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  • Irish mystery

    Snow by John Banville is a murder mystery and police procedural which takes place in County Wexford, Ireland. The year is 1957 and Detective Inspector St. John Strafford has been tasked with investigating the apparent murder of a priest, at Ballyglass House, ancestral home of the Osborne family. A snow storm is raging, the family appears unable to offer precise help in the matter and the DI’s detective has gone missing. As intriguing as this mystery is, what shines here is the quality of the prose. It is a pure pleasure to spend time immersed in this book. Banville is the 2005 Booker Prize winner for his novel The Sea: enough said. I highly recommend Snow to all mystery readers and every other reader. Thank you to Hanover Square Press, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Snow

    Predictable plot line but some interesting character development and haunting imagery of Ireland in winter in that era.

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  • Post WWII Irish Mystery

    Synopsis: It is 1957, a few days prior to Christmas, and a parish priest has been murdered at Ballyglass House, an estate owned by the Osborne family. Detective Inspector St. John Strafford (pronounced Sin-jin) is heading up the case. He quickly determines that the priest did not die from a fall down the stairs and not only was stabbed but mutilated after death. While the residents in the near-by town are helpful to St. John giving him background information and gossip about the Osborne family, the family itself appears to be full of secrets. My thoughts: Goodreads notes that this is the first book in what I am assuming is a new series from this author (St. John Strafford #1). Snow is a most appropriate title for this book as it is pretty much snowing the entire time St. John is in County Wexford investigating. There is also a definite chill in the air coming from the Osborne family. It took me a few chapters before I warmed to this story and the Detective Inspector but once I did, I was totally engaged with the novel and will most likely continue with this series if another book is published with this character. This book is available now. Thank you to Netgalley and Faber & Faber for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Snow

    Great lesson in history of Republic of Ireland and the role of religion in and out of the churches. The writer does a superb job of connecting child sexual abuse to later behaviors of the abused.

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  • SNOW

    I had a hard time finishing this book ,there was a lot of spots that it seemed to drag on with description for me . I would skip through at points to get to some dialogue with the characters .

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