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The Bishop and the Beggar Girl of St. Germain (Blackie Ryan #13)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  605 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
The bestselling priest & novelist Andrew M. Greeley continues the tales of the intrepid Bishop Blackie Ryan with this absorbing & suspenseful mystery, set in France, of a missing beloved television priest. Not just an ordinary priest but a priest/television superstar, idolized by the people of France, loved by everyone except, of course the French hierarchy, the ch ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 17th 2002 by Forge Books (first published July 2001)
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May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting book. The first half of which moves pretty slow and then things begin to happen. The clues for understanding these moving things are effectively laid in the first half which is fun for those who enjoy these kinds of things.

Ultimately, the "mystery" turns out to be a product of the times. Perhaps much more difficult to figure out when it was published then it is when I listened to this book (2017). I saw the revelation coming a long way off with my modern sensibilities, but it was
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Nothing I had ever intended to read, but a house guest left it behind so I figured, "Why not?"

For the most part, this reads smoothly and fast. Blackie Ryan is a likable enough character, a bishop with a special talent for locked room mysteries. He is witty and unfailingly kind to people with whom he is in contact, though less charitable on occasion to those who are not. I did get a bit tired of his saying "patently," and am found some of the French suspect. (I have not had French since my first
Apr 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nope. Nope. And Nope.
A family friend gave me this book. They weren't Catholic. I thought 'hm. this will probably be good.' I started it and it seemed to be an easy and quick read. Then I looked at some of the reviews and realized it might not be something I will like.
It is really sad/disappointing. The author (a priest) was a good author, why did he feel the need to end the story the way he did? Do I even want to know? As I got closer to the end it became apparent what was going to happen but
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Although I did not figure out the puzzle ahead of time--and it was a puzzle with an interesting twist--I wasn't more than minimally engaged in the story. I had not read other books in the series, so some of the ongoing characters were new to me and everyone else in the story seemed well acquainted with them. Greeley uses the genre to make some points and delivers a thinly veiled critique of the goings on within the hierarchy of the Catholic church as an institution, though he is ever faithful to ...more
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by this author, but I hope to look for more. Appealing characters, a mystery and a surprise, and an ending that made me laugh and ponder the vast mystery of grace. Plus a detective priest who wears a Chicago Bulls jacket in Paris. The unorthodox elements of the character's religious beliefs didn't bother me as much as they did some other reviewers, maybe because I'm not Catholic, and he wanted some church practices to change. We wouldn't agree on everything, but enough, an ...more
Jan 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Part of the Bishop Blackie Ryan series of mystery novels. Columbo in a collar. This Catholic cleric who specializes in locked door mysteries is witty and insightful as he describes his investigation. His temporary assistant is an endearing 'Dr.Watson.' Althought the prevalant use of Latin and French asides may be a trifle interruptive to those not familiar with the languages, this is a good-hearted read.
Lois Hecksel
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another enticing locked-door mystery by Andrew M Greeley with a US Bishop sent to France to find a missing priest who had become a television superstar. The Bishop hires a beautiful, young beggar girl to be his translator and she emerges as an excellent musician and a skillful investigator. Multiple suspects lead to frequent twists and turns.
Apr 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was the first Greeley novel I have read, er, listened to on audiobook, and it probably will not be the last. I'm not normally "into" mysteries, but this one was full of interesting characters and fascinating commentary about the state of the church, French society, and more. And it is set in Paris, and this is always a plus, n'est-ce pas?
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I always feel a little duped by Andrew Greeley's novels. In fact, I think that's why I have not read one in years. The plots seem unnecessarily complicated and the dialogue is a bit too coy. But there is something of that great tradition of Celtic story-telling in each of them that draws me in. But it was worth listening to all 7 hours to hear the story in the epilogue.
Jan 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
I excitedly picked this up, thinking a mystery with a Bishop as the protagonist would be great. After all, Chesterton's Father Brown mysteries were good. The difference, unfortunately, is that Chesterton was completely orthodox while Father Greeley, may he rest in peace, was not. Since unorthodox elements are central to the story and even praised in the book, I cannot recommend it, personally.
May 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
Father Ryan leaves Chicago for Paris to search for a missing priest and gets help from a talented young musician. Although lots of comment on the Catholic church, this certainly isn't a diatribe, and moves along well with an interesting twist at the end. George Guidell, the reader, does the french accent very nicely.
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story about Bishop Blackie from Chicago. I have read others and find them fun and a glimpse into the world of the Catholic Church behind the scenes. Blackie is asked to find out about a young Catholic priest who has a radio show and is very popular with the young people of France. He has gone missing and no one can find a trace of him. Fun story and great ending!
May 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Wanted an audio book during a weekend of driving & the library had this one. Certain phrases were used too frequently for me, but all in all the book was enjoyable and Andrew Greeley's views surprised & delighted me.
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Greeley's zingers toward the pomposity and arrogance of certain people-- and the gentleness and kindness toward others. Interesting twist as Blackie solves the mystery of the missing priest/Tv preacher.
Feb 06, 2010 rated it liked it
These books are fun, maybe because of their pro-Chicago bent, maybe because I've never heard of a Catholic priest referring to God as "Her." Mysteries sometimes with a supernatural tinge, and always with some good Chicago Irish.
Jun 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was great! I should have figured out the mystery but I didn't and I liked that! The plot is well crafted and, of course, I like the references to the idea that maybe one day the Catholic Church will be less restrictive about the role of women.
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
A really fun mystery book. I haven't read anything else by Greeley, I think I will. I did the book on tape, it was narrated by George Guidall. He is the best. And, it was just about the right length for the Hawthorne to Ogden trip. Oh, The twist at the end of the mystery was great.
Jul 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
The more I read of Andrew Greeley, the more I enjoy his writing. The thing I appreciate most about his books are the embedded illuminations about faith and religion. Bishop "Blackie" doesn't take himself too seriously, but we have a lot to learn through his gentle humor and insight.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fun read - but make sure you read this before reading The Bishop Goes to the University.
Somewhat improbable, but I read it in one sitting and enjoyed it. Bishop Blackie is a"hoot."
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the story and the progressive attitude of Bishop Blackie.
Terrie Moran
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Blackie Ryan goes to Paris and solves an elusive mystery. Wonderful! Bishop Blackie is a long tiem favorite of mine.
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Not very interesting, even though it featured the popular Greenley's character Bishop John Blackwood Ryan.
Jan 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction, adult
This is one of the better Bishop Blackie mysteries, IMHO. Interesting, funny and with a decent solution to a knotty problem.
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Set in France, a television priest disappears. Bishop Blackwood is loaned by the Cardinal in Chicago to the Archbishop of Paris to investigate. Full of the usual Greeley twists, turns, and enjoyment.
Esperanza Smrtc
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was pretty good. But hard to read when some words are in a different language. Problems with understanding the meaning and pronunciation
Sep 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairly typical Greeley. I did not see the twist at
the end.Interesting idea.
Aug 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
The book was very slow.

However, the truth about the disappeared person did have an unexpected/surprise twist to it.
Joyce McKune
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blackie solves locked door mystery of missing priest.
May 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
The mystery is great, but I got sick of phrases being repeated ad nauseum (every other page, no lie).
Phil Lawless
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second reading. Even more enjoyable this time because I knew the secret, sort of.
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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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