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The Bishop Goes to the University (Blackie Ryan #15)
The irrepressible Bishop Blackwood Ryan returns as his Cardinal dispatches Blackie to The University on the South Side of Chicago to investigate a baffling locked-room mystery. Someone has assassinated a Russian Orthodox monk in his office at the Divinity School-despite the fact that the door of his office was bolted shut from the inside and no killer was found within.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 12th 2004 by Forge Books
(first published 2003)
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Same problem as with Nora Roberts. Characters are a little too cardboard, too perfect, too nice. The humor is a little self-satisfied. Lots of stereotypes. Same romantic scenarios over and over. The ecclesiastical setting is interesting, though, and Greeley has a lot of faith in the general goodness of most people (and thinks thugs are interestingly romantic figures). I prefer his Nuala Anne series, which is more clearly romantic fantasy at heart.
It was basically a good read. However, there was so much detail about the politics, and political machinations of the priesthood that the story became secondary and the book began to drag. The history of Catholicism in Europe is very interesting, but when the author interjected it the story stalled. Still, I would be willing to read it again, if just for the history.
As you can see looking at my book list, Andrew Greeley is one of my favorite authors. His Bishop Blackie mysteries always involve someone being killed in a locked-from-the-inside room. Maybe the plot is predictable, but it's a plot I enjoy. I also enjoy Bishop Blackie's wit, wisdom,and message that God really cares about each one of us.
Bishop Blackwood "Blackie" Ryan is tasked by the Cardinal to investigate a locked room mystery at the University of Chicago. A monk has been assassinated in his locked office and four professors who had been in the building become suspects. Intelligence agents from around the world converge on the case.
Oct 16, 2008 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Interesting mystery involving the Catholic church, the Russian Orthodoxy, and even the U.S. government. Crazy plot, interesting dialogue and characters. Not sure if I like his style, though; a little too boastful, I think.
Andrew Greeley was a Roman Catholic priest, sociologist, journalist, and author of 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of nonfiction. For decades, Greeley entertained readers with such popular characters as the mystery-solving priest Blackie Ryan and the fey, amateur sleuth Nuala Anne McGrail. His books typically center on Irish-American Roman Catholics living or working in Chicago.More about Andrew M. Greeley...