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The second sorrowful mystery : a mystery
Harrington, Jonathan.
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Aurora, CO : Write Way Publishing, 1999.
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240 pages ; 23 cm
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Danny is on one of his frequent trips to the picturesque Irish seaside town of Ballycara when the shocking murder of a priest draws him into the secrets of the town's most colorful inhabitants. Speculation flies around the murder and the priest's odd behavior prior to the crime. Are Protestant extremists involved, or disgruntled parishioners?

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Booklist Review

In Ballycara, in the west of Ireland, Father O'Malley becomes ill during mass at St. Bridget's Church and disappears after the service. When Danny O'Flaherty, a friend and expatriate American, arrives from Dublin, he finds O'Malley dead in the church basement. The police and villagers think O'Malley's death was natural or caused by fairies, but Danny thinks the priest was murdered. Offering a strong pace and settings so real that one can smell the peat fires in the village pub, this second Danny O'Flaherty novel is excellent. Suggest this book to readers of Bartholomew Gill's Irish police procedurals. --John Rowen

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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 suspectsÄand then another body turns up. Smoothly and competently written for the most part, but only mildly diverting; for larger collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.