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Taking leave of his usual Chicago haunts, Archbishop John Blackwood Ryan travels to the south of Spain in this latest mystery by bestselling author Andrew M. Greeley. Ostensibly “Blackie” is in the historic city of Seville to attend a conference on American philosophy, but a far more critical assignment also requires his attention. The local cardinal has summoned the wily archbishop to Spain in hopes that Blackie can avert a murder before it ...

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Taking leave of his usual Chicago haunts, Archbishop John Blackwood Ryan travels to the south of Spain in this latest mystery by bestselling author Andrew M. Greeley. Ostensibly “Blackie” is in the historic city of Seville to attend a conference on American philosophy, but a far more critical assignment also requires his attention. The local cardinal has summoned the wily archbishop to Spain in hopes that Blackie can avert a murder before it happens.

The threat of violence hangs ominously over the regal palace of a family of wealthy Spanish aristocrats. Dona Teresa, a pious widow whose exotic beauty unsettles even Blackie, finds herself beset by avaricious relatives determined to control her life and fortune. A tangled web of obligations, traditions, and frustrated sexual desires binds the family together even as they bitterly contend against one another. With three generations of passionate nobility sharing the same roof, it seems only a matter of time before pride, greed, and lust leads to bloodshed.

But while the archbishop attempts to forestall a modern-day Spanish tragedy, dramatic events back in Chicago conspire to change his life forever. . . .

The Archbishop in Andalusia opens an exciting new chapter in the illustrious career of one of Andrew Greeley’s most beloved characters.


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Publishers Weekly

Greeley's breezy 17th Blackie Ryan novel (after 2007's The Bishop at the Lake) takes Ryan to the south of Spain for a conference, where the local cardinal requests his help preventing the murder of a beautiful and wealthy widow, Doña Teresa Maria, duchess of Seville, whose many relatives envy her money, title and power in the community. Blackie's sister, meanwhile, has put pressure on Blackie to nudge his nephew Joseph and Joseph's girlfriend, Peggy Anne Nolan, who have accompanied him on the trip, into setting a date for their wedding. To add to his concerns, Blackie receives word from the U.S. of the ill health of his superior, the archbishop of Chicago. Armchair travelers will relish the descriptions of Seville and Cordoba, along with the details of Spanish history and customs. Indeed, some readers may feel the travelogue aspects overshadow the mystery untangling, but all will enjoy Greeley's wit and good humor. (Nov.)

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Kirkus Reviews

Chicago's mighty-mite cleric doubles for another little guy: Cupid.

At home, John Blackwood Ryan, who sits at the right hand of Sean, Cardinal Cronin, is often, with great affection, called Blackie, the little archbishop. In the south of Spain, he's informed by the Archbishop of Seville, whose puckish sense of humor matches Blackie's, that his nickname translates neatly into El Padrecito Negro, and it's how he'll be known during his stay. The Seville Cardinal then proceeds to flesh out the delicate nature of the mission on which the Chicago Cardinal has dispatched his most dexterous troubleshooter. Blackie's been ordered to disentangle the strands of love and hate that have enmeshed the beauteous Teresa, Duchess of Seville, and her lawyer and sweetheart Leandro. Teresa's implacable enemies, it turns out, are also her guardians, though the legality of this appears doubtful. Not to be doubted is the bitterness between the two camps, an ill feeling downright homicidal, in Cardinal Cronin's view. So is Blackie expected to solve a murder before it happens? The answer is yes, of course. But he's charged with a task both Cardinals regard as even more important. As a sort of Cardinal to Cardinal lend-lease, Blackie's in Seville to persuade a certain deeply in love woman that it's all right to be deeply in love.

Mystery lite, but the invincible charm of the little archbishop (The Bishop at the Lake, 2007) will keep the faithful faithful.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429955607
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Series: Bishop Blackie Ryan , #7
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 256,235
  • File size: 382 KB

Meet the Author


Priest, sociologist, author and journalist, Father Andrew M. Greeley built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career spanning five decades. His books include the Bishop Blackie Ryan novels, including The Archbishop in Andalusia, the Nuala Anne McGrail novels, including Irish Tweed, and The Cardinal Virtues. He was the author of over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction, and his writing has been translated into 12 languages.

Father Greeley was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. In addition to scholarly studies and popular fiction, for many years he penned a weekly column appearing in the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers. He was also a frequent contributor to The New York Times, the National Catholic Reporter, America and Commonweal, and was interviewed regularly on national radio and television. He authored hundreds of articles on sociological topics, ranging from school desegregation to elder sex to politics and the environment.

Throughout his priesthood, Father Greeley unflinchingly urged his beloved Church to become more responsive to evolving concerns of Catholics everywhere. His clear writing style, consistent themes and celebrity stature made him a leading spokesperson for generations of Catholics. He chronicled his service to the Church in two autobiographies, Confessions of a Parish Priest and Furthermore!

In 1986, Father Greeley established a $1 million Catholic Inner-City School Fund, providing scholarships and financial support to schools in the Chicago Archdiocese with a minority student body of more than 50 percent. In 1984, he contributed a $1 million endowment to establish a chair in Roman Catholic Studies at the University of Chicago. He also funded an annual lecture series, “The Church in Society,” at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, from which he received his S.T.L. in 1954.

Father Greeley received many honors and awards, including honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland at Galway, the University of Arizona and Bard College. A Chicago native, he earned his M.A. in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Chicago.

Father Greeley was a penetrating student of popular culture, deeply engaged with the world around him, and a lifelong Chicago sports fan, cheering for the Bulls, Bears and the Cubs. Born in 1928, he died in May 2013 at the age of 85.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    dumb dumb

    this has no plot. after two chapters I was bored out of mind. i am not going to read amymore of it than I already have. If this is a sampleof this authors writing I am notbuying any thing else my him. can I get my money back

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

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    an engaging mystery

    Accompanied by his nephew Joseph and the graduate student¿s girlfriend Peggy Anne Nolan, Archbishop John Blackwood ¿Blackie¿ Ryan, coadjutor to Cardinal Cronin, leaves Chicago to attend a conference in Sevilla, Spain. Blackie hesitates leaving the States as he is concerned with the health of his superior. However, before leaving Illinois his sister demands he persuade his traveling companions that it is time for them to marry. <BR/><BR/>In Spain Blackie learns that his reputation for solving mysteries precedes him; as such local Cardinal Diego Sanchez y Tomanos asks him to protect the widowed Duchess of Seville Dona Teresa Maria Romero y Avila from her relatives. Her ¿loving¿ family wants her affluence, influence and title. He fears some might choose murder as a means to gain wealth. Blackie agrees to do his best to keep the pious beautiful Duchess safe.<BR/><BR/>THE ARCHBISHOP IN ANDALUSIA is an engaging mystery as Blackie struggles to unravel the extended Gordian knots of the Duchess¿ family relations. This enables the audience to obtain a deep look at South Spain. Although the investigation takes a back seat to the tour of the region, fans will relish Blackie¿s amusing take on the deadly sins of pride and greed.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Not one of his best

    I read all of the Blackie series a few years back and loved them. I listened to some and they were great. I don't know if it's because I've been away so long and my reading habits have changed or this one just didn't live up to what I remember from the former ones.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    UNHAPPY FAN

    I was very diapointed in this book.. I love Father Blackie is Great; but not thisd time. He is kind, smart,insightful, but not this time. I would not recommend this at all. When I what Spainish history I well buy a book of it. Thank you very much. Murphy Mother.

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  • Posted February 18, 2009

    Enjoyable but predictable as well

    Maybe it was the mood I was in when I read this one but I was a little disappointed with the predictability of the plot.

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