With Our Blessing
An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery
Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds searches for the missing links between a recent murder case and a series of decades-old crimes in this Irish closed-room mystery
In 1975, a baby just minutes old is taken from its devastated mother. In 2010, the gruesome corpse of a nun is found in a Dublin public park. Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds and his team are on the scene and he’s convinced the murder is linked to historical events that took place in the infamous former Magdalene Laundries, institutions for “fallen women.”
As Reynolds and his team follow the trail to an isolated convent, everything seems perfectly normal and it seems perhaps they’ve followed the wrong lead. But it soon becomes disturbingly clear that the killer is amongst them and determined to exact further vengeance for the sins of the past.
The walls in this closed-room mystery narrow in on Reynolds and his team as they race to stop another murder in With Our Blessing, bestselling author Jo Spain’s U.S. debut.
Det. Insp. Tom Reynolds, the hero of this taut series launch from Spain (The Confession), and his fellow members of the Dublin Murder Squad investigate the murder of the Reverend Mother Attracta, whose mutilated body was found in a city park. Attracta was the head of a convent in the remote village of Kilcross. Now housing only a handful of nuns, the convent was once one of the notorious Magadalene Laundries. Begun as charitable refuges for indigent women, the laundries quickly became state-sanctioned dumping grounds for unwanted children rife with abuse, including black market adoptions. Before the inquiry is fully underway, Det. Laura Brennan discovers that her family has a dark connection to the convent. While a winter storm isolates Reynolds and his team, a second victim the parish priest with sins to hide is murdered. Reynolds, facing a crisis of his own, must accept that the killer may be closer to home than he cares to acknowledge. Spain's fully realized characters, brisk plot, and clear-eyed view of Ireland's painful past engage readers from the start.