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Gaelic Mysteries   by Hilary Williamson
March 2006 (updated Mar 2010)

Ireland's sixth Taoiseach (Prime Minister in the 80s) Charles Haughey said, 'Ireland is where strange tales begin and happy endings are possible' - which certainly applies to the varied accounts of Irish mystery, mayhem and murder below.

Whether set on the auld sod itself, or across the pond in America, from ancient bog bodies to modern corpses, here's a roundup of BookLoons' favorite Gaelic whodunits ...

All the Dead Voices by Declan Hughes
An old murder investigation brings Dublin PI Ed Loy nothing but trouble.

The Bad Book Affair by Ian Sansom
4th Mobile Library Mystery starring Israel Armstrong in Tumdrum.

Borderlands by Brian McGilloway
A murdered girl's body is found a stone's throw from the border.

The Celtic Riddle: An Archaeological Mystery by Lyn Hamilton
Antiques dealer Lara McClintoch solves Celtic riddles & murder.

Christine Falls by Benjamin Black
Takes aim at the abuse of power and the hypocrisy that often surrounds it.

A Christmas Grace by Anne Perry
Emily Radley travels to Ireland to solve a years' old mystery.

Council of the Cursed by Peter Tremayne
Abbot Dabhoc of Hibernia is murdered in a classic locked room mystery.

Darling Jim by Christian Moerk
Part murder mystery, part Grimm's fairy tale, part Gothic horror thriller.

Death in Dublin by Bartholomew Gill
Peter McGarr investigates, after the Book of Kells is held to ransom.

The Guards by Ken Bruen
Hard-boiled alcoholic PI Jack Taylor investigates a supposed suicide.

A Hidden River by Adrian McKinty
Addicted Belfast ex-cop investigates his first love's murder in Denver.

Irish Stew! by Andrew Greeley
Dermot and fey Nuala Anne investigate the shooting of a brash entrepreneur.

The Irish Village Murder by Dicey Deere
Amateur detective Torrey Tunet investigates murder in Wicklow, Ireland.

Lake of Sorrows by Erin Hart
Archaeologist Cormac Maguire, lecturer Nora Gavin, and bog bodies galore.

Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann
A flock of sheep investigate the death of their genial shepherd.

Enjoy these mysteries, and keep in mind the old Irish saying, 'May you be half an hour in heaven before the devil knows you're dead.'
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