Droll and charming, with more romantic shenanigans than a French farce.

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IRISH GILT

A slyly humorous look at the trouble Notre Dame alumni get into when they cavort with non–South Bend types.

Boris Henry and Xavier Kittock, roommates from the class of ’74, once shared two interests: Father John Zahm’s 1914–15 letters and diary concerning his South American search for El Dorado, and Clare, Boris’s beautiful assistant. Then their interests diverged: Boris the gambler was intent on establishing a Zahm Institute at Notre Dame, whose centerpiece would be the diary the priest sold them. Xavier, known as Eggs, wanted to use the diary to mount a quest for the El Dorado gold. When the letters and diary disappear, Boris blames Eggs and relies on the Knight brothers—Roger, a Nero Wolfe–sized scholar, and Phil, a very selective private eye (Irish Coffee, 2003, etc.)—to deliver the goods. Everything points to Eggs until he slumps dead on a park bench in the middle of the night, perhaps from a heart attack but more likely from more sinister causes. Theories fly, including one accusing a jealous husband, and several others proposed by the old geezers at the university club. Eventually, Roger assembles the puzzle pieces, trumping the South Bend cops, campus security and even his brother, to the immense relief of the university archivist.

Droll and charming, with more romantic shenanigans than a French farce.

Pub Date: Oct. 11, 2005

ISBN: 0-312-33688-8

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Minotaur

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2005

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TEN LITTLE BLOODHOUNDS

Ten Little Bloodhounds ($24.00; Jun.; 288 pp.; 0-06-017548-6): If a bloodhound trainer as expert as Jo Beth Sidden could find wealthy eccentric Alyce Cancannon’s missing cat Amelia in record time, doesn’t it make sense to hire her to investigate Miz Alyce’s murder? The Cancannon lawyers think so, and fans of the sour Georgia peach’s four previous cases (Blind Bloodhound Justice, 1998, etc.) will be happy that, like Jo Beth, they didn’t proceed along normal channels.

Pub Date: June 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-06-017548-6

Page Count: 288

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1999

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