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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.
Posted October 26, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2002
Our reading group chose this as its token mystery novel of the year. While I¿ve never read Greeley¿s books before, after finishing this book, I¿m not sure that I want to. The characters are shallow. The ending was tied up too nicely, too quickly. When I finally learned who the culprit was, I had to go back, find that character in the novel, and re-read the section where he played a role. Nothing tied together well in this book. I certainly hope that other Blackie Ryan books are more developed and have more depth. Even for fluff, this was bad.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
The religious leadership of the Archdioceses of Chicago is stunned by the Vatican decision to place ignoble Auxiliary Bishop Gus Quill among them. The Archbishop protests the appointment of the ¿Idiot¿, but is ignored. Even aid Bishop John ¿Blackie¿ Ryan states his opposition to Gus¿ arrival. <P>However, soon irony takes a spin as Gus and the entire L train vanish without a trace. Blackie begins an investigation to locate the missing bishop and the other riders. As he begins his inquiries, Blackie wonders who hates Gus so much that other innocents have been taken along for the ride. Meanwhile the police conduct their search based on a radically different hypothesis. <P> The lighthearted Bishop Blackie investigations are always entertaining fluff that anyone who wants a humorous, enjoyable mystery tour of Chicago will relish. The latest tale, THE BISHOP AND THE MISSING L TRAIN, is fun to read because of the wonderful subplots that spin back into the main theme. Blackie remains charming and the secondary cast especially the Lioness and the gambler provides a wonderful joy ride of the Second City. Andrew M. Greeley¿s latest Bishop Ryan novel is an amusing winner. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 21, 2011
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Posted July 23, 2011
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