okay, I am only 50% in, but I wanted to help get the word out - it is so wonderful that a new writer of this quality has emerged (along with Jane Harper, and the overlooked Damien Boyd). Interesting character, whose well-described thought processes and decisions propel the story. It’s just all good. It helps counter the flood of awful unreliable-narrator “psychological suspense” tripe that is popping up like weeds. MacTiernan is the real deal, up there with Tana French, Denise Mina, Kate Atkinson, Adrian McKinty, you get the idea. Intelligent and entertaining. Hooray!
I really like Dervla McTiernan’s budding style. Who says a woman can’t write male characters? Her Cormac Reilly is a thoroughly male powerhouse cop and a distinctive, tough minded and ethical character. This plot, I must admit, was however, absolutly unbelievable and far fetched. But it didn’t in the least deter me from a greatly entertaining read. More and better things to be expected from this very talented Irish writer.
The Scholar is a tight mystery with surprises that will leave the reader breathless. I look forward to reading many more richly woven stories filled with interesting and ever evolving relationships. We are getting to know good detective work will come from Cormac Reilly and his team. Brava!
This is a well-written book and the topic is very interesting. I thought the ending was a bit rushed and somehow the investigative abilities of the police officer Reilly appear to be suddenly better at the end of the book, rather unrealistic. Still, overall a good read.
As good as the first book in this series was this installment is more polished. You now know the characters better and the plot was better this time. This writer is the next Irish must read for police procedurals.
After reading several mysteries that all sounded the same and featured fluffy characters, The Scholar was a wonderful read. The characters had depth; they were bright and intelligent. The mystery was thought-provoking. It took lots of twists and turns and captured your undivided attention. It was one of those books you hate to finish. Now, I hope I can find another one so well written.