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The Bishop and the Three Kings (A Father Blackie Ryan Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1ST edition (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425166171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425166178
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

The relics of the Three Kings have been stolen from the Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, and Bishop Blackie Ryan must find them before Christmas to avoid a scandal in the Church. The tenth in Greeley's popular Blackie Ryan series.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A native of Chicago, Father Andrew M. Greeley, is a priest, distinguished sociologist and bestselling author. He is professor of social sciences at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona, as well as Research Associate at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. His current sociological research focuses on current issues facing the Catholic Church-including celibacy of priests, ordination of women, religious imagination, and sexual behavior of Catholics.Father Greeley received the S.T.L. in 1954 from St. Mary of Lake Seminary. His graduate work was done at the University of Chicago, where he received the M.A. Degree in 1961 and the Ph.D. in 1962.Father Greeley has written scores of books and hundreds of popular and scholarly articles on a variety of issues in sociology, education and religion. His column on political, church and social issues is carried by the Chicago Sun Times and many other newspapers. He stimulates discussion of neglected issues and often anticipates sociological trends. He is the author of more than thirty bestselling novels and an autobiography, Furthermore!: Confessions of a Parish Priest.

Customer Reviews

Once you get past (if you can) Cinda-Sue the plot is convoluted, cumbersome, and boring.
preachergeek
As a reader that has become adddicted to the Blackie Ryan series, I found found his adventure in to Germany an enjoyable read.
Bob Glaser
I think Father Greeley uses dialects and slang as a means of helping his readers distinguish between characters.
"chris21770"

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Grace in Kuwait on January 17, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have a shelf full of well-loved and often read Andrew Greeley. The Bishop and the Three Kings will NOT be joining them!
The mystery plot line was intriguing and could have been delightful in typical Blackie Ryan style if it had not been derailed early on by the secondary storyline and the Appalachian dialect. I found both the courtship and "mountain talk" to be distracting, cumbersome, and worst of all, "too, too cute". If this introduces a new and ongoing character, let's hope she'll begin using "Standard" English in both her conversations and internal dialog. If so....we might actually care about her rather than hoping the romance doesn't flower so that we won't be subjected to her further!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Easley VINE VOICE on March 14, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This novel is vintage Greeley. Andrew Greeley's novels tend to share six characteristics: Dialectic dialogue using techniques made famous by William Faulkner and Mark Twain, romantic love, statements about God's unconditional love, clear descriptions of locales, humorous statements that poke fun at such targets as the Irish and the Chicago police, and in Blackie stories a locked room crime.

The Bishop and the Three Kings introduces Cindasue McCloud who clearly speaks the dialect I remember being spoken by my friends from the Appalachian hills. Cindasue is a delightful character, especially if the reader can, as Greeley notes in a preface, enjoy the" rich cultural assets of our pluralistic republic."

Often in Blackie Ryan novels the mystery is secondary to the lives of the characters.
This book tells the romantic story of the courtship of Peter Murphy and Cindasue McCloud as they assist Bishop John Blackwood Ryan, nickname Blackie, solve the mystery of the disappearance of the three king's shrine at Koln cathedral.
Greeley's convictions shine's again as he aids Cindasue to accept herself and her love for Peter. Blackie not only plays cupid, he clearly communicates God's uncompromising, forgiving love for humans.

I enjoyed discovering the meaning and symbolism of the Magi story, the celebration of the growing love between Pete and Cindasue, and solving the puzzle of the disappearance of the shrine from a locked cathedral with an electronic security system.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Glaser on January 4, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a reader that has become adddicted to the Blackie Ryan series, I found found his adventure in to Germany an enjoyable read. Greeley is becoming a legend in the mystery genere as well Catholic Literature.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1999
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I was very disappointed in this book. Not because of the content, it started out quit good and really caught my attention up to the moment when Cidasua started talking. As a foreigner and mysterylover I was unable to understand what she said. Since I donot know the dialect or language she was speaking I soon lost interest in the book. It took me too long to figure out what she was saying, and even now I donot know what she said. I read a lot of English books and pass them on to family and friends, so they can brush up on the English language, but this book I will not pass on. It would have been advisable to have her speak normal English , with a note that this was spoken in het dialect. The parts which I could understand I really liked and found it enjoyable to recognize places in Koelln, where I have lived myself for some years. Unfortunately I could not bring up the energy to finish the book, because of Cindasue's dialect. I guess I better buy this book in my own language,maybe I will understand it better and finish what I have started. I do wonder if there are Americans who also think like me on this subject?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1998
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To Bishop Blackie Ryan and his family, the world consists of two places: "Chicago and All Other". Blackie loves his home city of Chicago and has no doubts that he will spend the Yuletide season there. However, with eighty-five days till Christmas, a distraught Sean Cardinal Cronin tells Blackie that the casket with the remains of the three Wise Men has been stolen from the Cologne Cathedral. As a favor to the cardinal archbishop of Cologne and to avoid a CNN reported scandal, Sean sends Blackie overseas to investigate the caper.
Blackie's sister makes him take his nephew Peter, who is between schools at the moment so she can rid herself of the pest. Blackie and Peter fly to Germany where the magnitude of the theft is incredible to both of them. Even more shocking is the fact that no one has claimed the successful stealing of the relic. The twosome begin to search for clues, but if they are not careful they may find themselves joining the Three Wise Men in the afterlife.
THE BISHOP AND THE THREE KINGS, the tenth Blackie Ryan mystery, is a wonderful holiday season sleuth tale. The story line is masterfully put together and the characters are all first rate. Blackie puts a new slant on wise men, as he remains a wise cracking protagonist. Andrew M. Greeley knows how to educate his reader on Christian theology in an entertaining manner that will elate who-done-it fans.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "chris21770" on February 16, 2003
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This Blackie Ryan novel was truly entertaining, and is one of my favorites in the series. It's a good one to read around the Christmas holidays. I'll admit that Cinda-Sue's dialect can be a bit distracting, but I found her quite well-rounded as a character once he developed her a bit, and learned to live with her. Let's face it, we all have dialects, but few of us recognize it because most of those around us speak in the same way. I think Father Greeley uses dialects and slang as a means of helping his readers distinguish between characters. In his mysteries, there tends to be lots of characters with the same last names or similar chracteristics, so the dialects and slang are helpful identifiers for those of us who get a little befuddled about who is who after a few days away from the book. I just wish he would drop the "Like-Ohmigod!" valley girl talk he tends to give the virtuous Meaghans and any other teenage girl in his novels. I haven't spoken with a teenager who uses speech pattens like that since 1983. Keep cranking the Blackie Ryan novels out, Father Greeley!
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