The Four Courts Murder

Molly Power Series (Volume 1)

Andrew Nugent

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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Justice Sidney Piggott was, everyone in Dublin's law professions agreed, designer-made for being throttled. If ever there was a judge more disliked---make that hated---in the courts of Ireland's capital city, no one knew his (or her) name. So when it comes to finding out who is responsible for the judge's demise, the number of possible suspects makes the task more difficult.

However, Inspector Denis Lennon and his sergeant, Molly Power, are given a lead. On the day of the murder, more than one person saw a mysterious young visitor lurking in the courtroom where Piggott was presiding over a thoroughly boring trial. Who was he? Why was he there? For whatever reason, Inspector, you have your killer. Except that neither Denis nor Molly feel right about jumping to that conclusion. The young man himself, whose thoughts the reader is privy to, is unsure whether he killed Piggott or only imagined it.

With tongue lightly in cheek, Nugent takes his reader from the Four Courts, Dublin's center of law, to rural Ireland, where a local priest has been killed, either by the young man or by a horse. The author introduces us to a married couple who specialize in stolen art and are somehow involved with Piggott.

Bring in a series of high and low Irish characters, add a delightful young German student who gives Molly unexpected assistance, stir them together, and you have a highly seasoned story in unusual settings, told with a small twinkle that will endear readers to this new author.

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"Molly, have you ever done an absolutely classic murder case?"

"I don't know. What is an absolutely classic murder case?"

"You know. The duke of wherever found dead in the library, by his faithful footman, of course, Oriental dagger peeping out between the shoulder blades, so on."

Sergeant Molly Power gazed disapprovingly at Inspector Denis Lennon. "Denis, have you been reading comics again?"

"No comic, Molly, just fact stranger than fiction. Not a duke, a High Court judge. Not in the library, in his Lordship's chambers in the Four Courts.

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"Impressive debut…Admirers of Peter Lovesey's Peter Diamond series should latch onto this one and clamor for more." --Library Journal

"An erudite, witty and altogether delightful debut, full of characters laced with eccentricity and Irish charm."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)




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About the Author

Andrew Nugent

Andrew Nugent lives in Ireland and is a former lawyer who now, as a monk of the order of St. Benedict, is the chief officer of a boys' school in Limerick. Although this is his first book of fiction, he has published works of nonfiction. He is finishing a second mystery (still set in Dublin but very different otherwise) about immigrants from Africa, where he lived doing missionary work for a number of years.

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The Four Courts Murder
Andrew Nugent

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
May 2005
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ISBN: 9781429993234
ISBN10: 1429993235
240 pages
$7.99
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