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The Irish Inheritance

(Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery #1)

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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
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Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published June 15th 2016
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Sarah
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
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Cal
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
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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
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Gaele
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
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Keri
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.
Karen
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
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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
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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!
AdiTurbo
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.
Jeanine
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.
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.
Argum
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!
Brendan davis
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great

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
Carole Rae
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My first thought when I finished the book………..wow. 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
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Susan
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
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ClaireMS
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
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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
Alison
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
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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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Katharine Ott
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
"The Irish Inheritance" - written by M J Lee and published in 2016. Once I saw "Genealogical Mystery" associated with this book I was in. And it turned out to be a really enjoyable mixture of mystery, investigation and of course, genealogical research. Jayne Sinclair, recently retired from the police after the death of her partner, has started a new business and this book follows her attempts to discover the birth parentage of an elderly man who was adopted by an American family as a 4-year from ...more
Patsy Kachur
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bright future and Good searching,she has made the read real

I would gladly read more of this author's books. She kept my interest all the way through. Loved the switch backs from the past to the days date.
PAUL ANTHONY RUSSELL
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very good read

The story is gripping and regularly jumps between the research work today and actual events back in early 1900,s
Well presented and funny about repeated Irish sayings.
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Once started it is difficult to put down.
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