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The Eloquence of the Dead (Joe Swallow #2)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  81 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
When a Dublin Pawnbroker is found murdered and the lead suspect goes missing, Sergeant Joe Swallow is handed the poisoned chalice of the investigation. With authorities pressing for a quick resolution, the public living in fear of attack and the newspapers happy to point to the police’s every mistake, Swallow must use every trick in his arsenal to crack the case.

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Published 2013 by New Island
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Thanks St. Martin's Press and netgalley for this ARC.

I've been wanting to read this sequel for so long, and it was everything I knew it would be. Not only a awesome mystery, but so well put together and eloquently present in its historical point of view. Joe Swallow's the superman of Irish detectives.
Byron Wright
Sep 19, 2016 Byron Wright rated it really liked it
A nice change up for the detective story genre. Overall it reads similar in tone to a modern detective novel, but changes it up by placing the story in 1880s Dublin. The setting provides an exotic twist.

As someone that generally likes detective novels, but hates when the get overly hopped up on testosterone, this is a good one. I will be reading the earlier book in the series also.
Book 2 in the Joe Swallow Series, but don't worry, you can read it first. But I'm sure after reading this book you'll want to read the first one asap. At least I do!

Dublin, 1887. Ambrose Pollock, a pawnbroker, is found murdered in his shop. His sister Phoebe has disappeared.
Sargent Joe Swallow, though one of the best policemen in the force, has not been promoted in a long time and is not happy with the situation.

While investigating the case he finds it is linked to a much bigger case of corrupti
Lori Eshleman
Aug 07, 2016 Lori Eshleman rated it really liked it
This historical mystery set in 1880’s Dublin interweaves the politics of Irish land reform with the crime-fighting G Division of Dublin plainclothes detectives. Armed with a Colt revolver, Detective Sergeant Joe Swallow searches for a killer in the streets, pawnshops, pubs, and hotels of Dublin. He indulges his cultural side by attending weekly painting classes, where a charming antiques dealer named Katherine alerts him to ancient Greek coins mysteriously appearing in local antique shops. ...more
Ann Recktenwald
Aug 16, 2016 Ann Recktenwald rated it it was amazing
Conor Brady's Joe Swallow leads an "interesting" life. Besides the art classes mentioned in the reviews, there's keeping his sister out of trouble as she explores psychic powers with "Willie" Yeats, the new science of finger printing introduced by medical examiner Harry LeFeyre, solving several murders and also a government scandal to be kept under wraps. This was not a boring book. The writing paints the picture of the times and gives life to the author's deep knowledge of Dublin and police in ...more
Larry Fontenot
Apr 20, 2016 Larry Fontenot rated it liked it
I read few historical novels but this one was interesting on several levels. It's a police procedural, which I enjoy, and it was about 1880s Dublin which complements my recent reading of several novels taking place in 1980s Belfast. The protagonist, Joe Swallow, is an interesting fellow, clever and forthright. The background of the novel includes the attempts to quell the rise of Irish nationalism which is such a complicated and violent history that no one could be uninterested. This is the ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
Very much enjoyed the mystery, set in 1880's Ireland, maybe even little more than first in series. But it could have done with a better editing job! Saw a number of typos with missing words - spell check doesn't catch everything! - and one instance of Mallon referring to shooting criminal threatening Elizabeth instead of Swallow. (Library)
Jul 03, 2016 Brucie rated it really liked it
Again: A very good police procedure historical thriller. This novel covers lots of territory: memorable characters, detailed setting, mysterious plot with unexpected ending, with just enough politics to make it real. Superb story!
Tom Gorski
May 15, 2016 Tom Gorski rated it really liked it
Great mystery and a wonderful insight into Ireland (more specifically Dublin) of 1897...that period just before independence was gained. Joe Swallow joins my lengthening list of favorite detectives.
Shauna Tharp
Jun 08, 2016 Shauna Tharp rated it really liked it
I love mysteries and this one really kept me guessing. It had strong characters and a complicated plot that kept me on my toes.
Judy Walloch
Jun 19, 2016 Judy Walloch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Good character development. People are flawed :)
Strong implications for future books
Now I'm just writing to fill the requirements
Kristen Foran
Jul 14, 2014 Kristen Foran rated it really liked it
Really good read, Swallow is an original detective living in a very interesting time in Dublins past. Looking forward to the next instalment!
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Loads and loads of details, but not all that much actual story or mystery.
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Journalist, author, former editor (@IrishTimes, The Sunday Tribune), former Commissioner, Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission.
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