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Irish Cream : A Nuala Anne McGrail Novel (Nuala McGrail Mystery) Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 1, 2005
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In *Irish Cream,* Fr Greeley has again interwoven a compelling historical tale with the modern day trials and tribulations of the Coynes. But this time the historical tie-in is clumsy and the flips and flops back and forth are disconcerting - one would think especially for the reader unfamiliar with Fr. Greeley's conventions. And by now in the Greeley oeuvre, what with everyone making cameos in everyone else's serials, you best be reading Bishop Blackwood ("Blackie") Ryan in the *Happy are ...* books and "the crazy O'Malleys" of *A Midwinter's Tale* etc.
So, what are ya doin' still sittin' there staring at your computer screen? Get reading!
P.S.: Yo! Old White Men in Rome! Elect Father Greeley for Pope! You'd be amazed at the return of the abused, disenchanted & disenfranchised back to the pews and our tithes back to the collection basket!
The current situation concerns a young man Damian O-Sullivan, nicknamed Day, who has become the black sheep of his family. Nuala senses that his image is wrong and is determined to rectify it.
The historical situation is told through the diary of Father Richard Lonigan, parish priest in Donegal Ireland. Father Richard, a cultured man with a doctorate, struggles to understand and minister to the poor rural Irish of his parish. His efforts pit him against the "ribbon men", the Protestant Vicar, the English lord, and many of his parishioners. His attitude is "if they don't like me it is their problem."
There are two features that I especially like about this novel: the caring affinity among the characters, and the bits of wisdom Andrew Greeley puts into the dialogue.
The Coynes, Nuala Anne, Dermot, Nelliecoyne, Matthew, and Socra Marie are a delightful family. Nuala and Dermot are still in love after three children and several years of marriage. Nelliecoyne is a very bright young girl who is "fey" like her mother. Matt is all boy and quietly ignores his sisters. Socra Marie is a fun two year old who loves the doggies and most people. The loving relationship of this family makes the book.
Andrew Greeley provides some nice wisdom in this story. Bishop Blackie on Memorial Day asks whether "the tombstones or flowers are more ultimate"? Later Blackie is quoted as saying that "One does not waste one's time trying to figure out the plans of the Lord God".Read more ›
Nuala Anne McGrail is an Irish songstress who also happens to have "the sight." Her husband Dermot Michael Coyle is a sort of Watson to her Sherlock. The characters are an absolute delight, especially the self-deprecatory Dermot and his youngest daughter, two-year-old Socra Marie. Six-year-old Nelliecoyne and four-year-old Michael "The Mick" round out the family. Nuala is originally from Galway; Dermot is second generation. His brother, a Catholic priest, works for Bishop Blackie. Father Greeley does an excellent job with the Irish dialect; he even explains how to speak it.
IRISH CREAM is really two novels rolled into one. The first involves the O'Sullivan family who are trying to scapegoat their youngest, Damian "Day" O'Sullivan, for the murder of their father's business partner. The Irish Cream in the title has to do with John Patrick O'Sullivan's inordinate pride in his four oldest children. He is also a Notre Dame booster and likes to "tilt the field" in respect to his business enterprises.
The second story revolves around Father Dick Lonigan, whose memoir Dermot is reading. Father Dick was a parish priest in Donegal shortly after the Potato Famine. The Irish peasants are rather like sharecroppers in the American South, and Father Dick mediates when they clash with the English landowners. He is also fighting the paganism that still survives in Donegal. The conflict in this story involves the murder of English landowner Lord Skeffington's caretaker, Tim Allen, and later an attempt on Skeffington's life as well. Father Dick is also pining over his housekeeper Mrs. O'Flynn.Read more ›
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Love this ongoing series by Greeley. He's one of my favorite authors.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Andrew Greeley is my favorite author, need I say more. That is why I buy all his books.Published 3 months ago by Sherry Ewing
Nouala Anne once again single handedly solves another mystery. An excellent read. I especially enjoy reading the history of Ireland interspersed with the current day mystery to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Fran
I love all of Andrew M. Greeley's books, but the Nuala Anne McGrail novels and the Blackie Ryan novels are my favorites. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Leslie Sherwin
I am Irish and his books of Ireland are great and I will read and re read all of themPublished 22 months ago by J M
These are feel good books. A pleasure to read time and time again. Andrew Greeley has a way with words and plot.Published on November 23, 2013 by Robert C. Demark
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