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.
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!!
About the author
in Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland