Thursday, April 30, 2020

Review: The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan

Title: The Scholar
Author: Dervla McTiernan
Year Published: 2019


Genre: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 384
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)Ireland

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): When Dr. Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit-and-run outside Galway University early one morning, she calls her boyfriend, Detective Cormac Reilly, bringing him first to the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. The dead girl is carrying an ID that will put this crime at the center of a scandal--her card identifies her as Carline Darcy, heir apparent to Darcy Therapeutics, Ireland's most successful pharmaceutical company. Darcy Therapeutics has a finger in every pie, from sponsoring university research facilities to funding political parties to philanthropy--it has even funded Emma's own ground-breaking research.

As the murder investigation twists in unexpected ways and Cormac's running of the case comes under scrutiny from the department and his colleagues, he is forced to question himself and the beliefs that he has long held as truths. Who really is Emma? And who is Carline Darcy?


Review: I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Ruin, and this book was equally enjoyable. Well, as "enjoyable" as a murder mystery can be.

I like Cormac Reilly, the main detective, who lives in Galway. He is smart, humble, and determined. I need a bit more time to feel the same about his liv-in partner, Emma Sweeney, but she will definitely grow on me.

This book is quite different from the Ruin in that it doesn't deal with social issues, but of intellectual property, big business, and the lengths that people will go to for their reputations. Enough said, I don't want to wreck the plot for anyone who might read this book.

Suffice it to say, I didn't figure out what was going on until it was spelled out for me and I like that. If you enjoy a good who-dunit, check out this author. You could easily read this book without book 1, buy why?

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