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The Sisters by Dervla McTiernan
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Flagged as a prequel to McTiernan's acclaimed THE RUIN, THE SISTERS is an audible only novella, set 10 years before the first Cormack Reilly book THE RUIN, which was followed by THE SCHOLAR. McTiernan's two series books have met with considerable acclaim in all parts, and THE SISTERS is very loosely (by the lightest of threads) connected to these. It's really the story of bright-young-copper Carrie Ryan and her sister, newly qualified barrister Aifric whose work collides when Aifric takes on the defence of a man charged with the murder of his girlfriend, and Carrie interferes in an investigation that both sisters aren't convinced was properly conducted at the time.

It's a good little story with the concentration very much on the two sisters, who you can't help but hope are being considered for more in the future. The narrator is easy to follow, the twists and turns of the investigation nicely laid out, with some salient points being made about discrimination against women, and the challenges of learn as you go law and order. The style is perhaps a little on the subdued side though, and you may struggle a little getting to really know the main characters in such a short, sharp undertaking, especially as the ending arrived way before I was ready for it :) About 3 hour's listening in total, THE SISTERS is available for free on Audible if you have a monthly subscription.

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1 vote austcrimefiction | Nov 19, 2019 |
Crime Novella Prequel
Review of the Audible Studios audiobook (2019)

This is a prequel to author Dervla McTiernan's Cormac Reilly series of novels, which I haven't read. This is a novella length investigation where sisters Aifric and Carrie Ryan work to solve a murder mystery with an unjustly accused suspect. The Law of the Economy of Characters makes for a reasonably easy solution for the reader. The character Cormac Reilly doesn't actually appear, but presumably the sisters themselves have later roles to play in the series.

The narration by Aiofe McMohan was excellent.

The Sisters was one of the free Audible Originals available to members in September 2019. ( )
  alanteder | Sep 9, 2019 |
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