Irish Gilt (Notre Dame Mystery Series #9)

Irish Gilt (Notre Dame Mystery Series #9)

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by Ralph McInerny
     
 

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When South Bend, Indiana, Detective Phil Knight meets Boris Henry, an enthusiast of the historic Father John Zahm, a Notre Dame priest who was once involved in theoretical disputes during the 19th century, he wants to introduce Boris to his brother, Notre Dame's Professor Roger Knight, who shares a passion for this legendary man. As expected Boris and Roger have

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When South Bend, Indiana, Detective Phil Knight meets Boris Henry, an enthusiast of the historic Father John Zahm, a Notre Dame priest who was once involved in theoretical disputes during the 19th century, he wants to introduce Boris to his brother, Notre Dame's Professor Roger Knight, who shares a passion for this legendary man. As expected Boris and Roger have much to discuss. But then some of Boris's collection of rare Zahm artifacts go missing and Boris turns up dead, and the Knight brothers team up to uncover the truth behind the murder in Irish Gilt, an absorbing addition to this series by the author of the beloved Father Dowling mysteries.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Mr. McInerny creates a pleasantly malicious microcosm for the antics that follow."

The Wall Street Journal on Green Thumb

"Most readers will be converted to die-hard Notre Dame fans and possibly Catholicism."

Kirkus Reviews on Irish Coffee

"A fine effort by a deservedly respected genre veteran."

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Publishers Weekly
In McInerney's ninth Notre Dame mystery (after 2004's Green Thumb), professor Roger Knight and his detective brother, Philip, seek the missing diaries of Fr. John Zahn, an almost forgotten 19th-century theologian, which purport to shed light on the search for El Dorado. Their investigation takes a deadly turn after the murder of an alumnus on campus. Rare book dealers, academic curmudgeons and others with conflicting loyalties and assorted agendas enliven a sleuthing exercise short on suspense and imagination. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A slyly humorous look at the trouble Notre Dame alumni get into when they cavort with non-South Bend types. Boris Henry and Xavier Kittock, roommates from the class of '74, once shared two interests: Father John Zahm's 1914-15 letters and diary concerning his South American search for El Dorado, and Clare, Boris's beautiful assistant. Then their interests diverged: Boris the gambler was intent on establishing a Zahm Institute at Notre Dame, whose centerpiece would be the diary the priest sold them. Xavier, known as Eggs, wanted to use the diary to mount a quest for the El Dorado gold. When the letters and diary disappear, Boris blames Eggs and relies on the Knight brothers-Roger, a Nero Wolfe-sized scholar, and Phil, a very selective private eye (Irish Coffee, 2003, etc.)-to deliver the goods. Everything points to Eggs until he slumps dead on a park bench in the middle of the night, perhaps from a heart attack but more likely from more sinister causes. Theories fly, including one accusing a jealous husband, and several others proposed by the old geezers at the university club. Eventually, Roger assembles the puzzle pieces, trumping the South Bend cops, campus security and even his brother, to the immense relief of the university archivist. Droll and charming, with more romantic shenanigans than a French farce.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312336882
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Series:
Notre Dame Mystery Series, #9
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.89(d)

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From the Publisher
"Mr. McInerny creates a pleasantly malicious microcosm for the antics that follow."

The Wall Street Journal on Green Thumb

"Most readers will be converted to die-hard Notre Dame fans and possibly Catholicism."

Kirkus Reviews on Irish Coffee

"A fine effort by a deservedly respected genre veteran."

Booklist on Irish Coffee

Meet the Author

RALPH MCINERNY is also the author of the Father Dowling series, and has taught for over forty years at Notre Dame.

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Irish Gilt (Notre Dame Mystery Series #9) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
South Bend, Indiana is known as the home of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Brotherly private investigators Roger and Phil Knight love the college atmosphere, the sports, and the occasional intrigue. --- Roger, recently appointed to the Huneker Chair in the Catholic Studies Department, teaches a course on the renowned Father John Zahm, a Renaissance man who many believe found the legendary El Dorado Mine. However, Roger nd his students are not the only people interested in Zahm. Alumni Boris Henry possesses Zahm¿s diaries that provide clues to the El Dorado Mine. He wants to mount an expedition that he hopes will lead to a center based on Zahm¿s works. Another alumnus Xavier Killock is also interested in finding the El Dorado Mine Boris believes Xavier stole the diaries from him, but if he did he will not be able to confess as someone killed him. --- The tour of the famous university will be enjoyed not just by alumni, but also fans of teams who until recent years spent many a defeat in Rockne Stadium. The who-done-it is fun to follow as Ralph McInerny provides lots of misdirection, which also turns into to many dead ended sidebars. Still this is a pleasant read in an amiable series. --- Harriet Klausner