I stumbled upon Tana French and the Dublin Murder Squad in The New Yorker. It might be the only useful article I've ever read in The New Yorker - side bar: The New Yorker is a pedantic disaster of writing in which the thesaurus is heavily used in obsequious effort to inflate the intelligence meter of the fussy authors attempting to make themselves out to be "serious" writers. And the comics suck. Side bar ended.
Tana French's murder mystery series is set in Dublin and each book tackles a new murder with a new focus character. That's what I love love love about the series. You can start from book one: In the Woods, but you don't have to. However, starting at the beginning (the very best place to start) allows you to understand the dynamics of the police force and how different teams interact with one another. Each book ends with a new focused protagonist for the next story. I'm on book three: Faithful Place, with book four Broken Harbor sitting mere feet from me.
From Tana French's website (no reason to reinvent a summary):
Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping his family’s cramped flat on Faithful Place and running away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. But on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn’t show. Frank took it for granted that she’d dumped him-probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again. Neither did Rosie. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie’s suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank, now a detective in the Dublin Undercover squad, is going home whether he likes it or not.
Getting sucked in is a lot easier than getting out again. Frank finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind. The cops working the case want him out of the way, in case loyalty to his family and community makes him a liability. Faithful Place wants him out because he’s a detective now, and the Place has never liked cops. Frank just wants to find out what happened to Rosie Daly-and he’s willing to do whatever it takes, to himself or anyone else, to get the job done.
My review: I really enjoyed this book. Seeing a copper find and lose footing in his home town with his own family was interesting. The dynamics of how he was raised and the additional tension this added while trying to do his job created a solid plot line. Of course, knowing and being so close to the victim forced an official/unofficial capacity in solving the case, but French writes with an expertise to the inside workings of how to get the job done, even when you aren't on the job.
For more about Tana French and her novels, visit her website at: http://www.tanafrench.com/index.html
And now we're on to novel #2 - pay attention, because this is going to go quick...Don't.
From Kendare's Blake's website (I couldn't do a summary if I wanted to):
Three dark queens
are born in a glen,
sweet little triplets
will never be friends
Three dark sisters
all fair to be seen,
two to devour
and one to be Queen
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
My review: Trite. Poorly written. Mind-numbingly boring. That's all. I do apologize. One day, when I do get around to ever writing a book, I'm so going to "get mine" back for some of the reviews I've given. But - I must find something nice to say - so I will say this: Kudos on this cover...it was fantastic!
However, if poorly written dystopian YA is your thing - check out more from this author at: http://kendareblake.com/books/ She has some other series and one stand alone that might be a stronger cup of tea.
Happy reading friends! Cheers 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷