A new refreshing discovery for me, an Irish detective...
(Found in Joshua Tree in Ireland, where a bunch of my traveling books were set free to look for their next readers).
A bit of the old skool court drama, and a lot of modern take of police procedural. An interesting fabric of people, and places and atmosphere that is just
Also, fantastic use of language and subtle humor.
Copypasta for the storyline (that's accurate enough without spoilers):
"Justice Sidney Piggott was, everyone in Dublin's law professions agreed, designer-made for being throttled. If ever there was a judge more disliked---make that hated---in the courts of Ireland's capital city, no one knew his (or her) name. So when it comes to finding out who is responsible for the judge's demise, the number of possible suspects makes the task more difficult.
However, Inspector Denis Lennon and his sergeant, Molly Power, are given a lead. On the day of the murder, more than one person saw a mysterious young visitor lurking in the courtroom where Piggott was presiding over a thoroughly boring trial. Who was he? Why was he there? For whatever reason, Inspector, you have your killer. Except that neither Denis nor Molly feel right about jumping to that conclusion. The young man himself, whose thoughts the reader is privy to, is unsure whether he killed Piggott or only imagined it.
With tongue lightly in cheek, Nugent takes his reader from the Four Courts, Dublin's center of law, to rural Ireland, where a local priest has been killed, either by the young man or by a horse. The author introduces us to a married couple who specialize in stolen art and are somehow involved with Piggott.
Bring in a series of high and low Irish characters, add a delightful young Dutch student who gives Molly unexpected assistance, stir them together, and you have a highly seasoned story in unusual settings, told with a small twinkle that will endear readers to this new author."
Released 5 yrs ago (9/28/2013 UTC) at Austin, Texas USA
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Mailed to eponine38 who picked this from the VBB - I hope you'll like this book :)
Eta for arrival next Friday, tracking # 9114901159818643153515
Safe journey little book - I hope you'll make many new friends on your travels!
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I really enjoyed this! The humor was just the kind I like, subtle and Irish. I liked the characters and the (mostly) Dublin setting, especially reading about Irish court proceedings.
There's not much to add to aetm's comprehensive review, other than to say that I recommend this book!