Search Results: "Ralph McInerny"


BOOK REVIEW

A CARDINAL OFFENSE by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 30, 1994

McInerny, who's alternated lately between dark-hued character studies (Mom and Dead, 1993, etc.) and his Father Roger Dowling mysteries, tries his hand at a combination plate in this generously fashioned, punishingly paced look at the epidemic of annulled marriages in the US Church. Read full book review >

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CELT AND PEPPER by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 2002

"McInerny (Emerald Aisle, 2001, etc.) is in top form, wittily sending up academic infighting, student grading, benefactor kowtowing, and (this being Notre Dame) stadium seating at home football games."
Notre Dame fund-raiser David Simmons invites wealthy alumnus James Elliot to breakfast with Padraic Maloney, professor of Celtic Studies, in the hope that Elliot will be charmed and beneficent. Read full book review >

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PRODIGAL FATHER by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 22, 2002

"Not as sharp as McInerny's best, or as plodding as his worst, but comfortably enough in the middle to keep the Dowling faithful from bolting the flock."
To begin his 21st confrontation with murder, the amiable Father Dowling (Triple Pursuit, 2001, etc.) makes his annual retreat among the Athanasians, a religious order about to go gentle into that good night. Read full book review >

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HEIRS AND PARENTS by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"Though McInerny is known mostly for the far less tidy Father Dowling series, this Broom sweeps cleaner."
Back, for the sixth time (Law and Ardor, 1995, etc.), to Wyler, the small Indiana town where passions seethe beneath the depths on which Andrew Broom is the leading expert. Read full book review >

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THE RED HAT by Ralph McInerny
Released: March 15, 1998

"An impassioned guided tour of postVatican II theological politics wrapped in a story as shapeless as Dumas."
Father Dowling's creator (On This Rockne, 1997, etc.) takes aim at the highest echelons of the modern church in this ambitious, plumply plotted tale of Vatican-American politics. Read full book review >

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JUDAS PRIEST by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 25, 1991

"Some non-boring religious love, mostly unhackneyed characters, and a lively flow of events make for one of the better efforts in this series."
Father Dowling's quiet days at the rectory of St. Read full book review >

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IRISH GILT by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Droll and charming, with more romantic shenanigans than a French farce."
A slyly humorous look at the trouble Notre Dame alumni get into when they cavort with non-South Bend types. Read full book review >

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AS GOOD AS DEAD by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2002

"Unfortunately, clerical insider McInerny (Emerald Aisle, 2001, etc.), the creator of Father Dowling, can't resist putting an allegorical spin on an otherwise fine thriller with a new twist 'round every dark corner."
When Lucy Flood learns, at age 41, that her melanoma is incurable, she doesn't ask for a second opinion. Read full book review >

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SUB ROSA by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A far cry from Father Dowling, but a tale of wheels within wheels with quirky pleasures all its own."
A writer's vocation is a solitary one, as Rosa Subiaco has found. Read full book review >

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STILL LIFE by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"New series sleuth Manfredi is more world-weary than the author's Father Dowling, less wry than his Andrew Broom, but McInerny fans will line up for him anyway."
When retired professor Basil Bauer, at the ripe age of 72, decides to remarry, his former colleagues and current co-inhabitants in the residential community are somewhat dismayed for two reasons: his choice of bride—Virginia, a graduate student a quarter-century younger—and the unresolved matter of his first wife's disappearance 30 years before. Read full book review >

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GRAVE UNDERTAKINGS by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Still: Dowling fans will undoubtedly line up for it and be satisfied with a few modest chuckles."
Mimi O'Toole, about to become a widow, begs Father Dowling (The Tears of Things, 1996, etc.) to give her bullet-riddled gangster-husband absolution, and he agrees, which is the last nice thing that happens to Vincent's body. Read full book review >

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IRISH TENURE by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"If he didn—t already have tenure, he wouldn—t earn it through publications like this one."
Sean Pottery, a veteran teacher at Notre Dame and an acknowledged expert on the works of G.K. Chesterton, is infatuated with philosophy professor Amanda Pick, who's competing for tenure against family man Hans Weiner. Read full book review >