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Ending our Irish Month, I thought it only appropriate to have a mystery, set in Ireland!
You can't investigate the baby, Inspector. It's the law.
Declan Cleary's body has never been found, but everyone believes he was killed for informing on a friend more than 30 years ago. Now the Commission for Location of Victims' Remains is following a tip-off that he was buried on the small isle of Islandmore, in the middle of the River Foyle. Instead, the dig uncovers a baby's skeleton, and it doesn't look like death by natural causes. But evidence revealed by the commission's activities cannot lead to prosecution. Inspector Devlin is torn. He has no desire to resurrect the violent divisions of the recent past, but neither can he let a suspected murderer go unpunished. Now that the secret is out, more deaths follow. Devlin must follow his conscience—even when that puts those closest to him at terrible risk.
I love how these books pick up almost right the previous books' events- it gives the reader a better sense of connection to the characters, and makes them more realistic. In this book the after affects of Devlin's daughter's fall and head injury, end up weighing in on the current case in many different angles, showing more of the 4 degrees of separation. The book provides a lot of historical info on the old Irish 'mother homes', as well as funeral practices for unbaptized babies. All that history is important as it also ties into the story.This book is a roller coaster read, as one incident opens doors to unknown issues, that end up causing more incidents, and then linking back to the original incident, leading Devlin on what seems like the proverbial 'Wild Goose Chase'. yet his instincts are correct, and in the end their is resolution, if not total justice. Once again Brian gives us a humdinger of a police procedural! If you haven't read this series before, I highly recommend it!
About the Author:
Brian McGilloway is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Inspector Benedict Devlin series. He was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974. After studying English at Queen’s University, Belfast, he took up a teaching position in St Columb’s College in Derry, where he is currently Head of English.
His first novel, Borderlands, published by Macmillan New Writing, was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger 2007 and was hailed by The Times as ‘one of (2007’s) most impressive debuts.’ The second novel in the series, Gallows Lane, was shortlisted for both the 2009 Irish Book Awards/Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year and the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. Bleed A River Deep, the third Devlin novel, was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of their Best Books of 2010.
Brian's fifth novel, Little Girl Lost, which introduced this new series featuring DS Lucy Black, won the University of Ulster's McCrea Literary Award in 2011 and is a No.1 UK Kindle Bestseller.Brian lives near the Irish borderlands with his wife, daughter and three sons. Check out his website, Twitter and Facebook pages for more info!