One of the best parts of reading Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad books (and there are many best parts, I’ve gotta say) is that you can dive into any of them and get nearly the full experience and feeling even if you haven’t read all of them.
The Likeness (2008) is the second in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad Series. I read the first book, In the Woods back in 2015. So far I’ve found these books both impressive and disturbing. They are relatively long and complex murder mysteries that dig deep into the psychological toll that these cases take on the detectives. Cassie Maddox is back from In the Woods. After the disastrous ending to her last murder investigation, she transferred to Domestic Violence, never spoke to her old partner again, and began to date Sam (another investigator from the Dublin Murder Squad). The Likeness begins when Sam unexpectedly calls her to […]
This is the fourth of Tana French’s gripping “Dublin Murder Squad” series and I cannot get enough. When someone asks for book recommendations she is always at the top of my list. I don’t know if it is a fair comparison, but I say that if you have ever enjoyed an episode of any iteration of Law and Order you will like this book, and the whole series. To be accurate, her books aren’t your traditional “Law and Order” whodunnit format, but rather one of the real meaty arcs that instead focuses in on the detectives. If you are looking […]
The problem with finding an excellent series is that you eventually run out of material to consume. Such is the case now with Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad; I finished The Trespasser last week and now I want to know how long I have to wait before the seventh installment is published. Will there BE as seventh installment? I hope so. Trespasser is unique thus far in the series in that it focuses on the same two detectives as the previous entry, Antoinette Conway and Stephen Moran. Sure enough, Moran’s assistance on the boarding school murder case in the previous […]
When I read Tana French’s debut thriller, In the Woods, my expectations were high because I had heard such great things about her storytelling, and she soared past my expectations. This was a book I did not put down, in fact, stuck in the car on a road trip I read on, knowing that reading in the car makes me feel gross. It. Did not. Matter. The oversimplified way I explain her style is that I tell people if you have ever been sucked into a marathon of Law and Order (any iteration), than she is for you. That’s not […]
The other night I stayed up past midnight reading Tana French’s The Secret Place. This fifth installment in the Dublin Murder Squad series was back to form, mostly, and I couldn’t put it down. Secret Place stars detective Stephen Moran (who we met in Faithful Place), who is working Cold Cases but still hoping he’ll make it on the Murder Squad. His chance comes when Holly Mackey (daughter of Frank, star of Faithful Place as well) comes to visit his office with some evidence about an old murder at her private boarding school. Holly is now 16 and attending Hilda’s, […]
I was loving Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad so much I went straight from Faithful Place to Broken Harbor, the fourth entry in the series. Broken Harbor features Frank’s classmate and Murder Squad star Mike “Scorcher” Kennedy. A family is found murdered in their homes at a remote, dilapidated estate near the coast called Brianstown. The Murder squad chief assigns the case to Kennedy, hoping he can wipe the slate clean after his disastrous handling of the murder in Faithful Place. Kennedy selects his rookie partner Richie Curran for the case and the two of them work doggedly, sometimes at […]
Ok…after wanting to throw book #1 across the room multiple times, this was a bit of an improvement. It is not so much a sequel, as it is a spinoff, which was interesting. It didn’t resolve any of my questions from book 1, but at least I didn’t have to deal with the biggest asshole character ever written anymore. The premise in this book is so unbelievable that I rolled my eyes more than once, because, COME ON. Our detective is called to a murder seen where the victim is her doppelgänger, and is using the assumed name that she […]