In late summer, the Dingle peninsula is thronged with tourists drawn to County Kerry’s dark mountains and deep, lush valleys. For Irish vet Dimpna Wilde, who has returned to run her family’s practice after years away, home is a beautiful but complicated place—especially when it becomes the setting for a brutal murder . . .
In Dimpna Wilde’s veterinary practice, an imminent meteor shower has elevated the usual gossip to include talk of shooting stars and the watch parties that are planned all over Dingle. But there are also matters nearer at hand to discuss—including the ragtag caravan of young people selling wares by the roadside, and the shocking death of Chris Henderson, an elderly local, in a hit-and-run.
Just hours before his death, Henderson had stormed into the Garda Station, complaining loudly about the caravan’s occupants causing noise and disruption. One of their members is a beautiful young woman named Brigid Sweeney, and Dimpna is shocked when Brigid later turns up at her practice, her clothing splattered in blood and an injured hare tucked into her shirt.
Brigid claims that a mysterious stranger has been trying to obtain a lucky rabbit’s foot. Dimpna is incensed at the thought of anyone mutilating animals, but there is far worse in store. On the night of the meteor shower, Dimpna finds Brigid’s body tied to a tree, her left hand severed. She has bled to death. Wrapped around her wrist is a rabbit’s foot.
Brigid had amassed plenty of admirers, and there were tangled relationships within the group. But perhaps there is something more complex than jealousy at play. The rabbit’s foot, the severed hand, the coinciding meteor shower—the deeper Dimpna and Detective Sargeant Cormac O’Brien investigate, the more ominous the signs seem to be, laced with a warning that Dimpna fears it will prove fatal to overlook.
About the Author
Carlene O’Connor is the USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Irish Village Mysteries, the County Kerry Novels, and the Home to Ireland Mysteries. Born into a long line of Irish storytellers, her great-grandmother emigrated from Ireland filled with tales in 1897 and the stories have been flowing ever since. Of all the places she’s wandered across the pond, she fell most in love with a walled town in County Limerick and was inspired to create the town of Kilbane, County Cork, the setting of her Irish Village Mystery series. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and currently divides her time between New Mexico and the Emerald Isle. Please visit her online at CarleneOConnor.net.
Praise for Carlene O'Connor's County Kerry Mysteries:
“There’s a surprising conclusion in this sequel to No Strangers Here. Sarah Stewart Taylor’s fans will appreciate O’Connor’s dark, atmospheric Irish mystery.” – Library Journal STARRED REVIEW for Some of Us Are Looking “Ireland's County Kerry provides the backdrop for O’Connor’s compelling series kickoff…Exciting, convoluted, and rich with compelling characters, this is the best of O’Connor’s Irish mysteries to date.”—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW for No Strangers Here "A knockout steeped in setting and character…There is beautiful writing here and the characters are rich and complicated, as is the well-told story –a mystery that is well set up and beautifully resolved.”—Mystery Scene on No Strangers Here
“This solid series launch from O’Connor takes a more somber approach to crime solving than her Irish Village mysteries…O’Connor adds plot twists that many won’t anticipate. Judicious use of Irishisms (“I swear to ye”) adds color. Readers will eagerly await what happens next in County Kerry.” —Publishers Weekly on No Strangers Here
“Known for her cozies, O’Connor moves into darker territory here. For fans of Louise Penny.” —Library Journal on No Strangers Here “Rural Ireland is made sparklingly real on the pages of Carlene O’Connor’s absorbing series debut, which stars Dr. Dimpna Wilde a Vet who will stop at nothing to find out the truth, while also stepping into her father’s practice to take care of local animals. The body that’s found on the beach is just the start of this puzzle that will draw in readers of O’Connor’s Home to Ireland and Irish Village Mysteries as well as fans of Tana French and All Creatures Great and Small.” —Henrietta Verma, First Clue Review on No Strangers Here
“Carlene O’Connor crafts a thrilling and atmospheric mystery.” –BookRioton No Strangers Here
“An excellent police procedural whose complex characters act out a twisty tale of hate.” –Kirkus Reviews on Some of Us Are Looking