Murder at St. Alfanus: ‘The story was riveting’

EDITOR’S NOTE: What follows is a letter I received at the end of February from a sweet lady living in Ransom, Kan. She read my book — “Murder at St. Alfanus” — and enjoyed it so much she wrote me. This letter absolutely made my day. With her permission, I am reprinting it.

Murder at St Alfanus by Todd Vogts
"Murder at St. Alfanus" by Todd Vogts

Dear Todd Vogts,

At the library book signing, you said that you would like to have some “feed back” after we read your book. That is very easy to do because it was an enjoyable read, even though you left us in horrible suspense from page 29 to the end of the book.

The story was riveting, and I like the way you used conversation to move the story along, as well as to make the characters come alive.

I like the way you divided the story into short chapters, and Part Four was the perfect way to end the book. After all the turmoil and excitement, the quiet contemplative scene at the cemetery gave us the final answers as to how everything was resolved.

Your dedication is inclusive, thoughtful and appreciative. Congratulations, also, on your acknowledgments, which come across as frank and friendly — leaving us with a smile.

Finally, chapter Thirty-Three gives us hope that we may get to hear how Tyler Fox gets along at WSU.

We are looking forward to your visit to Book Club next month.


Virginia Crabtree

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Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at or via his website at