Perfect for mystery readers who enjoy character driven mysteries, with a strong female protagonist and a powerful sense of place
A woman’s body washes up on a remote beach on the Inishowen Peninsula. Partially clothed, with a strange tattoo on her thigh, she is identified as Marguerite Etienne, a French woman who has been living in the area. Solicitor Ben (Benedicta) O’Keeffe is consumed by guilt: for the second time in her life Ben has failed someone who needed her, with tragic consequences. When local sergeant Tom Molloy dismisses Marguerite’s death as the suicide of a disturbed and lonely woman, Ben cannot let it lie. Ben uncovers Marguerite’s strange past as a member of a French doomsday cult, which she escaped twenty years previously, but not without leaving her baby daughter behind. Disturbed by what appears to be chilling local indifference to Marguerite’s death, Ben pieces together the last few weeks of the French woman’s life in Inishowen. What she discovers causes her to question the fragile nature of her own position in the area, and she finds herself crossing boundaries—both personal and professional—to unearth local secrets long buried.
Treacherous Strand is the second in a series of mysteries set in the fictional town of Glendara on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal with amateur sleuth, a tsolicitor Ben O’Keeffe. These atmospheric and immersive mysteries are being adapted as elevision series to be filmed in Inishowen.
At the start of Carter's melodramatic sequel to 2015's Death at Whitewater Church, solicitor Benedicta "Ben" O'Keefe, who has settled recently in the town of Glendara on Ireland's Inishowen Peninsula, visits a crime scene. The day before, Marguerite Etienne, Ben's yoga teacher, came to the solicitor's office asking Ben to prepare her will. Ben recognized that the woman was nervous, but nevertheless put her off until the next day. Now Marguerite's body has washed ashore in a nearby town. The local police say the death is a suicide, a verdict that Ben refuses to believe. Racked by guilt, she decides to investigate. This takes the form of gossiping with all and sundry and putting herself in danger a time or two. International cults, incest, adultery, blackmail, bullying, overbearing land developers, and Ben's tenuous love life are but a few of the elements that figure in the jumbled plot. Despite the occasional gore and an overabundance of certifiably deranged suspects, this basically gentle mystery will appeal to cozy readers with a fondness for soap opera.