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Prodigal Father (Father Dowling #23)

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Father Roger Dowling is a busy man. He's got the ambitious and all-encompassing task of running St. Hilary's Parish, dealing with his busybody housekeeper, Mrs. Murkin, and counseling his flock with his characteristic blend of faith and compassion. He's not complaining, but it's no surprise that even a superior priest like Father Dowling needs a break now and again. So off ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 30th 2002 by Minotaur Books (first published 2002)
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Aug 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I really struggled about whether to give this book 3 stars or 4 stars. It is probably between 3.5 and 3.8 stars. There was a lot to like about the plot, but it seemed to take a while to get off the ground. The first half of the book introduced the characters and their various relationships, and that was enjoyable reading, but I was wondering how long it would be before the murder was committed. Finally, it happened, and the plot quickly became intriguing. I was very happy with the ending! This i ...more
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Father Dowling book and I REALLY enjoyed it. Great mystery, wonderful characters, nicely written and I loved the Catholic perspective and lore. I loved the Father Dowling Mysteries TV show in the late 80's/early 90's and when I realized recently they were based on books... Hooray! I rushed to the library. There ARE some definite differences between the TV series and the book but still... loved it. Will definitely be reading more of this series!
J. Ewbank
Think I have read another in this series and liked it. This is a good one too. Father Dowling mysteries are well cone and create a lotof interest in the reader.The characters are well knowl well sketched out and mortal human beings, just like the rest of us. Enjoyed reading this mystery and so will you.

J. Robert Ewbank author "Wesley's Wars" and "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms"
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Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
A priest who has left the religiouys life seeks to return to his old order after his wife's death. The order is dying out and its rich properties are coveted by a real eastate developer. Then the prodigal priest is murdered. Father Dowling must solve the crime to help his friend who is the abbot of the monastary. A delightful read.
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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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