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The Scholar

(Cormac Reilly #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,337 ratings  ·  220 reviews
From the author of The Ruin comes a compulsive new crime thriller set in the fiercely competitive, cutthroat world of research and academia, where the brightest minds will stop at nothing to succeed.

When Dr. Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit-and-run outside Galway University early one morning, she calls her boyfriend, Detective Cormac Reilly, bringing him fi
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Penguin Books (first published February 18th 2019)
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Eileen W Don’t bother - tedious - have put it aside. Can only assume that Chris Hammer, author of the terrific ‘Scrublands’ is doing a fellow author a favour…moreDon’t bother - tedious - have put it aside. Can only assume that Chris Hammer, author of the terrific ‘Scrublands’ is doing a fellow author a favour with his enthusiastic endorsement.(less)
Margaret Fullarton I absolutely loved this book - easy writing manner, interesting and unusual subject matter and the characters were believable. I think it is a story…moreI absolutely loved this book - easy writing manner, interesting and unusual subject matter and the characters were believable. I think it is a story which the reader is able to enter and enjoy. I couldn't wait to get back to it.(less)
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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
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
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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-anti-terrorist 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 sta
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
“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
Diane S ☔
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
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
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
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first Cormac Reilly novel, “The Ruin,” so was pleased to receive the second in the series for review.

Reilly is still side-lined with cold cases, while girlfriend, Emma, continues her research work as a scientist. However, things are about to change for both of them. Cormac’s colleague, Carrie O’Halloran is exhausted and demands her boss drop his attitude towards Cormac, using him to run current cases; meaning that not only does he take on some of her workload, but also picks up a
Roman Clodia
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully engrossing read, fluent writing and appealing characters. There are some minor plot holes that jar (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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After The Ruin,which was excellent, this one was a HUGE disappointment. Run of the mill,predictable...
Only good thing:fleshed out characters (the police, not the rest,which were stereotypes).
Hope its the second book syndrome, but not so sure.
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Irish born Australian author Dervla McTiernan is the bestselling author of The Ruin. Released last year, The Ruin was wildly successful and in fact was one of the five bestselling Australian crime novels of 2018. A year on, and The Scholar is the second in the series to feature DS Cormac Reilly.

Set in 2014 in Ireland, DS Cormac Reilly is still recovering from events in The Ruin, but rushes to the scene of a hit and run when his girlfriend Dr Emma Sweeney phones for help. Cormac begins by identif
Mandy White
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved The Ruin, the first book in the Cormac Reilly series. This is the second book in the series and I absolutely loved it! I couldn't put this book down and finished it in two sittings. The characters are so well developed, the plot is tight, well thought out and ideally paced. I thought I had it all figured out towards the end but I didn't! It's great to have another crime fiction series set in Ireland. Irish crime fiction writers, especially female authors, are really top notch at the mome ...more
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
This is the second book by Dervla McTiernan, a followup to The Ruin (which you don't need to have read and/or remember well). McTiernan writes great characters and the central mystery is intriguing, albeit full of improbabilities. I really enjoyed it.

The story focuses on the body of a young woman found late one night at a university. She has been deliberately and repeatedly run over. Her ID and clothing indicate that she is Carline Darcy, member of the wealthy Darcy pharmaceutical clan (and a st
Trigger warnings: death, murder, domestic violence, probably other stuff that I've forgotten?? I've read like 17 books since I finished this, so.........

4.5 stars.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series and I was desperately hoping this would give us some answers to the backstory of Cormac and Emma. And thankfully, it delivers in fine form on that front. I was hooked by the mystery here from page 1 and it certainly had plenty of twists and turns that I didn't see coming.

The politica
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
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This series continues to deliver a narrative that on the surface appears straightforward but is nuanced with contemporary issues, richly developed characters, interesting back stories with a landscape of corruption and political point scoring that is contemporary and engaging.

Cormac Reilly continues to outshine most contemporary protagonists I have read.

The only negative – it will be a long wait for book 3 in the series
Cathy Ryan
Sergeant Callie O’Halloran is on the edge of exhaustion with working all hours since her promotion. Her home life is suffering and the Henderson case, one of several she’s working on, seems to be losing momentum despite giving it most of her attention. Cormac Reilly is still being assigned to cold cases after a year at the Galway police station and Callie can’t understand why the powers that be aren’t utilising such a good detective. She says as much to her superior, Superintendent Murphy, plead ...more
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