Hello everyone - hope you're all having a good week and reading some great books! I wanted to check in and tell about my recent reading - Sarah Stewart Taylor's mystery series. There are now three books in this series and the protagonist is Maggie D'arcy, a police detective in Long Island, New York. The books are:
I really enjoyed these books and liked Maggie and her colleagues a lot. Maggie works as a homicide detective in Long Island, but her family has ties to Ireland and her uncle owns an Irish pub that she grew up working in. In the first book, The Mountains Wild, we learn that Maggie's cousin, Erin, went missing in Ireland 23 years ago. At that time, Maggie herself travelled to Dublin in order to help the police any way she could. Erin was not found. In the present time, the Gardai' let Maggie's family know that Erin's scarf has been found and another young woman is missing. Again, Maggie travels across the sea to see what she can find out. The difference is that Maggie is now a divorced mother of a teenager and she's also a cop.
In the second book, A Distant Grave, the story continues with the action set on Long Island, but definite ties to Ireland. And the third book, The Drowning Sea, takes Maggie and her daughter, Lilly, back to Ireland for a supposedly relaxing vacation that will include a lot of personal changes in their lives. I don't want to share too much, so no spoilers.
What I will share is that the mysteries themselves were good and I enjoyed the puzzles. I loved the descriptions of the settings, Ireland especially. I was so immersed in the audio of the first book that I almost ignored a neighbor saying 'hello' while I was out walking. I apologized and told her that I wasn't in 'hot' Texas, but I was in 'cool, damp' Ireland. Ha!
Sarah Stewart Taylor has another mystery series as well, the Sweeney St. George series, that I believe has four books. These were written previously and the first book is O'Artful Death. Have not read these, but maybe...
As to what I'm reading now, I just started G.M. Malliet's new book, Augusta Hawke. So far, so good. And I've got Linda Castillo's new Kate Burkholder mystery, The Hidden One, waiting in the wings. Reading is definitely good right now!