Inspector Christy Kennedy novels
Inspector Starrett novels
Inspector Starrett Books
The Mysteries in order
- The Dust of Death
- Family Life
Starrett is in his mid forties, dresses well, likes a pint of Guinness and is a decade into his third career. The locals say he may have a sixth sense: he's not so sure but has been eternally grateful when that special something or other has kept him out of trouble and come to his aid while on a few cases.
The Mysteries in Detail
(in reverse order—latest releases at the top)
In ones and twos the Sweeney clan and their partners, wives and children gather at Liam Sweeney's farm on the outskirts of Ramelton, Country Donegal to celebrate Liam's birthday. The banter and storytelling is great as they wait the arrival of the single missing family member. But when Inspector Starrett unexpectedly arrives at the farm it becomes clear that all is not well. The body of a Sweeney family member has just been discovered in the courtyard of a waterfront warehouse in the nearby town and circumstances are suspicious to say the least.
In the course of the investigation Starrett begins to realise how weird and wonderful the politics of a family are as he discovers that of the several suspects he and his young team throw up, two, or maybe even three, of them are family members. On top of which, it appears to Starrett's team that every family member has a secret or two they'd like to keep hidden. But while working on this investigation Starrett discovers some dramatic news which concerns his own family.
And as if that's not enough Starrett's superior, Major Newton Cunningham, is bogarting him into taking a Garda novice Romany Browne on to his team. If the amount of trouble Browne manages to get into, and create, on the first day is anything to go by, then Starrett's initial reservations were well founded...
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Brandon Books, hardcover, January 2010, ISBN: 978-1899344383
Brandon Books, paperback, December 2010, ISBN: 978-1899344390
THE DUST OF DEATH
The bloodied body of a crucified man is discovered in the Second Federation Church in the Donegal Heritage Town of Ramelton on the first Friday of summer.
The investigations by Inspector Starrett and his young team of the Serious Crime Unit soon reveals a Country Donegal that is ot nearly as righteous as its many churches might suggest.
The body is that of local master carpenter James Moore, who Starrett discovers was having a relationship with the wife of the pastor of the very same Second Federation Church, and she has mysteriously disappeared.
Meanwhile, it transpires that Moore's own wife has started to get close to her childhood sweetheart. While investigating Moore's past Starrett also discovers that the carpenter might have witnessed a local professional villain in action.
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Brandon Books, hardcover, September 2007, ISBN: 978-0863223693
Brandon Books, paperback, October 2008, ISBN: 978-0863223853
"From its killer first line to its last, The Dust of Death is compelling and elegant; like a well-woven garrotte."
"A mystery that's as smooth a good single malt and none the less satisfying."
"Charles is already known for his DI Christy Kennedy novels and his new hero, Inspector Starrett, is like Kennedy in that, unusually for crime fiction, he is not a tortured, dysfunctional soul of a loner who breaks the rules to see that justice is done, but an ordinary, pleasant and likeable individual. This does not mean that the novel is not hard hitting and gritty. Fan of the genre will not be displeased as Starrett and his team investigate the death by crucifixion in the sleepy town of Ramelton where all is not as it seems."
"A cracking good read ... a classic crime novel."
"The appealing Starrett with his intuitive gifts, is a worthy addition to the ranks of contemporary police detectives."
"Smoothly crafted... An improbable hero in an improbable setting, trying to solve an improbable murder, a crucifixion. Yet it is to Charles' great credit that he pulls it off, speeding the reader along with a red herring or three and a romantic sub-plot that holds our interest until the end."
Roy Greenslade Verbal Magazine
"I suspect that Starrett and co[mpany] may pick up quite a following after this quirky, individual opening."
"The Dust of Death is engaging and satisfying. When a man so obviously enjoys writing his novels, it is difficult not to find them enjoyable to read."
Camden New Journal
"Paul Charles is incredibly adept at painting a large cast of three dimensional characters. We see all kinds in this novel, from the morally conservative to the ethically questionable, each one painted in exquisite detail."
Crime Scene NI
"Charles begins this new police procedural series with all the mastery of his craft."
"Like Charles' other creation, DI Christy Kennedy, Starrett is a brilliant character."
"This is a page-turner: you actually want to know who did it and why."
Nottingham Evening Post
"Starrett is not a character anyone is like to forget soon."
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