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Happy Are The Meek (Blackie Ryan #1)

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It was in a proverbial locked room that Wolfe Quinlan died. They found him in his study; the only key in his pocket, and a suit of medieval armor over him, its sharp broadsword thrust through his ribs.

He had been a man who loved life and took what he wanted from it, a man with many enemies. On the night of his death, Wolfe Quinlan had angered everyone in his life---his ab

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Mass Market Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 1st 1985 by Warner Books, Inc.
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John
Oct 13, 2011 John rated it liked it
A classic locked room mystery in the Greeley universe. It's also the first Father Greeley mystery.

"It was in a proverbial locked room that Wolfe Quinlan died. They found him in his study, the only key in his pocket, and a suit of medieval armor over him, its sharp broadsword thrust through his ribs.

He had been a man who loved life and took what he wanted from it, a man with many enemies. On the night of his death, Wolfe Quinlan had angered everyone in his life - his abused wife, his alienated c
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Rachel
Dec 25, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another entertaining mystery series by Andrew Greeley, Catholic priest. In this series, his detective/protagonist is also a priest and, as usual ,is Irish and lives in Chicago. He writes well, his characters are always intriguing, and his plots are interesting. I like how he often writes from differing points-of-view when telling the story.
This first book of the series has lost one star on the second reading from 4 to 3 because the novel progresses so slowly; however, I still really like Greeley
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Melinda
Jun 29, 2016 Melinda rated it it was ok
I hate to put any of the books of this series this low, but this one is an early Father Blackie mystery and it shows in Greeley's writing. The characters are all there and well developed. Each different character has a distinct voice, which is well done. The problem is with the near obsession with graphically describing sex and the torture that happens later in the book. The story doesn't need it even to show the difference between good and evil.
C. John Kerry
Enjoyable. Not the Blackie Ryan mystery I was thinking it was before I started it. Still a pretty good read. An interesting locked-room puzzle with a few plausible solutions, and one solution I never thought of.
There is also one minor mystery that is left to the reader to decide about.
Beth Scott
Jul 15, 2013 Beth Scott rated it it was amazing
I love Andrew Greeley's mysteries. They keep you guessing but are light and enjoyable to read.
Phil Lawless
Jan 16, 2016 Phil Lawless rated it really liked it
A reread. Very early Blackie. I remembered a lot of it, including the main characters, and was correct in solving most of the locked-room mystery.
David Ryan
One of the earlier Father Blackie Ryan Mysteries. Enjoyable.
Rose
Jul 03, 2012 Rose added it
A little weak story line, however still good to be recommended.
Victoria Lynn
Sep 10, 2016 Victoria Lynn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not finish this book. I just did not like it.....I tried really hard to complete the book.
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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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