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Graham Norton

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ISBN: 9781444791983

Description

The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn't always been this overweight; mother of two Brid Riordan hasn't always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn't always felt that her life was a total waste. So when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be that of Tommy Burke - a former love of both Brid and Evelyn - the village's dark past begins to unravel.

Reviewed on 29th July 2018

This is the first Graham Norton novel that I’ve read, after years of seeing him on the telly, and it was lent to me by a friend after she finished reading it.

The story is set in a typical Irish village, populated by a variety of seemingly ordinary characters (including, conveniently, a police officer) who are living their lives when one day a body is found while some building works are taking place. This of course has the usual effects - dragging more police to the village, casting suspicion on everyone, and dragging up ancient history.

It is ultimately a take on the classic whodunnit with perhaps a little more of a modern understanding and take on the world and particularly the emotional state of those involved, and the story reflects on the changes in attitude over the previous decades in Ireland.

I enjoyed reading it and finding out what would happen. The narrative is light and humorous and I certainly wouldn’t say no to reading more of Norton’s novels in future.

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