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Abracadaver: A Father Dowling Mystery
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 »
ISBN: 134137
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 148
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2.5 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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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.