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A woman is found dead in a ditch. As the list of suspects grows, a town’s dirty secrets are revealed. It’s a cold winter evening and rain is sweeping in from the Atlantic when a young woman, having braved the weather to visit her sick mother in a remote part of Ireland , comes across an obstacle in the road. She clears the highway of stones from a damaged bridge only to A woman is found dead in a ditch. As the list of suspects grows, a town’s dirty secrets are revealed. It’s a cold winter evening and rain is sweeping in from the Atlantic when a young woman, having braved the weather to visit her sick mother in a remote part of Ireland , comes across an obstacle in the road. She clears the highway of stones from a damaged bridge only to see the body of a woman in a ditch. With no phone reception, she travels to the nearest police station to report what she has found. The local Garda waste no time in attending the scene of the crime. The woman is clearly dead, but it needs proper forensics to establish if foul play was the cause. In the meantime, is it not possible that the woman driver was in fact the culprit? She is clearly not telling the whole truth. A game of cat and mouse ensues when the inquiry is upgraded to a murder investigation. The trouble is, when the victim is recognised as a sex worker, there is no shortage of possible suspects. And few of them, if any, are willing to tell the truth to the police. It will take all of Galway detectives Hays and Lyons’ experience to cut through the web of lies and identify the killer in their midst. MURDER ON THE OLD BOG ROAD is the first in a series of atmospheric crime fiction titles featuring Detective Inspector Mick Hays and Detective Sergeant Maureen Lyons. The second book, UNEQUAL SHARES, will be released in April, 2018. MURDER ON THE OLD BOG ROAD will appeal to fans of Val McDermid, Stuart McBride and Pete Brassett.


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A woman is found dead in a ditch. As the list of suspects grows, a town’s dirty secrets are revealed. It’s a cold winter evening and rain is sweeping in from the Atlantic when a young woman, having braved the weather to visit her sick mother in a remote part of Ireland , comes across an obstacle in the road. She clears the highway of stones from a damaged bridge only to A woman is found dead in a ditch. As the list of suspects grows, a town’s dirty secrets are revealed. It’s a cold winter evening and rain is sweeping in from the Atlantic when a young woman, having braved the weather to visit her sick mother in a remote part of Ireland , comes across an obstacle in the road. She clears the highway of stones from a damaged bridge only to see the body of a woman in a ditch. With no phone reception, she travels to the nearest police station to report what she has found. The local Garda waste no time in attending the scene of the crime. The woman is clearly dead, but it needs proper forensics to establish if foul play was the cause. In the meantime, is it not possible that the woman driver was in fact the culprit? She is clearly not telling the whole truth. A game of cat and mouse ensues when the inquiry is upgraded to a murder investigation. The trouble is, when the victim is recognised as a sex worker, there is no shortage of possible suspects. And few of them, if any, are willing to tell the truth to the police. It will take all of Galway detectives Hays and Lyons’ experience to cut through the web of lies and identify the killer in their midst. MURDER ON THE OLD BOG ROAD is the first in a series of atmospheric crime fiction titles featuring Detective Inspector Mick Hays and Detective Sergeant Maureen Lyons. The second book, UNEQUAL SHARES, will be released in April, 2018. MURDER ON THE OLD BOG ROAD will appeal to fans of Val McDermid, Stuart McBride and Pete Brassett.

30 review for Murder on the Old Bog Road

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kylie D

    A standard police procedural, set in Ireland, where a woman is found dead in a ditch on a stormy winter's night. This book is short and easy to read, but I found the story and the characters could have been fleshed out a lot more. One for a plane trip or a quiet afternoon. A standard police procedural, set in Ireland, where a woman is found dead in a ditch on a stormy winter's night. This book is short and easy to read, but I found the story and the characters could have been fleshed out a lot more. One for a plane trip or a quiet afternoon.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    MURDER ON THE OLD BOG ROAD is the first in a series of atmospheric crime fiction titles featuring Detective Inspector Mick Hays and Detective Sergeant Maureen Lyons. When a woman is found dead in a ditch, the police immediately consider this a murder. But who is she? Where did she come from? Who murdered her? Why? all remain a mystery. The local police don't have a lot of experience with homicide cases, but they do a credible job in this Irish police procedural. There are several suspects .... the MURDER ON THE OLD BOG ROAD is the first in a series of atmospheric crime fiction titles featuring Detective Inspector Mick Hays and Detective Sergeant Maureen Lyons. When a woman is found dead in a ditch, the police immediately consider this a murder. But who is she? Where did she come from? Who murdered her? Why? all remain a mystery. The local police don't have a lot of experience with homicide cases, but they do a credible job in this Irish police procedural. There are several suspects .... the young woman who found the body .... the woman's brother when he s finally located ... a well-known local man who had a relationship with the woman ... and a few others of dubious character. While I wouldn't call it thrilling or gripping or riveting, the characters and setting were enough to keep me interested in the story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid

    2.5 stars. Simple, with some Irish stereotypes, but it was OK for me because I love reading about the Galway area where I spent so much time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    What to say about this book except that the writing felt very stilted and the characters were poorly developed. The plot was okay but honestly the writing made me cringe at times it felt very amateurish- and I am not one to criticize writing quality, not being any sort of writer myself. Disappointed in this book..

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Murder on the Old Bog Road is book one in the Maureen Lyons series by David Pearson. Cold winter evening a young woman in the remote part of Ireland travelling to see her mother found a body in a ditch on the side of the road when she got out of the car to clear an obstacle. Detective Sergeant Maureen Lyons and Detective Inspector Mick Hays caught the case. The readers of Murder on the Old Bog Road will continue to follow the twists and turns in Detective Inspector Mick Hays and Detective Sergea Murder on the Old Bog Road is book one in the Maureen Lyons series by David Pearson. Cold winter evening a young woman in the remote part of Ireland travelling to see her mother found a body in a ditch on the side of the road when she got out of the car to clear an obstacle. Detective Sergeant Maureen Lyons and Detective Inspector Mick Hays caught the case. The readers of Murder on the Old Bog Road will continue to follow the twists and turns in Detective Inspector Mick Hays and Detective Sergeant Maureen Lyons investigation into the death of the young woman. Murder on the Old Bog Road is another fantastic book to read in this excellent series set in Ireland. I love David Pearson portrayal of his characters and the way they react with each other that at times makes me laugh. David Pearson does a fantastic job in describing his settings and ensures that his readers engaged with the book. Murder on the Old Bog Road is well written and researched by David Pearson. The readers of Murder on the Old Bog Road will learn about the problems and pressures that young people have while studying. Also, the readers of Murder on the Old Bog Road will start to understand the role of different law enforcement departments in Ireland. I recommend this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    This was really quick so I missed a lot of the character development. I felt like there was more to the story with the Garda than what was told in the story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Readable,but flawed Story has enough twists and turns to keep me reading, but for me, there was too much telling and not enough showing. Two characters start an affair, with almost nothing in the way of foundation, and no consideration at all of their jobs. Perhaps Ireland is like this, but I sort of doubt it. Not much sense of place, although both Galway and Krakow appear in the story.. I would read another of I got it free, and I would hope the writer had shown some growth.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Dead This was one of the worst books I have ever tried to read and I read a lot. Could not get past the first couple of chapters. Almost as if the author had ADHD. Simply all over the place.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Intriguing tale with a twisted path to the end. Love the narration by Brian Walsh. 👍🏼

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Pretty average

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I picked this up earlier in the year mainly because of the setting in the West of Ireland. Sadly, it fell far short of my expectations. The murder was straightforward enough, but there was zero suspense or even much in the way of 'mystery'. Much of the expostion was just flat factual statements -- the pathologist report said this, the forensic techs found that. I'd say it would have been helped by some more dialog but the dialog there was felt stilted and unnatural. The whole thing was the quali I picked this up earlier in the year mainly because of the setting in the West of Ireland. Sadly, it fell far short of my expectations. The murder was straightforward enough, but there was zero suspense or even much in the way of 'mystery'. Much of the expostion was just flat factual statements -- the pathologist report said this, the forensic techs found that. I'd say it would have been helped by some more dialog but the dialog there was felt stilted and unnatural. The whole thing was the quality of a c+ high school assignment. There was a 'romance' subplot thrown in for no reason at all -- it had zero bearing on the resolution and didn't even serve to add dimension to otherwise flat characters. After the resolution, there was a bunch more 'story' that basically said what happened to everyone next. Made no sense. All in all, a disappointment. I bought the second book at the same time as this and have deleted both from my kindle account entirely. The only reason I didn't give it one star is that I did finish it. But I don't recommend the series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nancy H

    A very satisfying mysery, this story takes place in a remote part of Ireland, where Ciara is on her way to visit her ill mother. As she is driving along in a terrible storm, she stops to remove rocks from the road and discovers the body of a dead young woman in the ditch. She calls the police for help as soon as she gets to the nearest house, and help comes, but she is for a while considered a suspect since she was first on the scene. The story gets complicated when the identity of the victim an A very satisfying mysery, this story takes place in a remote part of Ireland, where Ciara is on her way to visit her ill mother. As she is driving along in a terrible storm, she stops to remove rocks from the road and discovers the body of a dead young woman in the ditch. She calls the police for help as soon as she gets to the nearest house, and help comes, but she is for a while considered a suspect since she was first on the scene. The story gets complicated when the identity of the victim and her profession are discovered, and there are several suspects, including one from her native Poland. This story is a quick and satisfying read for cozy mystery lovers, who will look forward to more from this author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Denise Zendel

    During a raging storm, a young woman travels across Ireland to visit her sick mother and finds a body laying in the road. She can’t get cell phone reception, so she has to travel to the nearest Garda station to report what she found. Of course she’s a suspect, since she found the body, but as DI Mick Hayes and DS Maureen Lyons investigate further, the lists of suspects grows and grows. I am a fan of British/Irish/Welsh police procedurals, and this one did not disappoint -interesting plot, beauti During a raging storm, a young woman travels across Ireland to visit her sick mother and finds a body laying in the road. She can’t get cell phone reception, so she has to travel to the nearest Garda station to report what she found. Of course she’s a suspect, since she found the body, but as DI Mick Hayes and DS Maureen Lyons investigate further, the lists of suspects grows and grows. I am a fan of British/Irish/Welsh police procedurals, and this one did not disappoint -interesting plot, beautifully described settings, well-developed characters, and snappy dialogue. The mystery elements kept me guessing, and the characters were intriguing enough to make me want to read more. I liked the relationship between Hayes and Lyons, and the descriptions of how they went about their work. He respects her knowledge, listens to her opinions, and values her contributions. He also treats the rest of his team well. I also enjoyed the wrap up on all the characters at the end of the story. I like knowing what happened to them after the excitement died down. I will read more in this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    R.L.

    I really liked the premise - finding a body in a ditch. It's what attracted me to buying the book. I trusted that the book would be well-written. I liked the setting Conemara, Ireland and a road called the Old Bog Road. The beginning was slower than I like, and I love British suspense and psychological suspense so I don't mind slow beginnings. I noticed that many times, especially in the first quarter of the book that details were repeated such as the time of day and character names. The "We rea I really liked the premise - finding a body in a ditch. It's what attracted me to buying the book. I trusted that the book would be well-written. I liked the setting Conemara, Ireland and a road called the Old Bog Road. The beginning was slower than I like, and I love British suspense and psychological suspense so I don't mind slow beginnings. I noticed that many times, especially in the first quarter of the book that details were repeated such as the time of day and character names. The "We really need to find out who this girl is" is repeated more than twice. But then the action picked up and the suspects became more plausible so by the end I was really convinced that author knew what he was about. I bought the next one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nadishka Aloysius

    I love Ireland so the setting was the main draw, and I wasn't disappointed. The story is filled with descriptions of places and people that is atmospheric. The plot was not too predictable, but the red-herrings were not convincing enough to divert attention. The culprit is quite easy to guess. Also, the blurb focuses on the woman who discovered the body as if she has a main part to play in the story - but she doesn't. I found the relationship between the two investigators a little wooden and fal I love Ireland so the setting was the main draw, and I wasn't disappointed. The story is filled with descriptions of places and people that is atmospheric. The plot was not too predictable, but the red-herrings were not convincing enough to divert attention. The culprit is quite easy to guess. Also, the blurb focuses on the woman who discovered the body as if she has a main part to play in the story - but she doesn't. I found the relationship between the two investigators a little wooden and false. Nevertheless, the writing is good and the action fast paced. I enjoyed reading it and if the plots are better thought out, I may even purchase the next installment.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was the first book I had read by this author and it won’t be the last. I love that area of Ireland and the author describes it so well. With enough twists and turns in the plot to keep me interested, the author gradually builds the tension. Well drawn characters so I’ll be looking forward to seeing how they develop and interact. I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys Irish crime fiction.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Russ

    New series, new author (for me). Well written. Just basically good detective work. Enjoyable.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Avette

    I was looking forward to reading a book set in Ireland but this was a bid disappointment. There was no real sense of place and very little character development. The affair came out of nowhere. Can’t really recommend it

  19. 5 out of 5

    a d bromley

    I was looking forward to this book - murder/mystery etc., I enjoy. And this is set in and around Galway, where we have relatives, so the locations were familiar. However, although it COULD have been a good yarn, the book was more like an initial draft - the notes around which the story would be built. Description and dialogue were seriously lacking, the characters had, well, no character, and the whole novel seems destined to be unmemorable. I hope David Pearson's later novels have a greater injec I was looking forward to this book - murder/mystery etc., I enjoy. And this is set in and around Galway, where we have relatives, so the locations were familiar. However, although it COULD have been a good yarn, the book was more like an initial draft - the notes around which the story would be built. Description and dialogue were seriously lacking, the characters had, well, no character, and the whole novel seems destined to be unmemorable. I hope David Pearson's later novels have a greater injection of life and personality - perhaps this was a case of the author being afraid to reveal his own feelings, afraid to 'let go'? So, I'd say, go on, and don't be frightened of what others might say or think. Your novels will benefit.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    The only good parts of this book are the setting and the possibilities available. Stilted, trite dialog. Poor character development. Excessive and irrelevant background information. Shallow, stereotypical characters. Trite ridiculous love affair. Random plot points. I was excited about the setting and the concept of this series, but I won’t be reading more of these books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erik Empson

    A strong debut novel, not trying to reinvent the wheel but creating a dynamic murder mystery with compelling characters you'll want to get to know more about in future novels, in a beautiful setting the author knows and loves. A strong debut novel, not trying to reinvent the wheel but creating a dynamic murder mystery with compelling characters you'll want to get to know more about in future novels, in a beautiful setting the author knows and loves.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    I enjoyed this story set in the Irish countryside. I liked the characters for whom it was rare to come across a murder. It was a murder mystery but with no gory details or colourful, descriptive sex. Good, easy read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    MRS DOROTHY DOUGAN

    Bedtime read! Good murder story, with a bit of romance between two of the characters. Lots of suspects, before the right one is discovered. Just long enough to read by the fire on a cold night. Enjoyed it

  24. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    So badly written I could not get past chapter three. Do not waste your time. Normally I can read anything. Not this.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    The plot is not particularly interesting, the prose is heavy going and the characters are inconsequential. Really nothing to recommend it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paulos Maximus

    I have reviewed another Pearson book and I have read the whole set to date. I originally felt that they read like a BBC murder mystery all dusted in an hour or so, all the while dramas and relationships unfolding that keep evolving across the books. I find the books unremarkable, but enjoyable. However, I'd like to point out a couple of points in my humble opinion that I wish Pearson would consider. The first being his romance is a little stiff. The whole emotional physical side of people is hand I have reviewed another Pearson book and I have read the whole set to date. I originally felt that they read like a BBC murder mystery all dusted in an hour or so, all the while dramas and relationships unfolding that keep evolving across the books. I find the books unremarkable, but enjoyable. However, I'd like to point out a couple of points in my humble opinion that I wish Pearson would consider. The first being his romance is a little stiff. The whole emotional physical side of people is handled with playful quips about attraction followed by staying the night with the slightest suggestion "Would you like some company?'. To me it feels a little in-genuine, or at least 'brushed over'. I'm not asking to follow them into the bedroom or making romance novels, but his 'spice' of love-lifes is ornamental and rather 'there for the sake of it'. Like he added it in there to keep the story rolling, but lacked the motivation to carry it further. Perhaps just an opportunity missed and I'll tell you why: His epilogue on the wife Mary in this story is perhaps the most engaging and worthwhile read of the entire 3 books! Not just the relationship that is briefly conveyed in the story, but the sheer plight and reality of her condition and their marriage is really really excellent work. Pearson might interest more general readers from a detective tale, but wow, if he lost the police aspect, and had just told the tale of Mary and Gerry MacGuire he would get people in the heart. I will continue to read Pearson, from time to time because they are comfortable and familiar reading, but he would be dangerous and heart breaking if he turned his pen to the commonplace relationship of man and wife and their everyday struggles, whatever may befall them.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lenora Good

    A delightful murder mystery. Ireland is one of the lands on my bucket list that I want to visit. I loved the old movie, Ryan’s Daughter, and I loved this book. It’s the first of 10 in the series, and I look forward to reading more. I found quite a bit of unintended humor—several words mean one thing in British English than in American English. A jumper over there is a sweater over here. A young woman drives a narrow road during a nasty storm to visit her mother. There are rocks on the road. She s A delightful murder mystery. Ireland is one of the lands on my bucket list that I want to visit. I loved the old movie, Ryan’s Daughter, and I loved this book. It’s the first of 10 in the series, and I look forward to reading more. I found quite a bit of unintended humor—several words mean one thing in British English than in American English. A jumper over there is a sweater over here. A young woman drives a narrow road during a nasty storm to visit her mother. There are rocks on the road. She stops. Moves the rocks, and sees the body of a woman in the ditch, dead. Later, she discovers she knew the unidentified woman, went to college with her, and they had a row. Is she a suspect? Is the wealthy boyfriend? Her brother visiting from Poland? There is no limit on the suspects, and though I wasn’t shocked at the outcome, I found it quite satisfactory. Great fun to read a police procedural with no blazing gunfights, no dangerous car chases through city streets, and a bare use of foul language (there is some, but it fits the story). I look forward to the next books, and sharing a pint with the Garda as they tell me how they caught the perp. Although, I’m not sure when I go to Ireland I want to visit Galway—they seem to have a lot of murders there ;-). (Perhaps Galway is the Irish equivalent to Midsomer, England?)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Pearson is a good writer; plot is solid; characters are interesting--but this reads more like a Readers Digest Condensed Book than the book itself. Airplane or bus/train ride . . . perfect. Spoilers follow Killed girl is from Poland--prostitute working in Galway. Suspects: Brother from Poland who is furious she is a prostitute; Jerry who lives near death scene; golf club member who visits her (just about everybody in Galway seems to visit her) guy getting his kitchen fixed. Murderer is Jerry (he Pearson is a good writer; plot is solid; characters are interesting--but this reads more like a Readers Digest Condensed Book than the book itself. Airplane or bus/train ride . . . perfect. Spoilers follow Killed girl is from Poland--prostitute working in Galway. Suspects: Brother from Poland who is furious she is a prostitute; Jerry who lives near death scene; golf club member who visits her (just about everybody in Galway seems to visit her) guy getting his kitchen fixed. Murderer is Jerry (he slaps his wife--big tip off). Weird final pages in which Jerry is stabbed to death by Polish brother, Polish father dies of stroke, Polish brother is murdered or kills himself in prison, Jerry's wife starts over. Bang bang bang. What's odd is that once we've got our murderer, we really don't need to know what happens to every character. This is book one of about 20, so Pearson must know what he's doing!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This mystery crime novel, set in Galway, almost seemed like it was written in a "paint by numbers" fashion...tick this box, tick that box. Lots of names mentioned, but not enough character description to be able to sort out one from the other. I mean, really, two murder suspects named Gerry? Seems like that could have been easily avoided. And the two main detectives, both single, had a cutesy, flirtsy relationship that ended up with them quick sleeping together. From a career POV for both of the This mystery crime novel, set in Galway, almost seemed like it was written in a "paint by numbers" fashion...tick this box, tick that box. Lots of names mentioned, but not enough character description to be able to sort out one from the other. I mean, really, two murder suspects named Gerry? Seems like that could have been easily avoided. And the two main detectives, both single, had a cutesy, flirtsy relationship that ended up with them quick sleeping together. From a career POV for both of them, they should have thought through that whole relationship thing more thoroughly. Truly, a disappointing effort. Don't think I'll be reading any more in this series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bob Hurley

    I enjoyed this book, first time I have read a David Pearson novel. DI Hays sounds like an old style Garda cop who thinks long and hard about most clues, needs to ensure they are 100%. DS Lyons, Hays bagman is a little more impetuous and is prone to voice her opinions. They seem to make a good team all be it the beginning of a relationship outside of the official roles may become an issue. Ireland setting in and around Galway has you hankering for a visit to the “Emerald” isle. Will read the seco I enjoyed this book, first time I have read a David Pearson novel. DI Hays sounds like an old style Garda cop who thinks long and hard about most clues, needs to ensure they are 100%. DS Lyons, Hays bagman is a little more impetuous and is prone to voice her opinions. They seem to make a good team all be it the beginning of a relationship outside of the official roles may become an issue. Ireland setting in and around Galway has you hankering for a visit to the “Emerald” isle. Will read the second in the series to see how it develops!!

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