The Irish Magdalen by John Broderick

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Miss Sabrina Taheny, Canon Sharkey's houswkeeper, died suddenly one morningin May 1934 at a very awkward time. John Broderick confides at the beginning of is second novel setin the little Irish town of Bridgeford. Awkward, that is, or everyone but Canon Sharkey, He has his eye on a new housekeeper, someone who can cook like an angel and is free from the smallmindendedness and backbiting that infest the town...

About John Broderick

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John Broderick (1927-89) worked as a journalist and wrote numerous works including The Waking of Willie Ryan (1965), An Apology for Roses (1973) and The Trials of Father Dillingham (1975).
Published July 1, 2000 by Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd. 269 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But when his old housekeeper dies, and the Canon employs as his new housekeeper young Maureen--who not only is regarded as being too young to work in a priest's house but is also the half-sister of Polly Cox, a notorious local whore--the gossip, always a local cottage industry, flourishes.

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The canon is known in Boston because of an illegal sweepstakes he masterminds, and a minor Mafia figure whom the canon has more or less kidnapped has tipped off the Boston papers that the canon is employing a slut for a housekeeper.

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