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Blood on the Island: A haunting mystery with a huge twist. (Detective Liam O'Reilly book 1) (DI Liam O'Reilly mysteries) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B0897W99ZJ
- Publisher : STILL Books (June 30, 2020)
- Publication date : June 30, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1692 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 227 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #582,171 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was an excellent first entry in a series. The characters are complex and well-drawn, the settings beautifully described, and the crimes dark, gritty, and suspenseful. At first, I didn’t like O’Reilly. He was a dick to his new team, and he seemed very self-centered. I kept reading though, because I wanted to see where the story went. As the plot progressed, the author skillfully worked O’Reilly’s humanity into the story in a way that made him easier to understand, and like. He might be a dick, but he’s a brilliant cop, and he sorely grieves the loss of his wife. His daughter is more important to him than even The Job, which is saying something. I liked watching him learn the ropes in Guernsey, and warmed to him as he realized what his team could do when he treated them like human beings. There was a subplot involving agency politics and turf wars between the Guernsey police and the Guernsey Border Agency, who swoop in and take over the murders with little fight from O’Reilly’s boss, that rang true. I also enjoyed watching the relationship between O’Reilly and his daughter, a sharp-witted reporter.
The plot held my interest all the way through, and the ending was a complete surprise. The one thing that concerned me is that The Man might end up being a “Red John” like the one who plagued the main character on the TV show “The Mentalist”. I hope that’s not the case, because O’Reilly is a complicated character who can stand on his own without the menace of The Man.
The author also writes the DS Jason Smith series, the DC Harriet Taylor series, the DS Jason Smith and DC Harriet Taylor series, and some standalones. I am pleased there will be more for me to explore while I eagerly await book 2 in this series.
Meet DI Liam O'Reilly. He has recently transferred to the island of Guernsey leaving behind a wife who had passed and a crime lord to which he owes a lot of money.
O'Reilly had barely set foot in his new office, when he's called to investigate the body of a man who has been found in a dinghy washed up on shore. The man has been shot in the head ... his eyes have been gouged out, hands and teeth removed. There is no identification and no one seems to know him.
Shortly after, another body is found ashore ... this time a woman who has had her hands removed..
While the cases are being taken away from him by the Border Agency, O'Reilly's past catches up with him. A 'collector' finds him ... the man he works for wants his money ... now! The man pulls out a picture of O'Reilly's daughter and threatens to hurt her if the money isn't forthcoming.
He persuades his daughter to join him on the island so he can keep an eye on her. Soon he's faced with a choice - he can either do what these people tell him and risk everything he has, or he can defy them and spend the rest of his life looking over his shoulder.
This is a new series .. and I'm really looking forward to see what this author comes up with next. After reading many of Stewart Giles' books, I have come to expect a well-written, intricately woven plot with deftly drawn characters. I was not disappointed. O'Reilly is a hard character to like in the beginning, but he did tend to grow on me. I enjoyed watching him intermingle with a new team in his own sort-of arrogant way. There's lot of action, plenty of bad guys abound, and O'Reilly finds himself facing one of the most depraved killers he's ever come across.
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DI O’REILLY is new officer in Guernsey having transferred from Dublin and is thrown into work straight away.
As the first couple of chapters progress we are introduced to his team and work on the dynamics of this group and how they are going to work with the new DI and find out how his mind works.
His first week at the new job he has a three murders and a serial killer to find.
As with all good crime books now DI O’REILLY is not as squeaky clean as first thought as he has lots of gambling debts which need paying and someone is following him from his past, which he needs to shake off so he can have a fresh start in Guernsey.
The book is really well written as you would expect from Stewart and the suspense kept me hooked all the way through the book. I can’t wait to find out more out Liam and his team and read more cases featuring them.
Within a short time he's involved in a multiple murder case. Unfortunately, at the same time his past catches up with him in the form of the debt, which also put's his daughter's life at risk.
Whilst ultimately the murders are solved the debt remains, and O'Reilly takes the risk of returning to Dublin to sort things out, only to be intercepted by the Gardai on landing in Dublin from the ferry....
A well written book with plenty of twists and turns - most enjoyable.