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Ruined Abbey: A Collins-Burke Mystery

Category: Book
By (author): Emery, Anne
Series: Collins-burke Mystery
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Publisher: ECW Press
Published: May 2015
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 392
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.25in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

"Emery skillfully blends homicide with wit, music, theology, [and] quirky characters." - Kirkus Reviews on Blood on a Saint

It's 1989. The Troubles are raging in Ireland, bombs exploding in England. In this prequel to the Collins-Burke series, Father Brennan Burke is home in New York when news of his sister's arrest in London sends him flying across the ocean. The family troubles deepen when Brennan's cousin Conn is charged with the murder of a Special Branch detective and suspected in a terrorist plot against Westminster Abbey. The Burkes come under surveillance by the murdered cop's partner and are caught in a tangle of buried family memories.

From the bullet-riddled bars of Belfast to an elegant English estate, Ruined Abbey combines a whodunit with a war story, love story, and historical novel, while exploring the eternal question: what is fair in love and war? It all starts with a ruined abbey.

Review Quote*

"[Ruined Abbey] is a really tightly plotted historical with solid characters and the elegant style we expect from Emery." - Globe and Mail

"Ruined Abbey is a terrific read by a Canadian author that is suspenseful to the final page." - Winnipeg Free Press

"As the richly developed characters re-examine events from their own past, they discover IRA ties much closer than they knew. True to the Irish tradition of great storytelling, this is a mesmerizing tale full of twists that will keep readers riveted from the first page to the last." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The eighth in the series, this winning mystery stands on its own . . . Readers who want a unique perspective on ‘the Troubles' will want to grab a pint and pull up a stool next to any of the Burke clan. And fans of Emery's earlier works will enjoy seeing Father Brennan in the bosom of his feisty Irish family." - Booklist, starred review

Biographical NoteAnne Emery is a lawyer and the award-winning author of the Collins-Burke Mystery series. Her first book, Sign of the Cross, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. The fifth, Children in the Morning, won a silver medal in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards and the 2011 Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.