Skeletal remains being discovered in the crypt of a deconsecrated church doesn’t sound suspicious, but when it is known that all remains had been previously removed and the skeleton is found wrapped in a blanket, the interest of Inishowen solicitor, Benedicta ‘Ben’ O’Keeffe, is piqued.
Soon, the local community is convinced that this is the body of Conor Devitt, a local man who went missing of the morning of his wedding six years ago. It is up to the local police, headed by Sergeant Tom Molloy, to discover the identity of the body and the circumstances behind the death. Ben O’Keeffe, in her position as local solicitor, is soon finding herself privy to information that can help to solve the crime but will her information put her in danger?
This is a solid start to a series with the pace of the story being just right. It soon becomes apparent that Ben has a story of her own to tell about why she ended up living where she does, isolated from her family and her past, and the author reveals just enough information throughout the book to keep you wanting to know more. The author also successfully deals with the sensitive issues of the political history of Northern Ireland and weaves it into the mystery effortlessly.
Highly recommended to lovers of crime fiction, I look forward to reading further books in the series.