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Death in Dublin
by Bartholomew Gill
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Avon, 2003 (2002)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Death in Dublin is the last of the Peter McGarr series. After too many books to list, Bartholomew Gill passed away in the summer of 2002. I mourn the death of the man. And I mourn the death of the writer. I am sorry there will be no more tales of Peter McGarr of the Murder Squad in Dublin, Ireland.

In this last episode, the Book of Kells, an Irish historical treasure of inestimable value, has been stolen from Trinity University library. The thieves hold the relic for ransom if not paid, the Book of Kells will be destroyed! Unthinkable. Peter McGarr, still reeling from his wife's murder three years before, is involved in the case, since a guard was killed in the execution of the robbery.

I truly enjoyed reading all of Bartholomew's books. I know Dublin, not as well as the author did, but I could follow in my mind the streets McGarr walked or drove through. And the language spoken, English but so little like the English we speak, was music to my ears. That said, you needn't know Dublin or the local patois to enjoy Peter McGarr's exploits. Through good detective work and a lot of intuition, McGarr solves the case, but not without loss.

Death in Dublin is well-written, fast paced, action packed and a doggone good read. I shall miss Peter McGarr. May the blessings of all the gods be on Batholomew Gill for the reading pleasure he has given us.

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