This is my last guest post highlighting “underrated or unappreciated writers” and one of Darlynne’s favorite mystery writers is Irish writer, John Brady. Only five of his books are digitized as I write this and no, the first book isn’t one of them but there seems to be plenty of used paper copies. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to Darlynne, Trisha and Sarah for providing guest posts on the mystery writers they enjoy reading and thank all you for reading as well. Her guest post starts after the break
John Brady – Matt Minogue series, police procedural, Dublin
Matt Minogue is introduced in A Stone of the Heart after returning to duty as a Sergeant with the Garda Murder Squad. He has been on leave because of injuries sustained from a bomb that killed the British Ambassador, the man he was protecting. It is 1988 and The Troubles in the North are very much in evidence, even in Dublin.
These nine-so-far books form a solid police procedural series, following the discovery of the crime to its sometimes rocky resolution. Minogue is a cypher to his colleagues, who don’t quite know how to take him. “A circumspect man, Minogue, some powerful imminence in him. He was rumored to have a terrific sense of humor,” reflects Inspector James Kilmartin.
One of the things that sets these books apart is Brady’s masterful grasp of Irish “crack,” the verbal sparing and joking that occur when Irish people gather in social settings. Minogue and Kilmartin are relentless in their banter, which is as breathtaking as it is delightfully and fiercely intelligent. Even ordinary observations and narration are written in that unique Irish perspective and voice, making the reader an immediate spectator to everything that happens.
It is Minogue himself, however, who is the gem of this series, a man with enormous heart, conscience and no easy faith in things being as everyone claims. Over the course of the books, Minogue is witness to the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger and the impact of the EU on the previously homogeneous Ireland, as well as his own family. He is the reader’s envoy to the Ireland beyond the quaint beer-and-shamrocks vision many hold, a man whose choice of someone as a friend is testament to the worthiness of that friend.
Photo album of Minogue’s Ireland (gorgeous pictures)