This is sort of shaping up to be Davinci Code Lite with the characters running around looking for clues in a Knights Templar scavenger hunt. Magdalena's being a bitter, jealous shrew, Simon is being his vain, shallow, oblivious self, and the hangman is channeling the most epic Gary Stu of all, Edgar Rice Burrough's John Carter of Mars. Who else do you know who can move a 600 pound stone slab from inside a sarcophagus using only his forehead and awesome muscles of awesomeness?
Meanwhile, the priest is getting stoned on the sacramental wine, so at least someone in this book is having a good time. ;)