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Murder in County Tyrone (The Irish Mysteries) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 4, 2015
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This very intricate and utterly fascinating story is told in a unique way, modern and charmingly old-fashioned at the same time; John Costa has definitely got something of a Philip Marlowe and a Sam Spade in him. The plot is being developed masterfully, with lots of people involved, some innocent, some guilty, most of them scarred in some way, but a sense of justice remains that drives both John and his ‘adversary’, the Northern Irish cop who wants to see Angela convicted. Plus, there’s a human side to the protagonist and other characters and a lovely sense of humour that makes reading this book a real pleasure. Thrilling, entertaining and moving throughout, a modern masterpiece of crime fiction – I can’t wait to read the sequel!
More than a decade before, a horrendous crime rocked County Tyrone in Northern Ireland and despite it becoming an almost cold case, the local authorities have not given up on finding the perpetrators. Across the pond, in America, former attorney John Costa finds himself intertwined in the ongoing investigation, and more importantly, with their prime suspect, who he is deeply in love with.
John’s own investigation leads him and his associates into a variety of dangerous situations both in the U.S. and in No. IR – it’s a masterful story of deceit, betrayal and deception. Very well written and incredibly difficult to put down (as I said, I finished one and immediately bought the next).
I had one complaint, which had to do with book 1, but was well addressed in the subsequent books. The author over-used the phrase “I’ve not”, if this was used by just one character, it probably wouldn’t have been bothersome, but unfortunately, almost everyone in book 1 used it, in addition, the author seemed a bit afraid of contractions, as such, much of the dialogue seemed forced. Please don’t let this deter you though, this a fantastic series and I am very much looking forward to Mr. O’Hannon’s next book.
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The story moves quickly and I never felt like skipping any pages.