The Monsignor's Wife

The Monsignor's Wife

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Author: Joe Benevento
Length: 254 page(s)
Written: Sep 2013
Sales Rank: - XinXii Sales Rank
Views: 2897

Category: Fiction & Literature » Novels  |  Work: Novel
Keywords: murder mystery, Catholic Church, women in Catholic church, Italian -American, Queens, NY, Santeria, literary fiction

WHEN HIS LOVER IS MURDERED, MONSIGNOR CUPELLI BECOMES THE CHIEF SUSPECT.

Monsignor Tony Cupelli, a pastor in working-class Queens, has always been controversial, due to his support of a married clergy and women as priests, and for his not completely secret affair with Maggie Rosario. Cupelli's new book on a feminine Holy Spirit again puts him in the spotlight, but not as much as news of the murder of Rosario, just when Cupelli was trying to break off their relationship, a break she had postponed by quirky and Santería-inspired approaches to their love-making. Cupelli is both suspect and amateur detective as he tries to decipher the many clues the killer has intentionally left, clues that promise future crimes patterned on the murders in one of Cupelli's favorite short stories. The criminal outsmarts Cupelli and the police at every turn, even to the scary and erotic surprise ending set up from the very beginning.

"...Benevento's novel is meticulously plotted and full of surprises- he keeps us guessing from chapter to chapter, page to page."-Jack Smith, author of Hog To Hog,George Garrett Fiction Prize Winner.

"...a murder mystery as complicated as the Holy Trinity itself."-Lara Olsen, Television Writer and Producer (Reba, Private Practice, 90210, Mixology).

"...double and triple layers of meaning, [a]gritty and authentic Queens, NY background, [a] troubled and conflicted protagonist, and [a] wonderfully diverse supporting ensemble. A great debut." -Carol Goodman, Hammett Award Winning Mystery Writer, The Seduction of Water.

"The Monsignor's Wife is a witty, fast-paced portrait of a man who doesn't seem to realize that he's racing face-first into the teeth of his own hypocrisy and weakness."-Stephen Wingate, Author of Wifeshopping, Bakeless Fiction Prize Winner

"...a grittily realistic portrayal of working class Italian-American life in a blue collar corner of Queens...the thought provoking depth is exceeded only by the chills-up-your-spine entertainment!" -Lee Slonimsky, Co-Author of the Lee Carroll Black Swan Rising Trilogy


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Member since: Sep 2013
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Joe Benevento was born in Brooklyn and raised in a working class neighborhood in Queens almost exactly like the one described in this novel. From a young age he hoped to become a published writer or a famous singer or a first baseman for the Mets, or, when he was thinking particularly big, all three. While he has enjoyed many years of singing with his children and playing in summer softball leagues, it has been his dream of a career as a writer that has come true, with eight books of poetry and fiction published prior to this novel, though not with the accompanying fame and fortune his youthful self envisioned. Benevento’s day job is to teach creative writing and American literature at Truman State University, in the small town of Kirksville, Missouri to mostly Midwestern students who, though he has lived among them for 30 years, can still sometimes detect his New York accent. Those New York sensibilities have also been committed to his four children, Maria, Joseph, Claire and Margaret, including their rooting for the Mets instead of the Cardinals, and their preference for pizza from Tommy’s on Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens and the New York napoleons and cannoli one will never find in the small town Midwest. Along with his wife Carol, Joe Benevento and his children live in a house in the woods just outside Kirksville’s city limits.

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