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Beneath the Surface

(Inspector Tom Reynolds #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  504 ratings  ·  48 reviews

From top-ten Irish bestselling author Jo Spain comes the second novel in the Inspector Tom Reynolds series

Did I know it would come to this? That I was playing Russian Roulette? I would give anything to turn back time and to be with my girls. There is no shot at redemption. I am going to die. The gun is in my eye-line as the second bullet is fired. That's the one that ki

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published September 8th 2016 by Quercus
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Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the second of DI Tom Reynolds police procedurals set in Dublin and it works well as a standalone. Ryan Finnegan, a political adviser for the Minister, has been ruthlessly hunted down and murdered at Leinster House, the Irish seat of Parliament. So begins the high profile and politically sensitive case, with all the headaches that go with this, for Tom and his police team. The holders of the highest political offices are all suspects and interviewed. Jo Spain does a spectacular job in cap ...more
Louise Wilson
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Inspector Tom Reynolds #2

Late at night, two powerful men meet in a secret location to discuss a long nurtured plan to come to fruition. One is desperate to know there is nothing standing in their was - the other assures him everything is taken care of. Hours later, a high-ranking government official called Ryan Finnegan is brutally slain in the most secure building in Ireland - Leinster House, the seat of parliament.

I have been to Ireland and seen Leinster House. It's a beautiful building full
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beneath The Surface is the second instalment in the DI Tom Reynolds series and if I wasn’t a fan of Jo Spain before this one, I sure would be now.

Ryan Finnegan, a high-ranking government official, is found shot to death in Ireland’s most secure building – the seat of Parliament, Leinster House. DI Tom Reynolds and his team are called in to solve Finnegan’s murder but that won’t be easy. With a charity ball across the road and lots of people milling around, the list of potential suspects could qu
Cathy Geagan
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I picked this up due to the location of the main crime scene (the government buildings in Ireland), and because I heard good reviews. It never really gripped me, and I didn't particularly care about any of the characters. I usually fly through crime books and I found this one slow going as a result. I was really irritated by the ending (not so much who the culprit was but their motivation for the crime). Not really a fan
Mairead Hearne (
‘I am going to die.

I know this as surely as I know I don’t want to’

Beneath The Surface is the second in the Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery series written by Irish author Jo Spain.

I have to admit to not having read With Our Blessing (Book 1) so I was concerned I would be lost within the plot-line as some of the characters would have been introduced previously. All was not lost!!

I received my copy of Beneath The Surface from NetGalley and the publishers Quercus in return for my as ever truthful
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beneath the Surface is the second book to feature Inspector Tom Reynolds and his team and this time we find him investigating a shocking murder at the Leinster House, seat of the Irish Parliament. The victim, Ryan Finnegan, leaves behind a baby daughter and a grieving widow who can't understand why anyone would want to hurt her husband, who had only just returned to work following a serious car crash. Ryan also leaves a trail of clues gradually uncovered by Tom and his team and leading them to d ...more
Jackie Roche
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I would like to thank NetGalley and Quercus Books for giving me the opportunity to read this which I voluntarily reviewed.
This is the second in Ms Spain's DI Tom Reynolds series, although I had no problem reading this as a stand-alone book.
It is a police-procedural novel. It is set in Dublin and gives a good insight into Irish politics, which I knew nothing about.
It sets off at a cracking pace, building the tension up.
I thoroughly enjoyed this and will certainly be reading more of this series.
Margaret Madden
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Review to follow.
Linda Harris
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Really well written book but too political for me. Love the characters though. Looking forward to next book,hopefully no politics involved
Cathy Ryan
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds and his wife were enjoying a rare long weekend away. As much as Tom loved his granddaughter it would be a blessing to get good nights uninterrupted sleep. Alas, it wasn’t to be. Despite stating he didn’t want to be disturbed while he was away Tom is summoned back to work. The body of Ryan Finnegan, a high ranking government official, is found in the tunnels beneath Leinster House, the seat of Parliament, even though it’s the most secure building in Ireland. And w ...more
Sally Whiteside
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous story from the Fabulous author Jo Spain. Intrigue, suspense and nail biting tension.
Elaine Tomasso
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Quercus Books for an advance copy of Beneath The Surface, a police procedural set in Dublin and the second in Ms Spain's DI Tom Reynolds series.

The novel opens with the first person narrative of a man about to die then segues straight into a deal between an unnamed businessman and an unnamed politician. Once this rather unnecessary scene setting is over the novel gets going with the death of Ryan Finnegan, hunted down and shot in Leinster House, the seat of go
Judy Odom
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Jo Spain. I love Tom Reynolds and his crew. The books are not available here in Canada yet so I bought the ebook and I am so glad I did.

I loved With Our Blessing, Tom Reynolds first appearance. This can be read as a stand alone but seeing Tom develop is worth reading the first book

Beneath The Surface, has twists and turns, insight into politics and an ending you wont predict.

Enjoy this great read !
Susan Lanigan
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely top notch crime, chock full of political skullduggery, red herrings and interesting character backstory. I enjoyed the previous in the series but this really stands out for me. Warmly recommended.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
#2 in Spain's Tom Reynolds series set in Dublin and it wasn't as brilliant as the 1st one (With Our Blessing) but it was still pretty good. Set in the Irish Parliament, a personal assistant is found murdered in an abandoned hallway in possession of a very incriminating photo, and in this politically charged environment the suspects are plenty. I'm not a big fan of political mysteries so I didn't get the WOW factor that I always look for, but in only 2 books the author has drawn wonderful charact ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This opens in the mind of a dying man. He clearly doesn't want to die.

"I can’t bear it. I cannot stand the thought of leaving my girls, of not seeing them again."

Jo Spain's second novel, this is a series as far as Detective Tom Reynolds is concerned, but it's not really necessary to read them in order. There is nothing in this one that will spoil With our Blessing, which if you haven't read yet, you should. Right now.

Set in Leinster House, when above mentioned body is found, having fallen into
Mar 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
While I loved the depictions of Ireland and learned a bit about police procedures and hierarchy in government unfortunately this book just didn't hold my interest. I put it down several times, which is unusual for me unless I just am not enjoying a novel and finally in desperation read two other books as a bit of a palate cleanser before finally coming back to this one. It's the stubborn part of me that prefers to leave no book unfinished, but I doubt that many readers feeling the way I did woul ...more
Roman Clodia
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Smooth writing and an interesting storyline make this an absorbing read, though the police characters have more than a touch of cliché about them: the avuncular chief, the will-they-won't-they colleagues, the insertion of humanising domestic details such as Alzheimer's.

The politics are more to my taste, exploring the relationships between big business and political power in Dublin. This is a safe book which doesn't break the commercial crime mould in any way but as long as you don't expect it t
Martha Brindley
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another very well written book by Jo Spain. I loved the setting and the insight into Irish politics. Tom Reynold's character development gets better and better. I really hope there is another book to come in this series as I hope to see the character of Ray find love in his life! I would recommend this book. Thank you Net Galley for my copy.
June Jones
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Disappointing, boring, set in the Irish parliament in Dublin, do not rate political books, especially this one.
Martin Duffin
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another intelligent and involving thriller from Jo Spain. The Reynolds series is becoming one to watch, looking forward to more.
Jenny Wheeler
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the political and cultural setting for this story - felt as if I learned a lot about Irish life that I didn't know before. I read in Jo's biography that she's worked in the Irish parliament as an economic adviser and I am not surprised as I found the "world building" background for the crime very convincing. I also really enjoy the character of Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds - both as an honourable cop and Dad - in particular his evolving attitude to his daughter's pregnancy and ...more
Shoshana Frank
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery, crime
In 2011 with a new party in leadership things are looking up for Ireland, economically speaking, until one of their own party members is found brutally murdered in the House of Parliament. Inspector Tom Reynolds’ vacation is interrupted to investigate the high-profile crime. Was the victim killed for political ambition or something much more personal? Spain’s latest fast-paced, police procedural is sure to hit the mark for mystery lovers. Those who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting the Emeral ...more
Maggie Kiely
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Second in the Tom Reynolds series and this is set within the political arena in Ireland. There is a part soap opera element to it I like the character of Tom Reynolds He appears to have emotional intelligence and is reflective in his work and home life listening to others without running wild on a solo crusade. Ray Lennon is a pretty nondescript character. I presume he is only there to prop up Reynolds. I would recommend reading this series in order as mentions from first book in this one. It wa ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second of the DI Tom Reynolds series. Set in Dublin, a political adviser has been murdered. DI Tom Reynolds and his team set about piecing the jigsaw together.
I have not read the first book in the series, but that did not have any effect on my enjoyment of this novel as it reads well as a stand alone novel.
This story sets off at a fast pace and is a real page turner. The story is well developed and the characters are believable.
This is the first Jo Spain novel that I have read and I
Mary Lou
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish-crime
This is another well written crime thriller from Jo Spain, but the political backdrop of the Dail felt a little dry. That, and the struggle to envisage the network of underground tunnels at Leinster House made it slow to get into. The denouement seemed unlikely but was nonetheless cleverly done.
Sounds like I wasn’t struck on it, but I was, and will read on.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-crime
Having enjoyed #1 and #3 in the series, I really struggled with this one. I couldn't get my head round the ins and outs of the politics, and none of the characters were particularly appealing or interesting. Reynolds and the team themselves are fine, but I think if I'd read this before #3 I would not have bothered to seek out another one. However, #3 was good, so will persevere.
Olwyn Ducker
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled to have won this book I started reading the story and didn't want to put the book down very exciting interesting detective story lots going on right through the whole book a must read for all lovers of murder mysteries
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great realistic characters

This is my second book by Jo Spain that I read this weekend which says it all. Brilliant tale and all the characters are very realistic. Love sensible Tom and his crew
Alison Eden
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this. A great thriller with lots of twists and unexpected turns. Kept me guessing until the end. Will look out for more by this author and more in the Tom Reynolds series.
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Jo Spain is the author of the Inspector Tom Reynolds series. Her first book, top ten bestseller With Our Blessing, was a finalist in the 2015 Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller. The Confession her first standalone thriller, was a number one bestseller and translated all over the world.
Jo is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, a former political advisor in the Irish parliament and former v

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Inspector Tom Reynolds (5 books)
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