The dead of Achill Island / Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Art historian Nora Barnes and her husband, Toby Sandler, are visiting the west of Ireland for a family reunion. During a morning walk through a deserted village on Achill Island, Nora stumbles upon a body--her notorious uncle Bert. When a clue singles out her mother as the likely suspect, Nora and Toby are on the case to clear her name. Whether in a barroom brawl or the sauna of a swingers' club, Toby has Nora's back. As they search, the dead of Achill seem to speak from graveyards, ruined churches, and megalithic tombs. A second murder makes it all the more difficult to connect the dots. And when Nora and Toby become the next targets, their own survival is at stake." Publisher's website.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (page 179).
    • ISBN:
      9780299323806
      0299323803
    • Accession Number:
      2018045767
    • Accession Number:
      on1055569023
      1055569023
    • Accession Number:
      lcc.on1055569023

Reviews

PW Reviews 2019 March #2

Draine and Hinden's moody fourth Nora Barnes and Toby Sandler mystery (after 2016's Death on a Starry Night) takes the married couple, along with Nora's parents and sister, to historic Achill Island, Ireland. The vacation turns out to be anything but restful when Nora discovers the body of her con man uncle, Bertram Barnes, in the ruins of Deserted Village, an old town site abandoned during the 19th-century potato famine. Bert was hardly popular around Achille. He and his partner, Frank Hickey, planned to develop Deserted Village into a tourist attraction, but the islanders believe the dead of Achille should be allowed to rest in peace. At the crime scene, Nora also finds an unusual silver button from her mother's sweater. Nora's mom hated "Bert the Bastard," but Nora can't bring herself to tell the police and implicate her mother in a murder. She and Toby must therefore clear her name. Draine and Hinden give readers a cast of relatable characters and an engrossing mystery, all nicely wrapped in an Irish travelogue. (May)

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