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Irish Crystal (Nuala Anne McGrail #9)

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"There's evil people around, Dermot love. . . . I knew about them even before me dream. Really evil people. Won't we have to fight them!"

This latest tale of Nuala Anne McGrail, the engagingly fey heroine of such irresistible books as Irish Cream and Irish Lace, begins with a foreboding dream of some terrible impending evil. Dermot Michael Coyne, Nuala's adoring husband and
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Forge Books (first published 2006)
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I read this book for the April (crystal) selection in the Rainbow Reading Challenge. It was a cute book, but it dragged a bit. I liked Nuala. She is Irish and typically spunky and her brogue came through really well. She and her husband, Dermot, are amateur - well, according to Dermot Nuala is never wrong - detectives. I couldn't really follow their method of discovering information, but they did solve the crime in the end. There was a lot of sexual references - albeit they were between Nuala an ...more
I've truly liked the books of this series. There are some mystical elements that are a bit strange, but the characters are interesting and have mostly good morals. All in all, these are good mysteries. They are written well also although I was surprised at the level of eroticism considering the series is by a priest.
In each book,the couple solves at least one older often ancient mystery and a current-time mystery that are slightly connected as well as work through a crisis in their relationship

I am disappointed in this book. It says on the back cover that it is a mystery book. I realized at about the fourth chapter that this was not the case. It is more a book from the husbands point of view. The entire thing was basically about his lust for his wife. Not a bad thing, but I was under the impression that this was a mystery novel. I wouldn't recommend this and I won't be reading any more in this series.
I do like Greeley's characters and the mysteries, but the book covers make me feel like I'm reading a romance novel. If I hadn't read Blackie books first, I would never have looked twice at Irish Crystal, with it's irrelevant title and cover art.
The Nuala story is good, but I wasn't able to relate the Irish history lesson to the present day events.
I'd have to say this book was disappointing. It was a little bit tedious to read the narrator speak in a faux Irish manner (he's from Chicago although is wife is Irish). The story plods along. The ending is predictable. Blah. I borrowed this from a friend - I'm glad I didn't buy it.
I think this is a very cute series. The main character is an irish women who is "fey". Her husband helps her to solve mysteries. They always have a historical manuscript that follows along with the current day mystery. It provides for an interesting parallel.
Kelly Taylor
This series takes the reader on an adventure. Each book is based on a mystery left behind from an event in history. They are amazing!!! All have some relation to the Irish culture, and I think they are excellent engaging reads.
Father Andrew Greeley has been my favorite author for close to 40 years!!! I am close to my goal of reading all of his books!!! This book was truly awesome, weaving a modern mystery with historical fiction!!!
Joyce McKune
Someone tries to kill the Currens - Nuala Anne becomes a yank!
Loved reading another Nuala Anne adventure.
Love Nuala and all the family. Also the Irish!
Linda Watkins
I love Andrew Greeley and Nuala Anne!
These books are my guilty pleasure....
good Nuala Anne read
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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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