Treacherous Strand
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Treacherous Strand

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'Haunting, atmospheric and gripping' John Connolly, New York Times best-selling author

'A beguiling heroine - clever, sympathetic and bearing a weight of guilt' The Times

A woman's body washes up on a remote beach on the Inishowen peninsula. Partially-clothed, with a strange tattoo on her thigh, she is identified as Marguerite Etienne, a French woman who has been living in the area.

Solicitor Benedicta 'Ben' O'Keeffe is consumed by guilt; Marguerite was her client, and for the second time in her life Ben has failed someone who needed her, with tragic consequences. So when local Sergeant Tom Molloy dismisses Marguerite's death as the suicide of a disturbed and lonely woman, Ben cannot let it lie.

Ben uncovers Marguerite's strange past as a member of a French doomsday cult, which she escaped twenty years previously but not without leaving her baby daughter behind. Disturbed by what appears to be chilling local indifference to Marguerite's death, Ben pieces together the last few weeks of the French woman's life in Inishowen. What she discovers causes her to question the fragile nature of her own position in the area, and she soon finds herself crossing boundaries both personal and professional to unearth local secrets long buried.

Praise for Andrea Carter

'I adored this traditional crime novel; it's modern day Agatha Christie with Ben as Miss Marple' Irish Examiner

'Atmospheric and vivid' Irish Times

'The colourful cast of characters may be fictional, but the landscapes, towns and villages are instantly recognisable' Irish Daily Mail

'. . . filled with well-drawn and engaging characters, lyrical descriptions of the stunning scenery, and intriguing mysteries to be unravelled . . . hugely enjoyable . . .' Irish Independent

'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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 220g
  • Constable
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472118545
  • 9781472118547
  • 59,556

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[Treacherous Strand] is a modern Miss Marple-style whodunit story with a beguiling Irish setting which will grip you all the way. -- Lisa Hylton * Evening Telegraph * A beguiling heroine - clever sympathetic and bearing a weight of guilt . . . This is Andrea Carter's first book; she'll go far * The Times * The colourful cast of characters may be fictional, but the landscapes, towns and villages are instantly recognisable * Irish Daily Mail * A promising start * The Sunday Times Crime Club * Death at Whitewater Church is a charming debut that bodes well for Andrea Carter * Irish Times * I adored this traditional crime novel; it's modern day Agatha Christie with Ben as Miss Marple * Irish Examiner * A beguiling heroine - clever sympathetic and bearing a weight of guilt . . . This is Andrea Carter's first book; she'll go far * The Times * The colourful cast of characters may be fictional, but the landscapes, towns and villages are instantly recognisable * Irish Daily Mail * A promising start * The Sunday Times Crime Club * Death at Whitewater Church is a charming debut that bodes well for Andrea Carter * Irish Times * I adored this traditional crime novel; it's modern day Agatha Christie with Ben as Miss Marple * Irish Examiner *
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About Andrea Carter

Andrea Carter grew up in Ballyfin, Co. Laois. She graduated in Law from Trinity College, Dublin, qualified as a solicitor and moved to the Inishowen peninsula where she lived for eleven years. In 2006 she transferred to the Bar. Having practised as a barrister for a number of years, she now writes full time. Her first three books have been optioned for television. She was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards in 2019. She lives in Dublin with her husband.
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Rating details

531 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 28% (148)
4 46% (246)
3 22% (118)
2 3% (15)
1 1% (4)
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