Doesn't detective work require mindfulness? A Buddhist monk solving mysteries seems like a logical, natural fit, but I am not sure I've read about one before. After learning about this monk, I am looking forward to reading about Father Ananda and his adventures.
The author of the series of mystery novels is a man who, as we read on Web site Wilgus World, has an eclectic background:
[A]n American who has lived in Bangkok for the past two decades, is the author of the Father Ananda murder-mystery series: Mindfulness and Murder [trailer from the movie], Garden of Hell and Killer Karma (Silkworm Books). ...
Long a student of spirituality and religion, [Nick] Wilgus is a former Franciscan who converted to Islam in 1993. Today he is an ardent student of Buddhism with a softness for Sufism and the Hare Krishnas.
His three novels about Father Ananda, a former police officer who becomes a monk who returns to investigating crime, are summarized at Clerical Detectives. Excerpt:
Father Ananda is a Buddhist senior monk at the Wat Mahanet Monastery in Bangkok, who is "pushing fifty" in the first book and "on the other side of 50" in the second book. It is he who narrates the stories. He had previously been a police officer for more than twenty years, first in homicide and then in the drugs squad, but had given this up after he had seen his wife and son shot down outside their home. He explains, "I had taken the robes of a Buddhist monk partly as a way to get away from all the dead bodies and violence and the human viciousness my eyes had seen.... After eight years as a monk, I had finally arrived at a state of calm and tranquility." But he still proves to be a determined investigator, and the author is punctilious about getting the background details right even if, as he admits, "Father Ananda does seem a bit too Western in his thinking".
Unfortunately you have to order Mindfulness and Murder through third-party vendors at Amazon, which takes more time (but is also very inexpensive). I will be patient until I have one in my hands. Maybe even mindful.
The other Father Ananda books are available new from Amazon, but Mindfulness and Murder sounds most intriguing to me. Have you read any of the series?
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