Holding by Graham Norton


The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn’t always been this overweight; mother of­ two Brid Riordan hasn’t always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn’t always felt that her life was a total waste.

So when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be that of Tommy Burke – a former­ love of both Brid and Evelyn – the village’s dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated PJ struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community’s worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

Darkly comic, touching and at times profoundly sad. Graham Norton employs his acerbic wit to breathe life into a host of loveable characters, and explore – with searing honesty – the complexities and contradictions that make us human.

Graham Norton’s masterful debut is an intelligently crafted story of love, secrets and loss.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (6 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444792008

My Review

I loved this wee story, it was delightfully charming. While reading I saw the main character, Seargent P.J. Collins, as Brendon Gleeson and it really helped me get a feel for the character. A body has been found while the ground was being dug up on a construction site and the Seargent has to investigate it, his first real case! Turns out there is a lot more going on than what had initially been thought by the people of the town. There are a lot of secrets, dark back stories if you will!

I liked that he ends up in a strange love triangle during the investigation, romance is something new to P.J. as he isn’t what a lot would class as attractive/dateable. Personally, I thought he was a very loveable character, very sweet natured. Wasn’t overly taken with the Garda that came to help with the investigation though but he was someone with his own tortured back story.

I found this an absolutely delightful mystery by Graham Norton and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the way it was written. It was exceptionally detailed which I really enjoyed, I love being able to picture everything while I read.

*I was sent this book as an ARC by Netgalley*

I give this book a 4* rating and would love if anyone else has read it to tell me what they think!!

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About the author



in Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland

April 04, 1963

Website http://www.grahamnorton.co.uk/

Twitter grahnort

Genre Biographies & Memoirs, Humor, Gay & Lesbian

Graham William Walker is an Irish actor, comedian, television presenter and columnist, known by his stage name Graham Norton. He is the host of the comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show and the BBC commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest.


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