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The Irish Cottage Murder

(Torrey Tunet #1)

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  267 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Meet Torrey Tunet. Great career. Big dreams. One terrible mistake.

Accept an invitation from a stranger who spills soup on her at a restaurant to stay at his Irish castle? What is pretty translator Torrey Tunet thinking? That's easy. She's thinking that luxurious rooms and gourmet meals beat the seedy Dublin hotel her agency booked for her. Fluent in numerous languages, Tor
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 15th 2000 by Minotaur Books (first published 1999)
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Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2011
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Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am dishing out 2 stars for this book because I enjoyed the seldom descriptions of the books setting in Ireland. Other than the wonderful cobblestones and the dark forests and mysterious castle and walkways, I found this book totally boring.
I tried to skip a few paragraphs, then I tried speed reading, skimming, then chapter skipping, nothing was helping. I did go all the way to the end. I did read over half of the book without any skimming. The book does have short chapters which I like in any
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was headed for two stars. It caught my interest later but takes too long. If I didn't insist on finishing books, I would have pitched it. The action augmented and honed in on the key players. The core is a girl who made a small mistake as a child but suffered the reverberation of consequences much larger. She is faced with the son of one affected family, who should be a childhood friend but calls her a nemesis. A new crime is convincingly pinned on her in Ireland but there are a lot of ...more
May 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
I don't like it when characters decide that the police are inept and/or corrupt and take it upon themselves to solve the mystery. I don't mind when they corroborate WITH the police, which can be charming (i.e. old ladies who pop up every time there's a mysterious death and convince the police they can find out information in a way that the police cannot). Not every mystery can be a cop story, of course, and I wouldn't want it to be - but Torrey Tunet was very annoying in the way that she worked ...more
Mystereity Reviews
No rating, because DNF. Tried 3 times to get into this, never got beyond the 4th chapter. In the words of Simon Cowell, "I'm sorry, but it's a no."
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it although it took me a bit to fall into the rhythm of the writing and characters. I'm glad that I stuck with it. Tightly written.
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
First the good, the book has a strong female protagonist and interesting writing style, such as using chapters of varying lengths and different points of view (some are only a page long). The bad is ..well, bad. The protagonist is 27 or is that 30? Depends upon which section of the book you are reading (not really a bad error over all), the combination of languages the translator speaks is almost completely impossible to believe, especially coming from a relatively small American town where she ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ireland
I loved my trip to Ireland and I am fascinated by languages, so I had high hopes for this book involving a woman who is a translator during her trip to Ireland. It was a decent mystery, but I never really became attached to the character of Torrey Tunnet or to most of the characters in the book (the one exception was Fergus Callaghan). The murder victim was a truly reprehensible human being and deserved what he got and more. I felt like the setting of Ireland got downplayed almost as much as Tor ...more
Pr Latta
I didn't rate because I never finished this (p. 131 in 12 weeks) -- I just couldn't buy in to Torrey's teenaged turbulance causing such repercussions, her overwhelming feeling of responsibility for her friend's injury, or Luke's vendetta when it was his FATHER who had committed fraud. The writing is convoluted, but I actually enjoyed that, liked the Irish sense of place, and the strong female character (translator is an intriguing occupation) but just didn't bond with the characters. I did not c ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Great title.
OK, bit too involved murder of 2 people.
Family drama, child sexual abuse, geneaology.
OK to boring.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
loved the description of the scenery, but the story was so/so
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another great read! This one started a little slow and I initially thought it was gonna be a DNF...but after about page 50 the story took off and was just fantastic.
Danielle Cumberland
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
This author is allergic to complete sentences.* Cliche overload, but then, wait. Are we supposed to know this about the MC yet? Look it up, no, this is the first in the series. Jumbled, confusing. Dialogue! That too! Oh, if only.... Be someone else now.

The story is told in brief snippets from multi POV’s in an almost stream-of-consciousness style. Which is like trying to collect your clues from the back of a galloping three-legged horse. Whatever else hindsight may be, it is no excuse for this s
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erin-9-0
An easy read and entertaining enough if you can ignore all the inconsistencies. It's supposed to be set in the 90s but it feels like a much earlier time period. And how old actually is Torrey because the author didn't seem quite sure. And why would an American be employed to interpret between French and Hungarian? That's not how it works! I also found the number and combination of languages Torrey speaks implausible. But the murder mystery aspect was interesting and I didn't guess who was respon ...more
Marilyn Pronovost
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
An easy read, that was entertaining. The plot is basic but well crafted. The characters are interesting and enjoyable.

I was worried that the brevity of the book would make this a dull read, but it was tightly put together for the reader.

An enjoyable mystery.

I also learned that the artist Pissarro taught Gauguin, Cassatt and Cezanne.

One of the fun parts about mysteries is that they can introduce the reader to many facts about topics we wouldn't normally research.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I read Dicey Deere's Irish Cottage Murder from a paperback. Very weird to keep a light on to read & not be able to highlight anything. Dicey Deere was a very interesting author. She passed away @ 99 years old in 2016. She wrote the 1st of 4 Torrey Tunet books in 2000, so she was older when she started the series. She was from the East Coast, but the series is set in Ireland. It would be fascinating to know what motivated her? ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
When the author referred to Desmond Moore's "yellow-green eyes" four times before page 16 (twice on page 11!) I almost stopped reading. But I like stories about Ireland so I powered on. Somewhat amateurish novel but some decent characters and plots. Torrey Tunet has an interesting job and I liked the language lessons. Maybe Dicey Deere will find an authoritative editor to focus her writing.
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This book started out slow and somewhat disjointed. At that point I was thinking 2 stars. Eventually it picked up the story line and got my interest, If available a 2.5 rating would have been my final choice. Perhaps I will try the next book in the series sometime in the future.
May 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
The style was very choppy and the plot all over the place. Needed someone to pull the threads together into a tighter story.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quick read

This was a quick read, but seemed to be very much like a "immature" mystery . The author leaves a lot to be developed.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ireland, cozy
First book in a new series by Dicey Deere featuring Torrey Tunet. A decent little cozy. I look forward to the next book.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Most of the way through, I was going to give the book 3 stars. However, I like how the mystery unfolded in so many layers. Each layer was a true solution, but there were more solutions to come.
Jun 13, 2020 rated it liked it
An American interpreter stays at an Irish Castle only to have a person from her past, someone who hates her and blames her for ruining his childhood, appear there as well.

The owner of the castle is deserving of death and gets it in the stable. There are many suspects but Torrey is hauled to jail and accused.

Miraculously Luke falls in love with her and absolves her. He helps to find the real killers.

This is fraught with many improbabilities and stereotypes. It is difficult to suspend disbelief.
Michelle Randall
Sep 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Glancing through the shelfs at the library, had a few books, but just was looking when this title jumped out at me. I love anything Irish so I grabbed it and thought it might be good.

The author wrote in a different style. Each chapter was short and slightly choppy. Some chapters wee only one page long. Each chapter was a different person, and not the just two different characters but a large number of different characters. I still am not sure that I have a grasp on each of the characters, and it
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-enjoyed
I like to just pick up books that look interesting and I love Brit mysteries so I thought I would try this Irish one (yes, I know they are not Brits but close enough).
I was a bit worried that this would aggravate me being written by an American but the character is almost multinational in her mind so I had no worries in the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking for more of her books. I enjoyed the different sizes of chapters, the character thoughts and so on; probably because I like t
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was different though a bit predictable. The characters were very well written and the plot was very well done. Torrey Tunet is a reformed thief who has become an interpreter. She travels to Dublin and is a guest at Moore Castle. The body of a man is found close to the castle and then the owner of the castle, Desmond Moore is found murdered. The first and only suspect is Torrey. It seems that she "stole" a diamond and emerald necklace and was caught when she tried to ...more
Sep 24, 2009 rated it liked it
I needed something a bit cheesy and light to read while working in China as it is so fast paced and hectic here in SHanghai. I don't know if I would have enjoyed this book back home but it was the right ticket for now. A young language expert is translating in Dublin and staying at a castle when she is accused of murder. She has to sleuth her own way out of it while dealing with her rocky past. MAjor happy ending in a predictable and fictitious way.
Jul 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was a really interesting book to read in that the author's style is lots of very short chapters. Each chapter was a glimpse of one character in a moment in time. The book was difficult to 'get into' because the author so slowly unfolded each character, which was aggravated by the choppy writing style. At any rate, the premise is good, the heroine is interesting, the setting is good and the supporting characters were complex. A little more humor would be good, though.
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