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1argonut
Oct 23, 2006, 2:19pm

I am a big Ian Rankin fan as well as reading all of Peter Robinson's books...plus a fair amount of Ruth Rendell, P.D. James and Elizabeth George and being somewhat addicted to PBS/BBC mystery shows. There seems to be a near overwhelming amount of British (English/Scottish) authors but I have never seen much of the same level from Ireland?

Does anyone have some advice on books (somewhat akin to those of the above authors) set in Ireland?

2andyl
Edited: Oct 28, 2006, 4:28pm

Do you want mysteries set in Ireland or by Irish writers?

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.

3quartzite
Oct 28, 2006, 2:59pm

Sheila Pim wrote four village mysteries set in an Anglo-Irish village, including A Hive Of Suspects and A Brush with Death. John Brady has a series set in Dublin featuring Inpsector Matt Minogue, including Unholy Ground

4quartzite
Nov 11, 2006, 10:17am

Just saw another writer Erin Hart who sets mysteries in Ireland. I have her Haunted Ground but have not read it yet.

5wyvernfriend
Nov 16, 2006, 5:47am

Erin Hart isn't bad, I read her first two and they were interesting.

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!

6wyvernfriend
Nov 16, 2006, 5:49am

I read Ken Bruen because he writes about Galway where I'm originally from and I didn't get that sense of place I like in books, he could have been talking about another city!

7argonut
Nov 17, 2006, 1:36pm

Thank you (all) for the info, I just started "The Magdalen Martyrs" by Ken Bruen last night, I too appreciate books that are evocotive of a time and place - so hope this captures Western Ireland and Galway...but if not I was warned.

I am looking forward checking out Cormac Millar as well.

8wyvernfriend
Nov 19, 2006, 4:01pm

I really enjoyed Four Courts Murder, it was quite lyrical and you can tell that it's written by someone who had been in the business.

9dihiba
Dec 18, 2007, 4:18pm

I read Sins of Omission by Gemma O'Connor which is set in Ireland and England. It was rather uneven but I did buy another one of hers to read.

10Thrin
Edited: Apr 22, 2008, 11:57pm

The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black (John Banville) is an interesting book which I think is probably quite evocative of Dublin life in the 1950s. My first visit to Ireland was in the early 1960s and I can recognise many of the traits of the characters in The Silver Swan, and this writer certainly captures the "feel" of Dublin for me.

edited to add: see below - not so brilliant after all.

11Thrin
Apr 22, 2008, 11:56pm

Further to my message #10 - I am a bit disappointed in The Silver Swan.
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".

12RidgewayGirl
Jun 15, 2008, 2:45pm

I enjoyed The Dead by Ingrid Black. It was set in a dingy and dark version of Dublin - so not a travelogue, a bit like Ian Rankin's Edinburgh, only distinctively Irish.

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