Mark McGarrity, who wrote mysteries under the name Bartholomew Gill featuring the witty, shrewd Irish detective Peter McGarr, died Thursday when he fell from a stairway outside his home in Morristown, N.J. He was 58.
McGarrity, who was also an outdoors columnist for the Star-Ledger of Newark, wrote more than a dozen McGarr mysteries--most recently "The Death of an Irish Sinner."
"The contradictions Gill manages to unearth in one small, placid patch of Irish ground are simply astonishing," the New York Times wrote in 2000 about "The Death of an Irish Lover."
Other titles included "McGarr on the Cliffs of Moher," "Death on a Cold, Wild River" and "The Death of a Joyce Scholar," which was nominated for the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.