A genteel assembly, with a nod to Catholic mainstays like Bingo and approaching decrepitude, from an author who will be...

THE COMPASSION OF FATHER DOWLING

Sixteen short stories dating from 1992 to 2002, all save one previously published in Catholic Dossier.

McInerny, who passed away last year, had a wry touch with the foibles of the senior citizens who congregated at St. Hilary’s. Series regulars featured here include busybody Marie, the residence housekeeper, and her arch rival Edna, the gym-turned-elder-center volunteer; Amos, Fox River’s most successful attorney, and Tuttle, its most slapdash; competent police veterans Keegan and Horvath, and ne’er-do-well Peanuts Pianone. And, of course, there’s the steadying presence of Father Dowling himself, enjoying his pipe, his non-decaf coffee and his abiding morality. Among the problems arising in the collection are counterfeit $50 bills left in the collection plate, a key to riches embedded in a coffin’s satin lining, art theft and death by a scarf, by poison, by blunt instrument and by asphyxia caused by a whack by a car trunk. “The Fat Cat,” arguably the collection’s drollest story, revolves around a deceased feline, but perhaps the most troublesome antics at St. Hilary’s are caused by love, which causes geriatrics to act like teenagers, gossip to run amok and family members to cuddle up to weapons of their choice.

A genteel assembly, with a nod to Catholic mainstays like Bingo and approaching decrepitude, from an author who will be missed.

Pub Date: Dec. 16, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-4328-2510-2

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Five Star/Gale Cengage

Review Posted Online: Oct. 11, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2011

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

DEATH ON THE NILE

A HERCULE POIROT MYSTERY (HERCULE POIROT MYSTERIES)

One of her best. Poirot, again on vacation, falls foul of a murder on board a Nile river steamer, followed by two successive murders, obviously connected. A sophisticated group, an ingenious plot, clever deduction, swift-paced narrative. A little romance on the side lends glamour. First rate entertainment.

Pub Date: Feb. 8, 1938

ISBN: 0062073559

Page Count: 354

Publisher: Dodd, Mead

Review Posted Online: Sept. 20, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1938

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

Proficient but eminently predictable. Amid all the time shifts and embedded backstories, the most surprising feature is how...

Reader Votes

  • Readers Vote
  • 17

Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT

  • New York Times Bestseller

THE A LIST

A convicted killer’s list of five people he wants dead runs the gamut from the wife he’s already had murdered to franchise heroine Ali Reynolds.

Back in the day, women came from all over to consult Santa Clarita fertility specialist Dr. Edward Gilchrist. Many of them left his care happily pregnant, never dreaming that the father of the babies they carried was none other than the physician himself, who donated his own sperm rather than that of the handsome, athletic, disease-free men pictured in his scrapbook. When Alexandra Munsey’s son, Evan, is laid low by the kidney disease he’s inherited from his biological father and she returns to Gilchrist in search of the donor’s medical records, the roof begins to fall in on him. By the time it’s done falling, he’s serving a life sentence in Folsom Prison for commissioning the death of his wife, Dawn, the former nurse and sometime egg donor who’d turned on him. With nothing left to lose, Gilchrist tattoos himself with the initials of five people he blames for his fall: Dawn; Leo Manuel Aurelio, the hit man he’d hired to dispose of her; Kaitlyn Todd, the nurse/receptionist who took Dawn’s place; Alex Munsey, whose search for records upset his apple cart; and Ali Reynolds, the TV reporter who’d helped put Alex in touch with the dozen other women who formed the Progeny Project because their children looked just like hers. No matter that Ali’s been out of both California and the news business for years; Gilchrist and his enablers know that revenge can’t possibly be served too cold. Wonder how far down that list they’ll get before Ali, aided once more by Frigg, the methodical but loose-cannon AI first introduced in Duel to the Death (2018), turns on them?

Proficient but eminently predictable. Amid all the time shifts and embedded backstories, the most surprising feature is how little the boundary-challenged AI, who gets into the case more or less inadvertently, differs from your standard human sidekick with issues.

Pub Date: April 2, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-5101-9

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2019

Did you like this book?

more