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Bishop Goes to THE University
by Andrew Greeley
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Forge, 2004 (2003)
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*   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

In The Bishop Goes to THE University, longtime author Father Andrew Greeley has again presented a baffling mystery that, of course, takes Bishop Blackie's expertise to solve. Though I have always enjoyed Greeley's books, I've found that lately they have more religion in them than mystery. This novel reads more like a theological paper than a book one would pick up for the sheer enjoyment of reading about Bishop Blackie solving yet another crime.

A visiting professor at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago is gunned down in a closed and locked room. Various forces, including the Vatican and the CIA are blamed even to the point of the unlikely strafing of Blackie's bedroom with automatic gunfire by the CIA. Blackie is an amusing man with a love of the Irish the story is steeped in Irish lore and individuals.

It's good to be back at the Rectory and become re-aquainted with the Cardinal and the Megans. However, I was quickly lost in the theological background of the murdered professor, and the details of the climate of the world at the time the man went into the priesthood. For the first time, Blackie let me down. But maybe I wasn't the person for whom The Bishop Goes to THE University was written.

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