T I T L E: A Shameful Murder
S E R I E S: A reverend Mother Mystery (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Cora Harrison
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House Publishers
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 1, 2015
I S B N: 9780727885111
MysteryCork, Ireland. 1923. When, one wet March morning, Reverend Mother Aquinas discovers a body at the gate of the convent chapel washed up after a flood ‘like a mermaid in gleaming silver satin’, she immediately sends for one of her former pupils, Police Sergeant Patrick Cashman, to investigate. Dead bodies are not unusual in the poverty-stricken slums of Cork city, but this one is dressed in evening finery; in her handbag is a dance programme for the exclusive Merchant’s Ball held the previous evening – and a midnight ticket for the Liverpool ferry.
Against the backdrop of a country in the midst of Ireland’s Civil War, the Reverend Mother, together with Sergeant Cashman and Dr Sher, an enlightened physician and friend, seek out the truth as to the identity of the victim – and her killer.
Set in 1920's Ireland, this is an intriguing mystery. It had me hooked from the moment that the body of the young girl washed up on the convent grounds.
The author paints a vivid picture of what it was like to live Ireland during that politically fragile and often dangerous time. You are drawn in and made to feel as if you are there walking through the flooded streets of Cork.
The Reverend Mother is strong and intelligent. I was happy to see that her background was not one that was sheltered and gave her some sense of how life worked among the classes. It made her so much more believable. Mother Aquinas and Patrick along with Dr. Scher made a great crime solving team. As far as Eileen goes, I simply adored her and hope to see her again in future books.
There were clues along the way, but nothing that gave away who the murderer was. It was quite unexpected and one of those wow moments. It was well executed and a great first book to what promises to be an excellent series. I am already looking forward to reading the next book and hopefully I won't have too long to wait.