REVIEW - The Irish Inheritance by M J Lee

Title: The Irish Inheritance

Author: M J Lee


Release Date: 15th June 2016

Source: Blog Tour Copy

June 8, 1921. Ireland.
A British Officer is shot dead on a remote hillside south of Dublin.

November 22, 2015. United Kingdom.
Former police detective, Jayne Sinclair, now working as a genealogical investigator, receives a phone call from an adopted American billionaire asking her to discover the identity of his real father.

How are the two events linked?

Jayne Sinclair has only three clues to help her: a photocopied birth certificate, a stolen book and an old photograph. And it soon becomes apparent somebody else is on the trail of the mystery. A killer who will stop at nothing to prevent Jayne discovering the secret hidden in the past
The Irish Inheritance takes us through the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Irish War of Independence, combining a search for the truth of the past with all the tension of a modern-day thriller.

It is the first in a series of novels featuring Jayne Sinclair, genealogical detective.

Jayne Sinclair is an ex-cop with a failing marriage and a new business as a genealogical investigator, she is a woman who once she starts a job doesn't finish till she gets an answer but in the Irish Inheritance she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

She is contacted by an American billionaire, a man who also has months to live, a man who has a dying wish.  That wish is to find out who he is, literally.  Adopted as a child, he wants to find out who he father is and with a couple of pieces of information he tells Jayne she has 8 days to find out before he returns to the States.

What should be a straight forward dive in to the past, looking through records to find this mans last request turns out to be much more with Jayne having to look over her shoulder as it seems somebody doesn't want her to find out the truth.

This book is also written from two POV's with a current day POV from Jayne and a POV from the time she is researching.  The historical POV gives an insight in to Ireland during a time of great turmoil and the passion of the characters during these chapters is very close to surface.

This was an enjoyable read with a great story with the main story line with regards to finding out the truth of her clients history combined with a lesser story line that sees the failure of her marriage. The story is very engaging but I did find some of the historical chapters a little long in places but apart from that it was a great read.

Thanks to Neverland Blog Tours for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.

He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.

Whilst working in Shanghai, he loved walking through the old quarter of that amazing city, developing the idea behind a series of crime novels featuring Inspector Pyotr Danilov, set in 1920s and 30s.
When he's not writ

ing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, practicing downhill ironing, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.

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  1. A genealogical investigator AND an Irish setting?? That's pretty much all I needed to see. This looks great.

    1. You have England and Ireland so it has lots of "scenery" in the book!

  2. Anything to do with Ireland already has me interested and hooked, kind of like this read. Sounds like it was brilliant!


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