THE BOOKS

 

Robert Mountbellew, an English nobleman, returns to his Irish Estate in the west of Ireland in the summer of 1843 to spend a summer hunting and to gain closure to a dysfunctional relationship with his now deceased father. Mountbellew feels displaced, neither belonging to the upper or lower classes. Robert should be choosing a wife, but the life of an upper-class English gent seems stifling and unrewarding to him. Robert's desire to belong leads him into Irish politics of the 1800's, and a love affair that his own class disapproves of. The summer of 1843 would liberate and confine Robert Mountbellew.

 

 

A Celtic love story and murder mystery unfold with the help of modern-day forensic science. But science can’t tell us everything. The lives of two women, one in ancient Celtic Ireland, the other in present-day Ireland, unfolds as a bog body is discovered and the brutality of the death is revealed. Both women face challenges from their societies.

Dying is never easy, and trying to con people out of money before you kill them is even more difficult. You've got to have your wits about you, an abundance of patience, a shotgun, a shovel, an isolated burial place,  and a bit of Irish soda bread. If the job is to be done, it must be done without any trace of evidence whatsoever. It just so happens, our murderer has had prior experience. She's killed before and never left a trail. Dark comedy and sinister tale all in one, Death and the bereavement group will make you think about who is your friend and who is your enemy, and bereavement groups.

We all build walls to keep our emotions in-tact. Siobhan Cleary, a survivor of a bitter divorce, has built a fortress. She distances herself from fakes and judges others for their outward walls of grandiosity. Her friendship with a student restores her hope in humanity, but not before the walls of her own fortress come tumbling down, only to be rebuilt by the person she least expects. Sometimes people build walls not because they want to, but because they have to.