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Murder in Ballyhasset [Kindle Edition]

Noreen Mayer
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This tale is a murder mystery set in rural Ireland of the 1970's. Libby Hargrove lives in the sleepy town of Ballyhasset in West Cork. Libby has only recently become a private investigator and this is her first big case.

The whole town is shocked by the killing of a young doctor, Kathleen Lynch, she was killed while on duty in the local hospital. The victim's husband, a rich planning officer, hires Libby to investigate.
Libby's assistant is Dawn. Together the two female private detectives unravel the mystery of Dr Lynch's death. They get to know the doctor's colleagues and find out the victim had her dark side.

Product Details

  • File Size: 455 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079LCJHA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Apretty pedestrian murder mystery May 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was an okay read about two detectives Libby and Dawn in a small seaside Irish town. They are investigating the murder of a local doctor. The story line was good but the writing style was distracting and irritating at times. For some inexplicable reason Libby finishes many sentences with like- all I could think of was a valley girl every time I read it which distracted me from the story. The writing style is very similar over and over- sentence length do not vary and the book really needs a good editor. That being said I enjoyed the story when I could ignore the writing and concentrate on the story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Ballyhsset August 1, 2012
By Ivy
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this ebook free to read and review. I had trouble getting to know any of the characters in the book.

Seemed to take for ever for anything to happen and to get to know the characters.

I knew that they were investigating the murder of a doctor but that is about all I knew. The story seemed out of the private investigators didn't know what to do next.

The storyline seemed to get lost in several places and the action just was not there.

I didn't like the writing style...just didn't grab me and make me want to read the next sentence much less the next page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be a lot better... April 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It is sometimes hard to convey a character with an accent in a book, especially when it is only done now and again. The author kept on adding the word like to the end of a lot of sentences and questions. It took me a while to figure out it wasn't a teenage speech mannerism, as opposed to the Irish accent it was supposed to represent.
I felt the story didn't flow well at all. All the different subplots seemed to be interjected here and there, and the dialogue was stilted. I really think the book could do with an objective edit and conceptual make-over I received a free copy of this book for my review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing April 13, 2012
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Generally I'll devour anything placed in the British Isles, but I was diappointed with this book. The sentences were flat.They didn't flow, they didn't do a good job of conveying their point. The story was fine, but the book left me disappointed...Sorry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By TonyW
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I really enjoyed this book almost right up to the end. Unless I've misread the last few chapters there are two different endings. It looks like the writer had two possible endings in mind but somehow or other both endings, which are mutually exclusive, appear in the final few chapters. This spoiled an otherwise excellent book. For that reason I'm only giving it two stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I did finish it, at least! September 28, 2012
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Unfortunately, I agree with most of the two-star reviewers, although I did manage to finish reading Murder in Ballyhasset. And furthermore unfortunately, also, I have another book in this series; should I read it now, in hopes of seeing substantial improvement, or wait until I've forgotten the things about this book that bothered me? It certainly wasn't the worst book I've ever tried to read and, in fact, it appears from one of the reviews that the author has corrected something that reader found annoying - the frequent use of the word 'like' at the end of a sentence of dialogue, apparently to denote an Irish accent. I did find run-on sentences (two complete sentences separated by a comma), occasional incorrect word usages (i.e. 'pouring over' a pile of files rather than 'poring over'), and some confusion over dates scattered liberally throughout (Wednesday 6-14-72 is followed by Sunday 6-17). At the very end there's another puzzlement; at location 3488 Libby is talking with Mick and tells him that the killer has committed suicide, but several pages later she hears that news for the first time herself, when her business partner tells her the killer took a cyanide pill in his cell (location 3541).

Those problems were accompanied by inadequate character development and a general lack of detail. I found myself knowing very little about any of the people in the book or about the locale, either. Of course, those are things that can improve with practice. Who knows? Maybe some of my favorite authors now were a little rough around the edges, too, when they were starting out. I will be interested to see how this writer's talent develops!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars dreadful August 27, 2012
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Dreadfully Wriiten. Author gives away details of plot before they happen chronologicaly, no development of characters or of relationships, weakest attempt at describing Irish countryside I have ever read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good beginning, but then off the map June 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary of this book for review and started off with high hopes.

In the beginning, the characters are engaging and well-defined, and the storyline seems clear. After that, the waters become quickly muddied, and the characters become monotone and the whole story becomes quickly out of sync.

While the intent was clear from the beginning, I'd suggest some restructuring of the dialog, and a bit more editing. I had skipped ahead in the story, hoping to pick up the thread, but there wasn't anything there for me to grab ahold of, telling me that it was time to stop.

I'd like to revisit if there's another review in the works, but as it is, it was just too difficult to get through.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible read
Very disjointed. Did not make sense. Incredibly unbelievable situations where private investigators have access to official files and records. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Susan Pace
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I'm sorry but the book just lacked something & I'm not sure what. I felt some of the sentences we were aimed Sat speaking to a child, explaining. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Unlikely to purchase other by this author
The style of writing was simplified and the characters lacked description. The plot was easily discerned. Quickly read and shelved.
Published 22 months ago by Linda Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Belly Up in Ballyhasset?
There were a few nIce bits in this story but the crafting of the tale has lost a few stitches. Fast paced - yes but also often rushed when the reader would be better served with... Read more
Published on August 11, 2012 by Susan Goldin
4.0 out of 5 stars Muder in Ballyhasset
If you like stories in Irish countryside, this will work. This is a great little summer read. The mystery was had the necessary twists and turns in the plot. Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I enjoyed this book although Libby, the main character talks like someone from Hollywood back in the 60s. It is a good story but sometimes the plot gets in the wrong order. Read more
Published on June 30, 2012 by Judy K. Jordan
3.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Balleyhasset
A nice and easy read. Lots of dynamics going on between the characters. Having never been to Ireland, the author did a nice job painting the scenes which seem idyllic. Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by david a cole
4.0 out of 5 stars Libby gets her murderer
The setting for this book is a beautiful little seaside town of people who know each other. The local Pubs are the gathering places of almost everyone in this quaint spot. Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by chick35
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I was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and still live there now. I studied science at university and work in accounts. I love reading all types of novels but particularly cosy mysteries.

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