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Requiem for a realtor : a Father Dowling mystery
McInerny, Ralph, 1929-2010.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, [2004]

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263 pages ; 22 cm
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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 Father Dowling about the troubled marriage of one of the church's parishioners. Dowling promises to do his best to find a way to help, but it soon becomes too late. One of the parties involved is viciously killed in a hit and run car accident.

Is it murder? Dowling knows there is good reason to suspect it might be, but when his friend, Detective Phil Keegan, labels it an accident, Dowling 's hands are tied. It's a question of ethics. Unable to break Collins's confidence, he can only keep tabs on the investigation from afar. While searching for the truth, Dowling must protect the secrets of his parishioners at all costs.

In Requiem for a Realtor, the charming Father Dowling returns once again, tangled in a web of deceit that will intrigue and delight his dedicated fans in a complex, satisfying mystery from Ralph McInerny.

Author Notes

Ralph McInerny was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 24, 1929. He served in the Marine Corps in the late 1940s. He received a bachelor's degree from St. Paul Seminary in 1951, a master's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1952 and a doctorate in philosophy from Laval University in Quebec in 1954. He was a member of the University of Notre Dame faculty from 1955 until 2009. He gained international renown as a scholar, author and lecturer who specialized in the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. During his academic career, he was the Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies and director of the Jacques Maritain Center at the University of Notre Dame. He is founder and publisher of Catholic Dossier magazine and co-founder of Crisis magazine.

His philosophical works include Aquinas on Human Action, The Question of Christian Ethics, and Aquinas and Analogy. His novels include the Father Dowling Mystery series, an Andrew Broom Mystery series, and the Sister Mary Teresa Mystery series. He also wrote under the pseudonyms of Harry Austin, Matthew FitzRalph, Ernan Mackey, Edward Mackin, and Monica Quill. He died on January 29, 2010 at the age of 80.

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Booklist Review

In this satisfying entry in the Father Dowling mystery series, Stanley Collins is Fox River's most notorious philandering realtor. His wife, Phyllis, wants to divorce him but is afraid to lose her claim on an impending inheritance. She is stringing along her dentist, love-struck Dave Jameson, who's also a devout Catholic. Jameson is a prominent member of St. Hilary's parish and, as an emissary for Phyllis Collins, asks Father Dowling's advice regarding a divorce and her standing in the church. Circumstances change when Stanley Collins is run down by his own car a couple of blocks from the apartment of a local nightclub torch singer, with whom he is having an affair. Dowling closely watches as the investigation--directed by his closest friend, Phil Keegan, of the Fox River PD--unfolds. McInerny, a much-deserved winner of the Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award, presents a panoply of complex characters, most of whom are potential suspects. McInerny adds a moral catch-22 for Dowling as he struggles to choose between helping solve a murder and betraying the sanctity of a parishioner's confidences. --Wes Lukowsky Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Ralph McInerny's Requiem for a Realtor: A Father Dowling Mystery, the 23rd entry in this reliably entertaining series (Her Death of Cold, etc.), the devoted priest of St. Hilary's parish receives an unexpected call from realtor Stanley Collins, who confides that his wife is having an affair with a loyal parishioner and prosperous dentist. When Collins turns up dead in the parking lot of a popular nightspot, the police investigation reveals many possible suspects, all with motive and opportunity. In the best tradition of Agatha Christie, McInerny keeps the reader guessing to the end. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved