REVIEW – The Irish Inheritance by Martin Lee

The new Jayne Sinclair mystery that takes us from modern day back through the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Irish War of Independence.

TITLE:    The Irish Inheritance
AUTHOR:    Martin Lee
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 330 pages
PUBLISHED:   CreateSpace, 2016
SOURCE:   Received from Publisher in exchange for review with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

 

FROM GOODREADS:   

June 8, 1921. Ireland. 
A British Officer is shot dead on a remote hillside south of Dublin. 

November 22, 2015. United Kingdom. 
Former police detective, Jayne Sinclair, now working as a genealogical investigator, receives a phone call from an adopted American billionaire asking her to discover the identity of his real father. 

How are the two events linked? Jayne Sinclair has only three clues to help her: a photocopied birth certificate, a stolen book and an old photograph. And it soon becomes apparent somebody else is on the trail of the mystery. A killer who will stop at nothing to prevent Jayne discovering the secret hidden in the past . The Irish Inheritance takes us through the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Irish War of Independence, combining a search for the truth of the past with all the tension of a modern-day thriller. 

It is the first in a series of novels featuring Jayne Sinclair, genealogical detective.

 

MY TAKE:  Genealogy is one of my favorite hobbies. I’ve been working on tracing my family back many generations and am actually working on one of my Irish ancestors. When the opportunity to review this book came up, I jumped on it. It covers several of my interests in one story.

I really enjoyed this book. The author did a great job of blending mystery with the genealogy research. It is so much fun to see where the clues take Jayne. I wanted to jump right in with her as she searched. The characters are well done – so much, in fact that I found myself despising some while adoring others.

Taking readers back and forth in time can be confusing sometimes. Martin Lee handles this with style. The transitions are seamless as we go from the present to the 1900s and back. I really enjoyed learning more about this time period in Ireland.

I highly recommend this to fans of historical fiction and those who enjoy a great female lead. Jayne is a detective that I want to go on more adventures and cases with.
  

Out of 5 JEWELS, I give it: 4/5

 

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SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY – Sword of Shadows by Karin Rita Gastreich

Sisters in magic, Eolyn and Adiana seek to revive a millennial tradition once forbidden to women. When war strikes, their fledgling community of magas is destroyed; its members killed, captured or scattered.

Determined to defend her people, Eolyn seeks to escape the occupied province and deliver to King Akmael a weapon that might secure their victory. Trapped by the invading army, Adiana is taken prisoner and placed at the mercy of the ruthless Prince Mechnes.

Even as their world is torn asunder, Eolyn and Adiana cling to a common dream. Courage and perseverance guide them toward a future where the Daughters of Aithne will flourish in a world set free from the violence of men.

“War propels the story forward, and the characters are at their best when circumstances are at their worst.” -Publishers Weekly

This is the second book in THE SILVER WEB trilogy. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, or as the sequel to the first book, EOLYN.

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Excerpt

Mechnes strode to the table where a soldier had left Renate’s head. He took his time unwrapping the bundle, exposing Renate’s matted tresses, the ragged edge of severed flesh, the face—oh, Renate’s face! Stiff, gray, and lifeless. Never again would she laugh, drink wine, cast a spell, or heal a friend.

Adiana’s stomach clenched, and she fought the surge of bile in her throat.

Calm, she told herself. I must remain calm.

Just as Renate had, just like Eolyn would, without as much as a change in the rhythm of her breath.

Who is this woman?” Mechnes’s voice hit Adiana like a spear.

It is…” Adiana’s throat tightened. “Was Maga Eolyn.”

Mechnes grunted as he studied the gruesome package. “And who are you?”

My name is Adiana.”

You are this woman’s scullery maid?”

Adiana swallowed. She had learned how to lie during her youth in Selkynsen, after her parents were killed and she fled to the piers. Lies must be presented on a bed of truth, or they lose their seductive power. “No, I am not a servant. I am a musician from Selkynsen. Maga Eolyn brought me to Moehn to teach music to her students.”

Music?” Amusement broke on Mechnes’s face. He seemed genuinely surprised. “What use do magas have for music?”

Music is also magic, according to the traditions of Moisehén. Eolyn says…used to say that it’s a form of Primitive Magic, the oldest and most sacred of all.”

So you are a maga?”

No.” The thought came, terrible and unbidden, that now she would never be. “I only play music.”

Then Maga Eolyn was trying to protect you by saying you were a scullery maid? How curious.” Mechnes draped one end of the bloodied cloth over Renate’s disfigured face. “I can assure you a musician will find a much better place among the Syrnte than a scullery maid.”

I don’t intend to find a place among the Syrnte.” Adiana’s breath stalled under the look he gave her. “What I mean is, my home is here, in Moisehén, not with the Syrnte.”

It’s all one kingdom now. Or perhaps better stated, will be soon.”

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Karin Rita Gastreich writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is part of the biology faculty at Avila University. An ecologist by vocation, Karin has wandered forests and wildlands for over twenty years. Her past times include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance. In addition to THE SILVER WEB trilogy, Karin has published short stories in World Jumping, Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. She is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency.

Website: http://krgastreich.com

Twitter: @EolynChronicles

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Eolyn-110814625640244/

Purchase link for SWORD OF SHADOWS, Book Two of THE SILVER WEB: https://www.amazon.com/Sword-Shadows-Silver-Web-Book-ebook/dp/B01G5L1GEG/

Purchase link for EOLYN, Book One of THE SILVER WEB: http://www.amazon.com/Eolyn-Silver-Web-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01B8F4G50/

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Karin will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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~~~~~ Disclaimer:  All opinions expressed on this blog are 100% my own.  I do not receive monetary compensation for my reviews but do utilize affiliate links.  I may receive books in  order to facilitate a review, but this does not guarantee a good review – only a completely honest one.  Each review post denotes how I obtained the book.

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