There's a whisper in the mists
In Lisfenora, Ireland, a strange fog has rolled in off the Atlantic. Along with the fog comes tales of the Grey Man, a predatory faery of local lore who snatches innocent souls into his deadly gloom.
And with the mists come murder
When a teenage boy dies in Detective Sergeant Danny Ahern's arms, Danny finds himself pursuing his own grey man, a killer who becomes more elusive the closer Danny gets to the truth. A mute woman may be the key to solving the murder and helping Danny heal his own broken life, but first she must unlock the memories from her past.
"A worthy successor to Kilmoon in tone, mood, complexity, and keen insight into human failures and triumphs."Kirkus Reviews
"The struggles of [Alber's] characters adds depth and power. A first-rate crime novel that will satisfy fans of Dicey Deere and Bartholomew Gill."Library Journal
"Whispers in the Mist is evocative of the rolling hills and mystical beliefs of Irelandas well as a brooding tale of murder...A complex and thrilling story about family, love and healing."Crimespree Magazine
"Lisa Alber's mysteries are atmosphericbrooding, complex, and featuring enough twists and turns to keep you guessing."Lori Rader-Day, Anthony Award-winning author of The Black Hour andLittle Pretty Things
"Rich, dark, and complexevery aspect of Alber's second novel rises above the commonplace. The mystery's resolution is expertly teased from layers of motive, obligation, attraction and repulsion, all in a memorably atmospheric setting."Sophie Littlefield, bestselling author of The Guilty One
About the Author
Lisa Alber(Oregon), recipient of a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, contributed a short story on invitation toTwo of the Deadliest(HarperCollins) alongside such notables as Laura Lippman, Dana Stabenow, and Patricia Smiley. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she won a Walden Fellowship for writing. Lisa is an active member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Kilmoon, the first in the County Clare Mystery series, was a Rosebud Award finalist for best debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Danny had been married to Ellen but their marriage was failing after two years of turmoil Danny had moved out that had been one year ago. Ellen’s and Danny daughter’s youngest daughter had died and Danny was sure he was why Ellen wasn’t healing. Danny was a detective sergeant. Danny was called to see a dead body when Danny got to the scene the boy wasn’t yet dead but he died as Danny tried to perform CPR on him. The boy looked like a city boy not more than seventeen. Danny thought of his son talking about the “ Grey Man”. The other officers had nicknamed the boy “ lost boy” as he had no identification. After a couple weeks a local young man went missing and then was found dead. His name was Branden he was his father’s- Seamus- pride and joy. Now another stranger to the area- Gemma was missing and Danny’s wife had been attacked and in the hospital not in good shape. This story dragged a little in places. But I still liked the story. It had alot to it: myth, intrigue, betrayal, murder, physical attacks, an affair, suspense, a matchmaker. A festival, a mute woman, a dog, a gift shop, a jewellery line and so much more. It was a good mystery that i did enjoy. I liked the twists and turns of the story alot. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
Whispers in the Mist is set 12 months after the events of Kilmoon, the first County Clare Mystery. While reading these in order will you give a better understanding of the characters of Merritt and Danny, they work fine as stand-alones as they are dealing with different mysteries. This one starts off with the discovery of a body in a field. Is the teenage boy just one of the visitors who flock to the village of Lisfenora for the annual Matchmaking festival? Who is he and why would anybody want to kill him? Then a local teenage boy is found murdered. Two other newcomers to the village, Gemma, a mute young woman, and her brother, Dermot, seem to have significant information local detective, Danny Ahern, needs to crack the case. As the investigation becomes more and more complex, Danny has a hard time keeping the case separate from his private life. I enjoyed this one more than Kilmoon because the characters were better drawn and I started to care about them. In particular, Gemma was a really intriguing character. Danny's story is developed and becomes an even more likable character. The mystery is quite a complex tale of family drama and deceit again, with several suspects and a few twists. It's suspenseful but more of a cozy mystery without anything truly dark. Most reviewers seemed to enjoy the atmosphere and the hints about the Grey Man folklore. I didn't actually feel it added anything to the story. Also, Liam, the matchmaker, became almost superfluous for this story. So there were minor parts that felt forced but overall the plot and the characters were better developed than in the previous book. While I still feel lukewarm about Merritt, I've become fond enough of Danny and Gemma as well as Alan and his dog, I would happily read another County Clare mystery. 3.5 stars. I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.