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Who would ever suspect that a monastery where a group of monks make glorious music could be anything less than heaven! But their successful CD, Godspeak, brings them more than wealth, it opens up what can only be imagined as the gates of hell. Don't pick up this mind-grabbing mystery unless you want to be transported into a world of intrigue, psychological fear, and the dark side of human nature. Does goodness win? You find out! --SUSANNA METZ, Dir. of Center for Small Churches, School of Theology, University of the South, July 2010

With great insight into the intersection of the sacred and the profane, Chant of Death offers a mystery with a mystical twist. Intelligent, compelling, and fascinating. --CANDY PAULL, Author of The Art of Abundance, July 2010

Chant of Death is a remarkable piece of storytelling: grounded in the real and the observable but connected as well to the magical and the ineffable. Diane Marquart Moore and Isabel Anders are rare intelligences in the world of mystery writers. They have woven a tale that is at once a traditional mystery with nods here and there to the best of the writers in the genre. But they have also written a thoroughly contemporary work that explores the medieval church as well as the challenges faced by the post-modern church, the vagaries and varieties of every kind of love imaginable, the consolations of both philosophy and modern psychology, the lures and temptations of both monastic life and life on the outside. This work is engrossing and satisfying, a tapestry one can more easily enter than leave behind. Rich, expansive, masterfully plotted to please the broadest spectrum of readers. --DARRELL BOURQUE, Poet Laureate of Louisiana, July 2010

Set in a Benedictine monastery in Louisiana, Chant of Death is one of those rare novels that examines contemporary issues of the church with candor, erudition, and spiritual insight. It is also an exploration of what it means to live a holy life in the face of spiritual and physical assaults. In the end, Father Malachi becomes not merely an amateur detective in pursuit of a killer, but a consummate investigator of the human heart, probing the failings and frailties of all who surround him. --LISA GRALEY, Poet, Writer, and Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, July 2010

Divine unity, pedophilia, love, chant, voodoo, monks and the power of seven. The rousing mystery, Chant of Death, combines spiritual wisdom with incredible real life observation. It's a rare blend of spirituality, intrigue, and psychology. Makes me think: Not `Roll Over Beethoven,' but `Move Over Dan Brown!' An excellent read, I was fascinated. --JO ANN LORDAHL, Author of Secrets and Wolf World, July 2010

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Superstition jousts with metaphysical speculations, religious politics with pure devotion, commercialism with poverty, as two witty and highly literate authors host a delightful sojourn at a Benedictine monastery in south Louisiana. The pious Abbot, a former psychiatrist, finds the Rule a porous shield from secular intrusions, including murder most foul.--ANNE SIMON, Louisiana District Judge, Retired

An intelligent, entertaining murder mystery enhanced by quotes worth contemplating and an education in the spiritual importance of chant, both innovative and traditional. After making the acquaintance of the wise and complex Abbot Malachi, I hope to continue a friendship with him and his brothers in the near future.--MARLENE LEFEVER, Vice President of Educational Development at David C Cook

The forces of God and Mammon collide in a south Louisiana monastery in Dianne Moore and Isabel Anders' compelling narrative. Dramatic, fast-paced, learned without being pedantic, this novel entertains and informs as it shows us a monastic community all too human and plagued with its own secular demons. This novel has it all: religion, politics, sexual intrigue, and a pop culture infiltrating the few sacred spaces left in our world.--MARY ANN WILSON, Endowed Professor of Humanities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Pinyon Publishing; First Edition edition (August 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982156170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982156179
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,951,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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