Ralph McInerny Books In Order

Andrew Broom Books In Publication Order

  1. Cause and Effect (1987)
  2. Body and Soil (1989)
  3. Savings and Loam (1990)
  4. Mom and Dead (1994)
  5. Law and Ardor (1995)
  6. Heirs and Parents (2000)

Egidio Manfredi Books In Publication Order

  1. Still Life (2000)
  2. Sub Rosa (2001)

Father Dowling Books In Publication Order

  1. Her Death of Cold (1977)
  2. Bishop as Pawn (1978)
  3. The Seventh Station (1978)
  4. Lying Three (1979)
  5. Second Vespers (1980)
  6. Thicker Than Water (1981)
  7. A Loss of Patients (1982)
  8. The Grass Widow (1983)
  9. Getting a Way with Murder (1984)
  10. Rest in Pieces (1985)
  11. The Basket Case (1987)
  12. Abracadaver / Slight of Body (1989)
  13. Four on the Floor (1989)
  14. Judas Priest (1991)
  15. Desert Sinner (1992)
  16. Seed of Doubt (1993)
  17. A Cardinal Offense (1994)
  18. The Tears of Things (1996)
  19. Grave Undertakings (2000)
  20. Triple Pursuit (2001)
  21. Prodigal Father (2002)
  22. Last Things (2003)
  23. Requiem for a Realtor (2004)
  24. Blood Ties (2005)
  25. The Prudence of the Flesh (2006)
  26. The Widow’s Mate (2007)
  27. Ash Wednesday (2008)
  28. The Wisdom of Father Dowling (2009)
  29. Stained Glass (2009)
  30. The Compassion of Father Dowling (2011)

Father Dowling Young Adult Mystery Books In Publication Order

  1. The Case of the Dead Winner (1995)
  2. The Case of the Constant Caller (1995)

Notre Dame Books In Publication Order

  1. On This Rockne (1997)
  2. Lack of the Irish (1998)
  3. Irish Tenure (1999)
  4. The Book of Kills (2000)
  5. Emerald Aisle (2001)
  6. Celt and Pepper (2002)
  7. Irish Coffee (2003)
  8. Green Thumb (2004)
  9. Irish Gilt (2005)
  10. The Letter Killeth (2006)
  11. Irish Alibi (2007)
  12. The Green Revolution (2008)
  13. Sham Rock (2010)

Proceedings of the Wethersfield Institute Books In Publication Order

  1. The Catholic Writer (1991)

The Rosary Chronicles Books In Publication Order

  1. The Third Revelation (2009)
  2. Relic of Time (2009)

Sister Mary Teresa Mystery Books In Publication Order

  1. Not a Blessed Thing (1981)
  2. Let Us Prey (1982)
  3. And Then There Was Nun (1984)
  4. Nun of the Above (1985)
  5. Sine Qua Nun (1986)
  6. The Veil of Ignorance (1988)
  7. Sister Hood (1991)
  8. Nun Plussed (1993)
  9. Half Past Nun (1997)
  10. Death Takes the Veil and Other Stories (2001)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Jolly Rogerson (1967)
  2. A Narrow Time (1969)
  3. The Priest (1973)
  4. Gate of Heaven (1975)
  5. Rogerson at Bay (1976)
  6. Spinnaker (1977)
  7. Quick as a Dodo (1978)
  8. Romanesque (1978)
  9. Noonday Devil (1985)
  10. Leave of Absence (1986)
  11. Frigor Mortis (1989)
  12. The Nominative Case (1990)
  13. The Search Committee (1991)
  14. Easeful Death (1991)
  15. Infra Dig (1992)
  16. The Red Hat (1998)
  17. As Good As Dead (2002)
  18. The Ablative Case (2003)
  19. Slattery (2004)

Collections In Publication Order

  1. Thou Shalt Not Kill (1992)
  2. The Soul of Wit (2005)
  3. Good Knights (2010)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Thomism in an Age of Renewal (1968)
  2. New Themes in Christian Philosophy (1968)
  3. A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas (1977)
  4. Art and Prudence (1988)
  5. St. Thomas Aquinas (1989)
  6. Boethius And Aquinas (1990)
  7. Aquinas on Human Action (1992)
  8. The Question of Christian Ethics (1993)
  9. Aquinas Against the Averroists (1993)
  10. Let’s Write a Novel (1993)
  11. Let’s Read Latin (1995)
  12. Aquinas and Analogy (1996)
  13. An Uncertain Legacy (1997)
  14. What Went Wrong with Vatican II (1998)
  15. Characters in Search of Their Author (2001)
  16. The Defamation of Pius XII (2001)
  17. The Very Rich Hours of Jacques Maritain (2003)
  18. I Alone Have Escaped to Tell You (2006)
  19. Some Catholic Writers (2007)
  20. Dante and the Blessed Virgin (2010)

World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Books In Publication Order

  1. The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 (2000)
  2. The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 (2000)
  3. The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 (2002)
  4. The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 (2003)
  5. The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 (2004)

Murder Most Books In Publication Order

  1. Murder Most Sacred (By:Martin H. Greenberg) (1989)
  2. Murder Most Medieval (By:Martin H. Greenberg) (1993)
  3. Murder Most Delicious (By:Martin H. Greenberg) (1995)
  4. Murder Most Medical (By:Martin H. Greenberg) (1995)
  5. Murder Most Irish (By:Martin H. Greenberg) (1996)
  6. Murder Most Delectable (By:Martin H. Greenberg) (2000)
  7. Murder Most Divine (2000)
  8. Murder Most Romantic (By:Martin H. Greenberg) (2001)
  9. Murder Most Postal (By:Martin H. Greenberg) (2001)
  10. Murder Most Feline (By:Martin H. Greenberg,Ed Gorman) (2001)
  11. Murder Most Confederate (By:Martin H. Greenberg) (2003)
  12. Murder Most Celtic (By:Martin H. Greenberg) (2003)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Death Cruise: Crime Stories on the Open Seas (1999)
  2. Murder Most Catholic (2002)
  3. The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 (2003)

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Ralph McInerny Books Overview

Savings and Loam

After Andrew Broom helps friend Willard Palmer buy a farm in Wyler, the new landowner turns up dead, as do a blackmailing witness and an innocent real estate agent. NYT.

Law and Ardor

First published in 1982, this is an introduction to St Thomas’s moral philosophy. In this revised edition, the basics of Thomistic ethics and teachings are revisited.

Getting a Way with Murder

Getting a Way with Murder by Ralph McInerny, published in 1984 by Vanguard Press, Inc. This book is in very good condition. Has a Plastic protective cover, Ex library.

Abracadaver / Slight of Body

For Father Dowling, a ring holds the key to his investigation into the brutal murder of Aggie Miller, a member of his parish, and the disappearance of Frances Grice, the missing wife of a local millionaire entrepreneur. K. PW.

Four on the Floor

Spiritual advisor and amateur sleuth Father Dowling takes on four baffling mysteries, in a collection that includes ”The Ferocious Father,” ”Heart of Gold,” ”The Dead Weight Lifter,” and ”The Dutiful Son.”

Judas Priest

Agreeing to speak with the only child of a hedonistic priest, who wants to become a nun despite her father’s opinions of the church, Father Dowling is stunned when she is brutally murdered, and uncovers a killer with a calling of his own. AB. PW.

Desert Sinner

Believing that a Vegas showgirl was wrongfully convicted of killing her aging playboy husband, despite the girl’s confession, Father Roger Dowling seeks out the truth behind the seemingly open and shut case.

The Tears of Things

Wealthy Mitchell Striker is found dead in his car, and to keep an innocent man from being convicted of the murder, Father Roger Dowling sets out to investigate the case.

Grave Undertakings

Father Roger Dowling’s latest investigation revolves around the small town of Fox River, Illinois. A local mobster, Vincent O’Toole, has just died and is buried in the local cemetery. While questions still surround the cause of the gangster’s death, someone has been attempting to dig up his grave. And when the town’s police finally disinter the coffin, they find it empty. Who and why would anyone wish to steal the mobster’s corpse? And how does this relate to the mysterious death itself? Father Dowling begins to realize that the answers involve a manuscript by an Italian poet, and a love triangle between two very different young men and the woman they both covet. Full of ingenious twists and turns, and the warm, humorous wisdom that fans of McInerny’s Father Dowling mysteries have come to love, Grave Undertakings is a delightfully clever puzzle.

Triple Pursuit

In his many years of service to the St. Hilary’s congregation, Father Dowling has often been called upon to help untangle intricate problems among the faithful. This time, a young woman who occasionally attended mass at St. Hilary’s has been killed in a car accident; struck down in the road by speeding traffic. Conflicting reports from many eyewitnesses has Detective Phil Keegen, Father Dowling’s good friend, wondering if it really was an accident or perhaps something more sinister. The investigation into her death twists and turns and finally returns to the parish itself; is someone among the flock a vicious murderer?In the meantime, the old church schoolhouse has been turned into a senior center, and newly social retirees are starting to come out of the woodwork. Chaos erupts in the usually quiet parish; one woman in particular seems to be the catalyst for much controversy she’s attracted multiple suitors, and before long the amorous old men come to blows. Unfortunately, the confrontation between the two men doesn’t end with just one fight. This retired professor and ex disc jockey are thrown together once again over the attentions of a sultry younger woman and the repercussions are deadly. It’s up to Father Dowling to use his expert ear and his undeniable genius for understanding his congregation to solve the ominous puzzle that threatens to permanently disrupt the peaceful parish. AUTHORBIO: Ralph McInerny is the author of twenty Father Dowling mysteries, as well as a series set at the University of Notre Dame, where he is the director of the Jacques Maritain Center and has taught for more than forty years. He lives in South Bend, Indiana.

Prodigal Father

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 he heads for a week long retreat in Indiana on the quiet grounds of an old Catholic religious order, where he can meditate, reflect, and pray for a quick recharge of his waning energy.

Unfortunately, Father Dowling’s spiritual retreat turns into a baffling murder investigation when a dead man is found in a grotto on the grounds with the handle of an axe protruding from his back. Complicating matters is a long running real estate dispute that has pitted the brothers of the order against the previous owners of the huge and valuable piece of land on which their sanctuary sits.

Who could have killed the man and why, and does it have something to do with the high stakes mind games being played out between the parties vying for the land? No one’s too sure, but what is clear is that Father Dowling is once again at the center of it all in another winning entry in a mystery series that’s become an institution.

Last Things

When Eleanor Wygant comes to Father Dowling to enlist his help in persuading her niece Jessica to scrap the novel she is writing and concentrate on more earthly pursuits, the vener able priest and counselor has little idea how enmeshed he is about to become in the family’s edgy interrelations. Catholic in name and history, the group has in recent years drifted from the faith, and it’s up to Dowling to piece together their shared history in the hopes of putting their demons and a vicious, previously unknown murder to rest.

Requiem for a Realtor

Father Dowling, respected by all, is well known for being willing to lend a helping hand whenever he can. So it’s no surprise when Stanley Collins shows up at the St. Hilary rectory to confide in Father Dowling about the troubled marriage of one of the church’s parishioners. Dowling promises to do his best to find a way to help, but it soon becomes too late. One of the parties involved is viciously killed in a hit and run car accident. Is it murder? Dowling knows there is good reason to suspect it might be, but when his friend, Detective Phil Keegan, labels it an accident, Dowling ‘s hands are tied. It’s a question of ethics. Unable to break Collins’s confidence, he can only keep tabs on the investigation from afar. While searching for the truth, Dowling must protect the secrets of his parishioners at all costs. In Requiem for a Realtor, the charming Father Dowling returns once again, tangled in a web of deceit that will intrigue and delight his dedicated fans in a complex, satisfying mystery from Ralph McInerny.

Blood Ties

Henry Dolan’s adopted granddaughter, Martha Lynch, wants to find her birth parents. Her adoptive parents are frantic, so Henry seeks out Father Dowling for help. Meanwhile Martha’s birth father, Nathaniel Fleck, has contacted her birth mother, who turns to lawyer Amos Cadbury for advice. When Nathaniel is murdered two days later, Dowling and Amos must juggle their responsibilities to the families while trying to solve the murder.

The Prudence of the Flesh

Gregory Barrett, a classmate of Father Dowling s, left the priesthood twenty five years ago. Now, after all these years, a woman threatens to bring a multimillion dollar suit against him, alleging he sexually exploited her when he was still a priest and she was sixteen. Barrett has no memory of her, but is devastated at what these claims will do to his career as a radio host and to his new family. So he comes to Father Dowling for advice. Father Dowling, a parish priest in Fox River, Illinois, as usual, serves as part counselor, part sounding board, and part moral compass for priests and parishioners alike not to mention cops and lawyers and offers help to both Barrett and his accuser. Before Barrett can decide what to do, and before the now adult woman has made her demands known to the archdiocese, a body washes up on the shore of Lake Michigan, and Barrett becomes the primary suspect in the murder. Also in the mix in this astutely drawn mystery are a failed writer, a parish busybody, an inept lawyer, and an embittered young man, each with his or her own agenda, and it is up to Father Dowling to unravel the links between these people whose lives were separated long ago, only to reconnect in tragedy.

The Widow’s Mate

Father Dowling is a dedicated parish priest who happens to have a knack for unraveling the mysteries of the real world as well as those of heaven, but the latest puzzle to catch his attention—the disappearance of Wallace Flanagan—doesn’t seem to be a mystery so much as a dirty little secret. By all appearances, Flanagan, the heir to a lucrative concrete business, skipped town with his mistress more than ten years ago, although no one talks about that out of respect for his abandoned wife. But appearances go right out the window when his mangled—and recently live—body is found wedged into one of his father’s cement mixers.

If Flanagan’s unexpected return and immediate death aren’t enough to shake a few skeletons from their closets, childhood friends and lifelong enemies have started trickling home to Fox River, Illinouis, a town outside of Chicago. All of them had a stake in his disappearance, but which one would murder a man who was already all but dead? And would kill again to keep a dead man’s secrets?

A collision between the past and present dislodges some hard and hidden truths that Father Dowling must uncover if he’s going to catch a killer in Ralph McInerny’s The Widow’s Mate, an absorbing and suspenseful mystery that is sure to please Father Dowling’s many fans.

Ash Wednesday

Father Dowling has been serving as parish priest and resident sleuth at St. Hilary’s for a while now, but he s no lifer, and there s plenty that he doesn t know about the old guard. So when a stranger comes to Fox River who isn t a stranger to anyone but him, he has to rely on his prying housekeeper to tell him that the mystery man is actually a well known murderer. Ten years ago, Nathaniel Green s wife was dying of cancer, and after a short remission she relapsed into a coma. That small sliver of hope so utterly dashed must have been too much for him because when the nurses came to check on her they found that he had taken her off of her life support. Green s return divides the community, but the more Father Dowling ponders the moral questions and reinvestigates the case, the more he wonders if Green committed any crime at all.

With parishioners up in arms, Father Dowling has to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that a conviction is no proof of guilt in Ash Wednesday, the newest addition to Ralph McInerny s acclaimed and beloved mystery series.

The Wisdom of Father Dowling

Here, collected for the first time, are fifteen of the best Father Dowling mystery short stories. Each cunning case is carefully examined by the good father, accompanied by the cast of characters that fans around the world have grown to know and love. In a sleepy Illinois town on the banks of the Fox River lives one of the greatest fictional detectives ever created. Father Dowling, the benevolent, brilliant priest of the St. Hilary church, leads and cares for his congregation, and also finds the time to unravel the knottiest of mysteries. Ralph McInerny’s sleuthing priest has appeared in more than twenty five novels, and his exploits were also made into a television series, The Father Dowling Mysteries. But Father Dowling has also appeared in many short stories as well, solving crimes no less complicated for their brevity. Whether unraveling the identity of a skeleton found under the parish parking lot, or figuring out what really happened to the parents of a distraught parishioner, Father Dowling brings his unique perspective and quiet determination to bear on each crime he encounters, leaving the guilty nowhere to hide.

Stained Glass

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.

On This Rockne

On the football obsessed campus of Notre Dame, Marcus Bramble, a wealthy alum with an unhealthy passion for the sport, says he’ll contribute $10 million if it’s put toward a memorial to Knute Rockne, the university’s legendary football coach. When Madeline Rune, a Notre Dame trustee, is found dead after disparaging remarks about the donation, Bramble, along with Madeline’s womanizing husband, is suspected of foul play. But when her husband also turns up dead, the case becomes more impossible than a Hail Mary. As detective Philip Knight and his brother, brilliant philosophy professor Roger Knight, scour the campus for a killer, they’re caught in a high stakes scrimmage between the mega bucks donor determined to resurrect Knute Rockne and the Notre Dame academia, dead set on burying football for good. And in between this bitter campus infighting, the brothers must prevent the murderer’s next play before football becomes the ultimate blood sport…

Lack of the Irish

When sports and religion collide, it results in an ungodly murder…
As the Notre Dame campus gears up for one of the most religiously charged sporting events in history the big game between Catholic Notre Dame and Protestant pastor Edwina Marciniak, plans to make a statement by disrupting both the game and the theological conference campus scholars are holding. But the murder of an administrator threatens to steal the headlines…
Who killed the unlamented Hazel Nootin? Detective Philip Knight and his brother, brilliant philosophy professor Roger Knight, are summoned to put a lid on the case. As they hone in on their prime suspects and on and off the wagon reporter, a troubled football star with an explosive secret, and Hazel’s hapless husband the Knights must score a goal for justice. This is one game they can’t afford to fumble.

Irish Tenure

In the University of Notre Dame’s philosophy department two young scholars, Amanda Pick and Hans Wiener, are competing for the same tenure position. Sleuth Roger Knight is a friend to both, and as he painfully witnesses the fierce competition unfold, he also becomes keenly aware of the many secrets that both professors have to hide. While Amanda is a beloved teacher who incorporates a passionate and liberal approach to her students’ learning, Hans follows a more conservative route, and has a family to support. Through their designs, both earn the ire of their many colleagues, until Amanda Pick crosses the wrong path and ends up dead. At the same time, speculations are building about the true origins of an unknown manuscript by G. K. Chesterton, who spent time on the Notre Dame campus. How is the awkward researcher of these papers tied into Amanda’s death? And how did Notre Dame’s foremost Chesterton scholar, Sean Pottery, fall madly in love with the young ill fated professor? Displaying Ralph McInerny’s trademark wit and intelligence, Irish Tenure is another clever romp through the hallowed halls of academia, and once again demonstrates why McInerny is considered a master of the mystery form.

The Book of Kills

THE CORPSE WORE FEATHERS…
The chancellor’s abduction, a war whooping intruder at the Notre Dame Florida State football game, an old cemetery desecrated a series of pranks at the University of Notre Dame seems more serious than typical undergraduate high jinks. In fact, they seem linked to a protest by malcontent, perpetual graduate student, and womanizer Otto Plant. Plant’s thorny issue? He claims Notre Dame’s founder forced the local Native Americans into a death march and stole their land. Naturally, the embarrassed university trustees want Plant and the pranksters, whoever they are stopped. They hire private detective Philip Knight and his brother Roger, a heavyweight Notre Dame philosophy professor, to investigate the young man and bring peace back to the campus. But when a corpse turns up wearing a headdress, the Knights are plunged into a dark case where a father’s angst, a woman’s passion, and an academic’s mistake give them all a reason to go on the warpath. AUTHORBIO: RALPH McINERNY, winner of the Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award, is the author of over thirty books, including the popular Father Dowling mysteries and the Andrew Broome mysteries. He has taught for over forty years at the University of Notre Dame, where he is the director of the Jacques Maritain Center. He lives in South Bend, Indiana.

Emerald Aisle

Heavyweight Notre Dame professor Roger Knight and his p.i. brother Philip investigate a baffling puzzle when some extremely rare literary documents go missing in the fifth installment of this smart academic mystery series. Complicating matters for the brothers are the impending nuptials of some dear friends, Larry Morton and Nancy Beatty, which hit a snag. When Larry was an undergraduate at Notre Dame he made a prudent but overly optimistic reservation to marry his freshman sweetheart, Dolores Torre, in the popular campus rectory six years in the distant future. Their relationship didn’t last, and now Larry wants to use the reservation to marry Nancy. Unfortunately, his old girlfriend Dolores has a similar plan. When both Larry and Dolores try to claim the forgotten reservation on the appointed date for their very separate marriages, pandemonium ensues. Dolores’s new fiance, Dudley, is a man with a troubling secret past that may come back to haunt all of them. When a woman winds up strangled to death, both weddings are suddenly on hold until everyone can figure out what’s going on. What is Dudley’s connection with the missing documents, and how could such a white collar, academic crime lead to a grisly murder? Between the two of them, Roger and Phil Knight can handle many tough questions but this particular puzzle is bound to prove quite a challenge in this intelligent, witty mystery from one of the genre’s masters. AUTHORBIO: Ralph McInerny, a winner of the Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award, is the author of over thirty books, including the popular Father Dowling mysteries, most recently Triple Pursuit and the Andrew Broom mysteries, most recently Heirs and Parents. He has taught for over forty years at the University of Notre Dame, where he is the director of the Jacques Maritain Center. He lives in South Bend, Indiana.

Celt and Pepper

Martin Kilmartin is a popular young Notre Dame professor and a promising poet, and as far as everyone on campus knows, he’s off to visit his ancestral Ireland over winter break. It’s a shocking moment when Professor Kilmartin is discovered dead in his office, never having made it on his winter retreat. Apparently the victim of a weak heart, Kilmartin’s death comes just months before he is to be wed, and on the heels of some outstanding recognition for his verse. All in all, it seems to be just another campus tragedy, and while some wonder at the authenticity of the official explanation for his death, the police are content to blame his medical condition for his untimely demise. That is, until Professor Roger Knight, big man on campus and compulsively curious amateur sleuth, gets involved. The rotund professor’s interest is piqued after reading some of Kilmartin’s melancholic work, and he points to several anomalies at the crime scene in questioning the case. Before long, he’s unearthed more than a few people with motive to harm the burgeoning artist. Roger’s first task, with the help of his brother Phil, will be to determine whether there has in fact been a crime, and if so, who exactly was behind it. Before he’s through, he’ll use his diverse experience with poetry, literature, Irish history, and Notre Dame lore, not to mention his ear for university gossip, to get the bottom of another fascinating acadamic whodunit from master storyteller Ralph McInerny.

Irish Coffee

When Fred Neville of the Notre Dame athletic department winds up dead under mysterious circumstances, amateur sleuth and academic Roger Knight, and his brother, Phil, a P.I., investigate the apparent murder. The trouble: no suspects. No suspects, that is, until the day of Fred’s funeral, when several likely candidates suddenly appear at the poor man’s wake. First, Mary Schuster, daughter of a faculty widow, shows up at the event dressed all in black, with the startling announcement that she and the deceased were secretly in love. Then the controversy doubles when another woman arrives with a huge diamond ring on her finger, claiming to have been Fred’s intended. Could it be that unassuming Fred Neville was actually involved with two women, in secret and at the same time? Roger thinks not, and finds a notable piece of evidence to back up his hunch when a secret stash of Fred’s poetry turns up, clearly written with a single woman in mind. Unfortunately, the object of Fred’s intense love remains unnamed in his verse. Suddenly, both women are suspects in a vicious crime. But it’s up to Roger to plug into the campus gossip grid and, with a little help from Phil, not to mention his vast knowledge of just about everything that happens on campus, determine the exact chain of events that led to murder. Set against the backdrop of an exciting Notre Dame basketball season, Irish Coffee will delight fans of both Notre Dame lore and of Ralph McInerny’s impeccably plotted mysteries.

Irish Gilt

When South Bend, Indiana, Detective Phil Knight meets Boris Henry, an enthusiast of the historic Father John Zahm, a Notre Dame priest who was once involved in theoretical disputes during the nineteenth century, he wants to introduce Boris to his brother, Notre Dame’s Professor Roger Knight. Both share a passion for this legendary man, and as expected, Boris and Roger have much to discuss. But when some rare Zahm artifacts go missing from Boris collection and another researcher turns up dead, the Knight brothers team up to uncover the truth behind the murder in Irish Gilt, an absorbing addition to this series by the author of the beloved Father Dowling mysteries.

The Letter Killeth

Once the college football season draws to a close for the Fighting Irish, there is little reason to ride out the winter in South Bend, Indiana. Those who can leave do, but P.I. Philip Knight stays on at Notre Dame when the university asks him to discreetly investigate a rash of threatening letters that have been sent to a number of administrators, including the new football coach, who resurrected the team in a single year.
While conspiracy theories are as prevalent as the cold, Philip and his brother Roger think the letters are probably a prank or possibly a student paper’s attempt at yellow journalism but nothing more. Then a controversial professor’s car is set on fire, a man is found dead on campus, and the Knight brothers find themselves hot on the trail of a killer in Ralph McInerny’s tenth mystery set at Notre Dame.

Irish Alibi

With the Fighting Irish set to square off against Georgia Tech, Roger Knight, the rotund professor of Catholic studies, and his brother Philip, a semi retired P.I., know that Notre Dame fans will be out in force. The faithful swear that on game day the entire campus comes alive to cheer on the football team, and they don t have to look any further than Touchdown Jesus or Fair Catch Corby, a statue of a Civil War chaplain who seems to be signaling another pass completion, for proof, misguided as it may be.
But this year, this friendly and sometimes heated North South rivalry turns downright hostile when Notre Dame’s ties to the Union during the Civil War are dug up, and two students, brothers and Southern gentlemen, are spurred to defend their honor with a prank nearly 150 years after the fact. While they both admit to being the culprit, only one of them could ve actually committed the vandalism. But which one? By stretching one alibi over two people, they may dodge expulsion. But then they become suspects in a seemingly unrelated murder case that the Knights must solve, or else getting thrown out will be the least of the boys problems.
Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ralph McInerny s Irish Alibi is a great addition to this stellar series, in which the past, no matter how distant, is never forgotten and always poised to rise again.

The Green Revolution

Any year when the Fighting Irish don t go undefeated is a disappointment, but to turn in a losing football season is unheard of. This year the faithful are refusing to admit defeat even as the losses start to pile up. With the students in a funk and the alumni in an uproar, something must be done, or more precisely, somebody has to go. Since they can t expel the team, they ll have to settle for firing the multimillion dollar head coach but will a new coach satisfy everyone?There are some namely faculty members with a distaste for university athletics who see this as their chance to refocus the school on academics. When the battle between Notre Dame’s academic and athletic traditions turns deadly, however, Roger Knight, professor of Catholic Studies, becomes a marked man. Accustomed to working together, Roger and his P.I. brother Philip will have to go their separate ways in Ralph McInerny s delightful The Green Revolution to unravel a campus wide conspiracy and put the Irish back on top.

Sham Rock

The University of Notre Dame relies on Roger Knight, the rotund professor of Catholic Studies, and his brother Philip, a semiretired PI, to investigate certain delicate situations that could put the school in a bad light. Students, faculty, and alumni, like David Williams, are all fair game. Having been a successful financial adviser until recently, David has returned to campus to renege on a pledged donation to the university’s ethics program. While he s there, one of his former classmates sends a letter confessing to the murder and a secret burial of one of their closest friends, a student who had gone missing decades before and was never found. As students, David, Patrick, and Timothy made up the Trinity, an irreverent nickname for three close friends and fierce rivals be it for on campus prestige or the affections of a beautiful St. Mary s student from across the road. Ready to help the school put the whole sordid tragedy behind them, Roger and Philip set about the sad task of unearthing Timothy s body, only to find that they have a much bigger mystery with which to contend. With rivalries rekindled and the brothers Knight digging into the university s past, Sham Rock, the latest in Ralph McInerny s well loved mystery series, is as witty and charming as ever

The Third Revelation

An astounding miracle.

Two vicious murders.

A secret that could change the world.

The Rosary Chronicles begin.

Retired CIA operative Vincent Traeger spent years working undercover in Rome. But when the Vatican’s Secretary of State is brutally murdered along with a prefect of the Vatican Library, Traeger must not only solve the murders, but fight an unseen enemy and navigate a treacherous maze through history, faith, and his own past if he is ever to discover the astonishing truth.

Relic of Time

Five centuries ago, a Mexican peasant was visited by the Virgin Mary. His cloak was marked with the image of the Holy Mother surrounded by roses. It remains a priceless relic in Mexican religious culture. And it has been stolen. Retired CIA agent Vincent Traeger soon realizes that the truth is hidden within a conspiracy that could bring a country and a faith to its knees.

Infra Dig

Consumed by guilt after backing her car over her burdensome father in law, widowed Susan Nebens panics and hides the body in a bag full of grass clippings, thus beginning a bizarre adventure involving two hoods on the lam.

As Good As Dead

One of McInerny’s most intriguing and fast paced novels, filled with sharp plot turns and the urban mayhem he’s famous for.

The Ablative Case

Anthony Award winning author It seemed like such a simple task. Dwayne Navrone wants his wife out of the way so he can marry his voluptuous mistress. He finds two men to stage a kidnapping and murder, which will leave Dwayne free to restart his life with no entanglements. Then the kidnappers snatch the wrong woman, and everything goes downhill from there.

Thou Shalt Not Kill

A collection of mystery stories culled from the pages of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine features the work of John Mortimer, G. K. Chesterton, Ralph McInerny, and others.

Good Knights

These stories represent an intermediate stage in the evolution of the Knight brothers in Ralph McInerny’s fiction. In The Noonday Devil, Phil, in his capacity as private detective, was fairly close to the action, but by no means the major character. Roger, his blimp sized brother, entered obliquely into the story but ended by starring in the finale. Readers liked them, in particular Roger. So McInerny brought them back in Easeful Death, where they are far more central and Roger occupies much space, physically and narratively. And so it might have remained. When McInerny was asked to do a Notre Dame series of mysteries, he decided to bring Roger to South Bend as the Huneker Professor of Catholic Studies, accompanied by the semi retired Phil, who has the full menu of Notre Dame sports to keep him occupied. Prior to starting the series, McInerny wanted to reacquaint himself with the Knights and hit upon the idea of doing a series of Knight brothers stories in Crisis, a magazine he founded with Michael Novak. Before moving them to South Bend, he wanted to see them in action, working out of New York, always driving in the specially designed van, never flying, to the cities were their client lived. Good Knights is the result of putting these eight Knights brothers stories together. Call them finger exercises in character. The response to them in the magazine was gratifying, and with them behind him, McInerny launched the Notre Dame series, with On This Rockne in 1996, thirteen years and thirteen novels ago. But the origins of that successful series is seen here.

St. Thomas Aquinas

This lively and highly accessible introduction to the thought of Thomas Aquinas focuses on his philosophy while making clear its openness to theology as reflection on Revelation.

  • Introduces students this great philosopher of the middle ages in one short book.
  • Brings together alternative approaches to Aquinas thought.
  • Uses key texts to describe the trajectory of Aquinas philosophy and the legacy it left behind.
  • This is the first title in a new Polity series, Classic Thinkers.

Aquinas on Human Action

A working of primary Thomistic texts, this volume presents the systematic and unified character of Aquinas’ theory of moral agency as it relates to human action. Focusing especially on the ‘Summa theologiae’, Ralph McInerny argues that Aquinas’ theory of moral action stands up to contemporary needs and remains adequate against contemporary criticism. Intended for both the scholar and the student, ‘Aquinas on Human Action‘ is the first contribution in over 20 years to expose Aquinas’ thought through primary Thomistic texts. In part 1, the author examines the fundamental texts in order to demonstrate the coherence and philosphical sophistication of Aquinas’ doctrine. McInerny points out that this theory of action serves as a link between natural law on the one hand, and human good or ultimate end, on the other. In part 2, he undertakes a discussion of divergent viewpoints and offers a series of relevant debates, so that the reader can place the interpretation provided in part 1 in the ongoing philosophical discussion of Aquinas’ doctrine. It provides a clean line of presentation as well as an acknowledgement of alternative contributions and viewpoints of contemporary scholars.

The Question of Christian Ethics

In the early 1930s, Emile Brehier inaugurated a dispute regarding whether or not true philosophy could have existed during the ages of faith, the assumption being that real philosophers are untouched by faith and are, ideally, non believers. Etienne Gilson and Jacques Maritain, among many others, entered the fray, seeking to clarify what is meant by ‘Christian philosophy’. Both of these philosophers were very much in the tradition of St Thomas Aquinas, and together they might be said to have set the stage for present day discussions of just whether and what such a thing as a Christian philosophy might be. Ralph McInerny, both a Catholic philosopher in the Thomistic tradition and a writer, recounts the historical background of what might be called the autonomy of philosophy in a properly Christian philosophy and moves to his own resolution of the conflict, differing from both Gilson and Maritain. Chiefly concerned with the implications of this debate for moral doctrine, McInerny argues for a conception of Christian ethics that relies on the distinction between the activity of philosophising and the content of philosophy. ‘The Question of Christian Ethics‘ should be a valuable text for scholars working in the area of Aquinas’s moral theory and in the area of natural law theory as well as for professors and students who cover this territory in both undergraduate and graduate courses.

Aquinas Against the Averroists

In the mid 1260s in Paris, a dispute raged that concerned the relationship between faith and the Augustinian theological tradition on the one side and secular leaning as represented by the arrival in Latin of Aristotle and various Islamic and Jewish interpreters of Aristotle on the other. Masters of the arts faculty in Paris represented the latter tradition, indicated by the phrase ‘double truth theory.’ The introduction places the work historically and sketches the controversy to which it was a contribution. Part 2 includes the Latin Leonine text and McInerny’s translation. Part 3 analyzes the basic arguments of Thomas’s work and provides a series of interpretive essays meant to make Thomas accessible to today’s readers.

Let’s Read Latin

At last, a user-friendly introduction to Church Latin using church and scriptural documents themselves, allowing the student to build up knowledge with meaningful texts. All paradigms, grammar, and vocabulary are included, and the texts are explained line by line. A 60-minute audiotape is included to aid in pronunciation. For students of all ages, this work is a boon to home-schoolers too.

Aquinas and Analogy

‘De nominum analogia’ by Cajetan introduces a spurious argument that is not found in Aquinas’s writing. This text traces the source of the confusion to Cajetan’s misunderstanding of a text from Aquina’s commentary on the ‘Sentences’ and shows how misleading that distinction is.

What Went Wrong with Vatican II

Vatican II was supposed to herald a Golden Age in the Catholic Church yet in the thirty years since it ended, chaos & dissension have rocked the pulpits and emptied the pews. Today, theologians rise against the Pope, laymen turn away in dismay and confusion. McInerney cuts through conventional wisdom to reveal the council’s true message a message which, if widely known, would send shock waves through both the conservative and liberal wings on the Church…
and would bring many Catholics back to the practice of the Faith. After Vatican II, instead of enjoying the expected renaissance, the Church seemed to fall apart: priests and bishops rejected Church teachings, convents and seminaries emptied, and laypeople were thrown into confusion. I vividly remember my own dismay when I discovered that although I had entered the Catholic Church because I had come to see with Cardinal Newman’s help the necessity for a teaching authority, large numbers of Catholics were chafing under that authority and yearning for an illusory freedom. This strange rebellion in the post Vatican II Church is examined and blisteringly rebuked in Ralph McInerny’s What Went Wrong with Vatican II. McInerny contends that the problem wasn’t Vatican II itself, which, as an ecumenical council, enjoyed the protection of the Holy Spirit. The problem, he argues, came afterward: with Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s restatement of the Church s constant teaching that artificial contraception is immoral. Instead of greeting it with respect and obedience, a large group of clergy dissented publicly from Humanae Vitae and touched off a civil war in the Church as they competed with the Vatican for the obedience of the faithful. In this crucial book, McInerny traces the problem and shows what we must do now to restore the Church.

Characters in Search of Their Author

Is the conviction that there is a God the default position of the human mind? This is the suggestion of Vatican II’s Gaudium et spes, as well as Cardinal Newman and even St. Thomas Aquinas. But however natural it is for human beings to acknowledge their maker, it seems almost as natural to throw up obstacles between man and God. ‘Characters in Search of Their Author‘, the Gifford Lectures delivered by Ralph McInerny in Glasgow in 1999 2000, is devoted to clearing away some of these impediments, mainly those fashioned by philosophers. The first series of lectures traces the progressive dismissal of natural theology by modern and contemporary philosophers. Are all intellectual difficulties intellectual in origin? McInerny invites his reader to consider the ordinary acknowledgment or denial of God as analogous to falling into or out of love. The upshot may be a simple judgment, but the way to it is through the emotions and types of discourse that seldom appear in logic books. The recovery of natural theology is the theme of the second series of lectures. Making critical use of philosophers from Kierkegaard and Newman to Thomas Aquinas, McInerny brings us to the point where the age old task can once more begin.

The Defamation of Pius XII

Eugenio Pacelli, Pius XII, was one of the few unalloyed heroes of World War II. At great personal risk, he saved some 800,000 Jews from extermination by the Nazis. Jewish refugees were given asylum in the Vatican, swelling the number of Swiss Guards. No Allied leader can match his glorious record. Golda Meir lauded Pius XII after the war, and the chief rabbi of Rome became a Roman Catholic, taking the name of Eugenio in tribute to Eugenio Pacelli. Why then has such a man been vilified and all but accused of being responsible for the Holocaust? Rolf Hochhuth’s infamous play, The Deputy, marked the turning point. The outrageous distortions of this play turned the greatest friend the Jewish people had during World War II into an anti Semite. This book restores Pius XII to the rank of hero, demolishes the ludicrous charges against him, and identifies the true target of this infamous calumny : the Church, the papacy, and the Christian moral teaching which confronts and condemns the Culture of Death.

The Very Rich Hours of Jacques Maritain

The Very Rich Hours of Jacques Maritain‘ is Ralph McInerny’s hymn of praise to the spiritual and intellectual life of the great Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain 1881 1973. The structure of this work is modelled on the medieval book of hours, making use of the daily offices, from Matins through Compline, to examine each stage of the life of Maritain and his wife, Raissa. Through this blending of biography and meditation, McInerny creates a portrait of the Maritains, one that reveals a model of the intellectual life as lived by the Christian believers. McInerny’s authoritative work provides an accessible avenue of entry to Maritain’s life and thought. Among the topics McInerny covers are Maritain’s remarkable and diverse set of friends, his involvement in French politics and the development of his views on the nature and future of democracy, the Church and Catholic intellectual life. By interweaving Maritain’s philosophy with anecdotes from his life, McInerny demonstrates what distinguished Maritain as a Catholic philosopher and why he is a source of inspiration for McInerny and others of his generation. This book should appeal to anyone who values the thought of Jacques Maritain and the work of Ralph McInerny.

I Alone Have Escaped to Tell You

With ‘I Alone Have Escaped to Tell You‘, Ralph McInerny distinguished scholar, mystery writer, editor, publisher, and family man delivers a thoroughly engaging memoir. In the course of his recollections, McInerny describes his childhood in Minnesota; his grammar school and seminary education, with his decision to leave the path toward ordination; his marriage to his beloved Connie and their active family life and travels; and his life as a fiction writer. We learn of his career as a Catholic professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, his views on the Catholic Church, his experiences as an editor and publisher of Catholic magazines and reviews, his involvement with the International Catholic University, and his thoughts on other Catholic writers. Part homage to his academic home for the last half century and part appreciation of the many significant friendships he has fostered over his life, McInerny’s reminiscences beautifully convey his lively interest in the world and his gift for friendship and collegiality. Written in his characteristically elegant style, by turns charming, poignant, humorous, and revealing, ‘I Alone Have Escaped to Tell You‘ will delight McInerny’s many devoted readers.

Dante and the Blessed Virgin

Dante and the Blessed Virgin‘ is distinguished philosopher Ralph McInerny’s eloquent reading of one of western literature’s most famous works by a Catholic writer. The book provides Catholic readers new to Dante’s ‘The Divine Comedy’ or ‘Commedia’ with a concise companion volume. McInerny argues that the ‘Blessed Virgin Mary’ is the key to Dante. She is behind the scenes at the very beginning of the ‘Commedia’, and she is found at the end in the magnificent closing cantos of the ‘Paradiso’. McInerny also discusses Dante’s ‘Vita Nuova’, where Mary is present as the object of the young Beatrice’s devotion. McInerny draws from a diverse group of writers throughout this book, including Plato, Aristotle, St. Bernard, St. Bonaventure, St. Thomas Aquinas, and George Santayana, among others. It is St. Thomas, however, to whom McInerny most often turns, and this book also provides an accessible introduction to Thomistic moral philosophy focusing on the appetites, the ordering of goods, the distinction between the natural and the supernatural orders, the classification of capital vices and virtues, and the nature of the theological virtues. This engagingly written book will serve as a source of inspiration and devotion for anyone approaching Dante’s work for the first time as well as those who value the work of Ralph McInerny.

The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1

More than 200,000 words of great crime and suspense fictionEach year, Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, editors of The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, have reached farther past the boundaries of the United States to find the very best suspense from the world over. In this third volume of their series they have included stories from Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom as well as, of course, a number of fine stories from the U.S.A. Among these tales are winners of the Edgar Award, the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers, and other major awards in the field. In addition, here are reports on the field of mystery and crime writing from correspondents in the U.S. Jon L. Breen, England Maxim Jakubowski, Canada Edo Van Belkom, Australia David Honeybone, and Germany Thomas Woertche. Altogether, with nearly 250,000 words of the best short suspense published in 2001, this bounteous volume is, as the Wall Street Journal said of the previous year s compilation, the best value for money of any such anthology. The A to Z of the authors should excite the interest of any mystery reader:Robert Barnard Lawrence Block Jon L. Breen Wolfgang Burger Lillian Stewart Carl Margaret Coel Max Allan Collins Bill Crider Jeffery Deaver Brendan DuBois Susanna Gregory Joseph Hansen Carolyn G. Hart Lauren Henderson Edward D. Hoch Clark Howard Tatjana Kruse Paul Lascaux Dick Lochte Peter Lovesey Mary Jane Maffini Ed McBain Val McDermid Marcia Muller Joyce Carol Oates Anne Perry Nancy Pickard Bill Pronzini Ruth Rendell S. J. Rozan Billie Rubin Kristine Kathryn Rusch Stephan Rykena David B. Silva Nancy Springer Jac. Toes John Vermeulen Donald E. Westlake Carolyn Wheat.

The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2

More than 200,000 words of great crime and suspense fictionEach year, Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, editors of The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, have reached farther past the boundaries of the United States to find the very best suspense from the world over. In this third volume of their series they have included stories from Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom as well as, of course, a number of fine stories from the U.S.A. Among these tales are winners of the Edgar Award, the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers, and other major awards in the field. In addition, here are reports on the field of mystery and crime writing from correspondents in the U.S. Jon L. Breen, England Maxim Jakubowski, Canada Edo Van Belkom, Australia David Honeybone, and Germany Thomas Woertche. Altogether, with nearly 250,000 words of the best short suspense published in 2001, this bounteous volume is, as the Wall Street Journal said of the previous year s compilation, the best value for money of any such anthology. The A to Z of the authors should excite the interest of any mystery reader:Robert Barnard Lawrence Block Jon L. Breen Wolfgang Burger Lillian Stewart Carl Margaret Coel Max Allan Collins Bill Crider Jeffery Deaver Brendan DuBois Susanna Gregory Joseph Hansen Carolyn G. Hart Lauren Henderson Edward D. Hoch Clark Howard Tatjana Kruse Paul Lascaux Dick Lochte Peter Lovesey Mary Jane Maffini Ed McBain Val McDermid Marcia Muller Joyce Carol Oates Anne Perry Nancy Pickard Bill Pronzini Ruth Rendell S. J. Rozan Billie Rubin Kristine Kathryn Rusch Stephan Rykena David B. Silva Nancy Springer Jac. Toes John Vermeulen Donald E. Westlake Carolyn Wheat.

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More than 200,000 words of great crime and suspense fictionEach year, Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, editors of The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, have reached farther past the boundaries of the United States to find the very best suspense from the world over. In this third volume of their series they have included stories from Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom as well as, of course, a number of fine stories from the U.S.A. Among these tales are winners of the Edgar Award, the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers, and other major awards in the field. In addition, here are reports on the field of mystery and crime writing from correspondents in the U.S. Jon L. Breen, England Maxim Jakubowski, Canada Edo Van Belkom, Australia David Honeybone, and Germany Thomas Woertche. Altogether, with nearly 250,000 words of the best short suspense published in 2001, this bounteous volume is, as the Wall Street Journal said of the previous year s compilation, the best value for money of any such anthology. The A to Z of the authors should excite the interest of any mystery reader:Robert Barnard Lawrence Block Jon L. Breen Wolfgang Burger Lillian Stewart Carl Margaret Coel Max Allan Collins Bill Crider Jeffery Deaver Brendan DuBois Susanna Gregory Joseph Hansen Carolyn G. Hart Lauren Henderson Edward D. Hoch Clark Howard Tatjana Kruse Paul Lascaux Dick Lochte Peter Lovesey Mary Jane Maffini Ed McBain Val McDermid Marcia Muller Joyce Carol Oates Anne Perry Nancy Pickard Bill Pronzini Ruth Rendell S. J. Rozan Billie Rubin Kristine Kathryn Rusch Stephan Rykena David B. Silva Nancy Springer Jac. Toes John Vermeulen Donald E. Westlake Carolyn Wheat.

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More than 200,000 words of great crime and suspense fictionEach year, Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, editors of The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, have reached farther past the boundaries of the United States to find the very best suspense from the world over. In this third volume of their series they have included stories from Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom as well as, of course, a number of fine stories from the U.S.A. Among these tales are winners of the Edgar Award, the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers, and other major awards in the field. In addition, here are reports on the field of mystery and crime writing from correspondents in the U.S. Jon L. Breen, England Maxim Jakubowski, Canada Edo Van Belkom, Australia David Honeybone, and Germany Thomas Woertche. Altogether, with nearly 250,000 words of the best short suspense published in 2001, this bounteous volume is, as the Wall Street Journal said of the previous year s compilation, the best value for money of any such anthology. The A to Z of the authors should excite the interest of any mystery reader:Robert Barnard Lawrence Block Jon L. Breen Wolfgang Burger Lillian Stewart Carl Margaret Coel Max Allan Collins Bill Crider Jeffery Deaver Brendan DuBois Susanna Gregory Joseph Hansen Carolyn G. Hart Lauren Henderson Edward D. Hoch Clark Howard Tatjana Kruse Paul Lascaux Dick Lochte Peter Lovesey Mary Jane Maffini Ed McBain Val McDermid Marcia Muller Joyce Carol Oates Anne Perry Nancy Pickard Bill Pronzini Ruth Rendell S. J. Rozan Billie Rubin Kristine Kathryn Rusch Stephan Rykena David B. Silva Nancy Springer Jac. Toes John Vermeulen Donald E. Westlake Carolyn Wheat.

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More than 200,000 words of great crime and suspense fictionEach year, Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, editors of The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, have reached farther past the boundaries of the United States to find the very best suspense from the world over. In this third volume of their series they have included stories from Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom as well as, of course, a number of fine stories from the U.S.A. Among these tales are winners of the Edgar Award, the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers, and other major awards in the field. In addition, here are reports on the field of mystery and crime writing from correspondents in the U.S. Jon L. Breen, England Maxim Jakubowski, Canada Edo Van Belkom, Australia David Honeybone, and Germany Thomas Woertche. Altogether, with nearly 250,000 words of the best short suspense published in 2001, this bounteous volume is, as the Wall Street Journal said of the previous year s compilation, the best value for money of any such anthology. The A to Z of the authors should excite the interest of any mystery reader:Robert Barnard Lawrence Block Jon L. Breen Wolfgang Burger Lillian Stewart Carl Margaret Coel Max Allan Collins Bill Crider Jeffery Deaver Brendan DuBois Susanna Gregory Joseph Hansen Carolyn G. Hart Lauren Henderson Edward D. Hoch Clark Howard Tatjana Kruse Paul Lascaux Dick Lochte Peter Lovesey Mary Jane Maffini Ed McBain Val McDermid Marcia Muller Joyce Carol Oates Anne Perry Nancy Pickard Bill Pronzini Ruth Rendell S. J. Rozan Billie Rubin Kristine Kathryn Rusch Stephan Rykena David B. Silva Nancy Springer Jac. Toes John Vermeulen Donald E. Westlake Carolyn Wheat.

Murder Most Medieval (By:Martin H. Greenberg)

Here are thirteen deadly tales, all set within the dramatic turmoil of medieval Europe. Murder mystery fans and history buffs alike will be riveted by the selections offered by master anthologist Martin H. Greenberg and Nebula Award-winner John Helfers. You’ll meet Peter Tremayne’s seventh-century Celtic detective, Sister Fidelma, in ‘Like a Dog Returning;’ discover Clayton Emery’s take on Robin Hood in ‘Plucking a Mandrake;’ learn about Brother Cadfael, soldier-turned-sleuthing-monk, from the wicked pen of Ellis Peters; and many others-all in the service of investigating crime in the Middle Ages, from the misdeeds of commoners to the felonies of kings.

Murder Most Medical (By:Martin H. Greenberg)

A collection of fifteen stories of crime in the medical world from authors including Lawrence Block, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Dorothy L. Sayers take readers through operating rooms, hospital hallways, an anatomy theater, and autopsy labs in search of killers.

Murder Most Irish (By:Martin H. Greenberg)

This is an anthology of Irish crime and detective fiction. The book includes work by Sean O’Faolain, Peter Tremayne, Edmund Crispin, Freeman Wills Crofts, Mary Ryan, Michael Jahn, Morris Hershman, and more modern writers, such as Clark Howard, Bill Crider and Wendi Lee.

Murder Most Delectable (By:Martin H. Greenberg)

What a grand love affair people have with food. It is the only thing that can simultaneously delight all five senses. Some people’s appetite for food is only exceeded by their appetite for crime. As our demand for creative dishes has increased, so has the opportunity for evil epicureans to combine their talent for wickedness and their love of good food and drink to lay their victims low in one fell swoop with nothing more than a well cooked meal or specially concocted libation. This menu of eighteen stories of culinary crimes and death beckons everyone. Readers must quiet any hunger pangs before turning the pages; the meals described are often worth dying for. As an added bonus, a recipe pertinent to each story’s flavour is included. The courses served are: ‘The Last Bottle in the World’ by Stanley Ellin ‘Takeout’ by Joyce Christmas ‘The Case of the Shaggy Caps’ by Ruth Rendell ‘The Cassoulet’ by Walter Satterthwait ‘Tea for Two’ by M. D. Lake ‘The Second Oldest Profession’ by Linda Grant ‘Connoisseur’ by Bill Pronzini ‘Gored’ by Bill Crider ‘Day for a Picnic’ by Edward D. Hoch ‘Guardian Angel’ by Caroline Benton ‘The Main Event’ by Peter Crowther ‘The Deadly Egg’ by Janwillem van de Wetering ‘Dead and Breakfast’ by Barbara Collins ‘Recipe for a Happy Marriage’ by Nedra Tyre ‘Death Cup’ by Joyce Carol Oates ‘Poison Peach’ by Gillian Linscott ‘Of Course You Know That Chocolate is a Vegetable’ by Barbara D’Amato ‘Poison a la Carte’ by Rex Stout Tuck in your napkin, polish your knife and fork, and dive into this eighteen course feast of Murder Most Delectable.

Murder Most Divine

From medieval torture in a bishop’s basement to slain angels, Murder Most Divine is a creepy collection of murder mysteries set in the dark shadows of the holy church. Within these 18 suspenseful tales are characters that range from wholesome priests to immoral clerics to sleepwalking nuns and of course there are plenty of murderers mixed in too. You will soon be thanking heaven that these tales are just fiction. Stories include:’The Second Commandment’ by Charlotte Armstrong’Holy Living and Holy Dying’ by Robert Barnard’The Wrong Shape’ by G.K. Chesterton’Brother Orchid’ by Richard Connell’The Monk’s Tale’ by P.C. Doherty’When Your Breath Freezes’ by Kathleen Dougherty’State of Grace’ by Loren D. Estleman’Jemima Shore’s First Case’ by Antonia Fraser’The Witch’s Tale’ by Margaret Frazer’Murder Mysteries’ by Neil Gaiman’The Bishop and the Hit Man’ by Andrew Greeley’The Sweating Statue’ by Edward D. Hotch’The Stripper’ by H.H. Holmes’The Base of the Triangle’ by Ralph McInerny’Conventional Spirit’ by Sharan Newman’Miss Butterfingers’ by Monica Quill’In the Confessional’ by Alice Scanlan Reach

Murder Most Romantic (By:Martin H. Greenberg)

This collection of contemporary never before published romantic mysteries looks at the dark side of love, where every decision is life or death and the smallest mistake could kill you.

Murder Most Postal (By:Martin H. Greenberg)

Homicidal Tales that Deliver a MessageSpecial Delivery indeed! This collection of twenty one stories by masters of mystery including Evan Hunter, Ellery Queen, Gordon R. Dickson, and more is about purloined postage, lethal letters, and cold blooded correspondence. From Edgar Allan Poe’s nineteenth century classic ‘The Purloined Letter,’ which tells of a missive gone astray and cunning way in which it is retrieved, to Matthew Costello’s very twenty first century chat room intrigue, ‘Someone Who Understands Me,’ these tales are first class examples of just how dangerous getting in touch can be.

Murder Most Feline (By:Martin H. Greenberg,Ed Gorman)

When law meets paw…
The result is this delightful anthology of seventeen courtroom tales by top notch mystery writers. Cats and mysteries go hand in hand, no doubt. After all, what other animal is as mysterious as the common yet never ordinary house cat? What lurks behind that smug expression? What hidden secrets belie that indifferent stare? Always dignified, cats are quick to deal out their own justice with a claw or bite, and so it is only natural we find them in a variety of roles in these feline mysteries. Cats take the stand in their own defense to pounce on criminals, provide evidence, and turn the legal system on its collective ear all in the name of justice. From a private eye who goes to bat for a cat’s inheritance to a common mouser who turns out to be quite a bit more during a high profile murder trial, these tales of crimes are as crafty and cunning as kitties themselves and just as entertaining! Stories in this clever anthology include: ‘The Witness Cat’ by Parnell Hall ‘Justice Knows No Paws’ by Jon L. Breen ‘It’s In the Bag’ by Bill Crider ‘Animal Sounds’ by Dulcy Brainard ‘Blue Eyes’ by Janet Dawson ‘Cat, The Jury’ by Catherine Dain ‘The Memory Pool’ by Tracy Knight ‘The Lawlessness West of the Pecos’ by Jan Grape ‘Statute of Limitations’ by Morris Hershman ‘Catnip’ by Dick Lochte ‘Hoskin’s Cat’ by Shirley Rousseau Murphy ‘Missing the Cat’ by Mat Coward ‘Prints’ by Ann Barrett ‘Mr. Biggles for the Defense’ by Matthew Costello ‘Family Ties’ by Richard Chizmar and Barry Hoffman ‘For the Benefit of Bootsy’ by Jeremiah Healy ‘In the Lowlands’ by Gary A. Braunbeck

Murder Most Confederate (By:Martin H. Greenberg)

Amidst the tension and drama of a war that pits brother against brother and father against son, the dark side of men and women can reach a boiling point. Here are stories of betrayal, murder and malevolence in a world already marked by besieged honor, drenched in blood and death. These stories masterfully conjure up the sights, sounds and smells of a lost era and therein spin tales of terror and treachery such as ‘Blossoms and Blood,’ ‘The Cobblestones of Saratoga Street,’ and ‘A Woman’s Touch.’ This chilling collection is perfect for those who like a little suspense with their history.

Death Cruise: Crime Stories on the Open Seas

‘Death Cruise’: Crime Stories on the Open Sea, edited by Lawrence Block, is a collection of murder mysteries with settings aboard cruise ships and written by several members of the International Association of Crime Writers, including Agatha Christie, Nancy Pickard, Piet Teigeler, Edward D. Hoch, Ralph McInerny, John Mortimer, and Carolyn Wheat.

Murder Most Catholic

The murder mysteries that make up this unusual anthology all have one thing in common: the hero or heroine who solves the crime is a Catholic cleric. Perhaps that should not be surprising, for since the time of G. K. Chesterton those who have explored stories with a religious belief or background have tended to place them in the Middle Ages. And during that time most Christians were in one way or another connected to the Catholic church. From Chesterton’s classic priest turned detective Father Brown to Peter Tremayne s historical Celtic nun and lawyer, Sister Fidelma, religious men and women put aside their professional duties for a moment to take up an altogether different vocation for a short time that of detective and solver of crimes unspeakable. The stories in this collection of Catholic clerical sleuthing includes:

‘Whispers of the Dead’ by Peter Tremayne ‘Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned’ by Ed Gorman ‘Death by Fire’ by Anne Perry and Malachi Saxon ‘The Arrow of Ice’ by Edward D. Hoch ‘The Rag and Bone Man’ by Lillian Stewart Carl ‘Divine Justice’ by Charles Meyer ‘Cemetery of the Innocents’ by Stephen Dentinger ‘Veronica s Veil’ by Monica Quill ‘Lowly Death’ by Margaret Frazer ‘Ex Libris’ by Kate Gallison ‘A Clerical Error’ by Michael Jecks ‘Through a Glass, Darkly’ by Kate Charles ‘The Knight s Confession’ by P. C. Doherty ‘The Shorn Lamb’ by Ralph McInerny

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