Holding by Graham Norton

Setting: Duneen, Ireland
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: July 18, 2017

Sergeant P.J. Collins has his hands full with one of the biggest cases he's seen. The quiet town never has much going on, so his days tend to be limited to tickets and squabbles. When a body's found on a local farm, he has the first real case of his career.

Decades earlier Tommy Burke disappeared. He was engaged to one woman and romantically involved with another. After the two women fought in the street, rumor has it Tommy took off. No one ever saw or heard from him again. Questions quickly arise. Could this be Tommy's body?

To solve the case, P.J. has to delve into town gossip and long-hidden secrets. It's not an easy case, but it's his first and he's determined to figure out whose body is on the farm and how that person's life came to a tragic end.

I'm a fan of Graham Norton's, so I was eager to read his first novel. His interviews always get me laughing, so I hoped that humor and emotion would carry through to his novel. It did.

Duneen is a charming town filled with a few odd characters. I instantly fell for P.J. He's flawed. He isn't full of self-esteem, which makes him very likable.

The murderer, to me, wasn't really hard to figure out. I had it pegged almost from the start. That's not a bad thing, however. I was so drawn into the setting and fascinated by the characters that I couldn't put the story down.

This is an engaging mystery that does make me wonder if it will continue. I realize it couldn't be exactly the same, but I'm not done spending time with P.J. I'd like to see his character in more books.


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