Hare’s Landing, West Cork. A house full of mystery…

Rachel Lambert leaves London afraid for her personal safety and determined to uncover the truth behind the sudden death of a homeless man with links to a country house hotel called Hare’s Landing.

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New York-based crime reporter Caroline Kelly’s career is threatened by a lawsuit and she needs some thinking space away from her job. But almost as soon as she arrives, Hare’s Landing begins to reveal its own stories – a 30-year-old missing person’s case and the mysterious death of the hotel’s former owner.

As Rachel and Caroline join forces, it becomes clear that their investigations are intertwined – and that there is nothing more dangerous than the truth…

My Review

They say a change is as good as a rest but I sincerely hope I never have a holiday like this one. I doubt Hare’s Landing will turn up on Airbnb any time soon and if it ever does I’ll give it a wide berth. I prefer a vacation without murder, secrets, intrigue and ghostly violins.

Caroline Kelly is at country house hotel Hare’s Landing to get away from her stressful life as a crime reporter in New York, where her job is under threat. Rachel Lambert arrives a day or so later with ex-police-dog-turned-pet Jasper in tow, to escape from London where partner Hunter has been knocked off his bike, and their houseboat has been broken into. Are the two incidents connected?

Caroline and Rachel have never met before, but not only do they hit it off, they soon find that their stories may be linked.

What happened at this remote and slightly spooky hotel 30 years ago where previous owner Honaria Smyth died in mysterious circumstances? What happened to the teenagers Meg Cassidy and Johnny O’Connor who both went missing at the same time? And how is it connected to the death of a homeless violinist known as Alfie Bows (yes really) in London about whom Hunter is making a documentary?

Caroline and Rachel join forces to untangle the web of secrets and lies in a remote part of County Cork where everyone knows everyone else’s business, only some know more than others. I really enjoyed this book. The tension grew as the story progressed and the great reveal was quite a surprise.

Many thanks to @annecater for inviting me to be part of #RandomThingsTours.

About the Author

Sam Blake is a pseudonym for Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, the founder of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and the hugely popular national writing resources website Writing.ie. She is Ireland’s leading literary scout and has assisted many award-winning and bestselling authors to publication. As Sam Blake, she has written four previous novels and has topped the Irish bestseller chart.

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