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The Second Sorrowful Mystery: A Mystery Hardcover – June 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Write Way Publishing; First Edition edition (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885173377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885173379
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,248,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A couple of years after solving the murder of his cousin Rose (in 1996's The Death of Cousin Rose) in the Irish village of Ballycara, Irish-American Danny O'Flaherty is living and working as a teacher in Dublin. A letter from his friend, parish priest Padraic O'Malley, brings Danny back to Ballycara, only to discover that the priest has disappeared. After a quick search, Danny and Father O'Malley's housekeeper, Fidelma Muldoon, find Father O'Malley dead in the church basement, peacefully laid out with a rosary in his hand. Over the protests of the local policeman, Danny insists that the priest was murdered. Given permission by the gardai, the Irish police, who are too busy to investigate, Danny starts nosing around, asking questions and chasing suspects about the countryside. As he unearths a host of old grudges against Father O'Malley, his idealistic image of his friend is quickly tarnished. Harrington's novel progresses slowly, but his prose is clean and sweet, and he conveys well the undercurrents that can lie beneath a small town's placid appearance. Fans of The Death of Cousin Rose should relish this one, as should all who like a mystery with a touch of Irish charm.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Danny O'Flaherty, an American exchange teacher in Ireland (The Death of Cousin Rose, Write Way, 1996), intends to visit a priest friend in Ballycara for some fishing but finds the man dead in the church basement instead. Stricken, but stirred to action, Danny first proves that the man was murdered; then, at the insistence of the G rda (Irish police), he investigates. Well intentioned but ill informed, he dismisses the local "cursed rectory" theory and Protestant-Catholic rivalries only to chase wildly after the wrong suspectsAand then another body turns up. Smoothly and competently written for the most part, but only mildly diverting; for larger collections.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
With a wonderfully refreshing piece of literature, Harrington has given us the means to live and breathe Ireland without leaving the comforts of home. Brimming with detailed imagery, the story of Danny, an American who fell in love with the homeland of his ancestors, will capture your imagination as he stumbles through a quaint Irish village searching for the murderer of the parish priest, who also happened to be his best friend. Riddled by several suspects, each with a motive and opportunity, Danny is forced to re-examine his close friends, his faith and even the reverent image he held of his confidant. THE SECOND SORROWFUL MYSTERY, packed with Irish folklore, false leads, scandal, love, lies, and laughter, is a great classic detective story that will keep you captivated right up until the last page.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Bates on September 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was a big fan of Jonathan Harrington's first book, The Death of Cousin Rose, but he tops himself here with a fast-moving, atmospheric mystery that will delight even the non-Irish (like me.) Harrington retains the small-town Irish feel that made the first book so charming --- but this time there's more ambiance, more suspense, and a lot more humor. I read this on vacation, and at times I truly felt as if I was transported to another world. There's a very funny chase scene that has to be read to be believed - and there are even snippets of religion and philosophy at the end. This is more than just another mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Second Sorrowful Mystery by Jonathan Harringtin is the latest in the Danny O'Flarehty series set in Ireland. Harrington has created a new sub-genre of the English cozy with this series. His Irish mysteries carry the same elements as the English cozy: amateur sleuth, village setting, and a limited number of characters who have secret lives. But oh how much more robust are these characters than their neighbors across the Irish Sea. You've never seen the likes of Kathleen Conlon, Breda. Slattery, or the lovely, red-haired Fidelma in Miss Marple's village. Such carry-ons, as the Irish would say. Danny, American, has returned to Ireland to teach for a year in Dublin. He goes to Ballycara in Co. Galway to visit his good friend and parish priest, Fr. O'Malley. O'Malley is murdered, and Danny, though beset with false leads, sorts through them. He finds an old secret out of a dark past prompted the killing. In the end, Danny cleverly sequesters the killer so that the local garda captures the individual, getting the credit for solving the murder. 'Tis a wonderful breath of Irish breeze, sometimes brisk, sometimes gentle, that flows through the book, The reader can hear the lilt and wry humor of the Irish captured so well in the characters' voices. Harrington also judiciously sprinkles bits of Irish history and contemporary life in the unforlding story, all of which adds to its entertainment. This is a fun book of an evening to read-- your Guinness or cup o' tea by your side and a chuckle or two breaking out as you follow Danny O'Flaherty's quest of the murderer and the fair Fidelma.
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By A Customer on April 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
While visiting Ireland two years ago, American Danny O'Flaherty fell in love with the country and its people, who return his warm regard. The murder of his cousin Rose failed to diminish his feelings one iota. To remain in the country, Danny volunteers to teach in an exchange program. He soon begins working in Dublin.
Whenever he can get away, Danny visits his friends in the village of Ballycara. His closest companion, parish priest Father O'Malley wants to confidentially tell Danny something. Before the priest can do that, he is found dead. Danny thinks someone murdered Father O'Malley and his flock wants the American to investigate. His inquiries lead him to accuse an innocent person, but that fails to stop the obstinate Danny from continuing his investigation. After a second corpse is uncovered, Danny uses himself as bait to set a trap to lure the killer into revealing his identity
THE SECOND SORROWFUL MYSTERY is so atmosphere-laden, readers will think they are visiting a rural Erin village. Danny is adorable as he makes one mistake after another, but stubbornly continues to look into his friend's death. Talented Jonathan Harrington cleverly sets up and executes the mystery so that it seems nearly impossible to guess the killer's identity even the author sprinkles clues throughout the story line. No reader of this novel will feel any sorrow as this is a very entertaining amateur sleuth tale.

Harriet Klausner
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By A Customer on January 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was disappointed in this book. Not alone were there aspects of the plot that I found quite weak, but it badly needed an Irish editor. The book is filled with errors in spelling, speech patterns etc.
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