Dublin Murder Squad

12 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 28,786 ratings

In the Woods Publisher's Summary

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children. He is gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox (his partner and closest friend) find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

©2007 Tana French (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • In the Woods

    • By: Tana French
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11,117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,658
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8,646

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)

    • By Dottie B. on 02-14-13

    Regular price: $42.00

    • In the Woods

    • By: Tana French
    • Narrated by: John McCormack
    • Length: 18 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    When he was twelve years old, Adam Ryan went playing in the woods one day with his two best friends. He never saw them again. Their bodies were never found, and Adam himself was discovered with his back pressed against an oak tree and his shoes filled with blood. He had no memory of what had happened. Twenty years on, Rob Ryan - the child who came back - is a detective in the Dublin police force. He's changed his name. No one knows about his past.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Don't miss this one, literary crime lovers...

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-21-12

    Regular price: $13.85

  • Book 2

    • The Likeness

    • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 2
    • By: Tana French
    • Narrated by: Grainne Gillis
    • Length: 21 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 68

    Still traumatised by her brush with a psychopath, Detective Cassie Maddox transfers out of the murder squad and starts a relationship with fellow detective Sam O'Neill. When he calls her to the scene of his new case, she is shocked to find that the murdered girl is her double. What's more, her ID shows she is Lexie Madison - the identity Cassie used years ago as an undercover detective.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Story. Wo Sind De Anderen Bücher?

    • By Jackie on 03-25-17

    Regular price: $26.64

    • The Likeness

    • A Novel
    • By: Tana French
    • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
    • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 469
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 427
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 426

    In the "compelling" and "pitch perfect" follow up to Tana French's runaway best seller In the Woods, it's six months later and Cassie Maddox has transferred out of the Dublin Murder squad. But an urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used as an undercover cop. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who is this girl?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • "This is a re-issue of a great book.

    • By Nancy on 02-15-18

    Regular price: $42.00

  • Book 3

    • Faithful Place

    • By: Tana French
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was 19. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years on, Frank is still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. He's cut all ties with his dysfunctional family. Until his sister calls to say that Rosie's suitcase has been found....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Irish speaker adds authenticity

    • By cmtbookies on 05-15-16

    Regular price: $13.85

    • Faithful Place

    • A Novel
    • By: Tana French
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 303
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 276

    Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping his family's cramped flat on Faithful Place and running away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. But on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn't show. Frank took it for granted that she'd dumped him-probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again. Neither did Rosie. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a life

    • By Joyce Eriksen on 02-16-18

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 4

    • Broken Harbor

    • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
    • By: Tana French
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
    • Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,908
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,240
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5,217

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best in the Series

    • By sara miller on 07-29-12

    Regular price: $38.49

    • Broken Harbour

    • By: Tana French
    • Narrated by: Hugh Lee
    • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 62

    In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad's star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best thriller for ages

    • By Maxine Griffiths on 02-04-13

    Regular price: $13.85

  • Book 5

    • The Secret Place

    • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5
    • By: Tana French
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,505
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,151
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,145

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Well...I really liked 50% of it

    • By Pamela on 09-11-14

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Secret Place

    • By: Tana French
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    The photo shows a boy who was murdered a year ago.The caption says, "I know who killed him". Detective Stephen Moran hasn't seen Holly Mackey since she was a nine-year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she's 16 and she's shown up outside his squad room, with a photograph and a story. Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the graceful golden world that Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen and people have secrets.

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 6

    • The Trespasser

    • Dublin Murder Squad 6
    • By: Tana French
    • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
    • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Antoinette Conway, the tough, abrasive detective from The Secret Place, is still on the Murder Squad, but only just. She's partnered up with Stephen Moran now, and that's going well - but the rest of her working life isn't. Antoinette doesn't play well with others, and there's a vicious running campaign in the squad to get rid of her.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A personal disclosure.

    • By Adam D on 10-02-16

    Regular price: $26.64

    • The Trespasser

    • A Novel
    • By: Tana French
    • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
    • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,157
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,597
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,561

    Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A literary mystery

    • By lesley on 10-08-16

    Regular price: $38.50