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Getting a Way with Murder

(Father Dowling #9)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  58 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Howard Downs' acquittal for the murder of his wife and subsequent arrest for the murder of his lawyer just hours later, shock the good people of Fox River, Illinois. Roger Dowling, pastor of St. Hilary's parish, is no exception, but unlike most of Fox River's citizenry, Father Dowling becomes involved, and through his persistent probing, solves the murders and exposes a ma ...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published December 31st 1984 by Vanguard Press (first published October 1st 1984)
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Michael Shurtleff
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a good relax-and-enjoy read--especially if you're burnt out on the modern propensity for inserting a sex scene or two in every chapter and stringing sentences together with profanity (or if you're put off by that to begin with.) It's well-paced and written. The plot was somewhat formulaic and punctuated with stock melodrama, but McInerny is such a polished writer that it was easy for me to overlook. The characters were likewise a bit wooden, but he provided just enough detail that they w ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sort of a cozy mystery for a weekend buried in a novel. I'm only familiar with the old Father Dowling television show from years ago so it was a little odd seeing how the author described the good Father. Other than that, I liked the story and wish I could more easily get my hands on the stories...there just aren't any other than this one through the library system out here. :(
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although these mysteries have been published for a long time. This is the first one I've read with Father Dowling. Ralph McInerny made his characters interesting including the detectives. This mystery is mostly about insurance claims and embezzlment and of course, murder. I found the explanations for embezzlement very interesting. Since I've never really understood anything about insurances, that part went a bit over my head. Still, I understood that people can use a false person's name over and ...more
Gloria Mccracken
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the series on which the Father Dowling series is based. The plots are fine, but sometimes I get impatient with some of the attitudes--genteelly stereotyping with regard to race; not so genteel when it comes to gender. In other words, are all too typical of its time; and, dare I say it, of modern-day Roman Catholicism in its more pernicious form.
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I liked the characters, but the story was middle of the road.

As I read more of this series, I liked it less.
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was one of the better books in the Father Dowling series. McInerney really provided a plausible motive and tied up all of the loose ends by the end of the novel. An interesting and quick read.
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it
man found not guilty of killing his wife then confesses to murdering his lawyer
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Jul 01, 2015 marked it as abandonned  ·  review of another edition
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I'm a big fan of the Father Dowling series on TV, and when I realized there was a series of books with the same title, I couldn't wait to read them! The book didn't disappoint. It kept my attention, included unexpected twists and turns, and made me laugh. I'm excited to read more of this series!

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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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