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A Distant Grave

A Distant Grave

A Mystery

Maggie D'arcy Mysteries (Volume 2)

Sarah Stewart Taylor

Minotaur Books

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In the follow up to the critically acclaimed The Mountains Wild, Detective Maggie D'arcy tackles another intricate case that bridges Long Island and Ireland in A Distant Grave.

Long Island homicide detective Maggie D'arcy and her teenage daughter, Lilly, are still recovering from the events of last fall when a strange new case demands Maggie's attention. The body of an unidentified Irish national turns up in a wealthy Long Island beach community and with little to go on but the scars on his back, Maggie once again teams up with Garda detectives in Ireland to find out who the man was and what he was doing on Long Island. The strands of the mystery take Maggie to a quiet village in rural County Clare that's full of secrets and introduce her to the world of humanitarian aid workers half a world away. And as she gets closer to the truth about the murder, what she learns leads her back to her home turf and into range of a dangerous and determined killer who will do anything to keep the victim's story hidden forever.

With the lyrical prose, deeply drawn characters, and atmospheric setting that put The Mountains Wild on multiple best of the year lists, Sarah Stewart Taylor delivers another gripping mystery novel about family, survival, and the meaning of home.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017


Marty is waiting for me in the parking lot. I know he’s nervous because he can’t keep his hands off the buttons of his coat and from across the parking lot I can see that his forehead...

Praise for A Distant Grave

Advance Praise for A Distant Grave

"Taylor pulls out all the stops—subplots, threats, red herrings, warning bells—to keep the pot boiling till the end." —Kirkus Reviews

“As intricately plotted as The Mountains Wild. . . [a] tense thriller.” —Library Journal

“Tana French fans will be eager for the next series entry.” —Publisher’s Weekly

"The Irish setting takes center stage... a solid series." —Booklist

"Lyrical, haunting, and impossible to put down... Absolutely do not miss this." —Hank Phillippi Ryan

A Distant Grave is an entrancing and expertly crafted police procedural that surges to a full-tilt finish. Sarah Stewart Taylor commands the most complex of emotions — grief, guilt, love — with ease to deliver a story that, like a chill off the water, gets in your bones.” —Tessa Wegert

Praise for The Mountains Wild

“Razor-sharp… In addition to her intelligent characters, Taylor has sculpted The Mountains Wild as a valentine to Ireland, delving into its beauty, history and varied landscape...We may not be able to travel to Ireland right now, but Taylor has brought the country to us… a terrific series launch.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Gripping… the book’s intriguing characters spiral through multiple timelines, plot twists, and lush Irish settings, and Maggie’s quest to finally learn the truth runs parallel to her hopes of reuniting with a lost love.” —Christian Science Monitor

“Sarah Stewart Taylor has written a beautiful, bittersweet novel about loyalt… More…

Advance Praise for A Distant Grave

"Taylor pulls out all the stops—subplots, threats, red herrings, warning bells—to keep the pot boiling till the end." —Kirkus Reviews

“As intricately plotted as The Mountains Wild. . . [a] tense thriller.” —Library Journal

“Tana French fans will be eager for the next series entry.” —Publisher’s Weekly

"The Irish setting takes center stage... a solid series." —Booklist

"Lyrical, haunting, and impossible to put down... Absolutely do not miss this." —Hank Phillippi Ryan

A Distant Grave is an entrancing and expertly crafted police procedural that surges to a full-tilt finish. Sarah Stewart Taylor commands the most complex of emotions — grief, guilt, love — with ease to deliver a story that, like a chill off the water, gets in your bones.” —Tessa Wegert

Praise for The Mountains Wild

“Razor-sharp… In addition to her intelligent characters, Taylor has sculpted The Mountains Wild as a valentine to Ireland, delving into its beauty, history and varied landscape...We may not be able to travel to Ireland right now, but Taylor has brought the country to us… a terrific series launch.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Gripping… the book’s intriguing characters spiral through multiple timelines, plot twists, and lush Irish settings, and Maggie’s quest to finally learn the truth runs parallel to her hopes of reuniting with a lost love.” —Christian Science Monitor

“Sarah Stewart Taylor has written a beautiful, bittersweet novel about loyalty and loss and how they can blind us to the truth.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Perfect summer reading. Maggie is a first-class protagonist—an ace investigator and appealing everywoman with smarts and heart.” —BookPage

“Taylor skillfully switches time periods from 1993 to 2016 in this splendid, atmospheric mystery… The Irish setting is so vividly evoked that you can practically hear the dulcet brogue, taste the Guinness and smell the peat fires.” —Open Letters Monthly

“Far beyond a simple mystery, The Mountains Wild is a gorgeous rendering on paper of Ireland in all of its beauty… this is a five star read.” —Bookreporter

“The atmospheric, intricately plotted story builds to a stunning, unforgettable conclusion.” —Library Journal (starred and Pick of the Month)

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Sarah Stewart Taylor

SARAH STEWART TAYLOR is the author of the Sweeney St. George series and the Maggie D'arcy series. Taylor grew up on Long Island in New York and was educated at Middlebury College in Vermont and Trinity College in Dublin. She lived in Dublin, Ireland in the mid-90s and she now lives with her family on a farm in Vermont where they raise sheep and grow blueberries.

Meet the Author

July 6, 2021

Join Sarah Stewart Taylor for a virtual discussion of A Distant Grave, her next mystery featuring homicide detective Maggie D’arcy.

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