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The Bishop Goes to the University (Blackie Ryan #15)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  437 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
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.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 12th 2004 by Forge Books (first published 2003)
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Joanne
Mar 04, 2012 Joanne added it
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.
Ann
Dec 31, 2015 Ann rated it liked it
Ever since reading "The Cardinal" decades ago, I've been a fan of author Andrew Greeley. His books are always interesting reads, so when I want a reliable book, he is one of my go-to authors. I picked up several "Father Blackie" mysteries at a thrift store recently and this is the first I've read.

An interesting 'locked room' mystery, with lots of Roman Catholic/Russian Orthodox Catholic history thrown in.

Patricia
Feb 25, 2012 Patricia rated it it was ok
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.
Carmen
Feb 21, 2015 Carmen rated it it was ok
I don't know if it's me, or the fact that I'm not Catholic, or that I haven't read the previous books in this series, but I just really didn't get this book. I remember reading another of this author's books years ago. I don't remember much about it except the vague idea that I liked it. So when I saw this book in a thrift store, I thought "why not?".

I almost gave up on this book several times, but then it would get interesting again, and I'd keep going. Overall, it was only ok.
Fredrick Danysh
Mar 14, 2013 Fredrick Danysh rated it it was amazing
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.
Donald Harwick
Aug 17, 2012 Donald Harwick rated it it was ok
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.
Dolly
Oct 16, 2008 Dolly rated it liked it
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.
Linda
Jun 27, 2010 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read. Bishop Blackie solves a locked room murder. The victim isn't who everyone thinks he is and involves the CIA and the Vatican. AND on top of everything else Blackie plays yente. Good bathtub book.
Rebecca
May 27, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it
A really fun, educated mystery. I love how Bishop Blackie doesn't takes himself, his religion, or the church establishment too seriously but yet has a strong sense of faith. I hope to read more of Blackie this summer for relaxing fun.
Ruth
Mar 30, 2011 Ruth added it
Another goofy mystery starring Bishop Blackie Ryan. They are preposterous, but I love the Irish dialogue and the wit of Father Greeley.
Sheila  Summerhays
Jun 06, 2011 Sheila Summerhays rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blackie Ryan is an interesting Bishop, hilarious when he is the visiting instructor in the class of the Keen Dean.
Diane
Jan 15, 2014 Diane rated it liked it
Enjoyable for the character and dialogue of Bishop Blackie Ryan than for the mystery itself. Will search out others.
Joyce McKune
Jul 13, 2010 Joyce McKune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery buffs
Russian Orthodox monk is murdered in his office at "The University". Blackie solves the locked room mystery. A pleasant summer read.
Rachel
Jan 16, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
When I read this book, I had no idea it was number 15 in a series, but I really liked the little Irish bishop who solves mysteries and will have to read more.
Dona
Jul 03, 2012 Dona rated it liked it
Good story, but I find that I can't follow some of the religious references. I've read other Andrew Greeley's before, but this one was hard for me.
Christine
Jan 25, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sll Blackie Ryan mysteries are a delight; this one's no exception. And, Greeley manages to sneak in a bit of a histoty lesson.
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Jan 28, 2015 Jo Ann Curry rated it really liked it
Bishop Blackie- never lets me down. Very good mystery
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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.

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