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The Wisdom of Father Dowling (Father Dowling #30)

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Here, collected for the first time, are fifteen of the best Father Dowling mystery short stories. Each cunning case is carefully examined by the good father, accompanied by the cast of characters that fans around the world have grown to know and love. In a sleepy Illinois town on the banks of the Fox River lives one of the greatest fictional detectives ever created. Father ...more
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Five Star (ME)
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I loved this series on TV a number of years ago but found this book of short stories dull and tedious. I didn't finish it. There is lots of dialogue and you have no idea who's speaking, it was annoying, or maybe I was just too tired to deal with it.
The writing style is rather plain. The mysteries are quite mysterious. What is most interesting is actually how Father Dowling deals with the criminals -- addressing the heart rather than the law.
Although I like the Dowling mysteries, this short story collection was a bit pallid and insipid. The length of the stories was insufficient to really develop the plots.
Entertaining short stories. Not exactly a whodunit, not so encompassing as Chesterton, but amusing, endearing characters.
The book is a group of 15 short stories. I read the first 4. Might read the rest later if I need a fill in book.
If you love this series, you'll delight in these short stories based on familiar characters. enjoy!
Sep 05, 2014 Maggie added it
Very entertaining.
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Ralph Matthew McInerny was an American Catholic religious scholar and fiction writer, including mysteries and science fiction. Some of his fiction has appeared under the pseudonyms of Harry Austin, Matthew FitzRalph, Ernan Mackey, Edward Mackin, and Monica Quill. As a mystery writer he is best known as the creator of Father Dowling. He was Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Jacques Maritain ...more
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