Books by Andrew M. Greeley

A native of Chicago, Reverend Andrew M. Greeley, is a priest, distinguished sociologist and bestselling author. He is professor of social sciences at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona, as well as Research Associate at the National Op


HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Readers who wince at the very thought of Petey Pat as a grown man's name should probably look elsewhere."
Father Greeley's blarney-soaked latest (Irish Tweed, 2009, etc.) teaches that heaven can wait. Read full book review >
IRISH TWEED by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Blarney-soaked and relentlessly cute."
Nuala Anne takes a break from her customary diet of murder to educate her children's school principal.Read full book review >
THE ARCHBISHOP IN ANDALUSIA by Andrew M. Greeley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Mystery lite, but the invincible charm of the little archbishop (The Bishop at the Lake, 2007) will keep the faithful faithful."
Chicago's mighty-mite cleric doubles for another little guy: Cupid. Read full book review >
THE BISHOP AT THE LAKE by Andrew M. Greeley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"As usual, Father Greeley serves up heaping helpings of the Irish goo (Irish Linen, 2007, etc.) that his audience has always found yummy."
Bishop Blackie confronts another locked-room mystery, this one with hornets. Read full book review >
IRISH LINEN by Andrew M. Greeley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Irish chutzpah."
Nuala Anne McGrail Coyne, "singer, accountant, actress, detective, wife, mother, lover" and brilliant at the lot, is tasked in her tenth (Irish Crystal, 2006, etc.) with locating a lad likely lost somewhere in the wilds of Iraq. Read full book review >
THE SENATOR AND THE PRIEST by Andrew M. Greeley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Slow and relentlessly cloying. The author (The Bishop in the Old Neighborhood, 2005, etc.) has done much better work."
Catholic priest Greeley tells a blarney-drenched tale of Cain and Abel on the Beltway. Read full book review >
IRISH CRYSTAL by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"For the faithful only. For the rest, Irish treacle."
Father Greeley, that most prolific of blarney-spinners, adds a ninth to his Coyne collection (Irish Cream, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BISHOP IN THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD by Andrew M. Greeley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Sentimental, yes; irritatingly fey on occasion, yes, but it moves fast, and there are people to like. Blackie's top to date? Arguably."
He shuffles along, a human caterpillar, in beat-up, ill-fitting clothes and a style so understated that no bad guy ever takes him seriously. You're thinking Columbo. Well, sure, but he's got nothing on Bishop Blackie. Read full book review >
IRISH CREAM by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"An unexpected smidge of gravitas helps Nuala Anne's sixth rise to the top of the series."
'Tis Nuala Anne McGrail again—talkin' the Irish talk, walkin' the Irish walk, and crackin' the Case of the Lace-Curtain Cad. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Rich pages of family humor keep this resurrection lite."
Sixth chronicle in Father Greeley's evergreen The O'Malley Family in the Twentieth Century saga. Read full book review >
THE PRIESTLY SINS by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Not unlike a booklength Reader's Digest anecdote. Not that there's anything wrong with Reader's Digest."
The prolific Jesuit chronicler of lusty Catholic life in America weighs in on the priestly sex scandal, putting the bulk of the blame on the bishops. Read full book review >
THE BISHOP GOES TO THE UNIVERSITY by Andrew M. Greeley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Decently written and plotted, and if you can forgive the little bishop's occasional smugness, you may be charmed."
More derring-do from Chicago's coolest cleric, who solves a locked-room mystery, saves an imperiled cardinal, and socks it to the Vatican in his fourth adventure. Read full book review >
SECOND SPRING by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Greeley, timeless as Rome, springs eternal."
Greeley returns with The Sixth Chronicle of the O'Malley Family in the Twentieth Century, the first having been 1998's A Midwinter's Tale. Read full book review >
THE BISHOP IN THE WEST WING by Andrew M. Greeley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2002

"No others need apply."
Among the several matters distracting President Jack Patrick McGurn (POTUS, for those in the know), the peskiest is the attack of the poltergeist. Read full book review >
SEPTEMBER SONG by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Fast, fun, undemanding."
Father Greeley slaps in the fourth brick in his Chicago O'Malleys saga, begun with A Midwinter's Tale (1998). Read full book review >
THE BISHOP AND THE BEGGAR GIRL OF ST. GERMAIN by Andrew M. Greeley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

"Mostly for the faithful."
Auxiliary Bishop Blackwood Ryan of Chicago, who never saw the locked-room mystery he couldn't crack (The Bishop and the Missing L Train, 2000, etc.), gets a Gallic challenge in his third time out. Read full book review >
IRISH STEW! by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Flimsily plotted and blarney-clotted, more cute than acute."
Yet another round (the fifth) with those roguish, brogue-ish Coynes (Irish Love, 2001, etc.), who between endless bouts of connubial carnal pleasuring manage to get in a bit of ratiocination. Read full book review >
IRISH LOVE by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Whether in Chicago, or thousands of miles away, the kitschy McGrails remain Irish goo."
Go west (to County Galway), young McGrails, says Father Greeley—and that they do for the fifth installment in this blarney-drenched series (Irish Eyes, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS WEDDING by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Snappy storytelling but a plain-style not for the ages."
Third installment in Father Greeley's ongoing O'Malley family saga begun in Chicago with A Midwinter's Tale (1998) and Younger Than Springtime (1999). Read full book review >
IRISH EYES by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"The Coynes adore themselves, their baby, their dog, and being Irish, but where's the meat on the bones, Father?"
The brogue is thick, the plot is thin in this undernourishing Irish stew. Read full book review >
THE CATHOLIC IMAGINATION by Andrew M. Greeley
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"Each essay is interesting enough, but taken as a whole they do not live up to the title."
Greeley, the controversial Catholic sociologist who moonlights as a popular novelist (see Irish Eyes, above), offers a slender investigation of the Catholic imagination. Read full book review >
YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Greeley clearly likes to jump into a plot and row steadily, just to see what's up for a whole batch of characters who will, of course, at last find themselves aswim in family warmth and Christmas carols, unwrapping middlebrow presents like Younger Than Springtime."
The immensely prolific Fr. Read full book review >
A MIDWINTER'S TALE by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 1998

"But the incidents seem to leave his character untouched, making for a rather unmoving coming-of-age-tale. ($100,000 ad/promo)"
A richly plotted, entertaining, if credulity-streching, tale follows Charles "Chucky" Cronin, an Irish-Catholic Chicagoan, during his service in postwar Germany. Read full book review >
CONTRACT WITH AN ANGEL by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Should be read with Palestrina Masses playing in the background."
Greeley (Summer at the Lake, 1997, etc. etc.) returns with more High Blarney, this time with an inversion on the Faust legend in which an atheist sells his soul to an angel. Read full book review >
IRISH WHISKEY by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Accomplished lightweight suspense, though in honest truth there's less suspense about what became of Sweet Rolls's corpse than about what Nuala Anne will be wearing under her wedding gown."
This third helping of Oirish whimsy does everything it can to prevent Dermot Coyne and Nuala Anne McGrail (Irish Lace, 1996, etc.) from reaching the hymeneal altar. Read full book review >
STAR BRIGHT! by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Though Odessa's innocence proves unbeatable, tension fades as the only question left becomes: Will Greeley find some conflict to resolve? (He doesn't.)"
Prolific Father Greeley (Summer at the Lake, p. 401) takes a stab at It's a Wonderful Christmas and comes up . . . all charm and wit. Read full book review >
SUMMER AT THE LAKE by Andrew M. Greeley
Released: June 16, 1997

"For true believers only. (Literary Guild and Mystery Guild selections)"
Who said anything about Danielle Steel? Read full book review >
IRISH LACE by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 1996

"All the same, only readers as besotted with Nuala as Dermot is will care for the promised sequel."
You can take the lass out of Connemara, but never expect to take the old country out of the lass—not even if you transplant her to Chicago, as in this dewy-eyed tale of young lovers who see themselves mirrored at every bend in history. Read full book review >
WHITE SMOKE by Andrew M. Greeley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1996

The pomp, circumstance, and ungodly intrigue attendant on the election of a new Pope provide a dramatic setting for this diverting, albeit message-laden, fiction from the prolific Father Greeley (Angel Light, 1995, etc.), It's the near future, and the incumbent Holy Father has gone to his heavenly reward, bringing a flock of cardinals to the Eternal City to choose a successor. Read full book review >
ANGEL LIGHT by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 25, 1995

"Wholesome entertainment, laced with occasional yucks, but preachily old-fashioned and chatty to a fault."
An insubstantial piece of lilting romantic Irish-travelogue fluff from Fr. Read full book review >
IRISH GOLD by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"The would-be lovers may be less cloying back in Chicago, where Greeley (Sacraments of Love, 1993, etc.) promises to send them for a new series. (Book-of-the-Month Club dual selection)"
Back in the Old Country to find out why his late grandparents left after the Troubles, insisting they could never return, Dermot Michael Coyne, retired from the Chicago commodities trading floor on a bit of Irish luck, runs headlong into fetching student Nuala Anne McGrail, reason enough to remain on the island forever. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

Fifteen months (September 1991—December 1992) in the life of sociologist, novelist, poet, essayist, and Catholic priest Greeley (Fall From Grace, etc. etc. etc.). Read full book review >
FALL FROM GRACE by Andrew M. Greeley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 24, 1993

"And, no matter how many demons he trots onstage, the outcome is never in doubt."
Pedophilia, Satanism, a closeted politician, and an astonishing number of semi-closeted priests reunite a prosperous Irish Catholic shrink and his long-lost love, now a Ph.D. candidate but still ravishing. Read full book review >
WAGES OF SIN by Andrew M. Greeley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 12, 1992

"Safe sex for senior citizens."
Father Greeley (The Cardinal Virtues, 1990, etc., etc.) returns with a new cast of randy, middle-aged Chicagoans who, between attending mass and making well-adjusted love, must clear up a multiple murder that happened decades ago. Read full book review >
AN OCCASION OF SIN by Andrew M. Greeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1991

"Father Greeley's own special blend of clerical politics, sex, and salvation. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for Summer)"
Father Greeley's feisty, foulmouthed suburban pastor Father Laurence McAuliffe (The Cardinal Virtues) is back. Read full book review >
THE SEARCH FOR MAGGIE WARD by Andrew M. Greeley
Released: Jan. 2, 1990

Greeley's 11th romantic potboiler—the tale of a battle-weary WW II pilot whose affair with a sexy female "ghost" returns him to the land of the living. Read full book review >