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Does anyone have some advice on books (somewhat akin to those of the above authors) set in Ireland?
One series which qualifies on both counts are the Sister Fidelma books by Peter Tremayne. They are set in 7th century Ireland.
Another author to look for (although I haven't read any of his books) is Ken Bruen.
Cormac Millar's An Irish Solution has got plenty of good press but I haven't read it. In fact his mother Eilis Dillon also wrote a few detective stories.
I have Four Courts Murder on my TBR pile at the moment. I hope it evokes Dublin well, I'm tired of books that could be set anywhere, that don't give a real sense of place or have American protagonists who spend their entire time complaining about how un-american the place is. Or whose impressions of Ireland are from Remmington Steele!
I am looking forward checking out Cormac Millar as well.
edited to add: see below - not so brilliant after all.
It began intriguingly, and I had hoped the city of Dublin would remain a central "character" of the book, but it didn't. I'll plough on to the end, but am not sure I'll read any more of "Benjamin Black".
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