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'After a dramatic and brutal opening, Jo Spain's amazing debut, With Our Blessing, settles into a very satisfying murder mystery steeped in recent Irish history' Amazon Reviewer
It's true what they say . . . revenge is sweet.
A baby, minutes old, is forcibly taken from its devastated mother.
The body of an elderly woman is found in a Dublin public park in the depths of winter.
Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds is on the case. He's convinced the murder is linked to historical events that took place in the notorious Magdalene Laundries. Reynolds and his team follow the trail to an isolated convent in the Irish countryside. But once inside, it becomes disturbingly clear that the killer is amongst them . . . and is determined to exact further vengeance for the sins of the past.
Discover more DI Tom Reynolds with the next instalments of the acclaimed series, Beneath the Surface (book 2) and Sleeping Beauties (book 3).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Set in Dublin, this crime fiction debut satisfies on every account: a grisly murder, a canny, amiable detective, lots of suspects and a surprise ending. How did the removal of a baby from a convent in 1975 lead to the disturbing death of an elderly woman decades later? Jo Spain has brilliantly fashioned a thriller from a historical happening; her intriguing plot integrates the personal lives of the police investigators into the traumatic past.
Det. Insp. Tom Reynolds, the hero of this taut series launch from Spain (The Confession), and his fellow members of the Dublin Murder Squad investigate the murder of the Reverend Mother Attracta, whose mutilated body was found in a city park. Attracta was the head of a convent in the remote village of Kilcross. Now housing only a handful of nuns, the convent was once one of the notorious Magadalene Laundries. Begun as charitable refuges for indigent women, the laundries quickly became state-sanctioned dumping grounds for unwanted children rife with abuse, including black market adoptions. Before the inquiry is fully underway, Det. Laura Brennan discovers that her family has a dark connection to the convent. While a winter storm isolates Reynolds and his team, a second victim the parish priest with sins to hide is murdered. Reynolds, facing a crisis of his own, must accept that the killer may be closer to home than he cares to acknowledge. Spain's fully realized characters, brisk plot, and clear-eyed view of Ireland's painful past engage readers from the start.
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Worth 5 stars
A fantastic book, the murderer only revealed at the very end.
I'm sure some readers will complain about insensitive remarks made by the police. Yes, if these comments were made by you or I, they would be insulting and disrespectful. But the police were dealing with a savage and barbaric murder and black humour is a way of defusing the horror they would feel. Top marks to Jo Spain.
With Our Blessing
Once you start reading this you can’t stop
With Our Blessing
Liked it nice easy comfortable reading didn’t guess the ending
Has a few twists will read others by same author