Irish Coffee: A Mystery Set at the University of Notre Dame [NOOK Book]

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When Fred Neville of the Notre Dame athletic department winds up dead under mysterious circumstances, amateur sleuth and academic Roger Knight, and his brother, Phil, a P.I., investigate the apparent murder. The trouble: no suspects. No suspects, that is, until the day of Fred's funeral, when several likely candidates suddenly appear at the poor man's wake.

First, Mary Schuster, daughter of a faculty widow, shows up at the event dressed all...
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Irish Coffee: A Mystery Set at the University of Notre Dame

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When Fred Neville of the Notre Dame athletic department winds up dead under mysterious circumstances, amateur sleuth and academic Roger Knight, and his brother, Phil, a P.I., investigate the apparent murder. The trouble: no suspects. No suspects, that is, until the day of Fred's funeral, when several likely candidates suddenly appear at the poor man's wake.

First, Mary Schuster, daughter of a faculty widow, shows up at the event dressed all in black, with the startling announcement that she and the deceased were secretly in love. Then the controversy doubles when another woman arrives with a huge diamond ring on her finger, claiming to have been Fred's intended. Could it be that unassuming Fred Neville was actually involved with two women, in secret and at the same time? Roger thinks not, and finds a notable piece of evidence to back up his hunch when a secret stash of Fred's poetry turns up, clearly written with a single woman in mind. Unfortunately, the object of Fred's intense love remains unnamed in his verse. Suddenly, both women are suspects in a vicious crime. But it's up to Roger to plug into the campus gossip grid and, with a little help from Phil, not to mention his vast knowledge of just about everything that happens on campus, determine the exact chain of events that led to murder.

Set against the backdrop of an exciting Notre Dame basketball season, Irish Coffee will delight fans of both Notre Dame lore and of Ralph McInerny's impeccably plotted mysteries.

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Publishers Weekly
In McInerny's seventh pleasant page-turner set at the University of Notre Dame (after 2002's Celt and Pepper) featuring professor Roger Knight and his PI brother Philip, Fred Neville, assistant sports information director, yearns for a career in literature. (He even writes poetry when no one is looking.) When Fred dies mysteriously in bed, it comes out at his funeral service that he had another, more interesting, life: he was secretly engaged to at least two women, to the surprise and consternation of each. Suicide is initially suspected, but the coroner's discovery of strychnine in a cup containing the remains of coffee and bourbon points to murder. After one of the fianc es turns up dead in Fred's apartment, having drunk another poisoned Irish coffee, things start to get complicated. Snappy dialogue touched with humor propels the plot. Readers are unlikely to solve the puzzle, but will have a lot of fun trying. (Nov. 10) FYI: McInerny is also the author of the Father Dowling and Andrew Broom mystery series. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
When a member of Notre Dame's athletic department is murdered, Professor Roger Knight and his PI brother Phil investigate (Celt and Pepper). At first they find no suspects, but then, at the victim's funeral, two fianc es show up, creating instant motivation. From a master hand and author of the Father Dowling series. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Notre Dame scoreboard: 1 dead fiancé, 1 dead fiancée, 1 unacknowledged fiancée. The Knight brothers—Roger, a corpulent Notre Dame literature professor, and Phil, a semi-retired South Bend shamus—enjoy spending bachelor evenings schmoozing with Fighting Irish assistant sports information director Fred Neville. Nothing personal, just discourses on long-dead scholars and long-past athletic achievements, which come to an abrupt end with the death of Fred and the memorial service surprise—the appearance of his two fiancées, sports color commentator Naomi, brandishing a corker of an engagement ring, and regents’ departmental secretary Mary, bravely attired in widow’s weeds. Did Fred, unable to decide between them, poison himself? Surely an unlikely fate for a practicing Catholic. More likely Naomi’s virulently anti-Notre Dame brother Tom doctored his coffee. Or his jealous assistant Anthony added strychnine to the canister. Or one of the girls, presumably the one he was in the process of dumping, doctored the grinds. While Roger and Phil help Lieutenant Stewart sort through e-mails, diary poems, and mild late-night debaucheries, poor Naomi pours herself a cup of coffee in Fred’s apartment and keels over dead, neatly eliminating herself as prime suspect and necessitating a bit of trash talk to unravel this tale of unrequited love. The Knight Brothers have handled more complicated cases (Celt and Pepper, 2002, etc.) with more polished resolutions, but most readers will be converted to die-hard Notre Dame fans and possibly even Catholicism.
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Ralph McInerny is the author of more than thirty books, including the popular Father Dowling mystery series, and has taught for more than forty years at the University of Notre Dame, where he is the director of the Jacques Maritain Center. He has been awarded the Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award and was recently appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He lives in South Bend, Indiana.
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