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Publication Order of Father Dowling Books

Her Death of Cold (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bishop as Pawn (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seventh Station (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lying Three (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Second Vespers (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thicker Than Water (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Loss of Patients (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Grass Widow (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Getting a Way with Murder (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rest in Pieces (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Basket Case (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Abracadaver (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Four on the Floor (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Judas Priest (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Desert Sinner (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seed of Doubt (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Cardinal Offense (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tears of Things (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grave Undertakings (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Triple Pursuit (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prodigal Father (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Last Things (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Requiem for a Realtor (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Ties (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Prudence of Flesh (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Widow's Mate (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ash Wednesday (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wisdom of Father Dowling (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stained Glass (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Compassion of Father Dowling (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sister Mary Teresa Books

Not a Blessed Thing! (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
And Then There Was Nun (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nun of the Above (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Veil of Ignorance (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sister Hood (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nun Plussed (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Half Past Nun (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Takes the Veil (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Andrew Broom Books

Cause and Effect (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Body and Soil (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Savings and Loam (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mom and Dead (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Law and Ardor (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heirs and Parents (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Notre Dame Books

On This Rockne (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lack of the Irish (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Irish Tenure (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Kills (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Emerald Aisle (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Celt and Pepper (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Irish Coffee (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Green Thumb (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Irish Gilt (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Letter Killeth (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Irish Alibi (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Revolution (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sham Rock (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Egidio Manfredi Books

Still Life (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sub Rosa (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Rosary Chronicles Books

The Third Revelation (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Relic of Time (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Jolly Rogerson (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Narrow Time (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Priest (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gate of Heaven (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rogerson at Bay (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spinnaker (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quick as a Dodo (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Romanesque (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Noonday Devil (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leave of Absence (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Frigor Mortis (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Search Committee (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nominative Case (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Easeful Death (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Infra Dig (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Red Hat (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
As Good As Dead (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ablative Case (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Slattery (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Thou Shalt Not Kill (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Soul of Wit (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Good Knights (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

New Themes in Christian Philosophy (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thomism in an Age of Renewal (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
St Thomas Aquinas (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miracles (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A First Glance at St Thomas Aquinas (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Boethius and Aquinas (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aquinas on Human Action (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Let's Write a Novel (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Let's Write Short Stories (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Question of Christian Ethics (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aquinas Against the Averroists (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Let's Read Latin (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Uncertain Legacy (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Went Wrong with Vatican II? (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aquinas and Analogy (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Characters in Search of Their Author (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Very Rich Hours of Jacques Maritain (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Alone Have Escaped to Tell You (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Some Catholic Writers (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dante and the Blessed Virgin (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Ralph McInerny
Ralph McInerny was a fiction writer best known for his Father Dowling mystery series. McInerny has authored under different pseudonyms, including Harry Austin, Monica Quill, Ernan Mackey, Matthew FitzRalph, and Edward Mackin. His popular series featured Father Dowling, who was the basics of the main character in a television show titled Father Dowling Mysteries, which aired from 1987-1991.

McInerny also worked as a professor of Philosophy, Medieval Studies professor at Notre Dame University, and a Catholic religious scholar.

Her Death of Cold
Her Death of Cold is the first book in the Father Dowling series. The book features Father Dowling, a man who has just set foot in Fox River town. A three o’clock call by one of his parishioners, Sylvia Lowry, changes his life. The 75-year old widow reaches out to Father in the dead of night, and he does everything to calm her down. Sylvia is sure that her kids are out to get her, but Father Dowling convinces her that she is overreacting. When Sylvia disappears, Father Dowling starts to believe her. Sylvia’s fears turn out to be true when her lifeless body is found on the kitchen floor a few days after her disappearance. It is clear that she was murdered.

Thanks to the Sylvia case, Dowling gets another chance to meet his fellow training mate, Phil Keegan. Phil had begun training with Dowling in seminary school before he quit after just one year. Currently, Phil is the head of the local detectives and is among the best investigators in the Fox River area. The two friends team up to help solve the older woman’s murder. As the investigation intensifies, dark secrets about Sylvia’s family are discovered. Tales of greed and betrayal emerge, and the two friends leave no stone unturned in their search for justice.

Aside from Sylvia’s call to Dowling, there are many reasons why her family is in a spot. First, there is the $150,000 that mysteriously disappears from Sylvia’s account as soon as her body is discovered. The children are also not very cooperative in answering questions regarding their mother’s disappearance and subsequent death. There is the question of why the children would kill their mother, given the fact that they were also wealthy. Is it possible that Sylvia was murdered by an outsider who is working on framing the family?

Away from Sylvia’s story, this book gives the reader a glimpse of how the catholic church works. The book also focuses on the saving of souls, even when fighting for justice, and explains how a Catholic priest could make a great detective. This is not to mean that the book is unbearably religious, far from it. There is a lot of juice that even secular readers will enjoy. While most of the characters are Catholic, their ideas and arguments are not discriminatory at all. There are characters that you will love and others that you will love to hate.

Her Death of Cold is a perfect choice if you are looking for a thriller that also comes with essential life lessons. The conclusion ties all the chapters and beautifully brings an intriguing story to an end. This story is simply a delight. It is simple without being simplistic and is a perfect read for a lazy afternoon. At slightly over 200 pages, the book is short, and you can enjoy it in a single sitting.
On This Rockne

On This Rockne is the first book in the Notre Dame series. The book features Marcus Bramble, a well-to-do alumnus of the Notre Dame campus. Just like the rest of his campus-mates, Marcus has an unhealthy attachment to football. He is willing to use his wealth to keep the football culture in his former campus alive. Marcus promises to contribute $10 million if the money will go to making a memorial for the university’s legendary coach Knute Rockne. Madeline Rune, one of Notre Dame’s trustee, makes disapproving remarks about this donation. After that, she is found dead.

Marcus is among the first suspects. The other suspect is Madeline’s womanizing husband. Things take an exciting twist when Madeline’s husband also dies, and it is clear that he was also murdered. These deaths shake the Notre Dame fraternity, and the administration is keen to find out what happened. Detective Philip Knight, with the help of his brother, gets to work to try and find the killer. As they continue with their investigation, the two brothers will find themselves in the middle of a raging war between academia that wants to bury football, and a wealthy donor is who is not hearing any of this. Aside from finding out what happened to Madeline, the detectives have to prevent the murderer from laying hands on the next victim.

This is an exciting story with a solid plot and a host of interesting characters. It also highlights some of the issues that face academic institutions when it comes to balancing sports and academics. In Ralph McInerny’s style, the narration is simple, and the story is quite straightforward. Find out what happened to Madeline and her husband and the people responsible for their brutal killing. You will also see the lengths that a football fanatic is willing to go for the sake of the game. In the end, the Knight brothers will not only help resolve the murder, but they will also put to bed a matter that was threatening to bring deep cracks within the Notre Dame Campus board.

If you are a football fan, On This Rockne is a perfect read. The book comes complete with football replays and highlights that you will surely enjoy. The rest of the story is told with subtle humor. The reference to the Notre Dame campus makes this an interesting story for anyone in this university or living in the Michiana area. The characters, starting with the knight brothers to their Aunt Lucerne, are quite interesting, and it is fun to meet and learn a thing or two about them. Ralph McInerny is a talented author, and this shows throughout this story. Definitely an excellent introduction to a long and intriguing series.

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