Sunday, January 19, 2020

Her Last Goodnight - by Michael Scanlon

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Detective Finnegan Beck returns in this latest third installment of Michael Scanlon's Irish crime thriller series. This is my first time reading Scanlon's work, and I plan on catching up on his first two novels for Beck's character alone. I highly enjoyed his strong personality, his confidence, his ability to face his past, and his bad habits on his own terms - the complete 'detective with baggage' package!

Beck is just the type of detective needed to solve the murder of Eddie Kavanagh, an elderly man who was beaten to death while awaiting his lover. Following pure instinct and years of detective experience in Cross Beg and greater Dublin, Ireland Beck brings everything full circle, leaving no stone unturned. More than once, I suspected that I had it all figure out, cuff the perp, and take him away... I was, however, gravely mistaken. The last few chapters were quite a rush, I anxiously raced through them determined to put it all together!

I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in exploring Irish crime thrillers with a strong central character. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and the author Michael Scanlon for providing me with a complimentary copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

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Eddie stands at his door anxiously, waiting for her to arrive, touching the box in his pocket for luck. He doesn’t hear the footsteps behind him until it’s too late…

Detective Finnegan Beck is called to a violent crime scene – a remote house near the rural Irish town of Cross Beg – where a dog lies whimpering beside his beloved owner’s body.

At first, it looks like a burglary gone wrong. But Beck spots something his colleagues didn’t. The victim, Eddie Kavanagh, was wearing his smartest clothes. He’d brushed his hair. And, on closer inspection, a small velvet box containing an engagement ring is discovered in his pocket, along with a letter to a nameless woman, which seems to suggest she’s in danger.

Those who knew Eddie have no idea about a female friend though – there’s been no one in his life since a girl who he’d loved and who’d broken his heart decades before.

So who was the woman Eddie was waiting for? And did his connection with her ultimately lead to his murder? When a beautiful young woman is then found beaten to death, murdered exactly as Eddie had been, Beck has to ask – is the danger over? Or is it just beginning?

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