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Treacherous Strand

(Inishowen Mysteries #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  44 reviews

Perfect for mystery readers who enjoy character driven mysteries, with a strong female protagonist and a powerful sense of place

A woman’s body washes up on a remote beach on the Inishowen Peninsula. Partially clothed, with a strange tattoo on her thigh, she is identified as Marguerite Etienne, a French woman who has been living in the area. Solicitor Ben (Benedicta) O’Ke

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Oceanview Publishing
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Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Treacherous Strand is the second book in the Inishowen Mysteries series by Andrea Carter. Ben (Benedicta) O’Keeffe is back with another mystery in the small town of Glendara. When Marguerite, one of Ben's clients, ends up dead, Ben believes the death to be suspicious. The more Ben uncovers about Marguerite's life, the more she believes Marguerite was killed.

An atmospheric amateur sleuth story. Ben is an attorney living in a small Irish town. It is a very close-knit community, where everyone know
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again a compelling story. I rather like Ben as the nosy protagonist in a small fictional Irish community on the island of Inishowen.
Linda Strong

Set in the fictional town of Glendara on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal, Solicitor Ben (Benedicta) O'Keeffe gets involved in the death of one of her clients.

Marguerite's body was found washed ashore on a remote beach. The manner of death s suicide. But Ben isn't buying that. What Ben finds out is that Marguerite was pregnant, she had drugs in her system, and she hated being around the water. She also had a large knock to the back of her head.

If it was murder, who would have wanted thi
Lizzie Hayes
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Treacherous Strand’ by Andrea Carter
Published by Constable, 4 April 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4721-1854-7

Treacherous Strand is the second book in the series featuring Solicitor Benedicta 'Ben' O'Keeffe. I see that I said in my review of the first book, Death at Whitewater Church. ‘This one of the most intriguing mysteries I have read in a long time.’ And delightfully nothing has altered this author’s ability to weave a fascinating mystery.

The news of the discovery of a woman’s body on a beach in the I
Marina Sofia
Despite its ominous cover, this books is essentially cosy crime. Nothing wrong with that, obviously, and it's got a good dollop of Irish moodiness and dark atmosphere, so it never becomes cloyingly sweet like some of the US offerings in the genre. I found the ending somewhat rushed, and the description of the sect a bit stereotyped. However, there was a lot of small-town mentality and gossip, a bit of romance, untrustworthy characters galore to make up for it. It was fun to read, although perhap ...more
Susan Johnson
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

This is a cozy mystery set in Donegal Ireland. It features a young attorney, Ben, short for Benedicta, in a small town. She has a client that is a survivor of a fearsome cult that wants to make a will. Ben puts off the the production of the will for a few days and the client dies that night. The police thinks its suicide but Ben is convinced its murder. The book centers around Ben trying to prove her theory.

The part about the cult is quite interesting and the sense of place is wonderf
Ciaran Monaghan
I have seen other reviews call this one a 'cosy' mystery and I think that is a pretty good description. I can easily see this being adapted into a 2-hour Sunday evening ITV crime drama and, for UK readers, I hope that would tell you all you need to know. For non-UK readers, however, this is a murder mystery set in a small town on the west coast of Ireland, where everyone knows everyone and they all have history with one another which means that, as the story unfolds, it seems like anyone could h ...more
Rob Kitchin
The Treacherous Strand is the second book in the Inishowen mysteries series featuring solicitor Benedicta ‘Ben’ O’Keeffe. This outing sees Ben investigating the suspicious death of one her clients, a troubled French woman, which the police has ruled suicide. Her unconsummated romance with a local policeman is on rocky ground, so she is pursuing the case solo. Inevitably, her nosing about unearths secrets and unsettles the small rural community. The cosy-feel to the story, the close rural village ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one!! :)
Hannah Sheridan
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the second installment of this book from the wilds of North Inishowen. Carter's writing is engaging and places you as the reader at rhe heart of the book. She captures the ruggedness of Donegal spectacularly and balances its rigged wildness with the warmth and community spirit of the characters in her book - no doubt from her experience working in Donegal. There were some great twists in this book, just like "Death at Whitewater Chapel", I couldn't foresee who was the culprit.

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Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish-thrillers
A woman's body washes up on a remote beach on the Inishowen peninsula. Partially-clothed, with a strange tattoo on her thigh, she is identified as Marguerite Etienne, a French woman who has been living in the area.

Solicitor Benedicta 'Ben' O'Keeffe is consumed by guilt; Marguerite was her client, and for the second time in her life Ben has failed someone who needed her, with tragic consequences. So when local Sergeant Tom Molloy dismisses Marguerite's death as the suicide of a disturbed and lone
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Andrea Carter didn't disappoint again. Looking forward to number three.
Miss Theresa A Boland
Another good story from Ms Carter. Nothing too gruesome. Once again Ben Keefe inserts herself into a murder investigation, partly as the victim was one of her clients and partly nosiness. Mystery & Thriller
Following DEATH AT WHITEWATER CHURCH, set in northwest Ireland’s remote Inishowen Peninsula, bizarre events “straight out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie” unfold. “Donegal is the forgotten county and Inishowen is the forgotten part of Donegal.”

Maritime village Glendara’s top-cop, Tom Molloy, is “honest, principled and utterly committed to a job.” A solicitor, Ben, has “been thinking a lot about him lately.” The attorney’s name is derived from her “parents’ fondness for an obscure fifth-century Ital
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish, favorites
I picked up this book out of curiosity as the setting is taking place in County Donegal, Ireland and I have not read anything so far from there. The book I found via library was large print edition. I haven't read the first part of the series yet, but now I am looking forward. The Treacherous Strand has been published on 2017 and I am surprised it has only 21 reviews and 114 ratings on Goodreads! Why people aren't reading this book, haven't picked it? It's an interesting detective and mostly hav ...more
David Kilner
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Plot summary:
Lawyer Benedicta (‘Ben’) O’Keeffe receives a visit from Marguerite Etienne, a French women who lives in the same Irish town, about writing a will. The next day, Marguerite is found drowned. Although the police believe her death was suicide, Ben cannot let go, and mounts her own investigation into what she believes is a murder. She uncovers an extremist religious cult and plenty of extra-marital carrying-ons. Her suspicions fall on the wrong person and she twice winds up in mortal da
Sue F
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have previously read and enjoyed (and reviewed) the first book in this series, Death at Whitewater Church, so I was happy to get a chance to review an ARC of this book, the second in the series.

As I mentioned above, I quite enjoyed the first book, which had a good plot, wonderful descriptions of the Inishowen peninsula, and entirely believable-feeling descriptions of small town life, but I had felt as if the story were a little bleak from time to time. While also having a good plot, and keepi
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Treacherous Strand is the second of Andrea Carter's Inishowen mysteries featuring solicitor Benedicta (Ben) O'Keefe. The story begins with an immediately gripping chapter which sees Ben driving at speed along a Donegal coast road to where a body has been found on a beach. The woman is identified as Frenchwoman Marguerite, one of Ben's clients, and Ben feels that she has somehow let her down. The police believe it to be a case of suicide but Ben isn't convinced and begins her own enquiries into w ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Benedicta “Ben” O’Keeffe is the UK’s northern most solicitor, practicing on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal.

For me, Glendara came across as contrary. It’s cliquish, but not to an extreme. Charming, but isolated, a study in contrasts which made it more interesting.

Ben carries guilt like Atlas carries the World. She drinks too much and in TREACHEROUS STRAND she becomes a tad obsessed with proving her French yoga teacher, Marguerite Etienne, didn’t kill herself. Ben is trying to
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Inishowen Mystery I have read by Andrea Carter and I am really enjoying her writing and the world on the Inishowen Penisula, somewhat isolated and insular, where even someone who has been there a number of years is an outsider. Solicitor Benedicta “Ben” O’Keefe feels responsible when a client apparently commits suicide and therefore continues to prod for a more exhaustive investigation, even when everyone else seems happy to call it suicide and close the case. The more Ben unc ...more
Petra Beck
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in one of the Goodreads giveaways (many thanks). This is a very decent whodunnit of the old-fashioned kind, by which I mean it doesn't feature blood, gore and serial killers - of which there seems to be quite a lot recently. It still features some genre stereotypes however. For instance, the "investigator" not being an actual detective/police person, and in fact not being taken seriously by the police initially. Also it seems to be a given thing that all protagonists of whodunnit ...more
Dot Miller
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it

I think this was one of the most convoluted mysteries I’ve ever read. Even after all the explanations had been made, it was still convoluted - too many players with too many other actions going on for my taste.

The book started rather slow and It wasn’t until about 20% that it began to pick up the pace. I stuck with it until the end, and it did become suspenseful towards the end. Every time you thought you had things figured out, something else was thrown into the mix, so in that respe
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book held my attention long enough to get to the end so that says something. I think I am more in love with the setting than any of the characters. I am getting a bit tired of the heroin, she is a very cold character and her habit of nearly getting herself killed all the time is a bit tiresome. However, the author writes well and the story keeps me guessing which is really what I like in a book of this genre.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good cosy, entertaining and engrossing.
I liked the fleshed out cast of characters, the fascinating setting and the plot, full of twists and turns.
The mystery is well developed and kept me guessing till the end.
I look forward to reading other books in this series.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Pamela Mingle
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the setting of the Inishowen mysteries and am looking forward to the TV adaptations.

I thought this one had a few too many characters, and although Carter tied everything up at the end, it was still a bit confusing. The main villain didn't appear in the book much, which made the ending a bit of a stretch for me.

I'd like to see more of Ben and Molloy's journey.
Karen wadey
I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more. My only criticism is that it was rushed towards the end. It was like a who's related to who and who did what to who all in the last 5 pages. It was alot to take in and work out why certain people had acted in an unlikely way. But I would read more just for the Irish scenary of Donegal.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another enjoyable novel from this very good Irish Author. The setting of Inishowen was very atmospheric once again with nice descriptions of the landscape. The plot moves along nicely with some twists and turns. All in all, a very good and enjoyable old fashioned murder mystery. Recommended.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I've read by this author and it is the second in the series - which can clearly be read no problem as a stand-a-lone book. I enjoyed the book and will not hesitate to read another by the author and others in the series. I agree with two other reviewers that this is a cozy mystery, and I consider that a compliment. I very much enjoyed the read.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did Marguerite suicide or was something more sinister at work? Local solicitor, Ben, sets out to solve another death in her small village of inishowen. Interesting ties to a doomsday cult, various lovers, and some unpredictable youths keep Ben on her toes. Sombre but pleasant!
Mrs Philippa Mcauley
enjoyed this.

I liked the humour that the writer has added to the narrative at the beginning of this book. It seemed to disappear later on, I would like to see more of it. Easy to read. Will get the next one.
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