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The Scholar

(Cormac Reilly #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  11,654 ratings  ·  1,256 reviews
When DS Cormac Reilly’s girlfriend Emma stumbles across the victim of a hit and run early one morning, he is first on the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. The dead girl is carrying an ID, that of Carline Darcy, heir apparent to Darcy Therapeutics, Ireland’s most successful pharmaceutical company. Darcy Therapeutics has a finger in eve ...more
Paperback, 377 pages
Published March 7th 2019 by Sphere (first published February 18th 2019)
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Rose I read Book 1, but that was some time ago and I honestly don't remember it. So I'm reading this book as if it was a stand-alone and I don't feel any d…moreI read Book 1, but that was some time ago and I honestly don't remember it. So I'm reading this book as if it was a stand-alone and I don't feel any drawbacks.(less)
Lorraine Paul I have just finished reading The Good Turn, which is book No. 3 in the series.

I also enjoyed this series very much. It's in the 'tradition' but with e…more
I have just finished reading The Good Turn, which is book No. 3 in the series.

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Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dervla McTiernan embeds her series featuring DS Cormac Reilly set in Galway, Ireland, with flair here. I loved The Ruin, and this is a brilliant sequel. Reilly is still being shunted into cold cases, but overworked DS Carrie O'Halloran fights his corner as at long last he is assigned current investigations, including the Henderson case, where Rob Henderson planned to wipe out his wife, Lucy and their children. It has been difficult to get Lucy to co-operate with the police inquiry, and Cormac ju ...more
Kylie D
A compelling follow up to The Ruin, The Scholar puts Dervla McTiernan into the upper echelon of crime writers. In this latest offering DS Cormac Reilly's girlfriend, Dr Emma Sweeney, stumbles across the body of a dead girl in the carpark after leaving her university lab late one night. Cormac is the first on the scene and the girl's security ID confirms her to be Carline Darcy, granddaughter of pharmaceutical billionaire John Darcy.

All is not as it seems, however, and Cormac's investigation haul
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Scholar is Dervla McTiernan’s second book with DS Cormac Reilly, and as a crime writer, she has reinforced her position as one of the best new talents around.

Cormac Reilly is an ex-antiterrorist officer who moved from Dublin to the Galway Gardaí to accommodate his partner, Dr Emma Sweeney, with her new job working with Darcy Therapeutics in a BioTech lab, hosted at the University in Galway (NUIG). Emma previously suffered a horrific attack and moving from Dublin provided a new star
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I have not read The Ruin yet, but the introduction to DS Reilly went rather smoothly with this second installment of the series. A solid police procedural that takes place in Ireland, and that tackles a case of a brutal murder of a young woman whose identity is unknown and whose body is found by Cormac's partner, Emma. There are so many books representing this genre that I cannot choose the best ever, and my rating refers to how invested I got in the reading process.
The plot is absorbing yet not
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
DS Cormac Reilly receives a phone call from his girlfriend, Emma who is clearly upset. Emma has discovered the body of a young woman in the street while driving home from work. The young woman is carrying the ID of Carline Darcy, who has ties to Darcy Therapeutics, one of Ireland's most successful pharmaceutical companies. This is going to be a high-profile case. No mistakes cannot be made. DS Cormac immediately takes action as he is the first officer on the scene.

As the investigation mounts it
Susanne  Strong
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
4 Stars

DS Cormac Reilly has been working on cold cases ever since arriving in Galway. It’s not the most stimulating work but it pays the bills.

He finally gets a chance to prove himself when another DS, Carrie O’Halloran, gets him put on an active domestic investigation, she has been working for a while. Then things get crazy when Reilly’s girlfriend Emma becomes a witness to a hit and run right outside of Darcy Labs at the University. Turns out the girl was murdered. Finding out who the girl is
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent follow up to the author's first book, The Ruin. Cormac is back as our brilliant but long suffering detective. Somehow he always seems to end up in the wrong despite doing everything right. I start to feel a bit sorry for him!

The Scholar begins with a hit and run death and the first person on the scene happens to be Emma, Cormac's partner. Cormac, who should know better, takes the case and it is all down hill for him from there. Luckily his team is becoming more supportive, a
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 rounded up

I enjoyed The Ruin, the first book in this series, but I found this one even more engrossing. Here, Cormac O’Reilly has finally been taken off the cold cases he’s been forced to work and given some current ones. One of those is a hit and run accident, with the dead girl carrying the ID of the granddaughter of the local billionaire.

I was engaged from the first minute of listening. I could get an idea of the secrets being hidden, but for the life of me couldn’t figure out why they l
“Money didn’t keep you safe, she’d known that since she was a little girl. Without position, status, power, protection, what was she but just another pretty girl, floating around Cannes or Marbella?”

Carline was beautiful, rich, and smart. So smart she was working on her thesis at her grandfather’s renowned laboratory where our Emma was headhunted to work. Emma’s the girlfriend of our Cormac, handsome Detective Sergeant Cormac Reilly of the Irish Garda (police) who moved from Dublin to Galway w
I'm happy to report that Dervla McTiernan's sequel to The Ruin is just as good! Cormac Reilly is back and this time, after a year in Galway, he's finally been moved off cold cases and allowed to investigate some live cases to take some of the pressure off his colleagues. When Cormac's partner, Emily finds the body of a young woman killed in a hit and run outside the pharmaceutical R&D labs where she works, Cormac finds himself investigating the people who work there, including Carline Darcy, the ...more
Diane S ☔
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lor-2019
Second outing for my new favorite Irish series, and just as well done as the first. Cormac is now in Galway, still relegated to cold cases and cold shoulders. All that changes when his love Emily finds a young woman who has been run over and is obviously dead. Cormac will pick up this case, which will almost cost him everything he holds dear.

The writing and the storyline are both smooth, almost seem effortless. Cormac and his sense of rightness even when he knows things might be better left undo
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed The Ruin and so had high expectations of this and was not disappointed. The book started in February 2006 when Carline Darcy’s father was killed in an avalanche and following this incident we were introduced to one of the coldest characters to ever grace a page of a book, the owner of Darcy Pharmaceuticals, John Darcy. Darcy sponsored the research laboratory where Cormac Reilly’s girlfriend Emma worked in Galway.

Fast forward then to Galway in April and May 2014 and Cormac
The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan is the second book in a series featuring DS Cormac Reilly. As usual, I had not read the first book (I have now) before beginning this one and did not once feel lost or confused.

DS Reilly has been assigned to cold cases until the night his girlfriend frantically calls him. She has found a young woman in the street, the victim of an apparent hit and run. The dead girl is carrying an ID of Carline Darcy, heir apparent to Darcy Therapeutics, Ireland’s most successful
"Whatever else you could say about Cormac Reilly, and right now she felt like she could say plenty, he wasn't stupid. He knew she wasn't there for a social chat as soon as he saw her."

Brains, brawn, analytical prowess, and a smack alongside the head intuitive nature, Detective Cormac Reilly is back. Cormac's girlfriend, Dr. Emma Sweeney, has had a don't-even-think-of-turning-it-down job offer to work at Darcy Therapeutics in Galway. Leaping with both set of feet, the couple moves into a small ap
Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Diane S ☔
Shelves: favorites, audiobooks
Another excellent installment!
Dervla McTiernan's debut novel The Ruin was quite enjoyable, so I jumped at the opportunity to read the follow-up, as I was eager to reacquaint myself with Detective Cormac Reilly.

Detective Reilly moved to Galway, as his girlfriend, Emma, pursues a career as a scientist in the prestigious Darcy Therapeutics.

When Emma stumbles across a dead girl, while making her way to work, she calls Cormac, who takes on the case as the lead investigator, despite Emma being a witness. This was the first time I
After responding to the call from his partner, Dr Emma Sweeney, DS Cormac Reilly arrived at the scene of the young woman’s body that Emma had stumbled across. The deserted grounds of the university where Emma had been heading to the laboratory seemed a strange place for the unknown young woman to have been. But it was when a security ID was found in her pocket that the case took a sinister turn. Perhaps it wasn’t the simple hit-and-run that it had first seemed…

As head of the investigation Corma
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Irish-Australian author McTiernan’s 2nd offering featuring DS Cormac Reilly is even better than her first (The Ruin). It is a solid police procedural investigating the death of a hit-and-run. The condition of the body makes initial identification difficult, plus it is none other than Reilly’s partner, Dr. Emma Sweeney, that discovered the mangled woman’s corpse. Despite the possibility of a conflict of interest, Reilly is thrilled to have a real, live homicide to investigate rather than the cold ...more
This is the second book of McTiernan's series. In the first, The Ruin, we were introduced to Detective Cormac Reilly who'd just transferred from Dublin to Galway where he was met with mostly distrust from his colleagues. In The Scholar he has finally been taken off cold cases and given some current crimes to investigate when Emma, his girlfriend, finds a body of a young girl, a victim of a particularly violent hit and run, near the laboratory where she works.

Eager to take the case, despite the
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan. (2019).
(Cormac Reilly, #2).

When Dr Emma stumbles across a hit- and-run victim, she calls her partner Detective Cormac which in turn makes him in charge of the murder scene. An ID card identifies the victim as a gifted student and heir apparent to an Irish pharmaceutical giant. The murder investigation will be high profile and high pressure. But all is not what it seems. And evidence is increasing that i
Louise Wilson
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cormac Reilly #2

In the prologue we learn that Carline Darcy is the granddaughter of John Darcy, the founder if the family business, Darcy Pharmaceuticals. Carline is only twelve when her father, Eoghan Darcy dies in a skiing accident. The story then starts eight years later. Carline is now twenty and she's studying and working in scientific research. A woman is found dead outside the university. It looks like its been a hit and run accident. The security ard found in her pocket identifies her as
3.5 stars

Mini review of another one from the TBR pile. I loved The Ruin & really enjoyed the investigative aspect of this one. But I was less enamoured with the amount of time we spend dealing with Cormac's personal life (summed up with one word: Emma). Hopefully book #3 will get back on track.
Kylie H
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another brilliant instalment in this series, that I could not put down! I belted through this and just had to find out what had happened.
Cormac finds things hit a lot closer to home this time when his partner/girlfriend finds a dead body at the university where she works. Keen to protect her, Cormac takes on the case himself only to find this puts Emma under an even bigger cloud of suspicion.
The story is fast paced and shows how power and privilege can get away with quite a lot, but that doesn't
Terence M
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-Stars - I really Liked It!

Audiobook - The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan
Audiobook - 10:20 Hours - Narrator: Aoife McMahon

I've just finished reading listening to "The Scholar (Cormac Reilly, #2)" by Dervla McTiernan and what an excellent follow-up to "The Ruin (Cormac Reilly, #1)" this book was! It took me a little longer than I expected to finish the book, but that was more due to me dragging my feet than any dissatisfaction with either the story-line or McTiernan's writing. The enjoyment of the
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I flew through this one, loved it!
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I was asked in the lunch room at work the other day after mentioning I was attending a local book event with Irish native, WA based author Dervla McTiernan, what writer she could be compared to. This proved to be a hard question, after a few names were thrown in the ring, from Agatha Christie, to Val McDermid and Ruth Rendall, the overwhelming conclusion was that she was simply Dervla. McTiernan is a writer who clearly stands on her own two feet, carving out
Liz Barnsley
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was a huge fan of “The Ruin” so was very much looking forward to reading this, the follow up due in March 2019.
Once again this author immediately sucked me into Cormac’s world, the beautifully descriptive sense she brings to both character and place is gorgeously immersive, the challenges faced here different but still utterly compelling.
Money talks, the rich are different, in The Scholar this finds Cormac once more fighting a political minefield as he tries to solve a most horrific murder – w
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, audio
Another great addition to the Cormac Reilly series!

The Scholar begins when Cormac Reilly's girlfriend Emma finds a dead body in the middle of the road by the college and pharmaceutical labatory.
It appears someone has run over a young woman. Cormac has to investigate who this young woman is and why she was killed in such a brutal way. The case gets complicated though because Emma's company, Darcy Therapeutics is powerful and will not be helpful with the murder case.

Darcy Therapeutics is one of th
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I enjoyed this book, it bothers me that I still have no physical description of Cormac Reilly in my mind, not even his age. Cormac’s relationship to Emma is apparently strong, but he sometimes is overprotective. He is still developing relationships with his co-workers, and in particular I really liked Fisher. There was also Moira Hanley who needs a comeuppance. Cormac is now off cold cases and working active cases, which means he feels he has to prove himself. All in all, a good book. I ho ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-goal, mysteries

Solid mystery finds our Garda Sgt Cormac Reilly in Galway a year after the first book. Moving from cautious colleagues to trusting co-workers, Reilly is earning the respect (of most but not all) of his fellow detectives and supervisor.

Reilly’s lady love is plunged headlong into a work place murder that of course touches Reilly’s professional and personal lives. The who-dunnit starts strong but ends up a lot less suspenseful than I prefer.

Despite guessing the ending about 75% in, I really li
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