Why ‘Mindfulness and Murder’ is much more than a straightforward whodunit
It all began, in the words of author Nick Wilgus, “with the image of an old Buddhist monk walking into a bathroom early one morning and finding a dead body.
I thought about that image for a long time, thinking there might be a story in it.”
There actually is. Wilgus is a former Bangkok Post chief subeditor who took time off from correcting copies of writers to spin that sole image into a novel called Mindfulness and Murder.
In the vein of Father Brown, the detective priest, or even Sherlock Holmes in his deducing process, the unlikely sleuth in Wilgus’ book is Father Ananda, a ruminative ex-cop who’s now a Buddhist monk in a Bangkok temple.