Last Things (Father Dowling Series #22)

Last Things (Father Dowling Series #22)

by Ralph McInerny, K. J. Erikson

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Last Things (Father Dowling Series #22) by Ralph McInerny, K. J. Erikson

Praise for Ralph McInerny and Father Dowling:

"You don't have to go to church to worship mystery lovers' esteemed Father Dowling....An absorbing mix of murder and morality." - Entertainment Weekly

"Father Dowling is not the average priest, one who dispenses homilies and easy nostrums. He has been through the mill himself, is tough, yet has compassion...the Catholic equivalent of Harry Kemelman's Harry Small." - The New York Times Book Review

"Mystery at its bloodless, cerebral best...Dowling is the perfect father confessor, dealing with moral dilemmas and the weakness of man with compassion and understanding." - Chicago Tribune

"McInerny has created the most engaging, irascible priest-detective since Chesterton's Father Brown....First-rate philosophical thriller." - Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312308995
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/17/2003
Series: Father Dowling Series , #22
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Ralph McInerny is the author of over thirty books, including the popular Father Dowling mystery series, and has taught for over 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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Last Things (Father Dowling Series #22) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Father Roger Dowling, the priest of St. Hilary's church in Fox River, Illinois, is rather shocked when Eleanor Wygnant who is not a member of his congregation, asks him to stop Jessica Bernardo from writing a book about her family. Realizing that Jessica's doings are not his concerns, he refuses to talk to the woman. The Bernardos are going through a difficult time of it right now with the patriarch of the family hospitalized and not expected to survive.

His son Raymond, who he hasn't seen in a decade, returns home knowing that his father despises his for leaving the priesthood and running away to California with a woman he later marries. Eleanor is worried that once Raymond's father dies, the love letter she wrote him during an affair will become public and hurt her sister-in-law. Raymond's younger brother Andrew, a college teacher with tenure is being held in jail on a homicide charge. Father Dowling doesn't think Andrew is guilty and sets about to prove it.

LAST THINGS is a very entertaining amateur sleuth novel starring a protagonist who is so likable readers will feel an immediate bond with him. Much of this novel is a relationship drama starring the Bernardo family and it is only the last quarter when the mystery really takes off. In fact, this is one Father Dowling mystery in which the popular priest plays a secondary albeit important role. Ralph McInerny has written another pleasing who done it.

Harriet Klausner