O'Nelligan and Plunkett

The O'Nelligan and Plunkett mystery series, set in the 1950s, celebrates the twists, turns, and traditions of the classic whodunit. In these lively tales, the sharp-witted, knightly Mr. O'Nelligan, a former Irish rebel, offers his deductive skills to young Lee Plunkett, a reluctant private eye still learning the ropes. Also in the mix is Lee's spunky fiancee Audrey and a slew of colorful, quirky suspects. The debut novel of the series--The Séance Society--features an impossible murder among an eccentric group of ghost seekers. The New York Times describes the mystery as "a methodically constructed narrative as neat as its locale." In The Haunting Ballad, the detectives plunge into the Bohemian folk music scene of Greenwich Village to track down a killer...while Audrey tries to resist the charms of a dashing troubadour.

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O'Nelligan and the Perfect Game
O'Nelligan and the Perfect Game
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Meet Lee Plunkett and Mr. O'Nelligan, the unforgettable duo featured in Michael Nethercott's The Séance Society, in this excellent short story set in the fall of 1956. When young private eye Lee Plunkett is hired by a lovely Italian immigrant to investigate the death of her father, he quickly realizes he's in over his head. Luckily, Lee is more than ably assisted by the  charming Mr. O’Nelligan, a scholarly, quick-witted Irishman with a knack for quoting Celtic bards, and, more importantly, solving crimes. In the course of their investigation--which involves prophetic dreams, stolen art, and the World Series--Plunkett and O'Nelligan must face off with a wealthy, debonair scoundrel who considers himself "the perfect man." Charming, unique, and wholly entertaining, "O'Nelligan and the Perfect Game" introduces readers to the unlikely pair of Plunkett and O'Nelligan, whose adventures continue in The Séance Society, coming soon from Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books.

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O'Nelligan and Plunkett

Michael Nethercott

St. Martin's Press

Meet Lee Plunkett and Mr. O'Nelligan, the unforgettable duo featured in Michael Nethercott's The Séance Society, in this excellent short story set in the fall of 1956. When...

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The Haunting Ballad
The Haunting Ballad
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The Seance Society introduced mystery lovers to Mr. O’Nelligan and Lee Plunkett, an unlikely pair of sleuths on an equally unlikely case with a supernatural twist.
 Having taken over his father's PI business, Lee enlists O'Nelligan, a dapper Irishman with a flair for solving mysteries, to help catch a killer. Now, in Michael Nethercott's The Haunting Ballad, this sleuthing "odd couple" are back in another witty, charming, and wonderfully written mystery, this time set in 1957 in the burgeoning music scene of New York City's Greenwich Village.
 
It's the spring of 1957, and O'Nelligan and Plunkett are summoned to New York to investigate the death of a controversial folk song collector. The trail leads the pair to a diverse group of suspects including an eccentric Beat coffee house owner, a family of Irish balladeers (who may be IRA),  a bluesy ex-con, a hundred-and-five-year-old Civil War drummer boy, and a self-proclaimed “ghost chanter” who sings songs that she receives from the dead. To complicate matters, there's a handsome, smooth-talking young folk singer who Lee's fiancée Audrey is enthralled by. And somewhere in the Bohemian swirl of the Village, a killer waits...

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O'Nelligan and Plunkett (Volume 2)

Michael Nethercott

St. Martin's Press

The Seance Society introduced mystery lovers to Mr. O’Nelligan and Lee Plunkett, an unlikely pair of sleuths on an equally unlikely case with a supernatural twist.  Having...

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The Seance Society
The Seance Society
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It's 1956, and Lee Plunkett has taken over the family business as a private investigator despite his reluctance to follow in his father's footsteps. When murder intrudes on a group of ghost seekers, Lee is asked to solve the case by a cop on the verge of retirement. At the urging of his perpetual fiancée Audrey, Lee enlists the help of Mr. O'Nelligan, a scholarly Irishman with a keen eye for solving mysteries. The duo is drawn into a murder investigation involving the “Spectricator," a machine designed to communicate with the dead. Soon, Plunkett and O'Nelligan are knee-deep in a suspect pool that includes a surly medium, a former speakeasy queen, a mysterious Spanish widow, and a whole slew of eccentric servants. Engaging, charming, and smart, The Séance Society by Michael Nethercott is a fresh take on the traditional mystery genre for readers who love original characters, witty dialogue, and a great whodunit.

 

"Nethercott's debut sparkles with a mix of W.B. Yeats and Elvis quotations, well-placed red herrings, and an endearing trio of protagonists."
Library Journal

 "This clever series opener offers a mid-century take on the traditional drawing-room mystery…There is a sweet charm to this mystery, ensuring that readers will want to see more from O’Nelligan and Plunkett.”
Booklist

 "A classically styled Holmesian whodunit.”
Publishers Weekly


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O'Nelligan and Plunkett (Volume 1)

Michael Nethercott

St. Martin's Press

It's 1956, and Lee Plunkett has taken over the family business as a private investigator despite his reluctance to follow in his father's footsteps. When murder intrudes on a group of ghost...

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