A Nice Place to Die
A DS Ryan McBride Novel
by J. Woollcott
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Pub Date 30 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 29 Dec 2022
Level Best Books, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
The body of a young woman is found by a river outside Belfast and Detective Sergeant Ryan McBride makes a heart-wrenching discovery at the scene, a discovery he chooses to hide even though it could cost him the investigation—and his career.
The victim was a loner but well-liked. Why would someone want to harm her? And is her murder connected to a rapist who’s stalking the local pubs? As Ryan untangles a web of deception and lies, his suspects die one by one, leading him to a dangerous family secret and a murderer who will stop at nothing to keep it.
And still, he harbors his secret....
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“A conflicted police officer who falls for the sister of a dead woman on his own his case. He knew he shouldn’t mix business and pleasure, but….
Life and death on the outskirts of Belfast, Northern Ireland that’s already had its share of grief and tragedy. A Nice Place to Die has fast-paced dialogue and a deep mystery that the author keeps unraveling like the skin of an onion. Like the dark complexity of Detective Sergeant Ryan McBride. A brilliant debut by Joyce Woollcott. Certainly, one author to keep an eye on.”
— Mike Martin, Author of the Award-Winning Sgt. Windflower Mystery series
“A real sense of authenticity, with great details on settings.”
— Dr. Katherine Ramsland
“DS Ryan McBride is engaged in a coverup: he’d slept with the murder victim, and as his investigation proceeds, discovers he’s falling in love with her twin. Woollcott’s accomplished debut is a perfect blend of police procedural and domestic suspense, offering an unsentimental view of the tangled, complex relationships that exist between career and private life and the deadly consequences that can occur when the two worlds collide. The Belfast setting is rich in local color and as multi-faceted and nuanced as Woollcott’s characters who seem so real they must exist somewhere beyond the page. The dialog sparkles throughout. J. Woollcott is a welcome addition to the mystery landscape, a writer we look forward to seeing again, and soon. The novel should delight fans of Tana French and Hilary Davidson.”
— Marcia Talley, Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of the Hannah Ives mystery series.
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