Buried Troubles

Buried Troubles

by Marian McMahon Stanley

Overview: Rosaria O'Reilly finds herself in grave danger from those who won't let go of the past in this thrilling sequel to The Immaculate. Still recovering from injuries sustained during her last effort in solving a murder, Rosaria is dragged into a new case with ties to the Irish community on both sides of the Atlantic. The victim is an Irish journalism student working on a research paper in Boston. His aunt, a friend of Rosaria's, reaches out to her for help in solving the case. This does not go over well with Rosaria's significant other, Boston Police Detective Solly Belkin, who wants Rosaria to leave the case in his capable hands. Determined to help her friend and assert her independence to Solly, Rosaria travels to Ireland for the funeral and continues her investigation there. Soon, she is caught up in a dark web of ancient grievances, old crimes, and secrets that powerful people are determined to keep hidden forever. Can Rosaria unearth these buried troubles and solve the murder before the killer buries her instead? "Long memories link the Irish communities across the Atlantic. Stanley seamlessly weaves together the threads of an old story that still ties Boston and the West.

Susan Oleksiw (06/18/18): In Buried Troubles, Marian McMahon Stanley’s second entry in the Rosaria O’Reilly mystery series, a young Irish student visiting the Boston area for research is found dead in Boston Harbor. His aunt insists it wasn’t the accident of a drunk falling in and drowning, and the police confirm her suspicions. Patrick Keenan was murdered. As a good friend of the aunt and one who was helping Patrick with his research, Rosaria is drawn into the investigation almost against her will—and definitely against that of Solly Belkin, her partner and the detective assigned to the case.

Although Patrick was open about his research project into American support of the Irish during The Troubles in the 1970s, he was cagey about sharing any details. Rosaria set up meetings with members of the Irish community in the Boston area, whom he interviewed for his project. But he remained unwilling to share what they discussed and what he learned. And then he was dead. Torn between her reluctance to get involved and her loyalty to friends, Rosaria accompanies Patrick’s body back to Ireland. There she wonders if the answer to his murder might lie closer to home, and she begins to delve into the real nature of the student’s research project.

The history of Ireland is layered with injustices and resentment, savage acts of oppression and vengeance. Civilians were never allowed to remain on the sidelines, and few lived without an opinion or a commitment. Somewhere in this history, which Stanley makes astute and poignant use of, Rosaria and Solly must uncover the truth. Tightly plotted and rich with atmosphere of the Irish community in Greater Boston and modern Ireland, Buried Troubles is a satisfying read.

I received an ARC in return for a fair review.
Rating: ****

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