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The benevolent and brilliant Father Dowling has cared for St. Hilary's congregation while still finding time to unravel the knottiest of mysteries in more than twenty-five novels. But the good father has also been featured in many short stories, solving crimes no less complicated for their brevity. This second collection features more of the best Father Dowling short mysteries, gathered here for the first time.
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St. Hilary’s parish, in the sleepy Illinois town of Fox River, is, to outward appearances, a quiet institution with a devout congregation. But within its walls lies a never-ending series of mysteries inevitably resolved by the Holmesian intellect of Father Dowling. Here, with the able assistance of the rectory housekeeper, Marie Murkin, and Phil Keegan, the Fox River Police Department’s chief of detectives, the good father sorts out mysteries large and small. A highlight among the 16 stories is Dowling’s investigation of how a suitcase packed with cash came to be left on the rectory steps. Another features a deadly competition between two business partners vying for the same woman. And for a unique murder weapon, let’s try a bee. The late McInerny wrote several mystery series, but the Father Dowling books were his most popular. Readers who savor relatively bloodless, nonviolent, cerebral mysteries have long gravitated to McInerny and Dowling. A satisfying, posthumous treat for McInerny fans. --Wes LukowskyReview:
A genteel assembly, with a nod to Catholic mainstays like Bingo and approaching decrepitude, from an author who will be missed. --Kirkus Review (11/1/11 issue)
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Book Description Thorndike Press, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1410446638