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The Irish Cairn Murder: A Torrey Tunet Mystery    by Dicey Deere order for
Irish Cairn Murder
by Dicey Deere
Order:  USA  Can
St. Martin's, 2003 (2002)
Hardcover, Paperback
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Pick up a copy of The Irish Cairn Murder, settle down in a comfy chair with a cup of tea and maybe a freshly baked scone at your elbow, and enjoy a tour through the Irish countryside - with a murder thrown in for good measure. American Torrey Tunet, an interpreter with a true facility for languages, spends her off time in a wee cottage in the Wicklow area, just south of Dublin, Ireland. Her slightly overweight significant other, Jasper Shaw, joins her when his work as a newspaper columnist permits.

Blackmail, assault, uncertain paternity, adultery, corrupting the morals of a minor - not to mention murder - bring Torrey's amateur sleuthing skills into play, to the chagrin of Inspector O'Hare. He prefers to be able to take the credit for solving crimes on his turf. The Irish Cairn Murder is the third in this series featuring Torrey Tunet. I enjoyed the book, but felt I did not know the characters. Somehow they seemed bland with little depth. However, the convoluted plot keeps the reader guessing right up to the end, making the time spent worthwhile.

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