Beyond the Pale (Paperback)
A World of Spies Mystery
Midnight Ink, 9780738756509, 360pp.
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
For college professors Hollis and Finn Larsson, a simple undercover errand becomes a deadly jaunt across Ireland in this edge-of-your-seat suspense novel from bestselling author Clare O'Donohue
It's an easy, twenty-minute job. At least, that's the pitch from Interpol to professors Hollis and Finn Larsson. Going undercover to procure a priceless rare book manuscript means an all-expenses paid trip abroad. A little danger thrown into the mix may even spice up their marriage.
Soon after landing in the Emerald Isle, they realize the job is anything but easy. Their contact is a no-show and they're left with fifty thousand euros, a death threat, and some serious questions. Ducking and dodging their way across Ireland, Hollis and Finn must hunt down the priceless manuscript and a missing agent while trying to stay one step ahead of a dangerous and unknown enemy.
"O'Donohue knows her Irish literature and countryside, and weaves them beautifully into an action-filled story."--Sara Paretsky, author of the V.I. Warshawski series
"Plenty of thrills and hints at an exciting future for the reluctantly daring duo."--Kirkus Reviews
"O'Donohue (the Someday Quilts series) supplies plenty of fun spy business, but the believability and chemistry of Hollis and Finn as a couple, as shown in their witty dialogue, is the main appeal."--Publishers Weekly
"The relationship between Hollis and Finn is the hook in this smart debut. It's rare to find a contemporary mystery that makes the everyday challenge of honest communication between partners so compelling, but that's exactly the core of this entertaining mystery about a husband-wife team of crime solvers."--Booklist
"Armchair travelers will delight in the colorful descriptions of Ireland, while mystery buffs who enjoy charming sleuths will appreciate the quick-witted couple"--Library Journal
"Clare O'Donohue may have invented a new category of crime fiction--the amateur spy novel--and I'm a big fan. At turns funny, real, and nail-biting, Beyond the Pale is a terrific read."-- Lori Rader-Day, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winning author of The Black Hour, Little Pretty Things, and The Day I Died
"This is book one in the new World of Spies mystery series, and the author has created the perfect roller-coaster ride."--Suspense Magazine
"A fast-paced thriller."--King's River Life