It's an easy, twenty-minute job. At least, that's the pitch from Interpol to professors Hollis and Finn Larsson. Going undercover to procure a priceless rare book manuscript means an all-expenses paid trip abroad. A little danger thrown into the mix may even spice up their marriage.
Soon after landing in the Emerald Isle, they realize the job is anything but easy. Their contact is a no-show and they're left with fifty thousand euros, a death threat, and some serious questions. Ducking and dodging their way across Ireland, Hollis and Finn must hunt down the priceless manuscript and a missing agent while trying to stay one step ahead of a dangerous and unknown enemy.
"O'Donohue knows her Irish literature and countryside, and weaves them beautifully into an action-filled story."Sara Paretsky, author of the V.I. Warshawski series
"Plenty of thrills and hints at an exciting future for the reluctantly daring duo."Kirkus Reviews
"O'Donohue (the Someday Quilts series) supplies plenty of fun spy business, but the believability and chemistry of Hollis and Finn as a couple, as shown in their witty dialogue, is the main appeal."Publishers Weekly
"The relationship between Hollis and Finn is the hook in this smart debut. It's rare to find a contemporary mystery that makes the everyday challenge of honest communication between partners so compelling, but that's exactly the core of this entertaining mystery about a husband-wife team of crime solvers."Booklist
"Armchair travelers will delight in the colorful descriptions of Ireland, while mystery buffs who enjoy charming sleuths will appreciate the quick-witted couple"Library Journal
"Clare O'Donohue may have invented a new category of crime fictionthe amateur spy noveland I'm a big fan. At turns funny, real, and nail-biting, Beyond the Pale is a terrific read." Lori Rader-Day, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winning author of The Black Hour, Little Pretty Things, and The Day I Died
"This is book one in the new World of Spies mystery series, and the author has created the perfect roller-coaster ride."Suspense Magazine
"A fast-paced thriller."King's River Life