Another quirky mystery with convoluted plot that leaves you unable to guess who dunnit, and keeps you reading until the last page. I am really enjoying this series of American translater, Torrey Tunet, living in Ireland mysteries.
I just read all 4 of these books by Dicey Deere and am looking for more. I really enjoyed them. They are written differently from most mysteries in that there are mostly hints that you get so that you wind up doing all the work but there are also lots of twists and turns so you are still surprised at the end.
The writer seems to have the skills to weave a good tail. However, her choppy, overly dramatic writing with 2 page cliff hanging chapters (many) is a bit off-putting. Her main character seems a mystery still. She never seems to be fleshed out. She has been assigned a secret past that lacks interest and seems just a device. She thinks in telegraphic sentences. I liked the Irish detective of the town better than I liked her, although the premise seems to be that he is a sarcastic and obnoxious type. At least he is human and has thoughts and emotions, unlike the main heroine! Also, this same character, not Irish, seems to talk in the brogue! Weird. Overall, for plot, this book might receive 4 out of 5. But why the choppy, overly dramatic writing and cardboard characters?
All she wants is enough peace and quiet to complete her multilingual series of children's books. Where bettwer to find it than in an old cottage on the rural estate of her dear friends, the Ashendens of Ballynagh, Ireland? But as she settles in, translator Torrey Tunet finds trouble in paradise. First she witnesses her best friend Rowena Keegan's murderous attack on her beloved grandfather, Dr. Ashenden. Then Torrey lies to the police to protect Rowena. When Dr. Ashenden is found dead in the forest, Inspector O'Hare has all but convicted Rowena, and indicted Torrey as a collaborator. What is Rowena hiding? It's up to Torrey to discover a wellspring of evil in a bucolic Irish village where the reign of terror has only just begun...