Bartholomew Gill

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Bartholomew Gill was the pen name of Mark C. McGarrity (July 22, 1943 – July 4, 2002),[1] an Irish-American crime fiction and mystery novelist and newspaper features writer and columnist writing on nature and outdoor recreation for The Star-Ledger. He was the author of 22 mystery novels, set in Ireland, and featuring a "resourceful police detective named Peter McGarr."[2] For his pen name, McGarrity used the name of his maternal grandfather, Bartholomew Gill, who "was a great storyteller." McGarrity wrote five novels and a work of nonfiction under his real name, and his writings for the Star-Ledger were published under his true name.[2]


McGarrity's tombstone with his pen name in Newton Cemetery in Newton, New Jersey

Mark C. McGarrity was born on July 22, 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, McGarrity received a bachelor's degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and a master's degree from Trinity College, Dublin.[2] His marriage to Margaret McGarrity ended in divorce.

McGarrity died on July 4, 2002, aged 58, from injuries sustained in a fall at his Morristown, New Jersey home. He had forgotten his keys and attempted to enter his home by climbing through a window.[2][3] He was survived by a daughter, Madeleine, and a brother, George. He was interred in Newton Cemetery, in Newton, New Jersey, where his gravestone identifies him by both his real name and pen name, and as "author, outdoorsman, Maddie's father".[1]


Under the name "Mark C. McGarrity"
  • 1973: Little Augie’s Lament
  • 1973: Lucky Shuffles
  • 1981: A Passing Advantage
  • 1990: Neon Caesar
  • 1991: White Rush/Green Fire
  • 1993: A Guide to Mental Retardation: A Comprehensive Resource for Parents, Teachers, and Helpers Who Know, Love, and Care for People With Mental Retardation
Under the name "Bartholomew Gill"
  • 2008: The Death of an Irish Consul
  • 2004: The Death of an Irish Lass
  • 2003: Death in Dublin
  • 2003: The Death of an Irish Tradition
  • 2002: The Death of an Irish Sinner
  • 2001: The Death of an Irish Lover
  • 2000: The Death of an Irish Politician
  • 1998: The Death of an Irish Tinker
  • 1997: The Death of an Irish Sea Wolf
  • 1997: Death of a Busker King
  • 1995: The Death of an Ardent Bibliophile
  • 1994: Death on a Cold, Wild River
  • 1993: The Death of Love
  • 1990: The Death of a Joyce scholar
  • 1987: McGarr and the Legacy of the Woman Scorned
  • 1985: McGarr and the Method of Descartes
  • 1984: McGarr and the P.M. of Belgrave Square
  • 1982: McGarr and the Politician
  • 1982: McGarr on the Cliffs of Moher
  • 1981: McGarr at the Dublin Horse Show
  • 1980: McGarr and the Sienese Conspiracy
  • 1977: McGarr and the Politician’s Wife

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  1. ^ a b Gravestone for Mark C. McGarrity/Bartholomew Gill, Newton Cemetery, Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bartholomew Gill, 58, Author of Irish Whodunits" in The New York Times (July 11, 2002); retrieved May 3, 2013.
  3. ^ "Mark McGarrity, 58; Columnist and Writer of Irish-Themed Mysteries". Los Angeles Times (Obituary). Associated Press. July 6, 2002. Retrieved April 24, 2014.