenings centered around St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Now, I laugh so hard, it shakes the bed and my husband finds sleep impossible. I then read sections of the book aloud to him and we both get the giggles! Mark Schweizer manages this delicate dance between reverance and ridiculousness. They are truly wonderful reads and they make terrific gifts! Just don't read them anywhere that you have to be quiet, 'cause the first "Children's Moment" will do you in! Thanks Mark, for sharing the gift that God gave you with all of us. The world is a better place for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Tour de Farce! April 4, 2015
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The mysteries (the real ones, not the phony Raymond Chandler ones) keep getting better, and I ALMOST solved this one. The craziness and hilariousness never seems to stop either. Loved this book--7th in the series that I've become hooked on. The only thing I don't like is the way Schweizer works in his horribly written stories a la Raymond Chandler style. You only get a paragraph or so at a time, and by the time the next paragraph appears, I can't remember what the previous ones were about. I'm pretty much beginning to just skip through them. Hayden needs to pay more attention to Megan's comments!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lightning Strikes Again September 17, 2010
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A fast and funny read. This outing finds Detective Konig working on his elusive novel while trying to solve a crime. He might assume a bolt of lightning really did burn down the local beer parlor and not some of the parishioners, but the dead guy at the church pageant needs explaining. And what about those newly discovered diamonds? These are fun books, folks.
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I have read this entire series and absolutely love it. The characters are funny and the stories are cute and easy to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by Judy Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars The series continues to be funny and entertaining
At this rate, the town of St. Germaine is going to supplant Cabot Cove, Maine as the murder capital of the United States. The series continues to be funny and entertaining.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach is Back!
I was a church organist for 31 years, and the humor in this book is very much in line with that profession. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Arthur1965
5.0 out of 5 stars 'R' Rated! For readability!
What a joy are these liturgical mysteries. Lots of steamy sex. Loads of intrigue and mysssss-tery. And, oh yes, I was paid plenty for reading it! Read more
Published 8 months ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
When you read one of Mark Schweizer's Liturgical Mystries, you must read more. Hope he keeps them coming.
Published 8 months ago by Shirley H
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the series
As stated with other books of this series, I'm greatly enjoying the fun and relaxing style of writing as well as references to the church. Spot on, Mark!
Published 11 months ago by Always learning
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful as always
These books make me laugh till I cry. Can't wait to read the next ones. As a long time choir nerd they just make me smile.
Published 14 months ago by Becky Backert
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Wonderful, I love the way he includes Raymond Chandler's stories into the mysteries. But his mysteries
are always so hilarious!!
Published 14 months ago by Janice
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet again, Liturgical Mysteries
Same pleasant characters, same good humor, yet another murder, and same eccentric church personalities. A good way to pass some time.
Published 15 months ago by L. G. Hanna
5.0 out of 5 stars more fun
Always a delight to read a liturgical mystery and this one didn't disappoint. Engaging and humorous. I highly recommend these for enjoyable reading.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
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