Search Results: "Ralph McInerny"


BOOK REVIEW

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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ASH WEDNESDAY by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 24, 2008

"Father Dowling's 27th gently probes questions of guilt, intention and absolution while having a bit of fun with small-town nattering."
The moral ambiguity of murder. Read full book review >

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IRISH ALIBI by Ralph McInerny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A breezy, slight, middling case for the Knights (The Letter Killeth, 2006, etc.), but no Notre Dame alumnus or Southern cupcake will want to miss it."
Meet the Southern side of the Fighting Irish. Read full book review >

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EMERALD AISLE by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"Though McInerney provides more romantic folderol than most French farces, the whole confection is amiably goofy if you skim the philosophical bits."
When Larry and Dolores were freshman sweethearts at Notre Dame, they reserved the university's Sacred Heart chapel for the wedding they scheduled for June 17, 2002. Read full book review >

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DESERT SINNER by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"McInerny in fine form."
Father Dowling's old friend Captain Phil Keegan of the Fox River police (Judas Priest, etc., etc.) has no doubts about the guilt of Stacey Wilson, doing life for the murder of her rich husband. Read full book review >

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THE WISDOM OF FATHER DOWLING by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 21, 2009

"Non-taxing puzzles, all of them, but the company is likable. Fans and newcomers to McInerny (are there any such souls left?) will find the collection a pleasant way to while away an afternoon."
Fifteen Father Dowling mysteries first published in Catholic Dossier, most of them from the mid-'90s. Read full book review >

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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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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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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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MOM AND DEAD by Ralph McInerny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Crisply paced and mostly engrossing entertainment."
Peaceful Wyler, Indiana—home to low-key, intuitive lawyer Andrew Broom (Savings and Loan, 1990, etc.)—is a hotbed of intrigue in this fourth outing. Read full book review >