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The Wisdom of Father Dowling (Five Star First Edition Mystery) Hardcover – January 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star First Edition Mystery
  • Hardcover: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (ME) (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594146799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594146794
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fans of McInerny's Father Dowling novels (Ash Wednesday, etc.) will welcome this collection of 15 short stories featuring the compassionate priest of St. Hilary's church in Fox River, Ill., and such beloved supporting characters as his feisty indispensable housekeeper, Marie, and his friend, police captain Phil Keegan. Included are tales of murder and betrayal, long hidden crimes and secrets that are discovered when bodies are found—or in some cases unearthed from old graves. The motives vary from calculated greed to embarrassment, and are as human as Father Dowling. Among the highlights are The Giveaway, The Dunne Deal and Hic Jacet. Maintaining his sense of humor throughout, Father Dowling is never satisfied until he discovers the truth and understands the motive behind every crime he encounters. (Jan.)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This anthology contains fourteen stories published between 1995 and 1998, and one entry in 2000. The usual players besides the title lead character show up as does his housekeeper Marie, and police captain Phil Keegan. All take place in Fox River, Illinois in or near St. Hilary's church. Each tale is well written and fun to read with Father Dowling's usual amusing asides and witty intelligent commentaries on life enhance the collection. The short story format is a terrific method for the Father Dowling mysteries as he provides his compassionate solace to the flock and others while also solving cases that prove to the reader to kill or steal is human, but to catch the felon is divine. Fans of the series will fully appreciate this fine compilation of the short cases of Father Dowling as the format is heavenly.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Old Piano Lady on January 7, 2013
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I will take Father Dowling mysteries any way I can get them. This book of short stories is one way. I stll picture Father Dowling as portrayed by Tom Bosley on TV many years ago. I love the humor sprinkled into the mix of mystery and tragedy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Army Wife Retired on July 6, 2014
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Good clean mystery, no sex, just old fashioned mystery. Good for any age.
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By dale w. meier on July 8, 2014
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Very good and fast delivery
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