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Last Things: A Father Dowling Mystery (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Ralph McInerny

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Father Dowling is used to unsolicited knocks on the rectory door, having done more than his share of counseling and assisting in delicate situations during his long career. So when Eleanor Wygant comes to visit Father Dowling he receives her graciously, though she is a stranger. As it turns out, members of her family are longtime parishioners of St. Hillary's, and it soon becomes clear that with family trouble brewing, Eleanor doesn't know where else to turn. When she enlists Father Dowling's help in persuading her niece Jessica to scrap the tell-all family novel she is writing and concentrate on more earthly pursuits, the venerable priest has little idea how enmeshed he is about to become in the family's edgy interrelations. For in recent years, the family has had its share of melodrama, including a philandering patriarch, a son who left the priesthood to take up with an ex-nun, and an underachieving academic, and it's up to Dowling to piece together their shared history in the hopes of putting their demons-and a vicious, previously unknown murder-to rest. In the hands of Ralph McInerny, one of mystery fiction's most beloved authors, Last Things is as delightful as his legions of fans have come to expect from the charming Father Dowling series.… (more)
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Title:Last Things: A Father Dowling Mystery
Authors:Ralph McInerny
Info:St. Martin's Minotaur (2003), Hardcover, 352 pages
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Rating:****
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One of the better of the Father Dowling mysteries. The usual deep characterization is there, along with the rather languid pace and sudden, getting-to-know-the-character sections. As usual, some of the quirks of the plot don't ring true, but I liked the resolution, even if the whole ending was very melancholy. ( )
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