In “Mindfulness and Murder”, a homeless boy comes up murdered at Wat Mahanat, which runs a homeless youth program. The abbot asks Father Ananda, a former homicide detective, to look into it.
The story opens with the discovery of the body, which has been dumped in a bathroom in the back of the monastery. The body is that of a young man, pushed face first into an earthern water jar. Ananda takes the body out of the water and discovers that the boy has a candle shoved in his mouth and his eyes have been gouged out.
The local police arrive, but do little. The homeless boy does not have much priority for them. So Ananda begins investigating the clues for himself. He soon discovers that there is drug dealing going on at his temple. A monk goes missing. Has he fled the scene after killing the boy? Ananda keeps at it, unravelling the clues one by one until he discovers what happened to both the boy and the missing monk.
Based on the novel “Mindfulness and Murder” by Nick Wilgus, published by Silkworm Books in Chiang Mai.