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The Quiet Woman

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The Quiet Woman is the latest book by two-time Edgar nominee Terence Faherty.
American romance novelist Danielle Furey dreamed of returning to Ireland — but not like this. Not in the company of her ne'er-do-well brother. Certainly not with her ex-husband in tow. Not even with the charming Irish barman Danny hired as their driver, not after she learned of the vengeful
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published June 18th 2014 by Five Star (ME)
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Perfect. A mystery doesn't get any better than this.

As a mystery writer myself, I'm a very critical reader -- haven't truly fallen for a book for ages -- and from the very beginning I fell in love with The Quiet Woman. The writing has the lightest touch -- superb -- and the portrayal of the characters is so subtle and real that you can't spot the bad guys because Faherty keeps revealing the depth of their humanity. Brilliant.

The quest of the two American siblings, Kerry a
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I want to go to Ireland after reading this book! The Quiet Woman tells the tale of a brother and sister (plus the sister's ex-husband) who have unfinished family business to attend to in a land known for blarney. Their travels and agenda lead them on adventures that have to do with all levels of blarney - innocent fun, mean tricks, and the cover-up for a decades-old crime. And then there's the kiss that the reader waits so long for - is it just blarney, too? Readers of mystery, romantic suspense ...more
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding book! The setting is vividly captured, the characters well-drawn and interesting, likable, and compelling. The plot is neat and tight, the story well-paced, and there's a ghost (in Ireland). And if you need one more selling point, each chapter beings with a delightful bit of writing advice from a book Faherty made up, The Camelot Guide to Romance Writing. The quotes are not only foreshadowing of what's to come in the chapter but good advice for writers. There's nothing here not to ...more
Michael Brockley
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
THE QUIET WOMAN by Terence Faherty is a quiet suspenseful romance that is written for readers who are willing to allow a story and its mystery to unfold without the folderol of an ADHD society. It is an homage to the movie THE QUIET MAN, a love story, a mystery, a ghost story and a love song for Ireland. The story opens with Danielle Furey and her brother Kerry returning to Ireland ten years after a botched attempt to discover the Connemara village of their grandfather. Danielle, a romance write ...more
Lori Rader-Day
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
This book is beautiful and fun and thoughtful. Why are you not reading it right now? Why are you not already a rabid fan of Terence Faherty? This book has scenic Ireland, a romance, a smart heroine, and a ghost. Clear your calendar. You've been warned. Get yourself to the shopping.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
A blarney-ish romp through Ireland by a bickering brother and sister in search of their grandfather's birthplace, Letterfenny, and a whole lot more as they embark on a tour inspired by John Ford's 1951 movie, "The Quiet Man."

Plenty of peat, poteen, and smoking fireplaces here. Also a mysterious young woman in a brown coat and blue scarf who seems oddly out of place and time.

Easy to get lost in this somewhat meandering tome. Naming the sister "Danny" and the brother "Kerry
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
The author, Terence Faherty, does a nice job capturing the cadences of the Irish language and also the cadences between siblings. Though The Quiet Man movie is a framework for the story, it isn't necessary to have seen the movie to enjoy this book.

I wasn't sure how to categorize this novel. Is it a romance, mystery, travelogue, ghost story, or a quest narrative? In the end, it is does refer to a chance for immortality through story telling (something the Irish are known for), but that may have
Diana Catt
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Award-winning author Terence Faherty has done it again. If you’ve enjoyed his two long-running mystery series, you’ll not be disappointed with his newest release, The Quiet Woman, a stand-alone romantic suspense. While I missed my favorite sleuth, Owen Keane, I enjoyed the Faherty characteristic dry wit and his ability to weave a superior tale. In The Quiet Woman, a romance novelist travels to Ireland to help her ailing brother fulfill his bucket list wishes of locating their ancestral home and ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was totally charming. It reminded me of Mary Stewart's romantic mysteries which I inhaled when I was younger so I happily let it take me away to a lovingly detailed Ireland. I'm not such a fan of the movie that moves the action along so I appreciated finding kinship with Frank, the dashing Irishman who joins main character Danny and her brother Kerry as their driver while they search for their ancestral village, spy out Quiet Man movie locations, and spar as siblings sometimes do. This fu ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Irish setting was the attraction for me in choosing this novel by Faherty. Danny Furey, a romance novelist, and her estranged brother, Kerry, travel to Ireland to visit the locations where the John Wayne movie, The Quiet Man, was filmed. As they travel, they are sidetracked by a decades old mystery, a con-man, Danny's ex-husband and a handsome Irish barman. I recognized the flavor of many of the towns, characters, scenery and pubs. Now I need to re-watch the movie and plan a trip back to Ire ...more
Elizabeth (Literary Hoarders)
2.5 stars. The Quiet Woman is a very quiet book, and while I enjoy subtlety, I'm afraid that this novel left me slightly cold. I did not grow attached the the characters, and the plot meandered more than once.
Amber Edvalson
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This author has a wonderful skill with language. Descriptions of Ireland made me want to be there, and at times made me feel as if I was. I was slightly underwhelmed by the rush of the last few chapters, but the ending was beautifully written.
Linda Baker
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, suspense, mystery
The Quiet Woman is my first book written by Terence Flaherty, but not my last. A very pleasant mystery within a mystery with a little romance for good measure, The Quiet Woman delivers. The plus is likeable characters, and a setting in Ireland. An all around good read. 3.5 stars
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club-1
A man with leukemia takes his sister on a trip to Ireland to find their grandfather's home. On the way they get caught up in a mystery involving con men, an Irish ghost and a movie made there in the 1950's.
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Even at only 245 pages it seemed like a long way around the block with undeveloped characters for such a simplistic plot.
Gayle Faherty
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a real page turner. The descriptions of the Irish scenery are beautiful. There is a satisfying end to the mystery(ies) and a heartfelt conclusion to the quest that begins the story.
Dull. Disappointing, because I thought a murder mystery involved with the filming of The Quiet Man would be pretty interesting.
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Makes me want to go back to Ireland.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't get into it at all after multiple attempts. I wanted badly to love this book, but it just did not speak to me.
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Terence Faherty (1954-) is an American author of mystery novels.

My name is Terence Faherty. I'm a storyteller whose stories most often take the form of mysteries. (A critic once noted, cryptically but correctly, that all my stories are mysteries, even the ones that aren't.) I do see basic storytelling and mystery solving as linked, because in so many stories the protagonist is trying t