- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Pegasus Books (May 9, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1681774119
- ISBN-13: 978-1681774114
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Coroner's Daughter: A Novel Hardcover – May 9, 2017
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“In this Dublin-set Victorian drama a convicted murderer awaiting the gallows unspools his ghastly, riveting tale.”
- Entertainment Weekly, “10 Great Summer Thrillers” [praise for 'The Convictions of John Delahunt']
“Andrew Hughes is a wonderfully talented author, bringing Dublin and its surroundings to life with deft characterizations, detailed but never labored descriptions, and a plot which will have readers racing through the pages. An utterly transporting book and highly recommended.”
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“A remarkable first novel...at once a close character study and a sweeping panorama of the era, this fascinating book is a stirring work of fiction and a perceptive chapter in Ireland’s social history.”
- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review [praise for 'The Convictions of John Delahunt']
“Historian Hughes puts his knowledge of mid-19th-century Ireland to masterly use in his chilling first novel...This beautifully written tale of cruelty and redemption is as unforgettable as it is harrowing.”
- Publishers Weekly (starred) [praise for 'The Convictions of John Delahunt']
About the Author
Andrew Hughes was born in Ireland and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. It was while researching his acclaimed social history of Fitzwilliam Square―Lives Less Ordinary: Dublin's Fitzwilliam Square, 1798-1922―that he first came across the true story of John Delahunt that inspired his debut novel, The Convictions of John Delahunt. Andrew lives in Dublin.
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After that delightfully odd introduction, a familiar foreboding ambiance soon followed and era details kept my full attention. The urgency of the answers to the growing mystery were all nicely drawn out until the end as well but sadly like The Convictions of John Delahunt there were a few slips into modern sounding dialogue, contemporary expectations placed around the narrator and confusing spaces of action where I had to stop or reread to understand how a character arrived at a destination or where the narrator was in the chapter. It also seemed the beginning held the best passages and the final solution a little simpler than I had hoped but still this medical mystery/drama set in “the Year Without a Summer” with an inquisitive-natured narrator is one I would revisit again.
Abigail Lawless, the coroner's precocious daughter, early on in the novel becomes curious about a young nursemaid accused of murdering her newborn baby. Her curiosity reveals the identity of the child's father, leads to the murder of the servant (initially adjudged a suicide) and sets in motion a chain of events which put Abby and Ewan, her father's assistant, in mortal danger. Overall hangs the brooding presence of the Brethren, a strict new religious sect.
Aside from the mystery, which is paramount to the story, I enjoyed Abigail's interest in science, her theory about the cause of the dismal weather which upsets both staid scientists and dour religious types, her humor, her adventuresome nature and her equal delight in ordinary feminine pursuits. Her growing relationship with Ewan provides a bit of romance to relieve the more grim aspects of the tale.
Hughes presents a canvas with likeable, realistic characters; a glimpse into early 19th century Dublin, a gripping plot that kept me turning pages and a satisfying conclusion.
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