Morrow, Jun 2001, 24.00, 280 pp.
Father Fred Duggan informs Chief Superintendent Peter McGarr of the Dublin police that his benefactor Mary-Jo Stanton died under suspicious circumstances. Peter visits the Catholic compound owned by the deceased, who, on first observation, seems to have peacefully died while tending her garden. However, around the victim's neck is a cilicio, a medieval device that as it is tightens chokes a person.
Peter immediately suspects Fred. However, he reconsiders his first opinion when local newspaper publisher Dery Parmalee claims that Mary-Jo was about to reveal a scandalous secret that would have destroyed the order. Dery does not seem sincere and hides something involving the case. Peter and his staff dig deeper into the life and death of Mary-Jo. They find powerful obstacles with even more powerful connections trying to end their inquiries because a conspiracy stretching back a decade to behind the Iron Curtain must never be revealed.
Peter McGarr seems to have been around forever, but in his fifteenth appearance, the Dublin law enforcement official remains as fresh as he was over two decades ago. THE DEATH OF AN IRISH SINNER is an entertaining police procedural starring a fabulous lead character, an intriguing victim, and several viable suspects. As usual Bartholomew Gill provides readers with a wonderful Irish police procedural that will entice newcomers to search for McGarr's previous novels.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner