The Death of an Irish Tradition (Peter McGarr Mysteries) by Bartholomew Gill

By Bartholomew Gill

The Dublin Horse exhibit is among the city's proudest traditions -- a grand establishment tarnished this yr through the homicide of aged Margaret Caughey. leader Inspector Peter McGarr is wondered through the unusual dying of a likely innocuous previous lady whose condo includes now not a hint of her previous lifestyles -- and by means of the heinous crime's obvious hyperlinks to the approaching equestrian occasion. approximately every person linked to the unlucky sufferer has connections to the pony convey besides, from dowdy Margaret's racetrack gadfly brother, to her unusually based daughter who is scheduled to compete . . . to an ex-IRA agreement killer. And with race day speedily coming near near, McGarr is familiar with he needs to paintings fast to untangle this knotted skein of lethal secrets and techniques. For if he falters, the tireless detective fears that extra blood should be spilt -- even perhaps his personal -- earlier than the riders depart the gate.

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My son. ” He began to chuckle. “Miss Caughey doesn’t believe she requires counsel,” he said in an undertone. ” O’Shaughnessy tipped his hat to her. ” Ward opened a door and O’Shaughnessy ushered father and son into a room. “You—” Murray Sr. ” 44 Bartholomew Gill The tall Garda superintendent shook his head. “We’ll try to hurry. For you, sir. ” He closed the door. McGarr smiled and continued up the second flight of stairs, from the landing to the offices. He heard Ward saying, “Do you smoke? You may smoke if you like.

See if you can get in there. Copy the lists of donkey exhibitors for those years. If you have to become a member, do it—we’ll reimburse you out of petty cash. “And you want to know where the donkeys are stabled and can you amble over there and chat up the owners? Would they mind that? Repeat that you’re a buyer. They won’t mind a bit. And who’s a good man to talk to? ” McGarr opened one eye to see if McKeon had caught it. He had. “Now—who we’re looking for is a certain older fellow, name J. J. Keegan.

It was satin, and in the mirror she could see that the tuck she had taken in the back smoothed the slight wrinkling she had noted earlier. She was small and trim with curly copper hair and eyes no different from the bottle green of the dress; and standing there in the mirror she looked to McGarr like a jade figurine—her beauty finer and more delicate even than that of the young Caughey girl out in Ballsbridge. It had something to do with the contrast THE DEATH OF AN IRISH TRADITION 25 of colors or her proportions, which McGarr thought perfect, or the way that she carried herself without any spare movements.

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