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Ralph McInerny

Ralph McInerny
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Ralph McInerny (1929-2010) is the author of more than fifty books, including the popular Father Dowling series, and taught for over fifty years at the University of Notre Dame, where he was the director of the Jacques Maritain Center. He has been awarded the Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award and appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He lived in South Bend, Indiana

Ralph McInerny

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Sham Rock
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Sham Rock

Roger and Philip Knight Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

The University of Notre Dame relies on Roger Knight, the rotund professor of Catholic Studies, and his brother Philip, a semiretired PI, to investigate certain delicate situations that could put...

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Stained Glass
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Stained Glass

Father Dowling Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Tough times and the unsolved murders of anyone with ties to the Deveres---a family of wealthy parish patrons---back Father Dowling up against a wall in his struggle to save his church from the chopping...

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The Green Revolution
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The Green Revolution

Roger and Philip Knight Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Any year when the Fighting Irish don't go undefeated is a disappointment, but to turn in a losing football season is unheard of. This year the faithful are refusing to admit defeat even as the losses...

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Ash Wednesday
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Ash Wednesday

Father Dowling Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Father Dowling has been serving as parish priest and resident sleuth at St. Hilary's for a while now, but he's no lifer, and there's plenty that he doesn't know about the old guard. So when a stranger...

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Irish Alibi
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Irish Alibi

Roger and Philip Knight Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

With the Fighting Irish set to square off against Georgia Tech, Roger Knight, the rotund professor of Catholic studies, and his brother Philip, a semi-retired P.I., know that Notre Dame fans will...

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The Widow's Mate
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The Widow's Mate

Father Dowling Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Father Dowling is a dedicated parish priest who happens to have a knack for unraveling the mysteries of the real world as well as those of heaven, but the latest puzzle to catch his attention---the...

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The Prudence of the Flesh
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The Prudence of the Flesh

Father Dowling Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Gregory Barrett, a classmate of Father Dowling's, left the priesthood twenty-five years ago. Now, after all these years, a woman threatens to bring a multimillion-dollar suit against him, alleging...

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The Letter Killeth
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The Letter Killeth

Roger and Philip Knight Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Once the college football season draws to a close for the Fighting Irish, there is little reason to ride out the winter in South Bend, Indiana. Those who can leave do, but P.I. Philip Knight stays...

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Irish Gilt
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Irish Gilt

Roger and Philip Knight Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

When South Bend, Indiana, Detective Phil Knight meets Boris Henry, an enthusiast of the historic Father John Zahm, a Notre Dame priest who was once involved in theoretical disputes during the 19th...

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Blood Ties
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Blood Ties

Father Dowling Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Henry Dolan's granddaughter, Martha Lynch, adopted 23 years earlier, wants to find her birth parents. Her adopted parents are frantic over the idea of losing her, so Henry seeks out Father Dowling...

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Green Thumb
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Green Thumb

Roger and Philip Knight Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

One early morning during spring break, Detectives Phil Knight and Jimmie Stewart are enjoying a golf game at the University of Notre Dame when they find a man apparently suffering a heart attack...

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Requiem for a Realtor
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Requiem for a Realtor

Father Dowling Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Father Dowling, respected by all, is well-known for being willing to lend a helping hand whenever he can. So it's no surprise when Stanley Collins shows up at the St. Hilary rectory to confide in...

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Irish Coffee
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Irish Coffee

Roger and Philip Knight Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

When Fred Neville of the Notre Dame athletic department winds up dead under mysterious circumstances, amateur sleuth and academic Roger Knight, and his brother, Phil, a P.I., investigate the apparent...

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Last Things
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Last Things

Father Dowling Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Father Dowling is used to unsolicited knocks on the rectory door, having done more than his share of counseling and assisting in delicate situations during his long career. So when Eleanor Wygant...

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Celt and Pepper
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Celt and Pepper

Roger and Philip Knight Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Martin Kilmartin is a popular young Notre Dame professor and a promising poet, and as far as everyone on campus knows, he's off to visit his ancestral Ireland over winter break. It's a shocking moment...

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Prodigal Father
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Prodigal Father

Father Dowling Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Father Roger Dowling is a busy man. He's got the ambitious and all-encompassing task of running St. Hilary's Parish, dealing with his busybody housekeeper, Mrs. Murkin, and counseling his flock with...

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Emerald Aisle
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Emerald Aisle

Roger and Philip Knight Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Heavyweight Notre Dame professor Roger Knight and his p.i. brother Philip investigate a baffling puzzle when some extremely rare literary documents go missing in the fifth installment of this smart...

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Triple Pursuit
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Triple Pursuit

Father Dowling Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

In the latest installment of Ralph McInerny's beloved series, Father Dowling is caught in the middle of a dispute between former radio celebrity Jack Gallagher and Austin Rooney over one woman's...

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The Book of Kills
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The Book of Kills

Roger and Philip Knight Mysteries

Ralph McInerny
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Prior to the kidnapping of several school administrators and the desecration of headstones in the Cedar Grove Cemetery, the University of Notre Dame's biggest worry had seemed to be this season's...

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