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Mysteries and Suspense with an Irish setting
1994; 274 pages
In Ireland in 664 A.D. King Oswy of Northumbria has convened a meeting between the Roman and Celtic Christian churches to determine which will be supreme in his kingdom. The outcome of this meeting could determine the very survival of each of these churches. When Abess Etain, an advocate for the Celtic church, is murdered, King Oswy calls upon the talents of Celtic nun Sister Fidelma. More murders, intrigue, and treason hamper their efforts to find a very determined and brutal killer.
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt journey to Ashworth Hall, the home of Charlotte's sister and brother-in-law. A historic meeting is taking place between leaders of the Irish Protestants and Irish Catholics led by the charismatic Ainsley Greville. Because Greville has received death threats, Thomas is charged with protecting him and providing security for the conference. When Greville is drowned in his bath, tensions between the attending parties quickly escalate and the future of Ireland rests on the skill of Thomas and Charlotte in finding out the truth behind Greville's death.
Globe-trotting antique shopkeeper Lara McClintoch finds herself in Ireland at a will reading. Going with her employer to give him moral support, she becomes involved in a treasure hunt that seems like a lot of fun, until household members start turning up dead.
Death on a Cold, Wild River: a Peter McGarr mystery
1993; 251 pages
Chief Superintendent Peter McGarr was suspended from the Irish Police’s elite Murder Squad for solving a political murder that the authorities would have rather remained unsolved. While mulling over this injustice, McGarr learns of the death of an old love, Nellie Millar, who supposedly drowned in fishing accident. With time on his hands, he travels to the ancient fishing village of Ardara, and soon finds himself troubled about details of Nellie’s death.
1999; 295 pages
The town of Ballynagh with its historic castle seems like the perfect Irish village. Ill-will and malice hover, however, in the heart’s of the guests of the castle’s owner. Soon, a body is found in the swamp and a priceless heirloom is stolen. When Torrey Tunet, who just happens to be a former thief, is accused of the crimes, she decides to clear her name and finds that the killer is soon stalking her.
1994; 334 pages
Young Dermot Coyne travels to Ireland to find out why his grandfather emigrated from Ireland to America. While in an Irish pub, he meets beautiful Nuala McGrail who helps him delve into the past. The past, however, is fraught with dangerous memories that could derail the current peace talks between Ireland and England. Nuala and Dermot find that the key to the mystery may have its roots in the murder of Michael Collins, an Irish revolutionary leader who was gunned down in 1923.
Sherlock Holmes returns to investigate some of England’s most baffling crimes. In a collection of new stories, one of these The Case of the Crown Jewels, involves the theft of the crown jewels of Ireland. With his usual acumen, Holmes solves this mystery as well as six others all set in Edwardian England.
1988; 251 pages
Sergeant Matt Minogue investigates the murder of a student at Dublin’s historic Trinity College. Jarlath Walsh was an idealistic young man who someone wants Minogue to believe was a drug pusher. When he probes into the details surrounding his murder, Dublin explodes with terrorist violence; violence that seems to be linked to the death of Walsh.
Three Bags Full: a sheep detective story
2006; 341 pages
The sheep of the Irish village of Glenkill are a tightly knit flock. George, their beloved shepherd, has been reading to the sheep every night. Because of this, they are unusually intelligent. When George is murdered, it is up to the sheep, led by Miss Maple, the smartest of the flock, to find the killer. Assisted by Othello a "bad boy" sheep, Mopple the Whale, a sheep who remembers everything, and Zora a black-faced ewe, Miss Maple must try to think in the twisted ways a human thinks before the killer strikes again.