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
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.
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