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The Bishop and the Missing L Train (Blackie Ryan Series)

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  • Posted February 1, 2013


    As a non-Catholic and and non-Chicagoan, I still find these mysteries of andrew Greeley fun to read and fast moving. Sometimes over 600pages seems daunting, but they really fly by in this book leaving you feeling you wish there were more. Problems within the Church are not avoided, but acknowledged. Perhaps they are not weighted against the whole picture as heavily as a non-Catholic might weigh them, but are patently not ignored.

    Bishop Blackie Ryan is fun to spend time with as he solves the mysteries. A nice break between more serious rading.

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

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    Different but Minutely Predictable

    Reading this book from several different perspectives was minutely confusing, but it was still quite interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed the humor that Bishop Blackie brought to the story. His one word responses of "Arguably" and the other things he said made his character much more three dimensional for me. I could tell he really had a personality. And the other characters that the story highlights seemed to have lives of their own. Only near the end did everyone come together and the strings were connected in my mind about how everyone related to each other. It was a marvelous mystery, but admittedly, I had it figured out before the end. And when he found out who the criminal was, the manner in which he did it was far from astonishing or profound as his thoughts had been thus far. I'd be lying if I didn't say that the ending was a little too typical for this kind of story, but I loved what led up to it. I really couldn't put it down until the last two chapters where my disappointment in the predictability of the ending sank in. Still worth the read, though.

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    Posted July 23, 2011

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