FICTION

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Atria. Aug. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781501173264. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501173288. F
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OrangeReviewStarNorton's first novel is a thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery set in the Irish village of Duneen. Life there is fairly dull, enlivened only by gossip, until the day human bones are unearthed on an old farm—possibly the remains of Tommy Burke, who disappeared 26 years ago. Sgt. PJ Collins finally has a real criminal case. He even has two prime suspects in Brid Riordan, Tommy's former fiancée, and Evelyn Ross, who believes herself to be Tommy's one true love. But PJ does not expect is to echo that old love triangle when his investigation sparks a bit of romance with his suspects. As PJ endeavors to solve the case, dark secrets and tragedies of the past are uncovered, changing life in Duneen forever. British comedian Norton is particularly skilled at conveying the essence of his characters, making the reader truly care about them. The village of Duneen seems so real that you can almost hear the Irish lilt, taste the tea always on offer, and smell the fresh country air.
VERDICT Fans of the cozy mysteries of Alan Bradley and Alexander McCall Smith will love this debut by The Graham Norton Show star and clamor for more tales of Duneen.

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