The Mountains Wild

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Maggie D’Arcy, Bk. 1). Jun. 2020. 416p. ISBN 9781250256430. $27.99. M
In 1993, Maggie D’Arcy flew to Ireland when her cousin, Erin, went missing there. Although she found her cousin’s broken necklaces in the forest near Wicklow, there was no other trace. Now, 23 years later, Maggie is a divorced homicide detective on Long Island. When Erin’s father receives a phone call saying the police have found something, Maggie returns to Ireland and is thrust into the middle of an investigation, with some of the same police officers, as they search the same forest. But there’s another young woman missing. She could be the latest victim of the “Southeast Killer,” the fourth including Erin. Maggie and an Irish detective retrace their steps and reinterview witnesses in a desperate attempt to find the new victim before she’s murdered. The atmospheric, intricately plotted story builds to a stunning, unforgettable conclusion. This series starter by the Agatha-nominated author of O’ Artful Death introduces an intelligent detective caught up in a personal cold case.
VERDICT Taylor skillfully switches time periods from 1993 to 2016 in an atmospheric mystery that blends the history and romance of Ireland with a contemporary police investigation. This outstanding book will please fans of mysteries set in Ireland and readers of police procedurals. [See Prepub Alert, 10/18/19.]
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