The Death of an Irish Sinner by Bartholomew Gill
A Peter McGarr Mystery (Peter McGarr Mysteries)

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Local benefactress and celebrated biographer Mary-Jo Stanton is a supplicant to death -- left lifeless on her knees in a patch of daffodils, a barbaric religious implement wrapped tightly around her neck. A clergyman has approached Peter McGarr, requesting that the Chief Superintendent quietly investigate this outrage that occurred at Barbastro, the slain grand lady's compoundlike Dublin estate. Murder is McGarr's business, but this one might be his undoing, as it draws him ever-closer to Opus Dei. A secret order of religious zealots devoted to enforcing the Lord's edicts no matter what the cost in money -- or human life -- it has ensnared the dedicated policeman in its lethal web. And now its madness is reaching out across a century to touch the place Peter McGarr is most vulnerable: the precious heart of his own adored family.

 

About Bartholomew Gill

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Bartholomew Gill authored 15 Peter McGarr mysteries, among them The Death of an Irish Lover, The Death of an Irish Tinker, and the Edgar Award nominee The Death of a Joyce Scholar. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Gill wrote as Mark McGarrity for the Star-Ledger. He died in 2002.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The last McGarr from Gill, who died this past summer, traces Ireland’s religious woes back to tussles between Christians and Druids, then moves forward to antagonism between Catholics and Protestants and the resentment of conservatives over the admission of so many students to Dublin’s Trinity Co...

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The Englishman, long settled with his blind wife Breege on Ireland's lonely Clare Island, has tempered his works of mercy--his Clare Island Trust has generously supported Breege's quadriplegic relation Paul O'Malley and dozens of other unfortunates in their troubles--with unflinching vigilance.

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(There's talk that Toddler's already plumped up his formidable murder tally by defenestrating traveling musician Paddy McDonagh, but no more of that.) The murder's witnessed by Biddy Nevins, the illiterate, artistically gifted Queen of the Buskers, who hies her family away from Toddler's goons, b...

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Chief Superintendent Peter McGarr’s traveled from Dublin to some strange postings in his 14 earlier cases (The Death of an Irish Tinker, 1997, etc.), but no summons has been stranger than his long-lost friend Tim Tallon’s peremptory demand—namely, that he come to Leixleap (“Salmon Jump”) to seek ...

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The medieval implement of self-torment that ended her life will become McGarr’s portal to a conspiratorial plot that stretches from Stasi secrets buried in East Germany’s sorry past to Opus Dei, the old-line Catholic order whose founder's life Mary-Jo had chronicled.

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Inspired by Charles Kuralt's "On the Road" reports for CBS News 20 years ago, Idaho journalist Johnson pitched an idea to his editor at the Lewiston Morning Trib

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The bibliophile in question was noted Swiftian scholar Brian Herrick, the custodian of Swift's Marsh Library, famed for its rare editions, which Herrick had recreated in part in his own home.

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In the ninth Peter McGarr mystery, a stylish look at Ireland today, suspicions are aroused when banking tycoon/philanthropist/political aspirant Paddy Power dies on the eve of an economic conference.

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Clement Ford has lived to a ripe old age on a remote Irish island, keeping his past of WWII-era piracy a secret while dispensing funds to the sullen islanders through a secret trust fund that has insured both their silence and their loyalty.

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The murder of author Mary-Jo Stanton, one of Catholic organization Opus Dei's most important supporters and at the same time a great threat to its secrets, drops McGarr and associates into a nest of vipers.

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