Abracadaver A Father Dowling Mystery Author:Ralph McInerny Abracadaver begins with a magic show at the St. Hilary's parish center on a peaceful winter's night in Fox River, Il. A ring inscribed "To FG rom AG. Con amore" is used in a trick, but the inscription sticks in Father Dowling's mind because the recipient's initials are those of a woman who has disappeared without a trace. Her husband, a wealthy ... more »real estate developer, is linked by rumor to another woman, and when one of his parishioners is murdered, Father Dowling begins to investigate the complex web of connections behind the simple ring.« less
I wanted something light and non-taxing when I picked up this book. This is the first Father Dowling mystery for me, and unfortunately I'm not exactly dazzled. I should have been more clear in my thinking: light and non-taxing, but fun and interesting, too!
My main criticism stems from the fact that Father Dowling is almost a minor character; much (if not most) of the sleuthing is done by a police chief and some other town players. I guess I wanted a better introduction to the Title Character. The mystery was okay, but not such a page-turner I became voracious, which is my idea of a good book. I set this one aside more than once during the days I read it. All-in-all, there just wasn't much pizzazz. I think I will read another in the series to compare, for fairness sake. Surely such a popular series has something to enthrall its audience, and maybe I just missed it here. **1/2 stars and a big "meh" at this time.