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Subject: Irish mysteries
Date Posted: 4/1/2009 5:40 PM ET
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Does anybody know about any good mysteries set in Ireland?  I've read a couple of Dicey Deere's books, but would like to find others.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 6:32 PM ET
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Rhys Bowen has her Molly Murphy series that is set in Ireland if you like cozies.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 7:55 PM ET
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If you are looking for something a little darker, try the books by Erin Hart:  Haunted Ground and Lake of Sorrows

 

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 9:37 PM ET
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There are also the James Fleming mysteries by Ann C. Fallon

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 9:38 PM ET
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Actually, Natalie, I think the Molly Murphy books are set in New York--Molly emigrates from Ireland in the first book. I'm reading the fourth one now.

If you like something darker, I can highly recommend Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor series, which is set in Galway. However, if Dicey Deere is more your speed, I'm not sure I'd recommend Bruen's series--they are rather graphic and brutal and quite depressing at times....but great!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 11:06 PM ET
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I'm not sure if his work can be considered a cozy mystery....but isn't Andrew Greeley's books set in Ireland?? 

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 8:41 AM ET
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Cheryl is right, the Molly Murphy books take place in New York.

 

In the Woods by Tana French takes place in modern-day Ireland, with several references to Ireland over the past few decades.  It is a solid murder mystery, told from one of the detectives point of view.  The author is American, but has lived in Dublin for 20 years, so the inside-jokes won't be lost to those on this side of the pond....it also won the Edgar award for best debut novel in 2008.

Copies are available on PBS

 

 

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Date Posted: 4/2/2009 9:19 AM ET
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THe Celtic Mysteries by Peter Tremayne are pretty good

http://stopyourekillingme.com/T_Authors/Tremayne_Peter.html

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 9:23 AM ET
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Oh crap, I totally forgot about Sister Fidelma, Kat! One of my favorite series. LOL But it's not modern-day at all, takes place in 7th century Ireland and it's vastly different than modern day. There are some really interesting details about Celtic history there.

I didn't know Tana French's books were set in Ireland. I've got both of them on my TBR and have been planning to get to In the Woods soon.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 9:25 AM ET
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What about Peter McGarr mysteries by Bartholomew Gill? Debbie

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Date Posted: 4/2/2009 9:43 AM ET
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Hi Cheryl,

I like the series as well.  l have only read one book from the series and one more on my TBR.  I knew it was set in the 7th century. Shari's post doesnt say modern day, unless I missed it.

Kat



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Date Posted: 4/2/2009 10:13 AM ET
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Have you read any Declan Hughes?  He has three books in his Ed Loy series and they are set in Dublin.  I read the first one a couple of years ago and thought it was pretty good but it definitely read like a first novel.  To me, anyhow.  I didn't love it but I saw great potential.  You really get a feel for modern day Dublin.  The books are not cozy at all but not quite as violent and depressing as Ken Bruen.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 6:20 PM ET
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Thanks for all of the input.  I hadn't even thought about the historical mysteries, but since I'm really into Celtic history and mythology, I'll have to give them a try.  As for cozy or not cozy, it doesn't really matter as long as the books keep my interest.  I have mysteries in just about every style from the cozy (Lilian Jackson Braun counts as a cozy, right?) to Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs for the forensic stuff, John Sandford for the thriller type (both the Prey and the Kidd series) and Janet Evanovich for the funny.

Subject: Irish mystery
Date Posted: 4/3/2009 7:42 AM ET
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Sheila Pim wrote four cozies set in a rural Irish town during WWII.

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 9:24 AM ET
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Shari, here's a list of mysteries set in Ireland and Northern Ireland:

http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/LocationCats/British_Isles/Ireland.html

 

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 8:42 PM ET
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Shari............Morgan Llywellyn writes some really good Irish Historical Fiction.  Just thought I would toss that in since you like celtic history.  I have alot of her books on my keeper shelf.

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 2:04 PM ET
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Cora Harrison has started a mystery series about a lady judge in 16th century Ireland. One of my mystery group recommends it highly.

 

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 8:20 PM ET
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I just discovered Ken Bruen and his Jack Taylor series and can't recommend it enough!  It's definitely a noir approach, but that's what I like.