I was first exposed to Fr. Greeley when I picked up his novel The Senator and the Priest which I got because it mixed two things I loved- politics and Catholicism- into one novel. However, I didn’t know that he was a very liberal priest. I guess you could say I found the novel somewhat annoying with how liberal he was. Then I picked up his novel The Cardinal Sins which I actually enjoyed, the only thing that annoyed me was how pro-birth control he is!
So, long story short, I’ve only read 2 of his novels and enjoyed one and hated the other, and the one I did enjoy angered me a little (because he’s a pretty liberal Catholic). Now I’m considering reading another one of his novels. I really don’t want to read his novels that are about priests vs. the evil archbishop (which is most of his religious themed novels), but I like mysteries. So I’m considering reading the Bishop Blackie Ryan books since I will soon be visiting Chicago, which is where the books take place.
So am I stupid for giving him another try? How badly can he screw up a mystery novel?
Has anyone read any of Fr. Greeley’s mystery novels? What do you think?