The Drowning Sea

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Maggie D’Arcy Mystery, Bk. 3). Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781250826657. $27.99. M
Maggie D’arcy resigned as a homicide detective in Long Island. Now, she and her teenage daughter, Lilly, are spending two months at a rental cottage in West Cork, Ireland, with Maggie’s boyfriend, Conor and his son. Maggie has major decisions to make about moving to Ireland and starting over with training for the Garda. This trip is supposed to be relaxing, but soon after they arrive, a body is recovered from the water. While the local Garda question townspeople, Maggie meets the investors trying to turn a creepy manor house into a fancy hotel. Because Maggie is no longer a police officer, she welcomes the chance to dive into a cold case involving the manor. Drug deals, murder, and xenophobia involving the Polish are juxtaposed with Maggie’s family issues in a complex mystery.
VERDICT The sequel to A Distant Grave is filled with stunning local color featuring Ireland. It combines a police procedural with family challenges. The large cast of characters and various crimes can be overwhelming, but fans of the series, and those who appreciate the setting, will welcome the return to Ireland.
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