New US review! A starred review from the Library Journal (which my fabulous US publishers Oceanview tell me is ‘rarer than a sighting of Nessie’!) for Treacherous Strand which is due for publication there in September.

*Carter, Andrea. Treacherous Strand. Oceanview. (Inishowen, Bk. 2). Sept. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9781608093045. $26.95.

When Frenchwoman Marguerite ­Etienne’s body washes up on a remote beach on Ireland’s Inishowen peninsula and the death is quickly ruled a suicide, local solicitor Benedicta “Ben” O’Keeffe is convinced otherwise. She had recently drawn up Marguerite’s will and should perhaps have done more for the recent transplant to the small town of Glendara. Ignoring police warnings, she forges ahead, uncovering the woman’s past in a doomsday cult, a child she left behind, and her fraught relationships with men. Putting herself at risk, Ben can’t let go of this lonely and disturbed woman whom she feels she’s failed. Of course, in the process she unearths local secrets, threatening her own position—both personally and professionally—in the tiny community.VERDICT This second in Carter’s Inishowen series (after Death in Whitewater Church) is hugely entertaining and satisfying, full of Irish legal tidbits and solidly drawn characters in a deliciously remote and picturesque locale. Ben is an intelligent and feisty woman you’d want in your corner. Highly recommended.—Library Journal (*starred review)

Praise for the Inishowen Mystery series:

“Haunting, atmospheric, and gripping. One of the finest Irish mystery debuts of recent years. Tana French has some serious competition.”—John Connolly, New York Times best-selling author

“Andrea Carter writes brilliantly about a lively, entirely credible community where even your friends are suspects and your neighbors may end up dead. Everyone has a secret, and the revelations come thick and fast. Riveting, intriguing and worryingly real.”—Liz Nugent, award-winning author

“With Death at Whitewater Church, Andrea Carter announces herself as one of the most exciting new voices in Irish crime fiction. A wonderfully written debut, the rugged beauty of Donegal provides a stunningly realized backdrop to the twists and turns of Ben’s investigations.”—Brian McGilloway, New York Times best-selling author

“An entourage of fascinating people and mysterious places lace this mystery with plenty of bark and bite.  A captivating gem.”—Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author

 “Some readers will be happy to go with Carter’s languorous pace, relishing every particle of vividly described landscape. Still, Carter’s world is a bit like that of Ann Cleeves, and this might well appeal to the latter’s fans.”—Booklist

“Writing with Agatha Christie in mind, Carter draws her heroine as curious, if bordering on interfering, and her debut’s pacing as she explores the story encourages readers to seek the same connections she does.”
Kirkus Reviews

A beguiling heroine – clever sympathetic and bearing a weight of guilt . . . This is Andrea Carter’s first book; she’ll go far (The Times)

Carter excels in re-creating the cloistered, gossipy confines of a small Irish village…the Inishowen peninsula community where everybody knows everybody else’s business is a fine stand-in for the mannered drawing-room society of a Christie mystery (Sunday Times)

Set in the ruggedly beautiful landscape of the Inishowen peninsula in Donegal, this assured debut mystery by Dublin-based barrister Andrea Carter introduces country solicitor and amateur sleuth Benedicta O’Keeffe (Irish Independent)

The colourful cast of characters may be fictional, but the landscapes, towns and villages are instantly recognisable (Irish Daily Mail)

Death at Whitewater Church is a charming debut that bodes well for Andrea Carter (Irish Times)

I adored this traditional crime novel; it’s modern day Agatha Christie with Ben as Miss Marple (Irish Examiner)

‘It’s like a modern day Agatha Christie set in a small community with all the alliances, secrets and rivalry such a place can engender. There are enough twists to hold the interest throughout and it builds to a crescendo in a dramatic and highly satisfying close.’  Books Ireland Magazine

‘Carter creates a real page-turner with this, her second novel, giving us a wonderfully feisty, clever and warm character in Ben.’  Irish Times
 
‘…a richly drawn palette of suspects. Andrea Carter’s second Inishowen mystery copper-fastens the promise of the first Ben O’Keeffe adventure published last year.’ Irish Independent
 
‘I read this in one go…a pleasure to read.’  Womans Way
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