Mark Schweizer is not only a well-rounded professional, but also a trapeze artist, albeit figuratively. Why, he juggles many different professions with pursuits! His professions transcend lecturing, composing music, directing choirs and theatrical plays, radio host, editing, and publishing among others. Above all, the septuagenarian is an American author who is famed for the Liturgical Mystery series which bears on various aspects of his life.
Order of Mark Schweizer Standalone Novels
Order of The Liturgical Mystery Series
|1||The Alto Wore Tweed||2002|
|2||The Baritone Wore Chiffon||2004|
|3||The Tenor Wore Tapshoes||2005|
|4||The Bass Wore Scales||2006|
|5||The Soprano Wore Falsettos||2006|
|6||The Mezzo Wore Mink||2008|
|7||The Diva Wore Diamonds||2009|
|8||The Organist Wore Pumps||2010|
|9||The Countertenor Wore Garlic||2011|
|10||The Christmas Cantata||2011|
|11||The Treble Wore Trouble||2012|
|12||The Cantor Wore Crinolines||2013|
|13||The Maestro Wore Mohair||2015|
Hayden Konig is the featured protagonist in The Liturgical Mystery series of books penned by Mark Schweizer. The first book portraying Hayden Konig was initially published in mid-2002 titled The Alto Wore Tweed, and this much acclaimed series of novels is classified in the cozy mystery genre.
Just like the real-life pursuits of author Mark Schweizer, who is a notable and celebrated polymath, the protagonist Hayden Konig has multiple careers, all rolled into one. First and foremost, Konig is a career detective, part-timer choir director, and a prospective author seeking to start writing true crime. Hayden Konig is domiciled in the small neighborhood called St Germaine upon North Carolina. Unfortunately for Konig, his literary ambition, which is a me-too version of the late novelist Raymond Thornton Chandler, is a mile wide and an inch deep.
The first book in The Liturgical Mystery series, The Alto Wore Tweed, starts with the laid-back careerist in the idyllic neighborhood of St Germaine. Incidentally, the adjective ‘liturgical’ means something that is connected to worshiping centers. This neighborhood is hitherto free from crime but for petty offenses which are nothing to write home about. Hayden Konig is angling for putting pen to paper and producing a book sans an identifiable plot and with wanting prose.
Konig is rich by his own right and thus acquires famous author Chandler’s typewriter to buttress his writing skills or lack thereof. Amid a festive season conflict, his sleuthing prowess is tested by the corpse of a janitor sprawled in the gallery of a church. Fortunately for him, Konig has a loaded pistol within reach. The scenes which ensue are a blueprint for writing, and made Mark Schweizer a finalist for the Dily’s Award in 2006.
Mark Schweizer Awards
Mark Schweizer has either won or been a finalist n several coveted awards over the years. For example, in 2010, he won the Pinnacle Award, in the category of Excellence in Advocacy & Public Participation. In 2006, Schweizer was a finalist for the notable Dily’s Award, thanks to his book The Tenor Wore Tap Shoes.
In the context of imagined books with catchy opening lines have gone awry, Mark Schweizer won, in 2006, the Bulwer-Lytton Contest. As a result, he got a Dishonorable Mention. The author was a runner-up for the Detective Category in 2007.
In 2004 the book called The Alto Wore Tweed won the Killer Books category of Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance nominated Mark Schweizer for the prestigious Book Award, courtesy of his book titled The Soprano Wore Falsettos which is forth in the serialized Liturgical Mystery series.
Best Mark Schweizer Books
Mark Schweizer has attempted in vain to woo and wow readers with literary work published after the awarded Liturgical Mystery series. However, none has had the near cult status which books in the aforementioned mystery series achieved. The following are the best Mark Schweizer’s books, by virtue of winning or being nominated for awards.
The first one is The Alto Wore Tweed. This novel, which is the first in the series, is the most sought-after book among his literary work. Mark Schweizer introduced funny scenes and the plot contained therein provides a foothold to the subsequent books in the series. Hot on the the previous book’s heels is The Tenor Wore Tapshoes for being nominated as stated previously. This is the third book in the Liturgical Mystery series. There is visiting evangelist in the wake of the corpse found at the church and recurring murders.
Other Books You May Like
People who read Mark Schweizer’s series of books also marveled at the following. The first is Murder for Christmas which is an anthology and was edited by Thomas Godfrey. The second one is The Twelve Deaths of Christmas authored by Marian Babson. This is about a murderer prowling through a London neighborhood, leaving a trail of mind-boggling murders. The other book is God’s Fool written by Mark Slouka. This is about Siamese twins and, to the author, a case study for the ups and downs of life.