Readers of Tana French, Lucy Foley, and Dervla McTiernan will be spellbound by the USA Today bestselling author’s unsettling, atmospheric suspense novel set in Ireland’s rugged countryside. Combining an eerie and atmospheric backdrop with compulsively taut plotting, a twisty mystery unfolds as an Irish veterinarian contends with life, death, and the fatal secrets at the heart of her small oceanside community...
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On a rocky beach in the southwest of Ireland, the body of a wealthy racehorse owner Johnny O’Reilly has been discovered. In a town like Dingle, everyone knows a little something about everyone else. But dig a bit deeper, and there’s always much more to find. And when Detective Inspector Cormac O'Brien is dispatched out of Killarney to lead the murder inquiry, he's determined to unearth every last buried secret.
Dimpna Wilde hasn’t been home in years. But faced with a triple bombshell—her mother is rumored to have been in a relationship with Johnny, her father’s dementia is escalating, and her brother is avoiding her calls—Dimpna moves back to Dingle to clear her family of suspicion. And as she takes over the family practice, she finds herself in a race with the detective inspector to uncover the dark, twisting truth behind murder, no matter how close to home it strikes...
“Compelling... this is the best of O’Connor’s Irish mysteries to date.”—Kirkus STARRED REVIEW
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This moody thriller is set in a seaside Irish town that proves to be a hotbed of jealousy, greed, and murder. Recently widowed veterinarian Dr. Dimpna Wilde returns home after her aging father is implicated in the murder of the village’s wealthiest man. As DI Cormac O’Brien investigates the crime, he discovers the bad blood that caused Dimpna to leave 27 years earlier, forcing her to get involved in the hopes of saving herself, her family, and her hometown. Author Carlene O’Connor’s evocative writing introduces us to a whole community of sparkling, multi-layered characters—each with their own tangled tapestry of motives. And we got very invested Dimpna’s struggle to rebuild her life. No Strangers Here whisked us into a murder mystery full of scenery, personality, and suspense.
This solid series launch from O'Connor takes a more somber approach to crime solving than her Irish Village mysteries, most recently Murder on an Irish Farm. When the body of wealthy 69-year-old racehorse owner Johnny O'Reilly is found on the shores of Dingle, Ireland, Det. Insp. Cormac O'Brien investigates. When it's determined that the victim was poisoned by a veterinary medication, O'Brien has two prime suspects: Eamon Wilde, a local vet who has been in conflict with the O'Reillys for years, and his eccentric wife, Maeve, who may have had an affair with the married Johnny. Upon hearing the news, their daughter, Dimpna Wilde, leaves her financially burdened veterinary clinic in Dublin and returns to Dingle to clear her family's name. Through her sleuthing, Dimpna unearths decades-old secrets among the two families, including the accidental death of a prized racehorse and a person's unsolved disappearance. Though the perpetrator's identity will surprise few, O'Connor adds plot twists that many won't anticipate. Judicious use of Irishisms ("I swear to ye") adds color. Readers will eagerly await what happens next in County Kerry.
A well written fun read! Just happened upon this book while looking for something new to read and noticed the storyline took place in Dingle, Ireland. I’m planning a visit there, so decided to read it, and I’m glad I did! The characters were well developed as was the description of Dingle. If your looking for an all around good thriller, then this one is for you!