Perfect for fans of character driven mysteries with a powerful sense of place
Being adapted for a television crime series
Summer has arrived in Inishowen and solicitor Benedicta (Ben) O'Keeffe is greatly tempted by a job offer from a law firm in America. Yet before making any life-changing decisions, there is her assistant Leah's wedding to attend at the newly restored Greysbridge Hotel—with its private beach and beautiful pier.
The perfect location—but the festivities are brutally cut short when a young American, a visitor also staying at the hotel, drowns in full view of the wedding guests. And when a second death is discovered the same evening, Ben finds herself embroiled in a real country-house-murder-mystery, where all the guests are suspects.
Sergeant Tom Molloy's appearance to investigate throws Ben into turmoil, especially when the pursuit of two runaways leads the pair to an island off the Donegal coast, where a violent storm traps them together, completely cut off from the mainland.
A deadly conspiracy is unfolding on this tiny North Atlantic island—fueled by the ruthless pursuit of money—careening toward disaster for the inhabitants—and for Ben.
Perfect for fans of Louise Penny, Lisa Gardner—and, of course, Agatha Christie
While all of the novels in the Inishowen Mystery Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:
Death at Whitewater Church
The Well of Ice
Murder at Greysbridge
The Body Falls
The wedding of Irish solicitor Benedicta "Ben" O'Keeffe's assistant, Leah, takes Ben to the Greysbridge House Hotel, a beautiful but eerie mansion a short drive from her home in County Donegal, in Carter's enticing fourth Inishowen mystery (after 2020's The Well of Ice). The wedding party occupies the entire hotel, except for two guests already staying there. Ben's curiosity is piqued by the covered footbridge that joins the main house to a single windowless room, as well as the legend that Louisa Grey, an early resident of the house who reportedly starved herself to death a century ago, haunts the mansion. Shortly after the wedding ceremony, one of the guests already staying at Greysbridge drowns off the hotel's private pier and the other a historian who has been researching the home's history is found dead by poison in his room. Ben is unsettled when her ex-boyfriend, garda sergeant Tom Molloy, arrives at Greysbridge to investigate, but her detective instinct proves stronger than the awkwardness between them. Though the overcomplicated plot offers few innovations, Carter's good-hearted characters and nice use of familiar country-house mystery motifs combine for an entertaining story. Fans of traditional puzzles and evocative settings will enjoy this. Agent: Noa Rosen, Susanna Lea Assoc.