Haunting, atmospheric, and gripping. One of the finest Irish mystery debuts of recent years. Tana French has some serious competition.”
John Connolly, New York Times best-selling author of A Game of Ghosts
"Andrea Carter writes brilliantly about a lively, entirely credible community where even your friends are suspects and your neighbors may end up dead. Everyone has a secret, and the revelations come thick and fast. Riveting, intriguing, and worryingly real."
Liz Nugent, award-winning author of Unraveling Oliver
“With Death at Whitewater Church , Andrea Carter announces herself as one of the most exciting new voices in Irish crime fiction. A wonderfully written debut, the rugged beauty of Donegal provides a stunningly realized backdrop to the twists and turns of Ben's investigations.”
Brian McGilloway, New York Times best-selling author of The Nameless Dead
“An entourage of fascinating people and mysterious places lace this mystery with plenty of bark and bite. A captivating gem.”
Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author of The Bishop's Pawn
“A beguiling heroineclever, sympathetic, and bearing a weight of guilt... This is Andrea Carter’s first book; she’ll go far."
The Times (London)
"Carter excels in re-creating the cloistered, gossipy confines of a small Irish village... the Inishowen Peninsula community where everybody knows everybody else’s business is a fine stand-in for the mannered drawing-room society of a Christie mystery."
"Set in the ruggedly beautiful landscape of the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal, this assured debut mystery by Dublin-based barrister Andrea Carter introduces country solicitor and amateur sleuth Benedicta O’Keeffe."
" Death at Whitewater Church is a charming debut that bodes well for Andrea Carter."
"I adored this traditional crime novel; it’s modern day Agatha Christie with Ben as Miss Marple."
"It’s like a modern-day Agatha Christie set in a small community with all the alliances, secrets and rivalry such a place can engender. There are enough twists to hold the interest throughout and it builds to a crescendo in a dramatic and highly satisfying close."
Books Ireland Magazine
“Some readers will be happy to go with Carter’s languorous pace, relishing every particle of vividly described landscape.”
A solicitor can't help but dig in a small Irish town when unidentified remains are found on the grounds of a local church.Though she's no detective, Benedicta O'Keeffe has a way of nosing herself into situations—or maybe it's more a matter of being at the right place at the right time. In her capacity as a solicitor, she's helping sell Inishowen's Whitewater Church when she stumbles on unburied remains loose in one of the crypts. Ben has no idea who the remains could be, but she reports the incident to her kind-of-friend Sgt. Tom Molloy, though Molloy is clear the interaction is business and that Ben is to keep out of any investigation. Ben is too new in town to have a stake in the remains, but the rest of Inishowen is filled with rumors that the body belongs to Conor Devitt, who mysteriously vanished the morning that was to see him wed to Lisa McCauley. Six years after Conor disappeared, his brother Danny became a bit unhinged, and now he shows up at Ben's office requesting her professional services while in a state too disturbed to convey what seems to be the problem or which services he needs. Ben is also approached by Conor's former fiancee, Lisa, who's just returned from her honeymoon and wants to have Conor officially declared dead so she can start her new life in peace. While Ben wants to help Danny and Lisa, she's distracted by the arrival of a forensic pathologist, who coincidentally knows the secrets of Ben's own dramatic past. Ben came to Inishowen because it was the furthest she could get from Dublin and the troubling death of her younger sister, and the arrival of the pathologist scares Ben into thinking, like the Whitewater remains, her own secrets may not stay buried.Writing with Agatha Christie in mind, Carter draws her heroine as curious, if bordering on interfering, and her debut's pacing as she explores the story encourages readers to seek the same connections she does.
Solicitor Benedicta "Ben" O'Keefe moves to Ireland's Inishowen coast in an attempt to escape her family history. Her latest case, though, lands her right in the midst of another family's problems. She's with a surveyor at the deconsecrated Whitewater Church when they stumble over a crypt and find a skeleton inside. Everyone in town guesses the remains belong to Conor Devitt, who disappeared six years earlier on his wedding day. Ben, who admits she's nosy, is a confidante for many in town. But stories and relationships don't make sense to Ben. Then Conor's brother dies in a car accident. Ben's friendship with Sergeant Tom Molloy is in jeopardy when a pathologist who knows Ben's family secrets is called in to investigate the skeleton and the second death. While this debut mystery won awards in the author's native Ireland, the protagonist/narrator actually has little to do with the story's solution, although she's on the scene. That may prove unsatisfactory for some mystery readers. The awkward, complex characters fit perfectly into the atmospheric, melancholy novel with a strong sense of place. VERDICT Fans of Ann Cleeves's "Shetland Island" mysteries and Lara Dearnan's "Guernsey Island" books will appreciate this account revealing another isolated, secretive community.—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN