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[[ Read Book ]] ê Mindfulness and Murder: A Father Ananda Mystery õ When a homeless boy living at the youth shelter run by a Buddhist monastery turns up dead, the abbot recruits Father Ananda, a monk and former police officer, to find out why He discovers that all is not well at this urban monastery in the heart of Bangkok Together with his dogged assistant, an orphaned boy named Jak, Father Ananda uncovers a startling series of clues that eventually expose the motivation behind the crime and lead him to the murderers Mindfulness and Murder is the first in the Father Ananda murder mystery seriesAn award winning movie based on Mindfulness and Murder was released inby DeWarenne Pictures in Bangkok and nominated for Best Screenplay by the Thailand National Films Awards Well written murder mysyeryA murder mystery that doubles as a lesson about Buddhism and it s monks plus Bangkok Well written and keeps your attention Major character is well developed but minor characters less so Moving on to next book in series. Book ReviewMindfulness and MurderAuthor Nick Wilgus I started Mindfulness and Murder not sure what I was going to find I have read crime dramas before and books dealing with all manner of issues concerning Thailand, but never have I encountered one that blended these two together Considering Mr Wilgus has spent some time in the Kingdom, I was hoping for somethingin tune with the realities of Thai culture, and not the typical Hollywood view of a morally baseless Bangkok as an adult wond Book ReviewMindfulness and MurderAuthor Nick Wilgus I started Mindfulness and Murder not sure what I was going to find I have read crime dramas before and books dealing with all manner of issues concerning Thailand, but never have I encountered one that blended these two together Considering Mr Wilgus has spent some time in the Kingdom, I was hoping for somethingin tune with the realities of Thai culture, and not the typical Hollywood view of a morally baseless Bangkok as an adult wonderland or a hell on earth entrapping innocent westerners Mr Wilgus not only stayed away from all the cliches but showed his readers an easily graspable view of Thailand without overwhelming or lecturing them, all the while telling the tale of an excellent murder mystery The story revolves around Father Ananda, a senior monk who used to a police officer Ananda joined the order to escape dealing with personal problems that came from his career as police officer One morning the body of a young man who is a part of a group of homeless boys that the temple is trying to help is murdered and left in a bathroom in a rather gruesome manner The Abbot of the temple, knowing Anandas past asks him to investigate along with the regular police officers This starts a larger ball of problems to unravel as Ananda gets closer to the truth, as he finds connections to a drug ring operating in his temple Mindfulness and Murder is an American novel, meaning that Mr Wilgus takes the head on approach to storytelling much the same way many great American authors have, which is, tell the story He doesn t get bogged down in details that do not help the story He shows you the characters through their actions rather than trying to tell you what is going on in their heads Father Ananda is the only exception to this, as the story is told in first person, but Wilgus keeps Ananda focused avoiding internal ramblings The keeps the novel moving at a good clip and keeps it interesting The stylistic approach goes hand in hand with the Buddhist themes and wisdom weaved throughout the novel Being mindful of his state of mind keeps Ananda from his internal ramblings, for example He always pulls away from thinking too much about something that is not a part of the case Showing the people in action is aBuddhist approach then telling the reader about them The characters, from the Abbot, to Brother Kittisaro, the computer nerd monk who administrates the front desk, are filled out by watching what they do and how they speak, rather than explained Buddhism goes deep into this novel The main character bears the name of Buddha s foremost student, which ties into Anandas character as the novel goes on, he is but a student himself Wilgus does a great job of working in the fundamental wisdom of Thai Buddhism without being preachy Anandas investigation is a growing processes for him as well as seeking justice for a forgotten and abused young man I was also happy with how Mr Wilgus dealt with the Kingdom of Thailand in his story Thailand can be very confusing to many westerners and there are still many people who are completely unfamiliar with the country Wilgus explains aspects of Thai culture clearly without turning the novel into a travelogue or cultural study He sticks with what the reader needs to know about Thailand through Anandas eyes This introduces Thailand to the reader and keeps them from getting trapped trying to understand many things that might be unfamiliar to them For readersfamiliar with Thailand Father Anandas adventures do not seem like a shallow scraping of Thai culture fished out of Lonely Planet guidebook The depth is still there, but mindful of what needs to be understood for the sake of the story I am very pleased to have read this novel and recommend it for anyone wanted a fun, approachable and very human story I say read it for the tale Mr Wilgus tells but take away a glimpse of Thailand and it s Buddhism when you are done Fantastic first part in the Father Ananda mystery series set in Thailand by American writer Nick Wilgus Father Ananda is a Buddhist monk of course and gets drawn into a murder case in his own temple in Bangkok A young boy is found dead on the premises and all points to things not being well in either the temple or the Land of Smiles Father Ananda and his young sidekick Jak set out to solve the crime while illuminating a pretty realistic, somewhat seedy Thailand and offering bitter sweet insig Fantastic first part in the Father Ananda mystery series set in Thailand by American writer Nick Wilgus Father Ananda is a Buddhist monk of course and gets drawn into a murder case in his own temple in Bangkok A young boy is found dead on the premises and all points to things not being well in either the temple or the Land of Smiles Father Ananda and his young sidekick Jak set out to solve the crime while illuminating a pretty realistic, somewhat seedy Thailand and offering bitter sweet insights into life in a Buddhist monastery This is a classic, well written whodunit murder mystery, set in an exotic locale, in a world that few westerners have any knowledge of Great read I picked up Mindfulness and Murder because I needed a book for a challenge a book set in a church, convent, monastery, etc and I hated that most people would automatically default to a Christian house of worship so I deliberately sought out a book involving a different religion While I prefer books by ownvoices authors, and wonder how this book might have been different had the author been a native of Thailand i.e perhaps not using American English focused turns of phrase, like referring I picked up Mindfulness and Murder because I needed a book for a challenge a book set in a church, convent, monastery, etc and I hated that most people would automatically default to a Christian house of worship so I deliberately sought out a book involving a different religion While I prefer books by ownvoices authors, and wonder how this book might have been different had the author been a native of Thailand i.e perhaps not using American English focused turns of phrase, like referring to the Indianapolis 500 or the proof being in the pudding , I nevertheless really enjoyed this book, and feel like I learned a lot about Thai urban life, law enforcement, and monasteries, and about Buddhism and its practice in general The descriptions were detailed, but in a way that brought the setting to life I could practically smell the automobile exhaust, and feel the smothering heat and humidity around Father Ananda Apparently this story was realistic enough for Thai audiences to even be made into a Thai movie which I m wondering if I could find to watch , so I consider that a recommendation.I found the story to be a slow boil that nevertheless held my interest through, and by the end left me actually caring what happened to Ananda and Jak I read the last 30 40% of the book in one sitting on a sunny weekend afternoon, and ended satisfied and happy Perhaps some of Ananda s teachings and musings on Buddhist beliefs actually sank in a little too Not that I m Buddhist I just appreciated much of what he explained I even found myself using some of his instructions on mindfulness later in the week.So this was overall a win a serviceable murder mystery that kept me guessing as to the identity of the murderer, a hero who I came to care about, an adorable boy in need of familial affection, and a fascinating setting I know that there are 3books in the series, and I will eventually be picking those up as well I ll also try to find somebooks in this setting, by ownvoices authors, to see how they compare If you re looking for a good murder mystery in an international setting with diverse characters, I d definitely recommend Mindfulness and Murder