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    An Enigmatic and Rewarding Thriller!

    A new style of novel from a favourite author; my expectations were high and Geraldine Hogan did NOT disappoint! Iris Locke is a Detective Sergeant in the Garda; she desperately wants to join the Murder Squad in Dublin, but when she finally gets her chance, she is dismayed to find it's in Limerick - her hometown and the one place she really didn't want to be. However, it's a step in the right direction so Iris just gets her head down and gets on with the job - and a very unpleasant one it is too. Anna and her two children were found dead in their isolated cottage following a blaze which no one could have survived, and it affects all of the officers attending. When Iris sees a photograph of the deceased, she realises that she met Anna - but when, and where? As we continue with the investigation, there is a link to a cold case; did this have any bearing on the current case - or not? This is a completely different direction for this author, best known for her women's fiction novels which are truly wonderful. As I had expected, this is a very well plotted novel, and a real puzzle! The characters are many and varied; the murder squad made up of both seasoned and inexperienced officers and as the story unfolds we get to know several of them better and to realise what makes them tick. The tale itself is really baffling, not revealing it's secrets until nearly the end of the book and it all adds up to an enigmatic and very rewarding thriller. Beautifully written, as always, this is a gripping story which successfully introduces a new group of characters whom I want to read much more of! I'm excited that this is the beginning in a new series, and really look forward to about Iris and her colleagues in future. A resounding success for an author venturing into a new genre, and earning a solid five stars from me.
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    doesn't disappoint

    All I can say about Book 1 in the Detective Locke series set in Limerick is I can't wait until the next book in the series. I loved Iris and Slattery , flawed characters but that makes them so real. The case of who killed Anna Crowe and her two children isn't solved easily . Is it tied to the disappearance of Anna's baby sister who disappeared 30 years ago? As Iris finds out, it is never easy coming home. The ending will surprise you !! You won't see it coming !! Looking forward to the next book and see how the characters develop. I am ready !! Many thanks to Net Galley and Bookouture for the opportunity to discover this exciting new series with Iris Locke
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    Interesting

    An interesting story with believable characters - hard working police who put in long hours to catch a killer responsible for a gruesome crime, a story with a twist at the end.
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    a wonderful book.

    I could not put it down. Absolutely gripping and absorbing. It held me enthralled right to the very end. I cannot wait for the next one.
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    A bit slow

    I liked the book, but was a bit of a slow start. Did not capture me from the beginning.
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