In the powerful tradition of Ann Cleeves and Louise Penny, a new cozy mystery series set in Ireland brings together complex characters and a fascinating setting, focusing on a female vet who returns home to the village where she grew up and must reckon with her past while untangling mysteries in the present.
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 . . .
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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. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency.