The Irish Inheritance



June , Ireland A British Officer Is Shot Dead On A Remote Hillside South Of Dublin November , United Kingdom Former Police Detective, Jayne Sinclair, Now Working As A Genealogical Investigator, Receives A Phone Call From An Adopted American Billionaire Asking Her To Discover The Identity Of His Real Father How Are The Two Events Linked Jayne Sinclair Has Only Three Clues To Help Her A Photocopied Birth Certificate, A Stolen Book And An Old Photograph And It Soon Becomes Apparent Somebody Else Is On The Trail Of The Mystery A Killer Who Will Stop At Nothing To Prevent Jayne Discovering The Secret Hidden In The Past The Irish Inheritance Takes Us Through The Easter Rising Of And The Irish War Of Independence, Combining A Search For The Truth Of The Past With All The Tension Of A Modern Day Thriller It Is The First In A Series Of Novels Featuring Jayne Sinclair, Genealogical DetectiveThe Irish Inheritance

Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, DAD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.Whilst working in Shanghai, he loved walking through the old quarter of that amazing city, developing the idea behind a series of crime novels featuring Inspector Pyotr Danilov, set in 1920s and 30s.When he s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, practicing downhill ironing, single handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 332 pages
  • The Irish Inheritance
  • M.J. Lee
  • English
  • 06 December 2018

10 thoughts on “The Irish Inheritance

  1. says:

    I liked The Irish Inheritance so much, I bought the 2 in the series as soon as I had finished it Although, as I read, I thought this is only worth about 2.5 stars , but by the time I got to the delightful twist at the end it was up to 4 N.B I reserve 5 stars for really exceptional writing and plot.I have a personal ancestral link to the Easter Rising, so it was great to remind myself of what happened in 1916 in Dublin through Ms Lee s writing I am also crazy about family history, so the I liked The Irish Inheritance so much, I bought the 2 in the series as soon as I had finished it Although, as I read, I thought this is only worth about 2.5 stars , but by the time I got to the delightful twist at the end it was up to 4 N.B I reserve 5 stars for really exceptional writing and plot.I have a personal ancestral link to the Easter Rising, so it was great to remind myself of what happened in 1916 in Dublin through Ms Lee s writing I am also crazy about family history, so the genealogical research hit the spot for me too Then there was the mystery thriller element that clinched it all It is quite rare to get all that in one book, although the genre is gettingandpopular I m also a fan of Steve Robinson, Nathan Dylan Goodwin and Stephen Molyneux.So, on to WWI and The Somme Legacy

  2. says:

    Thank you to TBC and the author who gave me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Well, what can I say I absolutely loved this book It was the perfect mix of genealogy and mystery for me, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing As a keen genealogist myself, I find this type of book fascinating I love how the smallest of details can unlock old family secrets, bringing to life the people and places of the past The back and forth between past and present was handled Thank you to TBC and the author who gave me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Well, what can I say I absolutely loved this book It was the perfect mix of genealogy and mystery for me, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing As a keen genealogist myself, I find this type of book fascinating I love how the smallest of details can unlock old family secrets, bringing to life the people and places of the past The back and forth between past and present was handled seamlessly here, the story being revealed slowly as Jayne s investigation progressed It also gave me a fascinating insight into a part of Irish history I knew very little about, which is one of the things I love about genealogical mysteries like this one The Irish Inheritence was the perfect introduction to genealogical detective Jayne Sinclair, who is a tough ex DI with what I suspect to be a heart of gold beneath her rather businesslike and brusque exterior I look forward to readingof her genealogical adventures in the future.A wonderful 4 star read that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with a genealogical twist

  3. says:

    Jayne Sinclair is an ex cop with a failing marriage and a new business as a genealogical investigator, she is a woman who once she starts a job doesn t finish till she gets an answer but in the Irish Inheritance she may have bitten offthan she can chew.She is contacted by an American billionaire, a man who also has months to live, a man who has a dying wish That wish is to find out who he is, literally Adopted as a child, he wants to find out who he father is and with a couple of pieces Jayne Sinclair is an ex cop with a failing marriage and a new business as a genealogical investigator, she is a woman who once she starts a job doesn t finish till she gets an answer but in the Irish Inheritance she may have bitten offthan she can chew.She is contacted by an American billionaire, a man who also has months to live, a man who has a dying wish That wish is to find out who he is, literally Adopted as a child, he wants to find out who he father is and with a couple of pieces of information he tells Jayne she has 8 days to find out before he returns to the States.What should be a straight forward dive in to the past, looking through records to find this mans last request turns out to be muchwith Jayne having to look over her shoulder as it seems somebody doesn t want her to find out the truth.This book is also written from two POV s with a current day POV from Jayne and a POV from the time she is researching The historical POV gives an insight in to Ireland during a time of great turmoil and the passion of the characters during these chapters is very close to surface.This was an enjoyable read with a great story with the main story line with regards to finding out the truth of her clients history combined with a lesser story line that sees the failure of her marriage The story is very engaging but I did find some of the historical chapters a little long in places but apart from that it was a great read.Thanks to Neverland Blog Tours for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

  4. says:

    This started well for once the genealogy research seemed realistic, and the writing was okay However, the historical episodes, which I would have expected to enjoy, were somehow not very engaging, and the dialog especially between Michael Dowling and his wife was clunky Jayne herself was not very likable as a character view spoiler and the attempts on her life seemed unbelievable We never did find out the reason behind her kidnapping or did I miss it hide spoiler The final plot res This started well for once the genealogy research seemed realistic, and the writing was okay However, the historical episodes, which I would have expected to enjoy, were somehow not very engaging, and the dialog especially between Michael Dowling and his wife was clunky Jayne herself was not very likable as a character view spoiler and the attempts on her life seemed unbelievable We never did find out the reason behind her kidnapping or did I miss it hide spoiler The final plot resolution was pretty hard to swallow

  5. says:

    My favorite genre is historic mysteries and I spend time working on my family genealogy so what could beperfect Glad to find another series in this sub genre But even being the right type of book doesn t insure it is a good read If the 1st is the test then I have found a great series.

  6. says:

    AudioBook Review Stars Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 Told in dual perspectives the story of Jayne Sinclair s first case for an American Billionaire with questions about his own history and ties to Ireland in the early 1920 s, M.J Lee uses detailed research, descriptive storytelling and a clever heroine with a compelling background to draw us into the story and keep us reading on While I ve read many accounts of the Easter Rising in 1921, this perspective of an adopted man searching for his f AudioBook Review Stars Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 Told in dual perspectives the story of Jayne Sinclair s first case for an American Billionaire with questions about his own history and ties to Ireland in the early 1920 s, M.J Lee uses detailed research, descriptive storytelling and a clever heroine with a compelling background to draw us into the story and keep us reading on While I ve read many accounts of the Easter Rising in 1921, this perspective of an adopted man searching for his family, and the voice from the past detailing conditions, attitudes and anger that fueled the tinderbox that was Dublin at the time is intriguing and engaging Jayne is struggling to get her new business as a genealogical investigator off the ground she has the detecting skills as an ex cop, and the determination to not stop until she has the answers, and a marriage in tatters to keep her motivated So the enquiry was perfectly timed the fact that her client has little time left to live instantly starts Jayne off on the search with a sense of urgency And then Everything starts to twist What should be a reasonably simple, if tedious and time consuming search suddenly twists someone doesn t want the truth uncovered, even as the history and point of view from the days surrounding the Easter Rising are redolent with passion, anger, history and emotion engaging in ways that harken to the traditions and feel of old Irish tales and famous tellers Mixing history and present, finding little threads that connect the slow demise of Jayne s marriage to the slow growth of anger and outrage leading to the Rising, and the twists that Jayne encounters in the history and in the increasing difficulties in finding the next logical piece all keep intrigue high Narration for this story is provided by Lucy Rayner, and her transitions between characters, presenting voices, emotional nuance and ever increasing tension as the story progresses enhanced the listen and my interest in returning forWhile I couldn t listen to this title in one sitting Rayner never shorted her performance from historical detail to emotional components all added to the volumes of information, giving time to gasp at the twists, wondering just where things would go next While the moments devoted to the historical perspective often felt longer anddetailed, Jayne s own personal story, and the threats she faced along the way in finding answers made for a story that added twists, turns and a great surprise at the end A wonderful introduction to this author and this series, and a great listen for those who want a story to last several hours I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review I was not compensated for this review all conclusions are my own responsibility Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  7. says:

    I loved this one Lots of history about the Easter Rising in Ireland in 1916 A dying American billionaire comes looking for his roots He hires retired police detective turned genealogist Jayne Sinclair to unravel the mystery but someone is very intent on making she doesn t This was very compelling story The only criticism I had was that as a seasoned police woman, Jayne should have beenaware of her surroundings but her failure to recognize the danger she was in was excused by the subpl I loved this one Lots of history about the Easter Rising in Ireland in 1916 A dying American billionaire comes looking for his roots He hires retired police detective turned genealogist Jayne Sinclair to unravel the mystery but someone is very intent on making she doesn t This was very compelling story The only criticism I had was that as a seasoned police woman, Jayne should have beenaware of her surroundings but her failure to recognize the danger she was in was excused by the subplot of her failing marriage I will readfrom this author

  8. says:

    Enjoyable stories, within stories,within mysteries.Nice start to a series.Listened with TTS.Clean with Foul Language.

  9. says:

    Very noteworthy readHistorically interesting, not mushy, didn t like the f word usage, very interesting twist which I like in stories such as this.

  10. says:

    Genealogical investigator, Jayne Sinclair, is contacted by an American billionaire who is seeking help in order to trace his father Adopted at a young age, and with no recollection of his early life, John Hughes is desperate to discover his true identity before he succumbs to the illness that threatens to end his life in the following months With few clues to help her, the former police detective has to use all of her investigative skills in order to make connections to Ireland s Easter Rising Genealogical investigator, Jayne Sinclair, is contacted by an American billionaire who is seeking help in order to trace his father Adopted at a young age, and with no recollection of his early life, John Hughes is desperate to discover his true identity before he succumbs to the illness that threatens to end his life in the following months With few clues to help her, the former police detective has to use all of her investigative skills in order to make connections to Ireland s Easter Rising of 1916 and the later death of a British Officer on a hillside near Dublin.Genealogical fiction has, in recent years, become a fast growing genre with authors such as Steve Robinson, Nathan Dylan Goodwin and John Nixon leading the way M J Lee has shown that there is now another author to add to the list In Jayne Sinclair we have a solid lead character whose doggedness is evident throughout the book whether it be in her professional life or in the strained relationship with her husband We also, however, get to see her softer side when she is with her father The interaction between these two characters is, at times, touching as both of them try to come to terms with his early dementia.The story is told in two timeframes present day Manchester and Ireland during the First World War and ensuing years Writing about an issue as controversial as British rule in Ireland was always going to be a difficult task but the author deals with it in a sensitive and informative way, showing the events from the perspectives of those on different sides of the argument.Something that authors of genealogical fiction occasionally get wrong is the methods used by their characters to research this is not the case here The steps Jayne uses are logical, using the Internet, record offices and interviews in order to discover the true parentage of John Hughes.On the strength of this book, it is safe to say that the Jane Sinclair series promises to be a welcome addition to the growing genre of genealogical fiction.The Irish Inheritance is available to pre order onprior to its release on June 15th.Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC

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