Friday, December 11, 2009

Father Dowling, Religion, and the Detective Story

Ralph McInerny's brand-new Father Dowling mystery is in stores: Stained Glass (Minotaur Books), the twenty-eighth book in the series, finds the sleuthing priest grappling with a series of unsolved murders as he attempts to save his church from the chopping block. From the publisher:
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 and its parishioners in peril ...
In March 2010, McInerny will be the featured speaker at a conference on "Christianity and the Detective Story." Hosted by The Conference on Christianity and Literature, the event is March 5-7 at Pace University, New York, NY. More info at the official website.
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A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at StudioWell.com. Watch the trailer on YouTube.