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Thicker Than Water: A Father Dowling Mystery (1981)

by Ralph McInerny

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This is my first Father Dowling mystery, one of the few my wife keeps on her shelf. She's been saying I should read them sometime, that as a Chicagoland expatriate I would enjoy them. So let this stand as a testimony that, a) my wife was right and, b) I do accomplish things on my to-do list... eventually. Professor McInerny's tale made me feel back at home, his characters reminding me of the folks I grew up with. He took his dear sweet time with the mystery--the question of who killed a man and parked his body in front of the St. Hilary rectory--but I enjoyed the ride. I particularly enjoyed the spiritual underpinnings of the tale. It would have been so easy to write a detective character who just happened to wear a clerical collar. But Father Dowling definitely thinks and acts like a pastor.
--J. ( )
  Hamburgerclan | Aug 1, 2012 |
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That February afternoon at the St. Hilary rectory in Fox River, Illinois, several things happened that made Mrs. Murkin, the housekeeper, something less than the cheerful self she had resolved to be, no matter that six gloomy weeks of Lent stretched ahead of her.
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