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  • A mystery set in Irish country

    Maggie, who comes from a long line of proud Irish ancestors, is a homicide detective in New York. Back in the 1990s, her cousin Erin, more like a sister than a cousin, opted to move to Ireland. Then one day her father, Maggie’s Uncle Danny, gets a call that Erin is missing. Maggie hops a plane to Ireland. During her stay in Ireland, Maggie meets many of Erin’s friends and coworkers, but no one truly seems to have known Erin very well. Maggie follows the leads of things Erin left behind, photos and notes, but the trail seems to simply stop where Erin was last seen. After Maggie has exhausted all resources, she heads home to New York. Erin is never far from her mind, however. Flash forward twenty years and there is another young girl missing from the same area where Erin was last seen. Maggie is now a celebrated detective having solved a serial killer crime in Long Island. When the call comes to Uncle Danny that something has been found, Maggie reaches out to her contact in Ireland, Detective Byrne. Maggie is suddenly back in Ireland, retracing the steps of Erin once again, and hoping that this time the outcome is different. Absolutely loved this book. What a ride through past and present watching two young women’s lives forever changed by simple acts. Taylor has written a very compelling and page turning novel with multiple twists that I never could have imagined. She gives us light lessons in the history of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the IRA and Irish Mafia. It is all seamlessly melded together in a cohesive and very well written novel.

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  • Twisty

    thriller, suspense, Ireland, family, law-enforcement, mystery, cold-case Not one to listen to while driving. Too many entwined characters and the story flips between 1996 and 2016 with memories back to childhood. Everything about the story is good and well done. The characters are engaging and the mystery is tight, twisty, and filled with misdirection and red herrings. The known survivor is Maggie who has become homicide detective in Long Island and the one missing these past twenty years is her free spirited cousin Erin who was also her best friend until her untimely disappearance. Then comes a call in 2016 from the Gardai in Ireland that changes everyone. No spoilers. I loved it even though it kept me riveted til too late. I requested and received a free ebook copy from St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • Maggie D'arcy sets out to solve a cold case

    The Mountains Wild is a police procedural novel featuring Maggie D’arcy. Erin Flaherty, Maggie’s cousin, disappeared from Ireland twenty-three years ago in 1993. The only thing that was found was her silver claddagh necklace where Erin had been walking that day. Maggie’s uncle, Daniel Flaherty gets a call that the scarf Erin had been wearing was found with blood on it. Maggie heads to Dublin determined to get the answers they have been seeking. The Mountains Wild turned out to be different from what I expected after reading the blurb. It turns out that several women have gone missing over the years with the latest being Niamh Horrigan. While the police were searching for Niamh, they found Erin’s bloody scarf. I can tell from the author’s writing and descriptions that she loves Ireland. Her word imagery brings Dublin and the surrounding to life. She weaves in Ireland’s history, literature, language, and politics into the story. Maggie D’arcy is a good detective and she has solved several high-profile cases. Looking into Erin’s disappearance in 1993 led Maggie to become a police officer. Maggie is now a lieutenant leading a team in the homicide division. The story is told from Maggie’s point-of-view. We are taken back to 1993 to see how the initial case played out. As Maggie investigates in 2016, we get a glimpse of Erin and Maggie’s growing up years. I found the pacing to be slow with just a slight uptick near the end. The mystery was convoluted with a “twist” near the end. I found the investigation to be tedious. It was long and drawn out. It lacked excitement and suspense. Whether you find the twist surprising, depends on how many mysteries you have read. I felt that over a hundred pages could have easily been edited from this book. I did like DI Roland Byrne and Griz. They were great characters. There is repetition of information and too many characters. A pronunciation guide would have come in handy for the Irish names. Maggie’s romance felt out of place considering what was happening. I also did not feel there was chemistry between Maggie and her love interest. The Mountains Wild was just not a good fit for me. I suggest you obtain a sample to see if it is your type of mystery. The Mountains Wild is a whodunit with a curious cousin, exiguous evidence, a distraught dad, and a rare romance.

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  • Intricate, menacing, and atmospheric!

    The Mountains Wild is a sinister, slow-burning mystery that takes you into the life of Long Island homicide detective Maggie D’arcy as she heads back to Wicklow, Ireland where authorities believe they have uncovered a scarf belonging to her cousin who has been missing since 1993, and the time to find the latest victim of this potential serial killer alive is quickly dwindling. The writing is methodical and vivid. The characters are flawed, driven, and determined. And the plot using a past/present, back-and-forth style is a captivating police procedural full of twists, turns, red herrings, familial drama, secrets, deception, relationship dynamics, malice, violence, and murder. Overall, The Mountains Wild is an ominous, intriguing, immersive tale by Taylor that is a thoroughly enjoyable read and a fantastic start to this new Maggie D’arcy series.

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