Published: Apr Hardcover. Buy from our partners. A thrilling, beautifully written mystery debut that brings Victorian Dublin vividly, passionately to life, drawing readers on a gripping journey of murder and intrigue. In the s the Dublin Metropolitan Police classified crime in two distinct categories. Political crimes were classed as "special," whereas theft, robbery and even murder, no matter how terrible, were known as "ordinary.
Meanwhile, the Castle administration hopes the celebration of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee will pass peacefully. Then, the mutilated bodies of a man and a child are discovered in Phoenix Park and Detective Sergeant Joe Swallow steps up to investigate.
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Cynical and tired, Swallow is a man living on past successes in need of a win. But when the evidence suggests high-level involvement, and the body count increases, Swallow must navigate the treacherous waters of foolish superiors, political directives, and frayed tempers to solve the case, find the true murderer, and deliver justice. Written by Conor Brady, the former editor of The Irish Times, A June of Ordinary Murders is an accomplished, atmospheric debut that captures the life and essence of Dublin in the s and introduces an unforgettable new sleuth.
Sunday Business Post. Delivers a thrilling sense of the familiar, lit with the profane. Sunday Independent. Brady handles the political atmosphere of the time with aplomb.
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Review Praise for A June of Ordinary Murders "Like all great historical fiction, A June of Ordinary Murders stuns us into fresh recognition of a period we thought we knew - and as if that weren't enough, hides all of its meticulous research inside a superbly engaging mystery. Publishers Weekly, starred review Brady's powerful first mystery novel is evocative of the period. Kirkus Swallow is an increasingly interesting protagonist who is left to face the realities of his professional future and his closest personal relationship; readers will want to see more of him.
Booklist Making his mystery debut, former Irish Times editor Brady presents a fascinating and in-depth historical peek at crime solving in a bygone era when it took more than a few keystrokes and a phone call to catch a perp. Library Journal Conor Brady's debut novel is a slice of history about Dublin, Ireland, and the Dublin Metropolitan police, intertwined with a first-rate murder mystery, and peopled by characters both complex and realistic.
NY Journal of Books Like all great historical fiction, A June of Ordinary Murders stuns us into fresh recognition of a period we thought we knew - and as if that weren't enough, hides all of its meticulous research inside a superbly engaging mystery.
Charles Finch, bestselling author of The Laws of Murder Brady weaves a police procedural that does full justice to the complex nature of the social, political and criminal labyrinth that was Dublin in the summer of Sunday Business Post Delivers a thrilling sense of the familiar, lit with the profane. Sunday Independent Brady handles the political atmosphere of the time with aplomb. Irish Independent " -A vivid and crafty whodunit No customer reviews.
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Verified Purchase. I liked this book mostly for its setting in Ireland, suffering a heatwave,simmering tensions with England, and the anticipation of a Royal visit to Dublin. The story was good and the descriptions of politics and police tactics helped move it along. However, I didn't really get to know the characters or care much about them.
There was excessive descriptive prose that I found myself skipping through because it didn't add much to the characterizations or understanding of the plot. Close to the end of the book all becomes clear, and at the very end the main characters rehash the events as if we might not have "gotten" it. I guess it was a good story not very well told.
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June 13, - Published on Amazon. I read with a map of Dublin on my lap lots of twists and turns keep the reader engaged, can't wait to read the next Brady novel. October 30, - Published on Amazon.
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I really enjoyed the book. Historical fiction set in the s. Vivid descriptions of Ireland and a murder mystery to solve. Liked the main character.
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He s a smart and likeable fellow. Love historical fiction and this one isn't dowdy or forced. Would read this author again. June 16, - Published on Amazon. Really a great read!
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Brady deftly captures the Irish political and social scenes at the turn of the century and weaves them into a compelling whodunnit. I look forward to reading the further adventures of Mr. October 8, - Published on Amazon. Excellent crime novel, this book from Conor Brady has compelling characters.
It's procedural qualities and details of Dublin are historically engaging, and Joe Swallow is a complex but likeable protagonist.