Narrated by Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde
Non Fiction, True Crime, Murder, Mystery, Audio Review
Released: February 2018
This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery.
West Cork is an Audible Original series of podcast episodes complied by investigative journalist Sam Bungey and his wife, TV researcher and producer Jennifer Forde. They spent three years working on the project which deals with the aftermath of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French TV producer. Sophie was murdered just before Christmas in 1996 and her brutally battered body was discovered close to her holiday cottage near the remote town of Schull in western Cork. The case remains unsolved which must be devastating for the victim’s family, who have never given up seeking justice.
My Throwback Thursday choice this week was published in March 2015 and written by Claire Fullerton.
Author: Dervla McTiernan
Performed by Aoife McMahon
Published: Little, Brown Book Group and released on Audible March 2018.
Category: Crime, Murder, Mystery, Suspense, Audiobook Review
On his first week on the job, Garda Cormac Reilly responds to a call at a decrepit country house to find two silent, neglected children waiting for him – fifteen-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack. Their mother lies dead upstairs.
Twenty years later, Cormac has left his high-flying career as a detective in Dublin and returned to Galway. As he struggles to navigate the politics of a new police station, Maude and Jack return to haunt him.
Twenty years earlier rookie Garda Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in a dilapidated old house. He was sent out on what he thought would be a minor domestic call.
Author: Adrienne Vaughan
Published: January 2018 by The Paris Press
Category: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Book Review
Mia Flanagan has never been told who her father is and aged ten, stopped asking.
Haunted by this, she remains a dutiful daughter who would never do anything to bring scandal or shame on her beautiful and famously single mother.
So when Archie Fitzgerald, one of Hollywood’s favourite actors, decides to leave Mia his Irish estate, she asks herself – is he her father after all?
With a cast of wonderfully realised characters, this story transported me to Ireland and Galty House, set in the beautifully described coastal location of Rosshaven. Archie Fitzgerald, legendary actor, is dying, but determined to depart on his own terms. He wants Mia, the daughter of his close friend and fellow actor, Fenella Flanagan, to come home to Galty House for what will be their last summer together.
- Author: Adrienne Vaughan
- Published: November 2014 by New Romantics Press
- Category: Romance, Drama, Review
Finally free to be together on the remote Irish isle of Innishmahon, campaigning journalist Marianne Coltrane and her movie star partner, Ryan O’Gorman are looking forward to life away from the bright lights of Hollywood and the constant pursuit of the paparazzi.
Secrets of the Heart is the final instalment of the Heartfelt series. Marianne Coltrane’s birth parents, reunited after years apart, have finally tied the knot and she couldn’t be happier. The fabulously flamboyant Kathleen MacReady and Brian Maguire are in Dublin on honeymoon after a lovely wedding day. Continue reading
- Author: Adrienne Vaughan
- Published: November 2013 by New Romantics Press
- Category: Contemporary, Drama, Romance
Escaping to a remote Irish isle, journalist Marianne Coltrane had not bargained for a tumultuous affair with movie star Ryan O’Gorman.
When Ryan leaves to pursue his career, Marianne remains to care for those who need her most, but Ryan soon realises he cannot live without her and returns to woo her back.
Following on from events in The Hollow Heart, Ryan O’Gorman returns to the beautiful island of Innishmahon with his baby son, Joey, much to the shock and amazement of Marianne Coltrane. Their relationship hasn’t been without its ups and downs but Ryan is determined this time he’s back for good. Unfortunately it’s not so simple. Ryan’s movie contract is for three pictures, he’s only made one. He brings more turmoil in his wake in the form of his troubled and trouble making ex-wife, Angelique de Marcos. It seems the peaceful, settled life he and Marianne are looking forward to is not going to materialise any time soon. Continue reading
- Author: Claire Fullerton
- Published: March 2015 by Vinspire Publishing
- Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Twenty five year old Hailey Crossan takes a trip to Ireland during her sabbatical from the Los Angeles record business. While on the trip, she is unexpectedly offered a job in the Irish music business that is too good to turn down, so she decides to stay.
The story revolves around Hailey, an American with celtic roots, and is told from her perspective. She came to Ireland on holiday and stayed on, working as part of a team of four, for the Galway Music Centre, looking for, and helping, aspiring musicians. Hailey has settled into the community and is getting used to the laid back approach, differences in lifestyle and the small town feel where everyone knows everyone else’s business. She’s made good friends, most notably Shannon who also works at the music centre, and Mick and Gabrielle, her neighbours who ‘lived deep in the bog’ behind her cottage. Continue reading
- Author: Ali Isaac
- Published: December 2012 by Walker – Isaac Publishing
- Category: Young Adult, Fantasy
Conor Kelly is not your average hero. Trapped inside a body he can’t control, Conor’s mind is as active and alert as that of any teenage boy. On the outside, however, he’s about as interactive as a lump of wood.
Then he meets Annalee. She claims to be a Sidhe Princess, some kind of fairy royalty, apparently. She offers to take him into the magical realm, where her people wield the power to help him.
But is she just some child-snatching lunatic psychopath, or can she be trusted? On the other hand, what’s he got to lose?
Book One of the Tir na Nog Trilogy begins an epic fantasy adventure which takes us back in time to the shadowy past of Ireland’s long lost legend, where fairy kings and Gods walked amongst mortals, and where feats of magic, swordsmanship, and courage were customary.
Intriguingly, the story opens 4,000 years ago with a prologue introducing the Fir Bolg. The King has had a disturbing dream, a warning of impending disaster. And as his people are readying themselves for war, the Tuatha de Danann are landing on the shores of Connemara. Continue reading
- Author: Roy McCarthy
- Published: February 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Category: Contemporary, Historical, Mythical.
A young American couple fall in love with an old house in the Irish countryside. They buy it, but get more than they bargained for. The youngest child of the Fitzgerald family suddenly disappears in 1946, but does his ghost still wander the rooms? And can it be that the fairies, the good folk of Irish myth, live on in this lonely corner of the Emerald Isle? Miranda Hunter is determined to release the young Jonno’s spirit and save her marriage, if she can.
The story revolves around an old house in County Cork and begins during the Irish War of Independence in 1920 with a visit from the West Cork Brigade of the IRA to the then owner of Dunmurry House. Fast forward to present day and recently married Americans, Miranda and Joe Hunter, are holidaying in Ireland. Miranda falls in love with the old house, even in it’s obvious state of disrepair, and can’t get it out of her mind. Persuading Joe to try a more laid back lifestyle in rural Ireland they put in an offer for the house.
Back home in Massachusetts Miranda had begun to forget about the house until a call came from the estate agent. The house was theirs if they wanted it. The call rekindled Miranda’s interest, repairs and renovations were carried out and Joe and Miranda moved into Dunmurry House.
The story traces the many incarnations of the house and the unexplained disappearances, happenings and deaths over the years. The Fitzgeralds, who lived there in the 1940s and sold up when their youngest son, Jonno, went missing. From the Murphy sisters who bought the house a couple of years later to the present day. The house had also been a home for ‘wayward girls’ which presented quite a chilling and archaic description of life, especially since it was as recent as the 1970s.
Girls and young women were sent there by the county council and indeed sometimes by their own families. They had fallen pregnant outside marriage or had otherwise been judged immoral and unfit to live alongside decent people.
The Hunter’s nearest neighbour, Padraig, is not at all what he seems. Nor was the house as Miranda realises there is something there besides herself and Joe. And as the compulsion to find out more grips Miranda, her fixation drives her and Joe further and further apart as, at the same time, it brings the remaining members of another family together.
With leprechauns, fairies, a fairy fort; Tir-na-Nog and the battle between the Firbolgs and the Tuatha De Dannan, Ireland’s history, myths and legends are incorporated into a very enjoyable story. Great cover too, very atmospheric.