The Irish Inheritance: A Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery

The Irish Inheritance: A Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery

by M J Lee


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June 8, 1921. Ireland.
A British Officer is shot dead on a remote hillside south of Dublin.
November 22, 2015. United Kingdom.
Former police detective, Jayne Sinclair, now working as a genealogical investigator, receives a phone call from an adopted American billionaire asking her to discover the identity of his real father.
How are the two events linked?
Jayne Sinclair has only three clues to help her: a photocopied birth certificate, a stolen book and an old photograph. And it soon becomes apparent somebody else is on the trail of the mystery. A killer who will stop at nothing to prevent Jayne discovering the secret hidden in the past
The Irish Inheritance takes us through the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Irish War of Independence, combining a search for the truth of the past with all the tension of a modern-day thriller.
It is the first in a series of novels featuring Jayne Sinclair, genealogical detective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781533568786
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/10/2016
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 547,579
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.
He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.
When he's not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, researching his family history, practicing downhill ironing, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.

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The Irish Inheritance: A Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 Told in dual-perspectives the story of Jayne Sinclair’s first case for an American Billionaire with questions about his own history and ties to Ireland in the early 1920’s, M.J. Lee uses detailed research, descriptive storytelling and a clever heroine with a compelling background to draw us into the story and keep us reading on. While I’ve read many accounts of the Easter Rising in 1921, this perspective of an adopted man searching for his family, and the voice from the past detailing conditions, attitudes and anger that fueled the tinderbox that was Dublin at the time is intriguing and engaging. Jayne is struggling to get her new business as a genealogical investigator off the ground: she has the detecting skills as an ex-cop, and the determination to not stop until she has the answers, and a marriage in tatters to keep her motivated. So the enquiry was perfectly timed: the fact that her client has little time left to live instantly starts Jayne off on the search with a sense of urgency. And then….. Everything starts to twist. What should be a reasonably simple, if tedious and time consuming search suddenly twists: someone doesn’t want the truth uncovered, even as the history (and point of view) from the days surrounding the Easter Rising are redolent with passion, anger, history and emotion: engaging in ways that harken to the traditions and feel of old Irish tales and famous tellers. Mixing history and present, finding little threads that connect the slow demise of Jayne’s marriage to the slow growth of anger and outrage leading to the Rising, and the twists that Jayne encounters in the history and in the increasing difficulties in finding the next logical piece all keep intrigue high. Narration for this story is provided by Lucy Rayner, and her transitions between characters, presenting voices, emotional nuance and ever-increasing tension as the story progresses enhanced the listen and my interest in returning for more. While I couldn’t listen to this title in one sitting: Rayner never shorted her performance: from historical detail to emotional components: all added to the volumes of information, giving time to gasp at the twists, wondering just where things would go next. While the moments devoted to the historical perspective often felt longer and more detailed, Jayne’s own personal story, and the threats she faced along the way in finding answers made for a story that added twists, turns and a great surprise at the end. A wonderful introduction to this author and this series, and a great listen for those who want a story to last several hours. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
I’m a keen lover of thrillers/mysteries, though these day’s I don’t get to read them as often as I would like to, so when I was asked if I would like to participate in the blog tour for this book, I eagerly agreed. Even though I have read numerous thriller/mystery books, this is the first Genealogical mystery book that I have read. Being a keen genealogist myself, and having been researching my descendants for the last 8 years. I found this book really interesting, especially as part of it is also set in my home city of Manchester. Jayne Sinclair, ex-police detective is asked to take on the case of finding the true parentage of a dying billionaire. The only clues to his father is a book, a photograph and the name on his birth certificate. However, the man named as his father couldn’t have been, as he died several years before his son would have been born. Intrigued by the mystery, Jayne agrees to take on the case and tells the billionaire he will have his answer within 8 days. The case has Jayne following her leads over to Ireland. This is where things take a decidedly bad turn for her, as it would seem that someone doesn’t want her to discover the truth, and is out to stop her from ever finding it. Jayne is a bit of a hot and cold character. She has a very tough, matter of fact personality, which can make her seem unlikable at times. Once she is on the case, she becomes a determined woman who is exceptionally good at her job. You can see why the billionaire chose her. The story takes us back in time as well as being set in the present, back to Ireland before the billionaire was born, back when the Irish rebels were fighting to end British rule. These historical chapters are what makes the book for me. They are often intense and informative, but not in a manner which will make you feel overwhelmed. As all good mysteries should, the book has you gripped, heart-racing and on edge at times. There are numerous secondary plots being interwoven with the first that gives the book that added suspense factor. A fantastic plot with many twist and turns right up to the very last page, and thoroughly enjoyable.
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
I have read previous books by this author and always enjoyed his style of writing, this one sounded incredibly interesting from the genealogy aspect, a subject that interests me so I was curious how he would deal with it. The book covers different eras and that can often be confusing to a reader if it doesn’t flow smoothly. No worries here, the dates and places are clearly stated and it moves at a pace to keep you enthralled. The beauty of this author is his ability to convey the whole situation to the point you can sense the tension, hear the voices, get a grasp of the atmosphere. I really like Jayne she is a character with potential to expand her personality in future so we can see how her personal and professional life unfold. As the story progresses and we flit between present day Manchester and the historical Irish aspect the mystery deepens. A great book with enough twists and turns, a thriller with a difference due to the genealogy which I feel actually added substance to it. Many thanks to the author, publisher and Neverland Blog Tours for the opportunity to read in exchange for an honest review.