A woman is found dead in a local businessman’s holiday let. Detectives uncover some shady dealings. But did he kill her?
The charm of a West of Ireland holiday home is somewhat tarnished when a woman’s body is found in the property. There are few clues as to her identity. However, in her hand is found a small solid-gold ingot. Galway-based DI Maureen Lyons is drawn out to the sticks to take on the case. When the investigation follows the money, a picture begins to emerge, of corruption that spreads across Europe, from Ireland, through Holland, all the way to Lithuania and beyond. With the help of a Dutch inspector, Lyons will piece together an elaborate criminal scheme worth millions. But it will also bring her up against individuals who kill at the drop of a hat to further their aims.
This is the seventh murder mystery featuring detectives Hays and Lyons set in the Galway region of Ireland. It can be enjoyed entirely as a standalone, but why not check out the others?
Targeted Age Group:: 15-80
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
David has now published nine books in the Galway mysteries series. Each of the books has reached No 1 in Amazon UK's Best Seller Rating for Kindle under Irish Crime. His new series – set in Dublin – features DI Aidan Burke and DS Fiona Moore. Check out the first book: A Deadly Dividend!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
David has recently retired from a busy career as a Programme Manager to pursue his first love: writing crime fiction novels. Taking inspiration from authors such as Ian Rankin, Ann Cleeves and Colin Dexter, David bases his novels on the west coast of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way.
A keen photographer, he enjoys taking landscape photos of the ever-changing scenery that the west of Ireland affords, and spends as much time as possible in the area which he says he finds inspirational for his books.
David's ambition is to have the books made into a television series, so that the beauty of the locations in which his books are set can further come to life for his readers.
Deirdre Mac, as she was known to everyone on the team to differentiate her from another girl with the same first name, was a highly experienced officer with a meticulous eye for detail. Gillen was young, and less experienced, but had learned a lot in the eighteen months he had been working with Loughran, and showed a good aptitude for forensic work.
When the little convoy reached the Owen Glen estate, it was clear that word had got out among the locals that there was something amiss. A small crowd of about ten people stood beside the entrance on the footpaths chatting and gossiping about what might be going on. There was no one from the press there yet, but the Gardaí knew that it was only a matter of time. Garda Peadar Tobin was manning a cordon of blue and white crime scene tape just inside the entrance to the complex, and he raised it up so that the cars could pass beneath. He noted the names of the new arrivals on his clipboard.
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