Heirs and Parents (Andrew Broom Series #6)

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Heirs and Parents is the sixth title in Ralph McInerny's delightful series of mystery novels featuring smalltown midwestern lawyer Andrew Broom and his irascible local rival Frank McGough.

Set in the town of Wyler, Indiana, Heirs and Parents begins with a car found in the Resurrection section of Overlook Cemetery. Inside the car is the body of a once-beautiful young woman, Helga Bjornsen, a college student who had been working as a summer ...

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Heirs and Parents is the sixth title in Ralph McInerny's delightful series of mystery novels featuring smalltown midwestern lawyer Andrew Broom and his irascible local rival Frank McGough.

Set in the town of Wyler, Indiana, Heirs and Parents begins with a car found in the Resurrection section of Overlook Cemetery. Inside the car is the body of a once-beautiful young woman, Helga Bjornsen, a college student who had been working as a summer intern in Andrew Broom's law office.

Helga had several admirers, any one of whom might have had a motive to murder her, and the police begin investigating. But soon Andrew is caught up in his own crisis-for a local millionaire's will brings Andrew into combat with his rival Frank McGough, and when heirs to the will begin multiplying, the two attorneys find themselves in the middle of a dangerous plot to control a fortune.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The creator of Father Dowling returns to the small town of Wyler, Ind., for the sixth in his series of pleasantly low-key tales (Body and Soil, Savings and Loam, etc.) featuring lawyer Andrew Broom. When beautiful blonde college student Helga Bjornsen is discovered with her throat slit in a car in Overlook Cemetery, suspicion falls on faded high school football star and ladies' man Will Foley, the cemetery's groundskeeper. The previous summer, Will couldn't keep his eyes off Helga, whom he'd hired to help tend the grounds. Soon after the murder investigation gets underway, the folk of Wyler gather to mourn wealthy benefactor Stanley Waggoner, who'd been deranged during the last five years of his life. At his funeral a mysterious young woman, clad in black, says she's the old man's widow. Various other parties have claims on the Waggoner estate, represented by the wily Frank McGough, Broom's nemesis. When it appears that Waggoner's heirs are dying in odd circumstances, Broom and his nephew, Gerald Rowan, go into action and eventually root out the truth behind Helga's murder. Though he provides little suspense (seasoned mystery readers won't be misled by a lame red herring), McInerny nevertheless spins an enjoyable yarn of smalltown murder, in which the least likely suspect (who literally comes out of left field) turns out to be the killer. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Back, for the sixth time (Law and Ardor, 1995, etc.), to Wyler, the small Indiana town where passions seethe beneath the depths on which Andrew Broom is the leading expert. And the leading lawyer—unless of course you're of that misguided contingent holding a brief for his bitter rival Frank McGough. The locals know that the two despise each other, each yearning for opportunities to take the other on for the sole purpose of inflicting humiliation. The latest of these presents itself after the death of multimillionaire philanthropist Stanley Waggoner, Frank's richest client. As the estate is about to be divvied up according to the dead man's will, a beautiful young woman appears in Andrew's office, claiming to be the widow Waggoner and brandishing another will. Blackstones flailing, no holds barred, each legal eagle prepares the maneuvers that will assure the downfall of his learned friend. In the meantime, the heirs are not just standing around doing nothing. Several of the potential legatees, realizing the gravity of the situation, have managed to get themselves murdered. Could it be that someone is out to enlarge his or her share of the pie? Looks that way, and yet the suspect the police like best has no apparent connection to either Waggoner or his relict. As usual, the pace is brisk, the plot under control, the tone entertainingly wry. Though McInerny is known mostly for the far less tidy Father Dowling series, this Broom sweeps cleaner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312203115
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/6/2000
  • Series: Andrew Broom Series , #6
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph McInerny is the author of the Father Dowling mysteries and the Knight brothers series set at the University of Notre Dame (St. Martin's Press). Previous titles in the Broom series include Savings and Loan and Mom and Dead (both Scribner). He lives in South Bend, Indiana and has taught for more than forty years at the University of Notre Dame.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent Broom-McGough rivalry

    On the surface, Wyler, Indiana is a quiet town where everyone knows their neighbors. Homes and cars are never locked and the crime rate is so low it is statistically insignificant. Beneath the veneer of friendliness, Wyler shares much of the social ills beleaguering the nation. There are two competent attorneys living in town, Andrew Broom and Frank McGough, who loath each other. Their feelings towards one other causes Andrew¿s partner, and Frank¿s daughter to hide their romance. Two events shake up the townsfolk. Someone slashes the throat of Andrew¿s law clerk with her corpse found inside the car of cemetery worker Will Foley. Since the married Will also had an affair with the victim, the police have enough circumstantial evidence to arrest Will. Andrew¿s nephew accepts the defense role because he believes his client is being framed. <P>The town is also burying its wealthiest citizens. Frank is handling the affluent estate, but Andrew throws a curve when he produces the grieving widow with a will that gives the multi-million dollar estate to her. The feud is just starting to heat up between Frank and Andrew. <P>HEIRS AND PARENTS, the sixth Broom novel, retains the fun and enjoyment of the previous five as it highlights Midwestern small town life in a wholesome way. The rivalry between the lawyers is amusing even as it ties together the well-developed double plot lines. Ralph McInerny, author of the Father Dowling mysteries, shows his abilities by using this elaborate technique to develop a delightful novel that enhances a strong series. <P>Harriet Klausner

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