The Liturgical Mysteries series is a series of cozy mystery novels by American novelist Mark Schweizer. The protagonist is Hayden Konig, a small-town police chief in St. Germaine, North Carolina. On the side, he is also the choir director and organist at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, and looking to write the next great hard-boiled mystery novel.

Mark Schweizer began his Liturgical Mysteries series in 2002 with his debut novel The Alto Wore Tweed. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Mark Schweizer’s Liturgical Mysteries books in order of when they were originally released (which is the same as their chronological order):

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Publication Order of Liturgical Mysteries Books

The Alto Wore Tweed(2002)Description / Buy at
The Baritone Wore Chiffon(2004)Description / Buy at
The Tenor Wore Tapshoes(2005)Description / Buy at
The Bass Wore Scales(2006)Description / Buy at
The Soprano Wore Falsettos(2006)Description / Buy at
The Mezzo Wore Mink(2008)Description / Buy at
The Diva Wore Diamonds(2009)Description / Buy at
The Organist Wore Pumps(2010)Description / Buy at
The Countertenor Wore Garlic(2011)Description / Buy at
The Christmas Cantata(2011)Description / Buy at
The Treble Wore Trouble(2012)Description / Buy at
The Cantor Wore Crinolines(2013)Description / Buy at
The Maestro Wore Mohair(2015)Description / Buy at
The Lyric Wore Lycra(2017)Description / Buy at
The Choir Director Wore Out(2018)Description / Buy at

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Liturgical Mysteries Synopsis: The Alto Wore Tweed by Mark Schweizer is the first book of the Liturgical Mysteries series. Hayden Konig is the police chief in the small Appalachian town of St. Germaine, North Carolina. His part-time job, however, is serving as the choir director and organist at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, but he’s also determined to write the next great hard-boiled mystery novel a la Raymond Chandler – a liturgical mystery novel without a plot, but enough bad prose to make the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest look like the Oxford University Press spring catalog. Chief Konig is also lucky enough to be independently wealthy, which is why he decides that his lack of talent in the writing department can easily be remedied, or at least greatly enhanced, by the purchase of Raymond Chandler’s 1939 Underwood typewriter. He is sadly mistaken, but the results are uproarious! Even as Hayden works on his opus, he must deal with other, more pressing, problems — a new priest at St. Barnabas, a Christmas feud between the Rotarians and the Kiwanians and, more importantly, a dead body in the choir loft. It’s a good thing that Hayden keeps a loaded Glock under the organ bench! As Christmas approaches, the tension (and hilarity) rises to a fever pitch. St. Barnabas is introduced to “The Penguin of Bethlehem” and the town’s Nativity feud turns ugly when the Kiwanian’s bagpiper spooks the Rotarian’s camel.

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