The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan #Review #TheScholar #DervlaMcTiernan #NetGalley


This is actually the second book in the series. The first one of course is the multi award winning The Ruin – the first novel in the Cormac Reilly novel.

So gripping was the story in this second novel The Scholar, that apart from a few niggles about information I felt was being kept from me (well if you’d read the first novel you’d have known silly) I read it in three settings. Fast, beautifully written, intriguing and insightful. Dervla McTiernan definitely has a way with words

Surprises, false trails and intrigue in big business, this time in the pharmaceuticals industry. After a spell working on cold cases, resentment towards Cormac from within his own team and a senior officer threaten to stymie the cases he is currently working on.

Cormac Reilly I felt was a character with integrity and I found the police procedural workings of the Guarda, the Irish police force to be especially interesting.

Set in Galway, Ireland, a county and country I love, the local setting added to the atmosphere.

Now I have to wear a hair shirt and walk over hot coals as penance for not reading The Ruin first! Shame, shame, shame

With thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my copy

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bestselling and critically acclaimed writer Dervla McTiernan is the author of The Ruin, her crime debut set in Ireland. The Ruin is the first in the detective Cormac Reilly series and has been published in the United States, the UK and Ireland and in New Zealand and Australia, where it was a top ten bestseller. It has been named as one of Lit Hub’s Most Anticipated Crime Mystery and Thrillers of 2018 and an Amazon Best Book of July 2018. Dervla was a New Blood Panellist at Harrogate Festival. 

Dervla spent twelve years working as a lawyer. Following the global financial crisis, she moved to Australia and turned her hand to writing. An avid fan of crime and detective novels from childhood, Dervla wrote a short story, The Roommate, which was shortlisted for the Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Competition. She went on to write The Ruin, and this will be followed by The Scholar. The Ruin has been optioned for TV by Hopscotch. Dervla is a member of the Sisters in Crime and Crime Writers Association, and lives in Perth, Australia, with her husband and two children.

4 thoughts on “The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan #Review #TheScholar #DervlaMcTiernan #NetGalley

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  1. It sounds riveting, Caryl! And by the way, I absolutely love your header picture. That is stunning! Anyway, back to the book, and it sounds like a goody…don’t wear that hair shirt. You’ve absolved yourself with this review 🙂

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