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The Tenor Wore Tapshoes Paperback – May 1, 2005
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Well, I'm pretty tired of his attempts to win the prize, and I find them to be distracting. (Besides, only the one in the Christmas Cantata was amusing and almost engrossing on its own). So, with The Tenor Wore Tapshoes, I skipped that part of the book and didn't feel cheated at all.
"Tapshoes" was well constructed, often just plain funny (as with Binny the Chicken), with marvelous characters that I haven't tired of even though I've met them regularly, and this time with several mysteries including a murder victim whose body hadn't decomposed even though he left us in 1937, Brother Hog who does and doesn't have pertinence but who you'd like to hear more about, a blowup with church bureaucracy with the Chief of Police who also happens to be the choir master, a possible swindle of church funds, and an ongoing "love story."
Now, if that doesn't intrigue you, nothing will. I'd give him 5 stars just to bring all that together, and I won't deduct any for the Old MacDonald characters in his Bulwar sub-novella.
There is a well-told and fascinating mystery in this novel, and it manifests itself when a body is discovered in the altar of the church, perfectly preserved despite all indications that he was murdered in 1937. How this frigidly cold case impinges upon the present, involving church politics, bank fraud, a series of malicious pranks, murder, an immaculate confection, and a scripture hen, makes for a interesting, fast-moving and sometimes laugh-out-loud mystery. This is the third book in the series, and the author has been able to maintain both the quality and the hilarity he brought to the first two entries. Not for everyone's taste, but definitely worth a look for anyone who appreciates humorous mysteries and does not take religion too seriously.
Discovery of a long-dead but mysteriously preserved body sends Hayden rooting through local history, while a series of acts of vandalism culminate in murder as a new politician in town has targeted Hayden's church.
Hayden's awful hard-boiled efforts still don't add anything to the book, but the twists and turns as someone turns the townspeople against Hayden kept me reading. I also wish Schweizer would quit with the awful secondary characters. This one featured a waitress' son who considered himself a bounty hunter, trying to find a missing cinnamon bun that looked like the Virgin Mary. No, I'm not kidding; I wish I was. Spelling, grammar, and Kindle formatting were acceptable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A strange mixture of corny and sophisticated. Any church musician, heck anyone familiar with church work, will enjoy this series.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
The author throws in some very funny scenes. I found myself laughing out loud.Published 5 months ago by Carol B
These liturgical mysteries are best enjoyed by someone who has been around churches and church music and can laugh at themselves as well as the various character types that seem to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ivan C James II
The Liturgical Mysteries, which includes "The Tenor Wore Tapshoes", is a wonderful light-hearted mystery for vacation reading. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ray Beaton
Best one of this series we’ve read so far! Witty, droll, and entertaining.Published 6 months ago by Carl Japikse
Just thought the first two were better. Good book. Great series.Published 13 months ago by N. Mandell
This was, as are all of Schweizer's books, uniquely entertaining! His books are like a clever oxymoron . . . playful as a child yet captivating as a witty Mensa!Published 14 months ago by A.K.