ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: No Strangers Here by Carlene O'Connor

Publication Date: October 25, 2022
Format: Audio
Genre:  Mystery/suspense
Narrators: Emily O'Mahony

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
12 hours 26 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


On a rocky beach in the southwest of Ireland, the body of Johnny O’Reilly, sixty-nine years old and dressed in a suit and his dancing shoes, is propped on a boulder, staring sightlessly out to sea. A cryptic message is spelled out next to the body with sixty-nine polished black stones and a discarded vial of deadly veterinarian medication lies nearby. Johnny was a wealthy racehorse owner, known far and wide as The Dancing Man. In a town like Dingle, everyone knows a little something about everyone else. But dig a bit deeper, and there’s always much more to find. And when Detective Inspector Cormac O'Brien is dispatched out of Killarney to lead the murder inquiry, he's determined to unearth every last buried secret.
Dimpna Wilde hasn’t been home in years. As picturesque as Dingle may be for tourists in search of their roots and the perfect jumper, to her it means family drama and personal complications. In fairness, Dublin hasn’t worked out quite as she hoped either. Faced with a triple bombshell—her mother rumored to be in a relationship with Jimmy, her father’s dementia is escalating, and her brother is avoiding her calls—Dimpna moves back to clear her family of suspicion.
Despite plenty of other suspects, the guards are crawling over the Wildes. But the horse business can be a brutal one, and as Dimpna becomes more involved with her old acquaintances and haunts, the depth of lingering grudges becomes clear. Theft, extortion, jealousy and greed. As Dimpna takes over the family practice, she's in a race with the detective inspector to uncover the dark, twisting truth, no matter how close to home it strikes . . .


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I loved this small town mystery.  Dimpna hasn't returned to her small town of Dingle for years, as it brings back memories that she doesn't want to deal with.  But the past is catching up with Dimpna.  Her parents are being framed for murder, she learns her son has been in Dingle not too long ago and he has discovered her long held secret. 

Her late husband killed himself when a scandal caught up with him and Dimpna has been targeted ever since.  Her money seized her veterinary practice closed she is out of options.  So when she returns to Dingle to help her parents she also finds that her father is in the early stages of dementia. To help his veterinary patients and herself Dimpna decides to stay and help. 

This is a good mystery with ties to her past and an inappropriate attraction to the detective looking into the murder case. This is the beginning of a new series and it definitely made me want to read more about this small town and the eccentric people who live there.  The narrator brought you into the story with her Irish accent and kept you listening.  

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