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In St. Patrick's Custody
by Janet E Smith   

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Publisher:  FirstPublish, Inc ISBN-10:  1929925190 Type: 


Copyright:  Sep 1 2000

Set at a homeless shelter in New York City, it features a wacky couple of senior sleuths, Patrick and Grace. First of a series.

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Grace Johnson, elderly New York City, widow, "ran away from home, and at my age!" she says. Patrick O'Mally, retired NYC cop, comes to her rescue by taking her to the homeless shelter where he volunteers. Grace quickly becomes their most valuable employee.
The fun begins when a priest from St. Patrick's Cathedral recruits them to help solve a mystery: the statue of St. Patrick has diappeared! They are led on a merry chase by a young girl, and along the way they just happen to solve the one murder case that has bugged Patrick for years, as well as get caught in the middle of an attempted poisoning.


"I think we've got our work cut ut for us, Gracie," Patrick said as they waked back to the shelter. "That is, of course, if you want to help me. Every cop needs a good, trustworthy partner."
Grace didn't answer.
"Of course, if you'd rather not," Patrick said.
"What? And let an old man like you loose on the New York streets?" Grace said, winking at Patrick. "It wouldn't be safe for any of us."
"Besides," she added," "Ive never been involved in anything so--exciting. I'll love it!"
Grace looked at Patrick. "You know who she is, don't you?" she asked.
"Who?" Patrick queried.

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Reviewed by Kristie Maguire 12/18/2002
by Janet Elaine Smith

Reviewed by Kristie Leigh Maguire

Grace Johnson was an unlikely candidate to be involved in solving a mystery. Grace was an elderly woman whose children wanted to put her away in a nursing home after the death of her husband, James. Grace decided that there was still some life in the old girl yet and that she wasn’t quite ready to be sent to an old folk’s home. She ran away from her children and her empty life. Grace ended up in a New York City homeless shelter where she found happiness in being needed.

Patrick O’Mally was an ex New York City policeman with a grudge, a grudge against the Vince Bellazoni who had killed in his son. He was also a very lonely man since his wife, Margaret, died. Meeting Grace Johnson was the best thing that had happened to him in a long time.

Someone tried to poison Father O’Brien. Who would try to kill such a beloved old priest? Someone stole the statue of St. Patrick from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Who would stoop so low as to do such a thing? Was that really a leprechaun that Grace kept seeing every time she saw that poor dirty little homeless girl? Did Vince Bellazoni really kill Patrick’s son?

In Saint Patrick’s Custody by Janet Elaine Smith is a lighthearted mystery chock full of surprises, twists and turns. Read along and be delighted by the story of Patrick and Grace as they try to solve the mysteries - and end up falling in love along the way.


Reviewed by Kristie Leigh Maguire, author of Emails from the Edge, co-author of No Lady and Her Tramp and contributor to Calliope’s Mousepad: Women Writers Online

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