Thursday, September 24, 2009

'Tis Murder In Detroit

Chameleon by William X. Kienzle is a murder mystery where the mysteries of the Catholic Church become part of the plot. Principals of the Archdiocese of Detroit are also an integral part of the novel.

Set in Detroit, references were made to places that mean something to me, including:

Our Lady of Refuge in Orchard Lake, where our granddaughter recently participated in a volleyball tournament was mentioned.

Sister Joan traveled down Michigan Avenue past Tiger Stadium conjuring up images of Ty Cobb and Al Kaline. Many hours were spent enjoying baseball games at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.

Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, where my son-in-law had his Confirmation, is the home parish of my new neighbor and is also where a long time acquaintance celebrated her daughter's wedding in May.

The biggest connection was with the Detroit Police Department and its Headquarters building where I spent many years (as an employee). The Homicide Section was on the 5th floor. At one time the 5th floor housed the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office when my grandmother's cousin, Duncan Cameron McCrea, was the Prosecuting Attorney (there's much more to THAT story).

A trip down memory lane with Chameleon....

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