Tag Archives: Ireland

The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan

A complex, character-driven police procedural mystery set in Galway, Ireland. “In Irish, Rúin means something hidden, a mystery, or a secret, but the word also has a long history as a term of endearment.” From the publisher’s blurb: “This unsettling … Continue reading

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“The Girl I Used to Know” by Faith Hogan

Told in two time-lines over forty years apart. Over forty years ago: This lovely story begins with two sisters from rural Ireland. On the cusp of adulthood, they travel together to Dublin where one sister will attend Trinity College’s prestigious … Continue reading

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“The stolen girls” by Patricia Gibney

Almost exactly a year ago, I read the first novel in Patricia Gibney’s Lottie Parker police procedural series.  It was fantastic! I’ve been meaning to read the second in the series for some time now – I’m SO glad to … Continue reading

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“This must be the place” by Maggie O’Farrell

For my seventh and final read of the 2018 ‘Reading Ireland‘ challenge, I thought I’d try an author I’ve heard a lot about.  I’d never read any of her work before, but after this one Maggie O’Farrell will be on … Continue reading

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“Death at Whitewater Church” by Andrea Carter

“Death at Whitewater Church” marks my first time reading the work of Andrea Carter and my 6th title for “Reading Ireland Month“. This mystery, a first in a new series set in Inishowen, is a well wrought novel with likeable … Continue reading

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“The dead house” by Billy O’Callaghan

“Ireland is a country haunted by its past. In Billy O’Callaghan’s hands, its terrible beauty becomes a force of inescapable horror that reaches far back in time, before the Famine, before Christianity, to a pagan place where nature and superstition … Continue reading

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“The yellow house” by Patricia Falvey

For the 4th title of my Reading Ireland Month challenge, I chose a book that has been on my Kindle for a couple of years.  It is a debut novel steeped in Irish history and peopled with unforgettable characters. “Indeed, … Continue reading

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Well the big day has finally arrived. That day when many of us, Irish or not, wear green clothes, drink green beer, and generally pretend we hail from the Emerald Isle. To celebrate things Irish and things bookish, I thought … Continue reading

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“The liar’s girl” by Catherine Ryan Howard

For my third “Reading Ireland Month” selection I have chosen “The liar’s girl“.  Set in the city of Dublin, it seemed a good choice, and an excellent opportunity for me to read my first novel by Catherine Ryan Howard. “They … Continue reading

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“The secrets of Roscarbury Hall” by Ann O’Loughlin

Family secrets born of tragic loss… Atmospheric doesn’t begin to describe this novel.  Imagine. A neglected and dilapidated manor house in County Wicklow, Ireland. The owners are two elderly sisters. They haven’t spoken to each other in decades. Though they … Continue reading

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“The railway station man” by Jennifer Johnston (#readingireland18)

I’ve been a fan of Jennifer Johnston’s writing since I read her novel “Shadows on our skin” back in 2014.  Since then I’ve tried to read one of her books every year. I’ve chosen “The railway station man” as my first read … Continue reading

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“Girl unknown” by Karen Perry (#blogtour + #giveaway)

Meet David Connolly. A married, father of two, university lecturer working at the University of Dublin. He seems a man you’d want to befriend. His only worries are the decline in his mother’s mental state, and whether he should go for … Continue reading

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“The missing ones” by Patricia Gibney

Just finished the last page of Patricia Gibney’s “The missing ones” – and I’m missing the characters already.  The novel features Garda Síochána detective inspector Lottie Parker and is set in the fictional town of Ragmullin in the Irish Midlands. Lottie is … Continue reading

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Julie Parsons is back!

I was just getting ready to compose a blog post for Part II of “Where are they now?” since the author in question hasn’t had a book out since 2007.  But… low and behold, I read in a blogger news … Continue reading

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“Secrets we keep” by Faith Hogan

Kate Hunt, a successful London lawyer, takes a much needed break from the ‘rat race’. She escapes in late December by visiting her great aunt Iris who owns a guest house in the charming village of Ballytokeep.  Even the name is … Continue reading

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