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The Irish Inheritance

(Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,585 ratings  ·  137 reviews
June 8, 1921. Ireland.
A British Officer is shot dead on a remote hillside south of Dublin.
November 22, 2015. United Kingdom.
Former police detective, Jayne Sinclair, now working as a genealogical investigator, receives a phone call from an adopted American billionaire asking her to discover the identity of his real father.
How are the two events linked?
Jayne Sinclair ha
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published June 15th 2016
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I liked "The Irish Inheritance" so much, I bought the #2 in the series as soon as I had finished it. Although, as I read, I thought "this is only worth about 2.5 stars", but by the time I got to the delightful twist at the end it was up to 4 (N.B. I reserve 5 stars for really exceptional writing and plot).

I have a personal ancestral link to the Easter Rising, so it was great to remind myself of what happened in 1916 in Dublin through Ms Lee's writing. I am also crazy about family history, so the
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to TBC and the author who gave me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Well, what can I say? I absolutely loved this book! It was the perfect mix of genealogy and mystery for me, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. As a keen genealogist myself, I find this type of book fascinating. I love how the smallest of details can unlock old family secrets, bringing to life the people and places of the past.

The back and forth between past and present was handled
Heather Duff
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jayne Sinclair is an ex-cop with a failing marriage and a new business as a genealogical investigator, she is a woman who once she starts a job doesn't finish till she gets an answer but in the Irish Inheritance she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

She is contacted by an American billionaire, a man who also has months to live, a man who has a dying wish. That wish is to find out who he is, literally. Adopted as a child, he wants to find out who he father is and with a couple of pieces
AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4

Told in dual-perspectives the story of Jayne Sinclair’s first case for an American Billionaire with questions about his own history and ties to Ireland in the early 1920’s, M.J. Lee uses detailed research, descriptive storytelling and a clever heroine with a compelling background to draw us into the story and keep us reading on. While I’ve read many accounts of the Easter Rising in 1921, this perspective of an adopted man searching for his f
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite genre is historic mysteries and I spend time working on my family genealogy so what could be more perfect. Glad to find another series in this sub genre. But even being the right type of book doesn't insure it is a good read. If the 1st is the test then I have found a great series.
Marty Mcintyre
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this one! Lots of history about the Easter Rising in Ireland in 1916. A dying American billionaire comes looking for his roots. He hires retired police detective turned genealogist Jayne Sinclair to unravel the mystery but someone is very intent on making she doesn't. This was very compelling story. The only criticism I had was that as a seasoned police woman, Jayne should have been more aware of her surroundings but her failure to recognize the danger she was in was excused by the subpl ...more
Lady Delacour
Enjoyable stories,
within stories,
within mysteries.
Nice start to a series.
Listened with TTS.
Clean with Foul Language.
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Genealogical investigator, Jayne Sinclair, is contacted by an American billionaire who is seeking help in order to trace his father. Adopted at a young age, and with no recollection of his early life, John Hughes is desperate to discover his true identity before he succumbs to the illness that threatens to end his life in the following months. With few clues to help her, the former police detective has to use all of her investigative skills in order to make connections to Ireland’s Easter Rising ...more
Heather Fitt
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from TBC on Facebook in exchange for an honest review.

I was a little hesitant to read (and review) this book as I had read a Genealogical Mystery by another author and it really wasn't to my taste. However I have read both of Lee's Shanghai thrillers and really enjoyed them, so I decided to give it a go.

I knew very little of the Easter Rising in Ireland during the early 1900's, so I was looking forward to finding out a bit more. In truth there is only enough writte
Jackie Roche
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Helen at TBC and the author for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest and open review.
This was a crime novel with a difference. I've always been interested in genealogy and combined with my favourite genre, this was a must read.
This is the first book I've read by this author but it certainly won't be the last.
I was gripped from page one. Even though it moved from past to present, it was very easy to follow.
It was a well-researched novel with inter
Caron Mackenzie
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Martin Lee has an amazing writing style that flows so smoothly. He transports you to places and you can hear the accents, see the scenery, smell the emotions! A wonderful saga of murder, mystery, war, greed, search for answers! I loved Jayne's tenacity and look forward to her next adventure. Thanks to The Book Club for the opportunity to review. 5 well deserved stars for me!
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Very badly written. I hopes the subject matter would be interesting enough to keep me going anyway, but it wasn't presented well and the pace was off. Could have been a nice enough historical mystery if done right. Shame, I thought the Shanghai novels from this author were truly excellent, and am disappointed.
I enjoyed this book, the series is terrific.
Gaynor Mackenzie-Cooke
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Second book read in this series

I read the second book first and enjoyed it so much that I had to read another. Fantastic story well told.
Beth Sparrow
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed it. Good mystery with the genealogist trying to find who the real father was. Several twists and turns. Highly recommend if you like genealogical mysteries. It's now my favorite genre.
kerry arnold
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like genealogy...

I like historical detective fiction and this novel combines another inerest: Genealogy. I gave this book 5 stars because I could not put it down until my eyes crossed, and so because I couldn't see to read I then switched it to audio and listened. It is a really good story. So, if you like genealogical fiction, you must give it a try. I will be looking out for more from this author.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am on a kick with this subgenre of genealogical mysteries. Jayne is slightly different than the other two series in a couple of ways - she is a woman, but she is also a former cop rather than an academic. The mysterious personal origins are still there though as is the inexplicable violent nonclient wanting to halt the discoveries. In this case, Jayne is asked by a dying man to find out how he was born to a man who had been dead for 7 years. He was adopted, but his birth certificate names his ...more
Stefanie J McCain
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book.

I honestly could not put the book down. The genealogical research is fascinating, the mystery both past and present, was riveting. The end was a real unexpected twist. I highly recommend this book and the author. This is the second book I've read by M J Lee and I will be reading more!
Celia Lewis
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a marvellous mystery!

So many threads twining together at the very end... I couldn't put this story down until I turned the last page! From the Easter Uprising to "the Troubles" in Dublin Ireland, to a Yorkshire mill and estate, ex-detective Jayne, uses all her skills from her past police work along with her genealogical expertise to a very satisfying ending. Highly recommended!
Brendan davis
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A most enjoyable and captive read I must warn you this book will lead to a very late night as it is not put down able. Great believable characters almost like a true story it could have happened
Edward D.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty Good Read

I found the violence near the end not helpful of the plot. As a genealogy buff, I hoped for a little more genealogical research nitty gritty. Nevertheless, I’ll give the next in the series a try.
Carole Rae
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My first thought when I finished the book……… My second thought…………….Yayy! Should I elaborate more? Sighs…if I must.

This book was SO fun. It was certainly original and had me hooked since page one. I couldn’t get enough. The blend of history, mystery, drama, and action was perfect. The characters certainly made the story come to life.

It would be so cool to pay someone like Jayne to find uncover the mystery of who my mom's birth parents were. We know some small tidbits (more so the mom), so
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book

Read it all in one day. Very interesting. Had find out the whole story. Very good. So glad the truth came out in favor of the client.
Whispering Stories
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’m a keen lover of thrillers/mysteries, though these day’s I don’t get to read them as often as I would like to, so when I was asked if I would like to participate in the blog tour for this book, I eagerly agreed.

Even though I have read numerous thriller/mystery books, this is the first Genealogical mystery book that I have read. Being a keen genealogist myself, and having been researching my descendants for the last 8 years. I found this book really interesting, especially as part of it is als
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book through The Book Club on Facebook in return for an honest review.
This is my first review since joining TBC and I have to admit is not the genre that I would normally gravitate to. The idea of a genealogical investigation was an attraction particularly with a historical theme that I had little prior knowledge of, the Irish Easter risings.
The story opens in 1922 in Ireland with the killing of a British army officer by a small group of IRA fighters. We then meet our
Frances J Lee-Dahm
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I couldn't put the book down!

I give this book a 5 star. This book really drew me in page after page. M.J. Lee is now one of my favorite new authors. I had a weekend to myself and spent the whole of my Saturday reading this book. I am ordering the next book as soon as I finish this review.😊
Cathy Cole
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Irish Inheritance deals with two timelines. One during the time of the Easter Rising and the Irish War of Independence and the second in 2015 with Jayne's investigation. I'm always on the hunt for genealogical crime fiction since so many mysteries deal with long-buried secrets anyway. This first Jayne Sinclair mystery intrigued me for two reasons: one, that the genealogical investigator was a woman, and two, she is a former police detective. I thought this would make a change from the other ...more
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have read previous books by this author and always enjoyed his style of writing, this one sounded incredibly interesting from the genealogy aspect, a subject that interests me so I was curious how he would deal with it.

The book covers different eras and that can often be confusing to a reader if it doesn’t flow smoothly. No worries here, the dates and places are clearly stated and it moves at a pace to keep you enthralled. The beauty of this author is his ability to convey the whole situation
David Gilchrist
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This writer is good, I was wondering all the way through the book how he would pull the story to a sensible credible conclusion. I can say he did do it and it made sense. A great story and I love the type of theme.
Peter Best
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lucky for me I was given an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review.
This is now the third book I have read by this author and I would say this is just as good as the other two so it’s five stars from me yet again. Now, the reason why in my opinion this book deserves five stars is because it kept me gripped and wanting to read more and more when I really should have been getting on with other things. Really it was unputdownable as the story developed I wanted to know how this m
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