For childhood friends Leo Kelly, Jane Devlin, and newly ordained "Packy" Keenan, the summers they spent at the lake together were times of pure magic. And no summer was more enchanting than the summer of 1948 - until a tragic car wreck killed two of their friends.
Dermot Michael Coyne of Chicago goes to Ireland to uncover the true story of his grandparents, who left Ireland under a veil of mystery in the 1920s. There, Coyne meets Nuala Anne McGreal, a college student who helps him translate his grandmother's diaries. His grandparents, the O'Riadas, and the bloody history of Ireland from 1919 to 1923 are mysteriously linked to present-day peace talks between the Irish and English.
"Not as good as the Bishop series"
On a flight to Chicago, millionaire media mogul Raymond Neenan receives this bit of angelic advice and finds himself staring death, and the eternal hereafter, in the face. He soon finds that making amends in his personal and business life is no easy task. In his effort to get to the top, he's damaged a lot of lives, including his own. He's hated and feared by his parents, his ex-wife, his children, and practically everyone he's ever met.
"I couldn't finish it"
Fresh from solving the mystery of who killed Michael Collins in Irish Gold, Dermot Michael Coyne and Nuala Anne McGrail are reunited in Chicago. An accountant by day, Nuala sings in a local pub at night, while dreaming of making it big. Dermot compares Nuala to Irish lace-"thin and delicate and pretty, and just a little bit complicated."But their courtship in once again interrupted, this time by one of Nuala's "spells". Nuala is fey, as they say in the Old Country, and she occasionally has visions from the past.
In the hustle of modern technology it might seem odd to discover an angel surfing the Internet, but what an interesting paradox that would be. Here, in Andrew M. Greeley's fine tale of young love and faith, Toby Tobin considers the peculiar terms of his great-uncle's will. Ten million dollars, a required visit to Ireland, ending a Tobin family feud, and a request to court his eight cousin once removed, Sara Elizabeth Anne Tobin.
"Terrible Irish accents mar a great story"
Nuala Anne McGrail has twice before amazed her faithful suitor, Dermot Coyne, with her psychic ability to "reach back" to the past and discover a wrong that needs righting. With their wedding only a few weeks away, Dermot's not a bit surprised when, while paying respects to his grandparents in Chicago's Mount Carmel Cemetery, Nuala points to the grave of the famous bootlegger Jimmy "Sweet Rolls" Sullivan .
Father Greeley offers meditations on the mysteries central to the Christian faith. In this "catechism for our times" he explores the central subjects of Catholic life: God, Jesus, Spirit, Cross and Resurrection, Salvation, Grace, Eucharist, Church, Baptism, Mary, heaven, and the Return of Jesus.
Chuckie O'Malley, having just been thrown out of Notre Dame, decides to go to the University of Chicago, thought by many of his co-religionists to be a hotbed of atheism and communism. There he finds Rosemarie, his beautiful foster sister who gave him his first kiss. Though Chuckie thinks of himself as dull, Rosemarie knows better and goads him into a career of infinite promise and gratification, to say nothing of fame and glory.
"Not worth the price or effort to listen"
It is the summer after the Big War and, while most veterans are racing back to setup housekeeping, Jerry Keenan finds himself unattached, unable to settle down, and suffering nightmares from his wartime experiences. Enter Andrea King, an irresistible 18-year-old war widow. But then, she disappears....
"Quintessential Mystery cum History Lesson"
The irrepressible Bishop Blackwood Ryan returns as his Cardinal dispatches Blackie to The University on the South Side of Chicago to investigate a baffling locked-room mystery. Someone has assassinated a Russian Orthodox monk in his office at the Divinity School, despite the fact that the door of his office was bolted shut from the inside and no killer was found within.
"A great story!"
The Priestly Sins tells the story of Father Herman Hoffman, a gifted and innocent young man, who becomes swept up in "the Crisis" after witnessing child abuse in his first parish appointment. Soon, he is vilified for denouncing a priest who has been "cleared." He suffers the harsh fate of a whistle-blower when his Archdiocese has him committed to a mental health center.
"An Insider's View"