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Title:
Irish cream : a Nuala Anne McGrail novel
Author:
Greeley, Andrew M., 1928-2013.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, [2005]

©2005
Physical Description:
319 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780765303356
Format :
Book

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Summary

Countless readers have been delighted by Father Andrew M. Greeley's bestselling tales of Nuala Anne McGrail, a fey, Irish-speaking woman from Galway blessed with the gift of second sight and a knack for unraveling mysteries, and her hapless husband and accomplice, Dermot Michael Coyne. From "Irish Gold" through "Irish Stew " this spirited couple has untangled many a knotty mystery, both at home in Chicago and back in Erin. Now they return in another captivating blend of romance, humor, and intrigue
Damian "Day" O'Sullivan is a troubled young man who blames himself for a tragic vehicular homicide he may not have committed. Trouble is, Day's entire family seems to be conspiring to pin the crime on the poor lad, which only leads Nuala and Dermot to wonder who really ran over (three times ) Rodney Keefe in the parking lot of a ritzy Chicago country club.
The O'Sullivans are a ruthlessly ambitious clan of South Side Irish, who consider themselves the cream of the Irish-American community. The sensitive Day has always been something of a black sheep in the family---and perhaps a scapegoat as well.
But the twisted saga of the O'Sullivans isn't the only mystery to be unraveled. Having stumbled onto the diary of Father Richard Lonigan, a nineteenth-century parish priest assigned to a remote village in old Donegal, Dermot and Nuala find themselves caught up in the closely guarded secrets and scandals of that desolate time and place, where simmering resentment against the ruling English sometimes erupted into violence and murder....
"Irish Cream" is another rich and satisfying concoction by one of America's most popular storytellers.


Author Notes

Roman Catholic priest Andrew M. Greeley was the author of more than 100 non-fiction works of theology, sociology, prayer, and poetry; a professor of sociology; a newspaper columnist; and a successful novelist, writing in several genres, including mystery and science fiction. He was born on February 5, 1928 and was a native of Chicago. Greeley studied at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary and earned an AB from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in 1950, a Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1952, and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1954. He went on to receive a Master of Arts in 1961 and a Ph D in 1962.

Greeley's fiction, which often told stories of crime and scandal in the Roman Catholic church, can be violent and lurid and are considered controversial by many Church leaders. Greeley wrote on such issues as homosexuality in the clergy, pedophilia, and papal politics, and he created the popular mystery series starring Father Blackie Ryan, as well as another featuring the character Nuala McGrail.

Greeley was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Arizona, Bard College (New York State) and the National University of Ireland, Galway. In 1981, he received the F. Sadlier Dinger Award, which is presented each year by educational publisher William H. Sadlier, Inc. in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the ministry of religious education in America.

Greeley died on May 29, 2013 at his Chicago home. He was 85. (Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Greeley continues to churn out his own brand of irresistibly predictable mysteries at an amazingly rapid pace. Although the plot and the characters are somewhat cliched, they provide a cozy level of comfort for fans eager to delve into another caper involving devoted spouses and dueling detectives Nuala Anne McGrail and Dermot Michael Coyne. As usual, it is a simple case of good Irish-American Catholics versus evil Irish-American Catholics. Gentle, artistic Damian Day O'Sullivan has been made the scapegoat for all his family's shortcomings. When a friend of his father is run over and killed, an inebriated Day is eagerly offered to the police as a sacrificial lamb by his parents and siblings. After Day becomes an honorary member of the Coyne clan, Nuala and Dermot are determined to prove his innocence by using their stock-in-trade: an unbeatable combination of Dermot's cold, hard logic and Nuala's mystical second sight. Interwoven into the contemporary story is an intriguing historical whodunit that adds a little more substance. --Margaret Flanagan Copyright 2005 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In the eighth installment in Greeley's immensely entertaining Irish series (after 2002's Irish Stew!), Nuala Anne and her husband, Dermot Coyne, once again look into mysteries past and present: the first chronicled in the diaries of Father Richard Lonigan, a 19th-century parish priest in Donegal, Ireland, the second involving poor Damian "Day" O'Sullivan, whom the couple hire to take care of their two Irish wolfhounds. Amid the troubled political and religious environment in Donegal, where mostly poor Catholic villagers are overseen by Protestant Lord Skeffington, Father Lonigan investigates two shootings while striving to prevent further violence. In present-day Chicago, Nuala and Dermot face opposition to hiring Day O'Sullivan from the lad's father, since Day is not only a profound disappointment to the O'Sullivan family but also a convicted felon. The "fey" or psychic Nuala Anne believes the young man has been framed by his family and is determined to find out why Day inspires such loathing and disgust in his own kin. As with previous titles in the series, the sexual antics of Nuala and Dermot lend spice. (Feb. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved