Ashes to Ashes An Inner Sanctum Mystery Author:Emma Lathen The cardinal has made the decision to close St. Bernadette's Parochial School. They can't find enough teachers, enrollment is down, and costs are up. They have an offer to purchase from a real estate developer, and the church can't afford to turn it down. — However, the parents in the neighborhood are not ready to let the school close its doors w... more »ithout a fight. They organize a Parents League and file a lawsuit. Negotiations begin, but neither side is willing to give in. The Sloan Guarantee Trust is handling the multimillion mortgage, so John Putnam Thatcher is stuck in the discussions. Things are at a stalemate, when the president in the league - and the accusing party in the lawsuit - is found murdered in the church.
Soon things are really out of control. Protesters flock to the little neighborhood, tempers flare, and the violence mounts. Thatcher better figure out what's going on before riots start breaking out.« less