Posts tagged Ireland

Mysterious Book Report No. 352 – The Devi...

Mysterious Book Report The Devil’s Half Mile

The Devil’s Half Mile by Patrick “Paddy” Hirsch Forge/Tom Doherty Associates, $24.99, 289 pages, ISBN 978-0-7653-9913-7 Wall Street trickery, corrupt politics, racial strife, gangs, murder . . . that all sounds like the headlines from today’s news, but instead, it’s the lead-in on the cover of a nifty murder mystery which takes place in New […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 270 – So Say T...

Mysterious Book Report So Say The Fallen

So Say The Fallen by Stuart Neville Soho Press, $26.95, 325 pages, ISBN 978-1-61695-739-1 An often explored mystery theme that never seems to get old, is the question of suicide or murder. What better way to get away with it than staging the death scene and making it look like the decedent took his or […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 244 – Purgator...

Mysterious Book Report Purgatory

Purgatory by Ken Bruen Mysterious Press, $24.00, 278 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2607-8 Once the envy of the entire world soon after the millennium, the Celtic Tiger has died in Ken Bruen’s 2013 novel Purgatory, and been replaced with an Ireland that can only be described as circling the economic drain. With jobs non-existent, crime is rampant, […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 230 – Echowave

Mysterious Book Report Echowave

Echowave by Joe Joyce Liberties Press, PB, $15.99, 323 pages, ISBN 978-1-910742-13-6 As an avid and long time student of twentieth-century American and world history, I thought myself pretty well versed in World War II lore . . . until this week’s MBR disabused me of the notion. That’s because it made me aware of […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 166 – The Conv...

Mysterious Book Report The Convictions of John Delahunt

The Convictions of John Delahunt by Andrew Hughes Doubleday Ireland, £14.99-(about $25.00), 349 pages, ISBN 978-1-8162-014-4 This week’s MBR is going to be something out of the ordinary. Those who choose to read it will likely have to use a little extra effort to get their hands on a copy, but the results are worth […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 147 – Red Sky ...

Mysterious Book Report Red Sky in Morning

Red Sky in Morning by Paul Lynch Little, Brown and Company, $25.00, 275 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-23025-4 There’s an old Irish joke Michael Curley told me a number of years ago that goes like this:  How can you tell when an Irishman is losing his mind?  He forgets who he has grudges against!  It’s a joke […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 114 – Transatl...

Mysterious Book Report Transatlantic

Transatlantic by Colum McCann Random House, $27.00, 304 pages, ISBN 978-1-4000-6959-0by Colum McCann Have you ever wondered about the word Genius?  What is it exactly?  Who determines it?  Where can we find it, where does it come from and how will we know when we see it?  These are just a few of the thoughts […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 104 – Donnybro...

Mysterious Book Report Donnybrook

Donnybrook by Frank Bill Farrar, Straus and Giroux, PB, $15.00, 240 pages, ISBN 978-0-374-53289-5 Have you ever heard of a place in Ireland called Donnybrook?  It’s an area just outside of Dublin, and the site of the legendary Donnybrook Fair.  A charter for it was given in the early thirteenth century and it was held […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 96 – Ratlines

Mysterious Book Report Ratlines

Ratlines by Stuart Neville SOHO Crime, #26.95, 352 pages, ISBN 978-1-61695-204-4 It’s well known, well documented fact that after World War II in Europe, many National Socialists . . . Nazism tried to avoid answering for their war crimes by fleeing to Argentina and Brazil.  Others like Werner Von Braun and his racketeers from Peenemunde; […]

Mysterious Book Report No. 68 – Star of t...

Mysterious Book Report Star Of The Sea

Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor Harcourt, pap.2002, $14.00, 401 pages, ISBN 978-0-15-602966-9 It’s been so dry out here that every known frog in the state has moved to Minnesota.  It’s been so dry that rattlesnakes have to carry canteens and travel in squads . . . and one of ‘em had better be a […]