A religious scholar, McInerny was a professor of philosophy and of medieval studies at the University of Notre Dame until his retirement in June 2009. In his spare time, he wrote more than 80 novels — many under various pen names, including Harry Austin, Matthew FitzRalph, Ernan Mackey, Edward Mackin, and Monica Quill. But he was best known for a series that he wrote under his own name: the 29-book Father Dowling Mysteries series, which also ran as a TV series from 1989 to 1991 (and known in the UK as Father Dowling Investigates). McInerny died January 29 from esophageal cancer. He was 80.
From This is True for 31 January 2010