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The Irish manor house murder
Deere, Dicey.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2000.
Physical Description:
260 pages ; 22 cm
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Central Library X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Clearfield Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Grand Island Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Kenmore Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Audubon Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Ever seeking peace and quiet for her writing, Torrey Tunet believes she has found it in the quaint village of Ballynagh, nestled in the hills of rural Ireland. But something-she can't quite put her finger on it-is awry. With every change in the wind comes some strange news. First, her closest friend, Rowena Keegan, tries to run over the esteemed Dr. Ashenden, her own grandfather and master of the biggest manor in town. Why, Torrey wonders, would anyone want to kill him, least of all his favorite granddaughter?Torrey wants to believe that Rowena's attack on the doctor was a simple fluke, but when the old man later turns up dead in the forest, and Rowena confides a pressing secret to her, Torrrey can no longer stay intentionally ignorant. An outsider, Torrey looks on in bewilderment as mysteries crop up one after another in her beloved Ashenden family, which has taken her under its wing. And when the grandfather's will is read and a gypsy, shrouded in purple, arrives on the scene, family secrets fifty years old reveal themselves just as new ones begin to arise, capturing the attention of young and old townspeople alike. Ballynagh might never be the same.

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Booklist Review

Torrey Tunet speaks a dozen languages and has a contract for children's books in three of them. She's fallen in love with a cottage in Ballynagh and set herself up there with a laptop on a card table and a fire in the grate. Then her pregnant friend Rowena is accused of killing her beloved grandfather, a local doctor. Rowena's family and the manor house where they live are dark with secrets. Everyone in this Irish cozy seems to act under a slightly sinister shadow: no one is ever what they seem, even Romanian American Torrey herself and her handsome boyfriend Jasper--a great cook and possibly a greater dissembler. Between Jasper's fabulous meals, Guinness and tea at the local pub, and the accretion of generations of local gossip, Torrey unwraps layer after layer of various kinds of truth and even manages to get her writing done. Interesting characters keep one moving through the labyrinthine plot, and the local color is the green and silvered gray of Ireland. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

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