It is a sunny Saturday in county Cork, and an Irish wedding is in full swing. Drunk uncles are toasting the bride. The Ceilidh band have played for hours. Read more...
It is a sunny Saturday in county Cork, and an Irish wedding is in full swing. Drunk uncles are toasting the bride. The Ceilidh band have played for hours. But the cutting of the cake will bring the wedding to a horrifying end. For there, grinning gruesomely up from the bottom tier, is the severed head of the local baker. Katie Maguire, of the Irish Garda, does not have any leads until another local businessman goes missing in horrific circumstances. The murders appear to link to The Kings of Erin, a terrifying gang of torturers and extortionists. But these are dangerous men, and they will stop at nothing to throw Katie off the trail.
- ISBN-13: 9781781856826
- ISBN-10: 1781856826
- Publisher: Head of Zeus
- Publish Date: December 2015
- Page Count: 384
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
Series: Katie Maguire
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Readers with weak constitutions should be prepared for both stomach-churning violence and undistinguished prose in Masterton's clichéd fourth procedural starring Irish Det. Supt. Katie Maguire (after 2014's Red Light). The gross-outs begin in the very first chapter as a bride and groom find themselves unable to cut their wedding cake because there's something hard on the bottom layer. To their horror, they find a decomposing human head. Katie and her team quickly identify the victim as Micky Crounan, a missing baker, and soon they have more carnage to deal with. A sophisticated gang calling itself the High Kings of Erin has taken up kidnapping, and sends body parts as proof of abduction. The criminals' ability to know what Katie has planned leads her to suspect a leak from Cork City police headquarters. Masterton tosses in a superfluous side plot with several groan-worthy soap opera developments, as Katie becomes increasingly involved with her new neighbor, a veterinarian who hits his wife. (Dec.)