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The Death of an Irish Lass (Peter McGarr #3)

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The dead woman is an enigma –– a local lass who emigrated to America some years back, now perched atop a seven–hundred–foot cliff high above the pounding Irish surf . . . with two passports, a pistol, and $27,000 U.S. dollars in her coat pocket. The brutality of May Quirk's murder –– along with the accompanying death of her unborn child –– haunts Chief Superintendent Peter ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by Avon (first published 1978)
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Bobby Underwood
Bartholomew Gill created a most Irish detective in Peter McGarr, imbuing both him and his setting with the charm of an Irish Bed and Breakfast.

McGarr is Chief Inspector of Detectives, a position created solely to lure him away from Interpol. Before that McGarr had been with Criminal Justice in Paris and is somewhat revered in his home of Ireland. When a particularly young and beautiful Irish lass named May Quirk is found murdered with a pitchfork along the roadside, McGarr tackles a case involvi
This mystery, set in Ireland, had too many twists. It felt as though the author wanted to keep going so kept changing the story. First the victim was seen as a sex object, then a possible IRA sympathizer, then an IRA opponent. The suspects had enough differences to keep them straight (an older drunk, a doctor, a novelist, a German, and a farmer) but no real personalities.

The story kept being broken up by descriptions of what the main detective was eating and drinking, which might be interesting
Good book on a murder in Ireland in the 1970's and the fights with the IRA.
Bartholomew Gill could sure tell a good yarn. Unfortunately, he passed away in the summer of 2002. As I was cleaning out the book shelves, I found three Peter McGarr mysteries that I have not read. Lucky for me! This is one of my favorite mystery series. Each is set in Ireland. McGarr is a complex and engaging character. Lots of Irish history included and McGarr is surrounded by an interesting cast of characters, too.
This is something that randomly showed up at my house. It's not bad if you enjoy mysteries and is a quick enjoyable read.
Another way to learn about Ireland, through the eyes of a mystery writer and a good protagonist.
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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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