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The Death of an Irish Sinner (Peter McGarr #15)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  137 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Local benefactress and celebrated biographer Mary-Jo Stanton is a supplicant to death -- left lifeless on her knees in a patch of daffodils, a barbaric religious implement wrapped tightly around her neck. A clergyman has approached Peter McGarr, requesting that the Chief Superintendent quietly investigate this outrage that occurred at Barbastro, the slain grand lady's comp ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 5th 2002 by Avon (first published 2001)
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Jan 21, 2014 Marsha rated it really liked it
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So happy to be reading my 2nd Bartholomew Gill mystery featuring his main Irish detective, Peter McGarr. Excellent characters, plots and very good pace. I'll be looking up more of this series. I'd recommend reading them in order as he does carry character stories along in the books.

"Ward decided that Parmalee did not live up to his billing. He was less the irreverent, successful publisher - a 'kind of brilliant and restless scarab beetle adept at the most titillating and suspect form of quasi-jo
Oct 07, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
Chief Inspector Peter McGarr of the Dublin police is called to investigate the murder of an elderly woman. The victim was Mary-Jo Stanton, an author and member of Opus Dei who lived in Barbastro, the mansion/fortress home the she owned. She was found in the garden with a cilicio around her neck but it was poison that killed her. Inspector McGarr is pointed in a lot of different directions by most of the people in the house and has to decipher clues meant to create more mystery than to solve the ...more
It's been a while since I was last into detective fiction. I managed to enjoy the book despite its very local Irish feel, although it started out slow for me. I had read about 3-4 chapters and then put it down; didn't read it again until weeks later when I was bored. It wasn't gripping enough to make me unable to put it down, not until several more chapters later, like three-quarters into the book. I also didn't like how it got sad and depressing near the end. Probably a bad first book to read f ...more
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Feb 08, 2012 Irene B. rated it did not like it
I gave this book only one star because I personally did not like the story, not that it was poorly written. I'd read some of Gill's books years ago and pulled this one off the library shelf. Unbelievably, all the characters (not just the criminals, but most of the police and church people) seem to think they were above the law, and the reader grows weary after a hundred pages. As well, this was absolutely the wrong book to read to reconnect with this author--100% depressing. I think I'll stick t ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Leigh rated it liked it
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This book was okay. I finished it a couple of months ago and can't even remember much of it. But, as a fan of British mysteries on public television and a few other similar style authors, I do remember having trouble keeping separate what happened in this book and what happened in one of the tv shows.
Mar 09, 2016 Palmreader rated it liked it
This is an interesting series. Love the Irish parts of it. The protagonist and family are main stream, and there seems to be little or no angst. Unlike my usual Nordic noir, this is a police procedural in the cozy range, I'd say. But well done.
Apr 20, 2012 Patty rated it it was ok
I found this a bit too brutal for my tastes. Some of the harshness seemed appropriate, but other times it seemed too heavy handed and over the top.
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Jul 03, 2011 Tom Costello rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by Gill I've read. I was pleased with the story as a stand alone although it is about the twentieth in the series. I plan on getting others from the library soon.
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I did not like how this played out. The story was OK until it involved Peter McGarr's family.
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Bartholomew Gill is the pen name of Mark McGarrity.

Mr. McGarrity was born in Holyoke, Mass., and graduated from Brown University in 1966. He studied for his master's degree at Trinity College, Dublin, and never tired of mining the country for material.

''One of the things they gave me,'' he once said of his books, ''is a chance to go back to Ireland time and time again to do research.''

He was also
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Peter McGarr (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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  • The Death of an Irish Consul (Peter McGarr, #2)
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