Irish Tweed: A Nuala Anne McGrail Novel

Irish Tweed: A Nuala Anne McGrail Novel

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by Andrew M. Greeley
     
 

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Countless readers have been delighted by Father Andrew M. Greeley's bestselling tales of Nuala Anne McGrail, a fey, Irish-speaking woman blessed with the gift of second sight, and her husband and accomplice, Dermot Michael Coyne.

In Irish Tweed, Nuala Anne and her daughter have taken up karate to fight off schoolyard bullies who are harassing the

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Countless readers have been delighted by Father Andrew M. Greeley's bestselling tales of Nuala Anne McGrail, a fey, Irish-speaking woman blessed with the gift of second sight, and her husband and accomplice, Dermot Michael Coyne.

In Irish Tweed, Nuala Anne and her daughter have taken up karate to fight off schoolyard bullies who are harassing the family, while their incredibly shy nanny, Julie, is courted by a new fellow. Dermot pores over a memoir of a famine refugee whose family died of a mysterious fever, looking for clues into the illness' real cause.

Father Greeley's many fans look forward to each installment, and Irish Tweed is another captivating tale in a series by one of America's best loved storytellers.

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Publishers Weekly

At the start of Greeley's spirited 12th Nuala Anne McGrail novel (after 2008's Irish Tiger), his feisty heroine delivers a black belt kick to the unlikable new principal's stomach in a schoolyard brawl involving all four of her children. Solving the bullying problem at St. Joe's isn't the only challenge facing Irish-born Nuala and her adoring husband, Dermot Michael Coyne. They must also figure out who beat and threw Finnbar Burke, the "nice fella" with whom their shy, golden-haired nanny has fallen in love, into the Chicago River. Interspersed with the present-day action is the poignant story of an Irish girl who came to America after all her immediate family died in the famine of 1875. While some readers may feel Greeley dwells too much on Nuala and Dermot's joyous sex life and overdoes the Irish dialect, few can resist the charm of these colorful, warm characters and the author's sympathetic view of the Irish of Chicago. (Feb.)

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Nuala Anne takes a break from her customary diet of murder to educate her children's school principal. Suddenly, the school in St. Joe's parish where Nuala Anne McGrail Coyne has been contentedly enrolling her brood is under new supervision. Dr. Lorraine Fletcher, who's straight out of Dickens, cherishes a hatred for Nuala Anne that's straight out of pathology textbooks. Fletcher is a devout believer in what she calls the "fundamental option for the poor." In the topsy-turvy Catholic school she envisions, indigent big kids are encouraged to bully affluent little kids and pocket their money as a first step toward the proper redistribution of wealth. This trickle-up approach to economics leads to a donnybrook in which Nuala Anne gets a slap in the chops and, in exchange, Fletcher gets a kick in the gut from "a newly minted black belt." Meanwhile, Dermot Michael, spear-carrier and ever-adoring husband, checks out a memoir furnished to him by his father that describes the turbulent life of a female doctor in late 19th-century Chicago, while lovely, golden-haired Julie Crean, the Coynes's irredeemably wholesome nanny, checks out Finnbar Burke, a potential fella. It's Finnbar, incidentally, whose brief immersion in the Chicago River, where he's been tossed by person or persons unknown, supplies the sole claim to membership in the mystery genre that the latest McGrail confection (Irish Tiger, 2008, etc.) can offer. Blarney-soaked and relentlessly cute.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429992039
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
02/17/2009
Series:
Nuala Anne McGrail Novels , #12
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
139,373
File size:
1 MB

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