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No Obvious Cause

(Dublin Murder mysteries #2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  532 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Could you solve the mystery?

A murder followed by a series of random, motiveless crimes leave Detective Garda Sergeant Mike West and his team puzzled.

When Edel Johnson arrives at the scene of a crime Mike is taken aback, more so when he discovers she is now working with a victim support group. He has feelings for her, but he is the garda who investigated her husband's

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 22nd 2020 by Bloodhound Books - crime, thriller and mystery (first published October 13th 2014)
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Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
No Obvious Cause is the second book in the Dublin Murder Mysteries series featuring Garda Sergeant Mike West set in Dublin, Ireland and was previously published as Close Ranks. It isn’t essential to have read the first book as the main storyline is contained to this instalment, however, there are some minor threads running through it that would make more sense and be more enjoyable if you have read the series opener prior to this. Mike West is called in to investigate a rather peculiar and baffl ...more
Alan Cotterell
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Thanks to Bloodhound Books for the ARC in return for an honest review.
I enjoyed meeting Mike and Edel again, after reading the first book in the series a few weeks ago. They are great characters. The story line is quite easy to follow, there are not too many characters to keep up with and it weaves together nicely.
In my opinion, this story had a slightly better pace than the first, although I guessed the killer very early on. The finale was gripping.

Looking forward to book three
Linda Strong
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Detective Garda Mike West and his team are dealing with several new cases that are leaving them all perplexed.

A man is poisoned by cyanide .... there doesn't seem to be anyone who wanted him dead. By all accounts, he was a nice guy. There's absolutely no motive that can be seen.

An elderly lady's home is vandalized ... sort of. Things are placed on the floor, dresser drawers pulled out... but West thinks this was all staged. Nothing was taken, nothing broken, her money is still in the house ....
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Close ranks begins five months after the end of That One May Smile and is set with mainly the same cast of characters.
Kelly Johnson is busy rebuilding her shattered life and Garda Mike West is still thinking about her. But instead of meeting her in one of the romantic scenarios he has imagined, she turns up at one of his crime scenes, and once again they get off on the wrong foot.
There is a series of pointless nuisance crimes being committed, plus one motiveless murder.

Close Ranks has me perplex
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gerard Roberts returns home from a bicycle ride, taking around half an hour longer than usual and not long after, he ends up deceased. The cause, at first, looks to be from natural causes: a stroke or maybe a heart attack, but on closer inspection, Pathologist, Dr Kennedy, suspects Cyanide poisoning. Why was Gerald out longer than was usual for him and how has he ended up dead under suspicious circumstances? Detective Garda Sergeant West and Garda Peter Andrews from Foxrock Station, respond to t ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First book in this series for me, gripped from the first page. After a few chapters , I actually stopped and started looking for other books by this author and bought one. Very well written!
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Detective Garda Sergeant Mike West is called to investigate the death of a man from Cyanide poisoning. Not from gas you might think but, when he visits the pathologist, he finds out from a vegetable Cassava. When not cooked properly its poisonous. So West searches the local town where this vegetable may be brought from. The investigation widens when talking to people they find out a woman with blonde hair wrapped in a scarf is involved.
On the other side of town incidents in the town happen. A wo
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
3 & half stars from me. I like detective West but have a like/dislike for Adele.
A victim of poisoning, a support group with links to a brothel are all in this book and the 2nd in the series. I do like an author who makes you feel emotional with their writing. Bravo Valerie Keogh.
Linda Strong

CLOSE RANKS takes place five months following THAT ONE MAY SMILE and features the same characters.

Sergeant Garda Michael West is back, along with his partner Garda Peter Andrews are responding not only to a suspicious death, but also is taking on robberies. To say they are overwhelmed is an understatement.

Kelly Johnson, the victim in THAT ONE MAY SMILE, is back .... lingering in Garda West's mind. Since her life changing events she has now become a volunteer in a program for victims' .. being th
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second in the new series by Valerie Keogh and I loved it just as much as the first one. It's a really intriguing tale, starting off with a grisly murder. Garda Sargeant West and his team have their work cut out and when Edel turns up in the mix, all sorts of confusion arise, in his heart as much as his head. I love the style of writing, so easy to read and not too dark and it's great to have a bit of romance mixed in with the crime. The tone of the story-telling voice is pitch-perfec ...more
Alyson Read
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved book one in this series and so jumped at the chance to read book two. Even better, a third and fourth book are coming out soon and work is in progress on book five, so there is plenty to look forward to from this author. In the Foxrock suburb of Dublin Detective Garda Sergeant Mike West and his partner Garda Peter Andrews are called to investigate the suspicious death of a man called Gerard Roberts. The family are devastated but fortunately on hand is a volunteer from the newly formed "O ...more
Natasha Orme
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keogh is a very talented writer and I think this book surpasses the expectations laid down by her previous novel. The characterisation and chemistry between Mike and Kelly is extraordinary and it kept me sitting on the edge of my seat throughout. I found myself rooting for them the whole time and inwardly groaning at their miscommunication. I think this was expectedly played with throughout the book and built nicely upon the preceding story without making the reader feel like they’d missed out o ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Detective Garda Sergeant Mike West is called to investigate a suspicious death of a prominent and well liked local businessman. After observing the scene Mike and his partner, Garda Peter Andrews are tasked to talk to the family to find out exactly what happened. When they reach the room holding the family they are surprised to discover that someone from a victim support group is already sitting with the distraught family but it’s not just anyone, it’s Edel Johnson. If that wasn’t complicated en ...more
Misfits farm
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable read. This will standalone but does follow on from “That one may smile” the first one in the series. I thought I knew where this was going by about half way through… and was right....but then wrong! That’s the sort of book that I love- that gets the grey matter active and then twists. Garda West has a series of crimes to investigate- one of which happen right under his nose, and they all have an unusual air of suspicion in that they have no apparent motive. He again meets ...more
booklover BEV
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Foxrock Dublin. Detective garda sergeant Mike West with garda Peter Andrews are on a call out from a family panicking.the house is amazing. The body of deceased Gerard Roberts after been poisoned by cyanide. Adel Johnson volunteer for OFFER is already comforting the family. Mike hasn't seen her in five months. theres a lot of questions that need to be asked over the poison someone is definitely involved in this killing and wanted him dead. A lot of twists are entailed in this book. A lot of rese ...more
J. Kahele
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Mike West. Since catching the murderer of Kelly's husband, he has pinning for her. He wants to get closer in a romantic way, but every time they are thrown together, it is at the scene of a crime. Will this man ever truly get his chance to be with this woman, or at least a chance at trying to get with her?

In the first book, I thought that Kelly's character could use a little work, but in this book I realized she is who she is. Honestly, the only thing that annoyed me this time, was the fact
Ellie Shepherd
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The second in the series and another great book. I love the characters in this series, the storyline is easy to follow without loads of characters to keep up with and I like how it all weaves together. Hurry up book 3. I read this in 2 sittings, would have been 1 but I had to go to work.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Not as compelling as the first one

I.wasn't drawn into the story as quickly in this second book of the series. And then I was disappointed at the stupidity of Edel to the point I really couldn't work.up any sympathy for her predicament.
Robert Crouch
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the series, building on the characters and relationships in the first, No Simple Death, which I reviewed here.

When a man with no obvious enemies is poisoned by an imported vegetable that can kill if not properly prepared, Sergeant West’s murder investigation soon grinds to a halt. He’s also thrown out of his normal rhythm by the return of Edel Johnson, who featured in the first story. Despite his feelings for her, he manages to alienate and aggravate her.

With a man dow
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Garda Sergeant Mike West and his partner Garda Andrews are called to a suspicious death at a beautiful house, they find a grieving family, along with a face they never expected to see..Edel Johnson, a woman never far from West's now working with the support group Offer..and is there for the family in their time of need ..As the team probe further with the case , at first it seems there is no reason or motive as to why this man died ...But when a strange spate of events happen.. ...more
Les Linyard
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Garda West and Edel Johnson reconvene their unkindled romance five months after the conclusion of book one - a cyanide murder kicks off the story and Edel appears as part of. Victim support group looking after victim’s families. Forced to take on the work of a lazy DI who is shirking work via a supposed health problem Mike West becomes embroiled in a number of unconnected cases and sets his team onto finding a connection. Once m0re the characters are well written and the story moves along nicely ...more
Patricia Burton
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
More clever storytelling not to be missed!

I've only just reviewed book one, even though I've read all books in the series. Not going into the story as the blurb gives enough to wet ones appetite!
Brilliantly written storyline gets your own powers of deduction working overtime, but clever writing twists turns and blind alleys keep you hooked from start to finish. I loved it, the main characters quickly becoming like members of your own circle of friends!
This author I feel has a wonderful imaginati
Sue Doucette
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good series with fantastic characters.

This is the second book in this series. I’ve enjoyed each book tremendously. The police procedure (here the Garda) is great. The detectives wait for warrants and are careful to properly preserve evidence, ultimately preserving the case for trial but, the best moments are when things go off the rails. Adding a promising love story make this series complete. I highly recommend! The series is also free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She gets better!

I loved this book, such an engaging style of writing, serious, charming, witty and funny. I was on pins until I found out Kelly was still alive, and of course I now know she is in the next book. When I've finished this review I'm going to download it. Can't wait. I have given the book 5 stars, but I do have one little niggle, better proofreading is required.
Ken Moffat
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I have read this and the prior book in the series. The first started out great, but fizzled. The second I read on the promise of the first half of the first book. I'm disillusioned. Interesting plots, but lacking in depth, and seem to devolve into melodramas. Predictable.
Anne Hill
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very Enjoyable

Well written, a few to many characters, but the plot was easy to follow. I figured out the guilty party early, but it was Okay. Good suspense to the end and a happy ending.
Joyce Rigg
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very good second book in the series. Although it is a stand alone it would be more enjoyable if the series was read in order. Nevertheless, the story is gripping and the characters are believable. I am immediately on to book 3 and hopefully there is a 4 and 5.
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wondered at the lack of motivation for the crimes, too. But then I sort of figured it out, and at that point the story was interesting because I wanted to find out how they would find out and who was really behind it all. I didn't expect the answer. Good story.
Jean Ward
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read.

Murder, love, and mystery an enjoyable read with interesting characters. I look forward to reading more books involving Barca Mike West.
Joanna Maltby
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cross between a whodunit and a romance

Nicely written with likeable, if slightly central casting characters. Not a complete page turner but a pleasant way to pass a few hours
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Valerie started to write several years ago. She self-published eight crime novels and one psychological thriller before signing a two book contract with Bookouture in March 2018. The first of these, Secrets Between Us, is available now and the second is due in Feb 2019. She is a registered nurse with a degree in English and a Masters in American Literature. Recently she has given up nursing to con ...more

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