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Mindfulness and Murder: A Father Ananda Mystery Paperback – December 5, 2012
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In Mindfulness and Murder, Nick Wilgus presents us with believable characters possessing the typical human frailties and typical human capacities for strength and wisdom. Murder mysteries in religious settings always offer the juxtaposition of horrible human behavior against the ideal human behavior and show how people deal with the tension between the two extremes. Wilgus introduces us to not just the monastery, but the neighborhood with both its likable everyday characters and unlikable criminal element. We can relate because the neighborhood is like so many of our own neighborhoods, but we can experience the unfamiliar, too, because the book is set in Thailand.
Mindfulness and Murder is an easy read and not too long - long enough to enjoy, but not to tax your time. I found it fun to read a novel set in Thailand as I am one of many Americans who has considered moving there because the cost of living is cheaper. I look forward to reading the other Father Ananda mysteries.
The concept of setting a murder in a Bangkok monastery was so original that I had to read Mindfulness and Murder. The author fully delivered in terms of characters and setting and more than delivered with the story.
Besides being a compulsive read, the book presented Buddhist principles in a totally nonintrusive and engaging way that was totally integrated with the story line and character development. This first book in a unique and engaging series will have readers, like me, wanting more.
When a body is found inside a large water jar in one of the temple's bathrooms, eyes gouged out, skin embellished with cigarette burns, and a large yellow candle jammed into its mouth, Father Ananda is one of the first to know. Before taking his vows, he was a police officer, a man all too familiar with the smell of death, and his abbot charges him with the task of finding who the murderer might be, working with the police from the privileged position of a monastic insider.
The dead body is that of Noi, one of the temple boys, street kids who find food and shelter on sacred ground. Like many of them, this boy has a past filled with drugs, violence, and sexual abuse. Father Ananda soon discovers that Noi had been part of a drug-trafficking ring within the temple--one that may involve the monks themselves. When one of the monks disappears, leaving a hidden cache of drugs behind, Father Ananda is certain that some of his monastic brothers are not who they pretend to be.
Mindfulness and Murder introduces one of the most intriguing detectives since Hercules Poirot and "his little grey cells." Father Ananda is a complex character who became a monk after his wife and son were slaughtered in an act of underworld retaliation.Read more ›
Addendum: The award-winning Thai film of this book is now available with English subtitles for rental through Distrify. Some of the photography is beautiful, but the dialogue is sparse. The movie will be easier to follow for those who have read the book. https://widgets.distrify.com/widget.html#5823-now_options-language:en-impression:36712229
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love being able to explore hidden worlds and Father Ananda's temple is a great place to explore.Published 1 month ago by Thea Constantine
Having read some interesting books about Buddhism and loving to read mysteries, I chose this book, but was disappointed. Read morePublished 9 months ago by NM Rose
Only one star because, while the story was fine and I do like mysteries set in monasteries of all kinds, there were so many typos, dropped words, and even at least one egregious... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I haven't actually read it. I base my uninformed opinion on the author's previous book.Published 14 months ago by Basil V. Burrell
I kept waiting for the murderer to be found - as in any good mystery. Wilgus does a good job of using his setting of Bangkok. Not a bad readPublished 15 months ago by Reader in the Caribbean
A mystery story with Buddhist teachings thrown in. I would have liked something with less gore in the details of the murder and the condition of the body.Published 16 months ago by Gigas2
This was the first Father Ananda I read and really enjoyed it. Wilgus tells a great story and serves a powerful secondary purpose in introducing the daily practice of Buddhism in... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer