From Graham Norton, the BAFTA-award-winning Irish television host and author of the “sparkling and impish” (Daily Mail) memoirs The Life and Loves of a He Devil and So Me, comes a charming debut novel set in an idyllic Irish village where a bumbling investigator has to sort through decades of gossip and secrets to solve a mysterious crime.
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Duneen is a small, sleepy, Irish village, where life has meandered along in much the same way it has for generations. It has its own police officer in the form of Sergeant P J Collins or PJ as he's known to many ...more
Set in the small Irish village of Duneen, the kind of place where everybody knows everybody else, and if someone comes to town or someone leaves town, before sunset the whole town knows. Sergeant P.J. Collins is the village garda, an unmarried man with an uneventful life, an uneventful job, that is until the day the builders managed to unearth bones. Human bones. Most people tend to view P.J. Collins as a likeable fellow, if incapable of performing his duties should he ever be physical ...more
This is a story of lost loves, hidden ...more
I love Graham Norton, so I have to be honest, I was a little nervous about reading his book, in case I didn't enjoy it and felt disappointed, but it was exactly the things I love in a book. It's the kind of murder mystery story that doesn't get bogged down in police procedural, which is the part of crime fiction that generally sends me to sleep.
Holding focusses on a variety of interesting characters within a close-knit community in Ireland. ...more
I have to be honest, I requested this book because I saw it was written by the delightful Graham Norton and I had no idea he was an author. I went in to this hopeful but not entirely sure of what I was getting. Thankfully any worries I had were completely erased in the first few pages.
Graham Norton writes in the third person with his narration jumping beautifully, maybe effortlessly is a better word, from person to person. He weaved a lovely tale that I devoured in one sitting. His descr ...more
Holding by Graham Norton is an easy and pleasurable read, better than I was expecting but not not going to make my year's favourite list
Holding is Norton's debut novel and is set in a small town of Dunedin in County Cork where life goes by and little happens out of the ordinary until a building site unearths human remains and the life's of the inhabitants of Dunedin become filled with suspicions and wonder and the secrets that were buried with the bodies slowly begin to reveal.
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Sergeant P. J. Collins is quite A character and is THE main character in HOLDING. For the first time ever....in the remote Irish village that he calls home....he has a mystery to solve....he is the law.
A bumbling Guard at best with not much to keep himself busy besides an occasional drunk, PJ finds himself in a bit of a quandary when human bones are unearthed at a building site....he knows not what to do!
Often ridiculed for his weight and well aware of his unde...more
The novel takes place in the remote Irish village of Duneen which has known very little drama. Human remains are discovered ...more
First of all, yes, the author is that Graham Norton. I am not normally one to be interested in celebrity-penned novels as, dare I say it, they often aren't that good... This, however, proved to be a hilarious and thrilling exception!
Set in the remote Irish village of Duneen and featuring a plethora of stereotyped characters, I wasn't ...more
Set in a small village in Ireland (Norton was born in Ireland), Holding is a cozy mystery featuring Sergeant PJ Collins whose job as the local Garda has ...more
This was a pleasant. cozy mystery set in Ireland. The characters were likable, the interactions between people were realistic and the mystery had a nice twist. It was a great way to spend a cold, winter's day. ...more
This is not a regular mystery or crime thriller novel. I found the plot very lacking. The story is told in the same style that Graham uses at the start of each of his television chat shows. Yes, it is witty and very pleasant but is awfully polite and never hits hard. Graham builds his story by developing the police investigation along the lines of a romantic com ...more
For those of you who don't know who Graham Norton is, he has a popular evening show called The Graham Norton Show here in the UK. He is also a comedian and radio show host, commentates the BBC coverage for Eurovision as well. Holding is his debut novel, set in a small village in Ireland and following Sergeant PJ Collins who is new to the area. When human remains are found in one of the village farms, lots of rumours start to spread about who has died, how they died and if anyo ...more
Yes, I am already a fan of Graham Norton and his wit and I did listen to this on audio with him narrating which probably added the emphasis needed to see this book for the hilarious but sad read that it is.
The story is very understated - bones are found in a small village in Ireland that send the locals into gossip overdrive and ignite the long-lost feuds that may lend closure to this mystery.
Sergeant PJ Collins is brilli ...more
At first I gave this four stars. But after sleeping on it I'm going to raise it to five. This is due to the sensitivity in his writing about the thoughts and feelings people in the book have. ...more
The omniscient narrator once in a while shifts abruptly from POV to POV, but doesn't lost the reader as we get to know the principle people in the tiny Irish town of Duneen. Central is Sergeant PJ ...more
Set in a remote village called Duneen in Ireland, Holding is a charming whodunit of a tale. It has larger than life characters that you would expect in a village that goes back generations with everyone knowing everyone. Mysterious spinster sist ...more