Ralph McInerny was an American author best known for writing his series of Father Dowling novels. In addition to his work as a mystery writer, McInerny was a longtime professor of philosophy and medieval studies at the University of Notre Dame.

He was a member of he Notre Dame faculty from 1955 until his retirement in 2009. During his tenure, McInerny gained international renown as a scholar, author and lecturer. He is best known worldwide as the author of the Father Dowling Mysteries series that eventually became a television show starring Tom Bosley. He also wrote the Andrew Broom mystery series, the Sister Mary Teresa mystery series, and the University of Notre Dame mystery series. McInerney passed away in 2010 at the age of 80.

Publication Order of Father Dowling Books

Her Death of Cold(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bishop as Pawn(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Seventh Station(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lying Three(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Second Vespers(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Thicker Than Water(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Loss of Patients(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Grass Widow(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Getting a Way with Murder(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rest in Pieces(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Basket Case(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Abracadaver(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Four on the Floor(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Judas Priest(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Desert Sinner(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seed of Doubt(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Cardinal Offense(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tears of Things(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Grave Undertakings(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Triple Pursuit(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Prodigal Father(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Last Things(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Requiem for a Realtor(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Ties(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Prudence of Flesh(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Widow's Mate(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ash Wednesday(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wisdom of Father Dowling(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stained Glass(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Compassion of Father Dowling(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Sister Mary Teresa Books

Not a Blessed Thing!(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
And Then There Was Nun(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nun of the Above(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Veil of Ignorance(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sister Hood(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nun Plussed(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Half Past Nun(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Takes the Veil(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Andrew Broom Books

Cause and Effect(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Body and Soil(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Savings and Loam(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mom and Dead(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Law and Ardor(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Heirs and Parents(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Notre Dame Books

On This Rockne(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lack of the Irish(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Irish Tenure(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Book of Kills(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Emerald Aisle(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Celt and Pepper(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Irish Coffee(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Green Thumb(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Irish Gilt(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Letter Killeth(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Irish Alibi(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Green Revolution(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sham Rock(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Egidio Manfredi Books

Still Life(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sub Rosa(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Rosary Chronicles Books

The Third Revelation(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Relic of Time(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Jolly Rogerson(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Narrow Time(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Priest(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Gate of Heaven(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rogerson at Bay(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spinnaker(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quick as a Dodo(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Romanesque(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Noonday Devil(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Leave of Absence(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Frigor Mortis(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Search Committee(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Nominative Case(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Easeful Death(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Infra Dig(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Red Hat(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
As Good As Dead(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ablative Case(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Slattery(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Collections

Thou Shalt Not Kill(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Soul of Wit(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Good Knights(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

New Themes in Christian Philosophy(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Thomism in an Age of Renewal(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
St Thomas Aquinas(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Miracles(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A First Glance at St Thomas Aquinas(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Boethius and Aquinas(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Aquinas on Human Action(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Let's Write a Novel(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Let's Write Short Stories(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Question of Christian Ethics(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Aquinas Against the Averroists(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Let's Read Latin(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Uncertain Legacy(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
What Went Wrong with Vatican II?(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Aquinas and Analogy(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Characters in Search of Their Author(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Very Rich Hours of Jacques Maritain(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
I Alone Have Escaped to Tell You(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Some Catholic Writers(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dante and the Blessed Virgin(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


If You Like Ralph McInerny Books, You’ll Love…

A popular book in the Father Dowling series is Requiem for a Realtor. The book starts with Stanley Collins coming to St. Hilary to confide in Father Dowling about the troubled marriage of one of his church’s parishioners. Dowling hopes to help, but before he can do anything one of the people involved dies in a hit and run car accident. Dowling begins to wonder if this might be murder, but his friend, Detective Phil Keegan, rules it as an accident. Dowling’s hands are tied, but he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his parishioners.

Dowling’s series, the Roger and Philip Knight Mysteries, has a popular book in Emerald Aisle. In this one, some rare literary documents are stolen from the University of Notre Dame and Roger and his brother Phillip are on the case. All this is happening as their friend Larry is looking to marry Nancy at the campus rectory. The only problem is that his old college sweetheart has the same plan on the same day. Both weddings are put on hold when a woman ends up murdered.

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