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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.