This latest tale of Nuala Anne McGrail begins with a foreboding dream of some terrible impending evil. Dermot Michael Coyne, Nuala's adoring husband and spear-carrier, knows better than to ignore his wife's second sight, but from whence does this nameless peril originate?This latest tale of Nuala Anne McGrail begins with a foreboding dream of some terrible impending evil. Dermot Michael Coyne, Nuala's adoring husband and spear-carrier, knows better than to ignore his wife's second sight, but from whence does this nameless peril originate?Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2007-11-19 Nuala Anne McGrail, fey Irish singer and part-time psychic problem solver, takes on another mission of the heart in her 11th adventure (after 2007's Irish Linen). Maria Angelica Sabattini Connors is a widow and real estate whiz whose Elegant Homes software helps users create their own designer homes. John "Jack" Patrick Donlan is a wealthy widower and investment broker who meets Maria when they become business associates. They fall in love and marry despite some nasty backlash from Jack's daughters and his dead wife's family, who believe rumors that Maria sleeps around to advance her business. Maria's unsavory mob-connected brothers, a sneaky businessman and a creepy politician lurk in the background. Maria and Jack turn for help to Nuala and her husband, who must find a way through in their inimitable and indomitable fashion. Greeley's slightly patchy narrative, laced with his trademark Irish humor, serves as a reminder that faith and courage can make marriage succeed at any age and against any adversity. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2005-12-19 In Greeley's cute ninth Nuala Anne McGrail novel (after 2005's Irish Cream), beautiful Nuala Anne, who's fey, wakes one morning in a particularly dark mood from a nightmare prefiguring disaster. Soon after, a car bombing strikes the powerful Curran family and sends ripples through Chicago's Irish-American community. Nuala Anne sends Dermot Coyne, her handsome husband, to consult a document, written by an Irish priest who witnessed the execution of Irish patriot Robert Emmet in 1803, which she intuits may help with the crisis caused by the car bombing. Meanwhile, Nuala Anne must cope with a host of other challenges, including the threat from the Homeland Security Department to deport her back to Ireland. Greeley's lovable part-time sleuths always deliver, but here he has almost too much going on. The shifts in Irish dialects, Dermot's internal asides and the document extracts can confuse the uninitiated. Greeley displays two very different families, the Currans and Nuala Anne's, which, like the best crystal on close examination, reveals one badly cracked, while the other shines on brightly. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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