Ralph McInerney

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General Information

Name: Ralph McInerney

Pen Name: Monica Quill

Genres: Fiction

Born: 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Died: January 2010 in Mishawaka, Indiana

Illinois Connection

McInerney has written books based in Illinois - the Father Dowling series is based in Fox River, Illinois and his Sister Mary Teresa series written under the pen name of Monica Quill is about a 5'2 200-lb. nun in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

McInerney is a note philosopher and the author of more than 50 books - including many of the Father Dowling mystery series for which he received a lifetime achievement award from the Mystery Writers of America. He has also written under the pen name of Monical Quill. Writers of America.

Published Works

  • FATHER DOWLING Mysteries - Main Character: Father Roger Dowling, Priest, Fox River, Illinois
  • Her Death of Cold , Vanguard Press, 1977
  • The Seventh Station , Vanguard Press, 1977
  • Bishop as Pawn , Ace Books, 1978
  • Lying Three , Ace Books, 1979
  • Second Vespers , Ace Books, 1980
  • Thicker than Water , Vanguard Press, 1981
  • A Loss of Patients , Vanguard Press, 1982
  • The Grass Widow , Vanguard Press, 1983
  • Getting Away with Murder , Boxtree Limited, 1984
  • Rest in Pieces , Vanguard Press, 1985
  • The Basket Case, St. Martin's Press, 1987
  • Four on the Floor, Worldwide Library, 1994
  • Abracadaver (aka: Sleight of Hand), St. Martin's Press, 1989
  • Judas Priest, St. Martin's Press, 1991
  • Desert Sinner, Worldwide Library, 1992
  • Seed of Doubt, St. Martin's Press, 1993
  • A Cardinal Offense, St. Martin's Press, 1994
  • The Tears of Things, St. Martin's Press, 1996
  • Grave Undertakings, Minotaur Books, 1999
  • Triple Pursuit, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2001
  • Prodigal Father, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2002
  • Last Things, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2003
  • Requiem for a Realtor, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2004
  • Blood Ties, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2005
  • The Prudence of the Flesh, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2006
  • The Widow's Mate, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2007
  • Ash Wednesday, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill, Signet, 1992 - written with GK Chesterton and John Clifford Mortimer

The Wisdom of Father Dowling, Five Star, 2009

Written as Monica Quill - SISTER MARY TERESA Series - Main Character: Mary Teresa Dempsey, a 5'2 200-lb. nun in Chicago, Illinois

  • Not a Blessed Thing, Vanguard Press, 1981
  • Let Us Pray, 1982
  • And Then There Was Nun, Vanguard Press, 1984
  • Nun of the Above, Vanguard Press, 1985
  • Sine Qua Nun, Vanguard Press, 1986
  • Veil of Ignorance, St. Martin's Press, 1988
  • Sister Hood, St. Martin's Press, 1991
  • Nun Plussed, St. Martin's Press, 1993
  • Half Past Nun, St. Martin's Press, 1997
  • Death Takes the Veil, Five Star, 2001

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Her Death of Cold: A Father Dowling Mystery

ISBN: 0814907814
Release Date: 1977-02

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The Seventh Station: A Father Dowling Mystery

ISBN: 0814907873
Release Date: 1977-10

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Bishop As Pawn: A Father Dowling Mystery

ISBN: 0441062865
Release Date: 1978

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Lying Three: A Father Dowling Mystery

ISBN: 0441505155
Release Date: 1980-10

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Second Vespers

ISBN: 0441757243
Release Date: 1981-11

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A Loss of Patients

ISBN: 0814908640
Release Date: 1982

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The Grass Widow

ISBN: 0814908667
Release Date: 1983-10

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Getting Away with Murder (Father Dowling Mystery)

ISBN: 1852837063
Release Date: 1992-02-28

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Rest in Pieces: Father Dowling Mystery

ISBN: 0814909051
Release Date: 1985-10

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Four On The Floor

ISBN: 0373261543
Release Date: 1994-09-01

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Abracadaver: A Father Dowling Mystery

ISBN: 0312025335
Release Date: 1989-02

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Judas Priest.

ASIN: B000E19SM6
Release Date: 1991

Desert Sinner (A Father Dowling Mystery)

ISBN: 0373261586
Release Date: 1994-11-01

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Seed of Doubt: A Father Dowling Mystery

ISBN: 0312093810
Release Date: 1993-05

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A Cardinal Offense: A Father Dowling Mystery

ISBN: 0312112831
Release Date: 1994-11

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The Tears of Things: A Father Dowling Mystery

ISBN: 0312147465
Release Date: 1996-11

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Prodigal Father: A Father Dowling Mystery (Father Dowling Mysteries)

ISBN: 0312291299
Release Date: 2002-07-30

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Last Things: A Father Dowling Mystery

ISBN: 031230899X
Release Date: 2003-07-17

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Requiem for a Realtor: A Father Dowling Mystery (Father Dowling Mysteries)

ISBN: 0312324170
Release Date: 2004-07-01

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Blood Ties: A Father Dowling Mystery (Father Dowling Mysteries)

ISBN: 031233690X
Release Date: 2005-07-01

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The Widow's Mate (Father Dowling Mysteries)

ISBN: 0312364555
Release Date: 2007-08-07

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Thou Shalt Not Kill: Father Brown, Father Dowling, and Other Ecclesiastical Sleuths (Signet)

ISBN: 0451172981
Release Date: 1992-07-07

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The Wisdom of Father Dowling (Five Star First Edition Mystery)

ISBN: 1594146799
Release Date: 2009-01-01

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Not a Blessed Thing: A Sister Mary Teresa Mystery

ISBN: 0814908497
Release Date: 1981-07

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And Then There Was Nun

ISBN: 0814908799
Release Date: 1984-04

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Nun of the Above (Sister Mary Teresa Mystery)

ISBN: 0814908993
Release Date: 1985-07

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Sine Qua Nun

ISBN: 0814909264
Release Date: 1986-11

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The Veil of Ignorance, 1st Edition (Sister Mary Teresa Mystery)

ISBN: 0312023081
Release Date: 1988-10

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Sister Hood: A Sister Mary Teresa Mystery

ISBN: 0312046022
Release Date: 1991-08

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Nun Plussed: A Sister Mary Teresa Mystery

ISBN: 0312098901
Release Date: 1993-09

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Half Past Nun: A Sister Mary Teresa Mystery

ISBN: 0312155417
Release Date: 1997-07

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Ralph McInerney on WorldCat

Ralph McInerney on Amazon


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