Stained Glass

Stained Glass

by Ralph McInerny

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Tough times and the unsolved murders of anyone with ties to the Deveres---a family of wealthy parish patrons---back Father Dowling up against a wall in his struggle to save his church from the chopping block.

With too many churches and not enough people to fill them, the Archdiocese has to make some cuts, and many of them, including the proposed closing of St. Hilary's, are dangerously close to the bone. Father Dowling rushes to drum up support from church officials and parishioners, including the Deveres, who don't want to see the stained glass windows they donated go anywhere other than the church they were meant for, but they can hardly be of help when those closest to them start turning up dead.

Church politics, long-kept family secrets, and a determined killer come together to put St. Hilary's---a church that countless characters and devoted readers have come to love---and its parishioners in peril in Stained Glass, the latest in Ralph McInerny's treasured mystery series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429987837
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Father Dowling Mysteries , #28
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,049,008
File size: 323 KB

About the Author

Ralph McInerny has authored more than fifty books, including his popular mystery series set at the University of Notre Dame, where he has taught for more than fifty years and is the director of the Jacques Maritain Center. The recipient of the Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award, he has also been appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He lives in South Bend, Indiana.

Ralph McInerny (1929-2010) is the author of more than fifty books, including the popular Father Dowling series, and taught for over fifty years at the University of Notre Dame, where he was the director of the Jacques Maritain Center. He has been awarded the Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award and appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He lived in South Bend, Indiana

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Stained Glass (Father Dowling Series #28) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The wealthy Devere family, parishioners of Father Dowling's at St. Hilary's, have problems. According to news reports, the Chicago Diocese is planning to consolidate several parishes, and St. Hilary's may be on the closures list. What will become of the Menotti stained glass windows the family commissioned for the church? Family matriarch Jane Devere has her lawyer working on the problem, but deaths of several people with connections to the Devere family soon absorb everyone's attention.The plot is quite convoluted. Since this is the first Father Dowling book I've read, I'm not sure if this is typical of the series. I think the author managed to confuse even the editors, because I'm pretty sure there are a few continuity errors in the book. Some of the early plot threads disappear once the murders occur and the search for the killer takes over. There are an awful lot of characters to keep track of, some of whom serve very little purpose. In spite of these shortcomings, I found it strangely absorbing. I was fascinated by the church politics and theological discussions, maybe because it's so different from my Protestant background. I found more to like than to dislike in the book.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The Archdiocese decides to close down several parishes whose congregation has diminished. Among them is St. Hilary's of Fox River, Illinois. The priest Father Dowling understands the economics behind the decision, but worries for his flock. The St. Hilary's members and Father Dowling hope (and pray) they can save their church and begin an effort to do so, the "Save St. Hilary's movement. A nude female body is found hanging from the cross strut of a garage door. The police believe a ritual perhaps satanic homicide occurred. As the cops, reporters Tetzel and Rebecca and Father Dowling investigate they find a link to the divided Devere family. The nonagenarian matriarch Jane has used trust fund money to hire an author to write a book on Menotti's church art to include a stained glass window provided to St. Hilary's by her family; other Devere kin are outraged by her generosity, which apparently surfaces with more murders occurring. This is the best Father Dowling mystery in several years as the amateur sleuth struggles with the impact of the economy most likely closing his church and the homicides that seem tied to the one of the deadly sins, avarice. The story line is intelligent although Father Dowling follows his usual method to solving felonies, but the back stories of the impact of the economy and the changing demographics of Fox River provide a terrific fresh look at St. Hilary's and the church surviving in a modern world. Harriet Klausner