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***Irish Crystal

by Andrew M. Greeley

Reviewed April 24, 2006.
Forge Books (Tom Doherty Associates), New York, 2006.  301 pages.

Available at Sembach Library (MCN F GRE).

Irish Crystal features the fey Nuala Anne McGrail, an Irishwoman now living in Chicago with her husband.  The book opens as she wakes up with a nightmare warning of impending evil.  Her husband, Dermot Michael Coyne knows to take her warnings seriously.

At first, it seems to be only trouble with immigration opponents.  Nuala is reported to the department of Homeland Security, but manages to keep from being deported.  Then things get more serious when someone sets off a car bomb at the home of a prominent Irish-American family.

Somehow, this all ties in with an account that Nuala is reading about the failed 1803 uprising in Ireland, which has its own mystery.

This isn’t so much a puzzle-type mystery novel as it is a story of some delightful people facing obstacles and bringing culprits to answer for their crimes.  I enjoyed reading the book simply for the joy of spending time with Nuala Anne and Dermot Michael and their children.

I’m going to have to read more books by Andrew Greeley.

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