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Mysterium and Mystery

The Clerical Crime Novel

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William David Spencer


352 pages, 6 x 9


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About the Book

A reprint of the first book on the topic of the cleric as a crime-solver in fiction. Mysterium and Mystery by William David Spencer is a primary reference of meticulous scholarship for anyone interested in mystery literature.


William David Spencer is adjunct professor of theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and teaches at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology in Kingston, Jamaica.


"Just as God once put the mysteries of the world right for man, and the modern-day fictional detective restores order to a chaotic world of unreasoning crime, William Spencer makes sense out of a variety of fiction that is becoming increasingly popular. This is an important book for those interested not only in the mystery genre but in the nature of modern-day protagonists."—Robin Winks, Yale University