Bitter Legacy by Dal Maclean

Ballyroan Reads

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This, is quite simply, one of the best books I have read in a very long time. If I hadn’t already picked my 2016 Book of the Year, this may have won. Already, it’s a hugely strong contender for my 2017 pick for Book of the Year (and yes I know it’s the 3rd of January! It’s that good!).

The main reason, is of course, the writing; Maclean writes beautifully, wonderfully artistic descriptions that manage to be completely purposeful and grounded in character and plot, tempered with a wonderful use of pacing. She beautifully evokes the world and the characters that live in it – making her craft look absolutely effortless. Bitter Legacy is a mystery novel – a genre I rarely read, so I wasn’t sure how I’d take to this – but I was absolutely hooked from the get go.

Detective Sergeant James Henderson is, as…

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