Meet Torrey Tunet. Great career. Big dreams. One terrible mistake.
Accept an invitation from a stranger who spills soup on her at a restaurant to stay at his Irish castle? What is pretty translator Torrey Tunet thinking? That's easy. She's thinking that luxurious rooms and gourmet meals beat the seedy Dublin hotel her agency booked for her. Fluent in numerous languages, Torrey intends to say non, nicht, nyet, and no way to any passes her host makes. But even Torrey is left speechless by what he actually suggests...and by stumbling upon a murdered man near a forest cottage. And when a priceless heirloom disappears and an old secret from her past surfaces, all fingers point to Torrey. Now she faces ruin-and gaol (jail)-unless she uncovers a truth darker than Irish nights about twisted minds, sinister passions and red-hot revenge...
Welcome to the Irish village of Ballynagh, where murder is soon to be a frequent visitor. American Torrey Tunet, 28, has been invited by compatriot Desmond Moore to stay at his castle in Ballynagh while she works as an interpreter at a conference in nearby Dublin. But despite the comfortable lodgings, Torrey is desperate. She has only three weeks to come up with $40,000 to set aright a tragedy she provoked many years earlier, before she escaped a life of crime. Unfortunately, one of Torrey's fellow guests at the castle is Luke Willinger, a landscape architect who knows her secret history only too well. Then the corpse of a stranger is discovered in a nearby bog, and Moore is murdered shortly after lending Torrey an heirloom necklace. When she is caught by the police while having the necklace appraised, Torrey becomes the chief suspect in both murders. Determined not to be scapegoated, she turns sleuth. This promising debut is the first in a projected series about Torrey's escapades in Ballynagh. Deere offers plot twists aplenty and an appealing heroine, whose mastery of several languages peppers the story with foreign words and their definitions. The author's dependence on flashbacks to heighten suspense becomes irritating, but her skill at deploying red herrings and her penchant for romantic subplots assures that readers will be eager for more tales of murder in Ballynagh.