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The Scholar

(Cormac Reilly #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  39 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
Expected publication: March 7th 2019 by Sphere
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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
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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, ...more
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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
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
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, where his girlfriend, Emma, a scientist, was offered a job in the laboratories of the prestigious Darcy Therapeutics.
When Emma stumbles across a dead girl on her way to work, she calls Cormac, who takes on the case as the lead investigator, despite Emma being a witness. This was the f
A quick visit to her lab late on a Friday evening results in Dr Emma Sweeney being the first to discover the victim of an apparent hit-and-run in the middle of one of the university campus roads. Shaken, instead of calling emergency services, she calls her partner DS Cormac Reilly. Earlier that same day Superindent Murphy had agreed to shift DS Reilly off the perpetual cold caseload and onto active police work, so Cormac is determined to make this new case his own, despite Emma being a witness. ...more
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
Roman Clodia
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderfully engrossing read, fluent writing and appealing characters. There are some minor plot holes that jar (view spoiler) ...more
Mandy White
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irish-born Aussie-dwelling Dervla McTiernan's debut novel, The Ruin, was warmly received last year, winning hearts and accolades.

Her fans will be happy to know that its sequel, The Scholar, most definitely does not disappoint and we pick up with Irish detective Cormac Reilly where we left off.

This case is a particularly interesting one. We briefly meet a 12yr old Carline upon the death of her father and I engaged with her immediately. So it was devastating that the book-proper opens with a hit a
I really loved Dervla McTiernan’s first book, The Ruin, and was a very happy chappy when I received a copy of The Scholar, number two in the Cormac Reilly series. I am pleased to say that I liked it equally as much, and it was great to see all the characters back again and to get to know them a bit better.

In The Scholar, DI Cormac Reilly is finally taken off cold cases and given a caseload of current crimes to solve. However, when one of the cases involves someone close to him, it may test his l
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘I found a body. A girl. Someone’s killed her.’

Detective Sergeant Cormac Reilly and his partner Emma Sweeney live in Galway, where Emma has obtained a funded position at a prestigious medical research laboratory. The couple first met when Emma was charged with a murder. While Emma was exonerated, the experience has scarred them both. When Emma stumbles across the body of girl, the victim of a hit and run accident, she rings Cormac. He is first to the scene. The dead girl is carrying the ID of Ca
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers for my advanced reading copy. The Scholar is Dervla McTiernan's second crime thriller after her debut success with The Ruin and I am pleased to say it doesn't disappoint. This time Detective Cormac Reilly has left Dublin for a new beginning with his scientist girlfriend, Dr Emma Sweeney, in County Galway and both are eager for the change in scenery.

But when Emma comes across a dead body on her way to work at the laboratory of multinational pharmaceutical co
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Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Dervla McTiernan’s first book featuring detective Cormac Reilly, The Ruin, so I was delighted to get my hands on the second, and I’m glad to say it was just as good.

When Cormac’s partner Emma, a scientist working on a major medical breakthrough, finds the body of a young woman killed in a hit and run near her lab, Cormac’s work and personal lives become far too close for comfort. As the police strive to identify the dead girl, links emerge with the huge pharmaceutical company Emma works
Monique Mulligan
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan, which starts with a hit and run, and keeps up a twisty-turny pace with every turn of the page.

Like her first book, The Ruin, this upcoming release is atmospheric and tightly plotted, with some great central characters grounding the series. While it's a crime novel on the surface, set in the complicated and (in this case) corrupt world of big pharmaceuticals and research, at its heart it digs deep into the human exper
Cass Moriarty
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Dervla McTiernan’s debut crime novel, The Ruin, and in her follow-up book The Scholar (HarperCollins 2019), we are reacquainted with the warm and enormously likeable DS Cormac Reilly. In this second book, Detective Reilly and his partner (in life, not work) Dr Emma Sweeney have moved to Galway where Cormac is sifting over cold cases and Emma is involved in biomedical research funded by the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company Darcy Therapeutics.
As with The Ruin, The
Libby Matthew
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book that had me again not able to put it down. Excellently written story that continued the story of Cormac Riley but with a totally new direction that I didn’t think was possible. I have never enjoyed a crime novel so much but now I am left to wait once more. Well done Dervla McTiernan great read
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Opinion based on ARC provided by the publisher)

McTiernan writes really, really good crime fiction. It's fresh, the setting is like a thick, viscous oil painting, and the characters go well-beyond their archetypal roles. She takes time to add in little details that have little to do with the narrative, but which flesh out the people within it so much.

The Scholar is another great story and an excellent follow-up to The Ruin. The mystery keeps you on your toes, with enough red herrings thrown in a
Ann Darnton
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dervla McTiernan’s first novel, The Ruin, which introduced Galway based Gardaí sergeant, Cormac Reilly, was published last year to almost universal acclaim. I very much enjoyed it on a first read, but was less certain a second time round. I thought McTiernan started too many hares and that as a result the central narrative line got lost. I was also concerned about the number of members of the Galway force who were at best incompetent, at worst corrupt. I have friends living in Galway and I feare ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I loved Cormac Reilly's first outing - The Ruin - when I read it last year so I was quite excited to see what he would be faced with in this follow up book. I was also hoping that the "thing" with him and girlfriend Emma would be resolved, rather than dragged out through the series, and I am pleased to note that it was indeed, not really where I thought it'd go but, there you are!
Emma is on her way to work when she comes across the body of a girl. She calls Cormac and he is first on sce
Alison Eden
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#TheScholar #NetGalley Having thoroughly enjoyed The Ruin, I eagerly awaited the second in the series starring Cormac Reilly. Sometimes the second book does not live up to the first book but not in this case and I raced through it in just over a day! I love the character of Cormac and it was great to see his relationship with Emma and with his colleagues at his new station in Galway. This book is so fast paced with plenty going on there is not a moment to be bored or impatient and I found that I ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lucky me! I have just finished The Scholar through an advance copy. I have been WAITING to find out more about Emma and her story, and The Scholar doesn't disappoint. The Ruin has haunted me for all this time since I read it around 15 months ago, and The Scholar most certainly ticked all the boxes for me this time too. Depth of character - tick! Incredible sense of detail, almost as if you are in the car park, the lab, the fancy apartment with the characters - tick! The twists and turns - tick! ...more
Merryl Todd
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Scholar is a cracking good read and excellent sequel to The Ruin.

There are enough red herrings and clues to keep the reader guessing until nearly the end. Emma and Cormac’s backstory makes an interesting and enjoyable subplot and the other “regular” characters are well-fleshed out.

It is great to see new crime writers such as Dervla McTiernan bringing a fresh perspective on crime stories. Minimal body count, realistic forensics and a tight and well-paced plot.

Whilst The Scholar can be read a
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Scholar was brilliant. It was a little slow to begin with but I don't usually read crime genre and on reflection it was probably setting the scene. But once hooked I couldn't put the book down. DC Cormac Reilly is a great character to walk through the story with twists and turns at every chapter. Gladly read any books by this author. Thanks to Harper Collins for the advanced reading copy.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Oh what tangled webs we weave, when first we practice to deceive."

This saying is so appropriate for this second entry in the wonderful Cormac Reilly series. A follow up to "The Ruin" you need to put this book on your to-read list if you love conundrums that have you turning in circles. I love the setting, I love the characters and I love the plot lines which will keep you awake nights reading.

Highly recommended!
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading The Ruin by the same author I couldn’t wait to read this. It is another brilliant story.
I thought I had things figured out but it was so much more complex than I thought. Once again we meet Cormac, the policeman, and his partner Dr Emma. This time Emma finds a body near the laboratory where she works. Who killed this girl and why?
Martha Brindley
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed "The Ruin" and eagerly anticipated the next book featuring Cormac Reilly. It did not disappoint as The Scholar is a thoroughly engrossing read from beginning to end. Set in Ireland, the plot centres around the pharmaceutical industry, it is well written and full of corruption and intrigue. A very enjoyable read with a great ending. My thanks to Net Galley for my ARC.
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