William X. Kienzle (1928-2001) was an American author of crime fiction/mystery novels. He wrote the Father Koesler series. From Detroit, Kienzle was ordained as a priest in 1954, and spent 20 years in the priesthood. He left due to the Catholic church’s refusal to allow divorcees to re-marry. After leaving the church, he worked as a magazine editor in Minneapolis, and as the director of the Center for Contemplative Studies at the University of Dallas.

William X. Kienzle made his debut as a published author in 1978 with the novel The Rosary Murders. His final novel was The Gathering in 2002. All 24 of his books were part of the Father Koesler series. Below is a list of William X. Kienzle’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Father Koesler Books

The Rosary Murders(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Wears a Red Hat(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mind Over Murder(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Assault with Intent(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shadow of Death(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kill and Tell(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sudden Death(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deathbed(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deadline for a Critic(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Marked for Murder(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Eminence(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Masquerade(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chameleon(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Body Count(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Wrong(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bishop As Pawn(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Call No Man Father(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Requiem for Moses(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man Who Loved God(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Greatest Evil(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Greater Love(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Till Death(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sacrifice(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Gathering(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


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William X. Kienzle Synopses: The Rosary Murders by William X. Kienzle is the first book in the Father Koesler series. He targets priests and nuns. He has a calling card – a plain black rosary entwined between the fingers of each victim. The police don’t know where to start, but Father Koesler sees a pattern – a consuming religious obsession that can bring one to committing multiple murders. And to an unexpected and terrifying encounter inside the Father’s own confessional.

Death Wears a Red Hat is the second book in William X. Kienzle’s Father Koesler series. Father Bob Koesler is called upon when the bloodless, decapitated heads of Detroit’s underworld leaders are found on the shoulders of headless statues in Detroit churches.

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