Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Compassion of Father Dowling-Ralph McInerny

The Compassion of Father Dowling

Ralph McInerny

Five Star, Dec 16 2011, $25.95

ISBN 9781432825102

The latest Father Roger Dowling short story collection (see The Wisdom of Father Dowling) contains sixteen entertaining mysteries in Fox River, Illinois. Most of the contributions were previously printed in the Catholic Dossier; twelve of the entries were printed in the 1990s while the other four between 2000 and 2002. The anthology begins with “Occult Compensation” as someone leaves a suitcase filled with cash at Father Dowling’s St. Hilary. Harriet and Leo are to marry at St. Hillary but is ready to convert to Catholicism or pay any cost as Earl wants her as his wife in “The Base of the Triangle”. Harry the derelict works hard at the parish, but soon becomes embroiled in what happened to “The Missing Leonardo.” This is a fine compilation as no one will think of Bingo in the same way while paying homage to the late Ralph McInerny who dies last January.

Harriet Klausner

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