I have decided to add another feature to my weekly posts, this one is called Monday's Memorial Moment and will highlight historical tales. Now this won't appear every Monday, some weeks I'll post the anthology/box sets in Monday's Montage Mantelpiece, others will see Monday Morning's Menu with stories that have a food factor and the recently added Monday's Musical Melody which highlight tales involving a music/dance element. Eventually I'll also be adding Monday's Mythical Magic with a nod to fantasy/paranormal/supernatural elements as well as Monday's Mysterious Mayhem featuring all kinds of suspense/thrillers. After all, as the saying goes: variety is the spice of life😉
Colm Kelly, a popular constable, is happy to be a big fish in his little pond of an Irish village—until his secret sin is revealed by his best friend. Overnight, his happy life is ruined. He loses his job, and even his family, and flees to England.
Colm might get another chance in London as an inquiry agent. His first job: watch the honorable Q.R. Marrill, the next heir apparent to a fortune, who lives under a cloud of family deaths. It’s unclear if Marrill is the perpetrator or the next victim of a killer who has struck before. Colm must discover the truth, and the best way to do that is to act as the man’s valet, a menial job Colm is ill-suited for. Worse, the young gentleman is nothing like Colm’s image of an aristocrat and more like his idea of perfection. He has no desire to ruin his life again with unwelcome passion.
The bookish Quade Marrill, fourth son of a wealthy landowner, has led a contented solitary life in London separate from his family. But as his family members die one by one, he becomes heir. Even as he mourns his dead brothers, uncle, and cousin, he wonders if the deaths were more than bad luck. Someone sinister might be on the hunt, and he would be the main suspect The only way to discover the truth is to allow the alarmingly intrusive Colm Kelly into his life.
* * * * *This book is the second in a series. Patrick Kelly, a hero in the first His American Detective, is Colm’s annoying cousin—and now his employer.
Colm Kelly has fled to England after his life is torn apart when his best friend reveals his secret. His cousin has given him a job: watch and protect Quade Marrill. Quade's family has nearly been picked off one by one and unfortunately as he remains one of the few left he lingers between next victim or quilty party. Together they find an unlikely connection and while they search for the true guilty party will that connection blossom or will hearts be broken?
Now as this is a mystery I won't go into much detail of the plot but I will say that it completely hooked me in. As I often say, I have read/watched so many murder mysteries in my 44 years on this earth that very few mystery plots surprise me anymore. His Irish Detective, though it didn't completely surprise me it did keep me seesawing between a couple of possibilities right up to the reveal. I personally can't ask for more but whether you figure out the who done it, the journey getting from point A to point Z is anything but a straight line and will keep you reading to the very end.
Colm and Quade are such lovely characters that I just want to wrap them up in a massive bear hug to keep them safe and feel loved. That's not to say you won't want to whack them upside the head once in a while to get them to see sense, because you will but the author balances those feelings so well that you can't help but have a smile whenever you set the book down. Quade losing himself in his work, whether its out of love for what he does or to forget his family situation, is oddly endearing. Usually when a character is so immersed in what he's doing that he doesn't really see what or who is around him I want to shake the living daylights out of them but not so much with Quade. As for Colm, well I can't think of a better word than just plain lovely. He has his faults, his filter between his mind and his mouth doesn't always work but mostly he's just trying to do his job, keep his place in his cousin's company, and do right by Quade. These three things don't always mesh for Colm but he still tries to accomplish them.
Is His Irish Detective better than or as good as book one, His American Detective? Probably not, but it comes very close. Is Irish a standalone? Yes. Would I recommend reading American first? I would. Does American have to be read first? No. Having said all that, its just a personal preference to read a series in order even when each installment features a different duo at its core. The characters from book one are only in a dozen or so scenes and although they have their purpose to the plot their backstory is not a necessity to the case but as I said its just a personal preference of mine to read them in order, I just find knowing their journey enhances the reading experience but it is not a must. I don't know how many stories the author has planned for this series but any future installments will definitely be at the top of my reading list.
Summer Devon is the pen name writer Kate Rothwell often uses. Whether the characters are male or female, human or dragon, her books are always romance.
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His Irish Detective #2