In House of Eire, Hillary Broome, a reporter-turned-ghostwriter from Lodi, California, and her detective husband Ed fly to Ireland—Ed for a gang conference in Dublin and Hillary to research her ancestors in Galway. Hillary plans to meet up with her friend Bridget, who’s pushing a greedy developer to include a memorial museum inside his proposed Irish theme park. As Hillary travels through Ireland and learns more about her friend’s crusade, she uncovers secrets and mysterious forces nudging her to fly away home.
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This is the first Hillary Broome novel I’ve read. I plan on reading the first two books in the series when I have time but House of Eire does stand on its own.
Hillary and her family are excited to be going to Ireland. She and her husband Ed joke that it’s their belated honeymoon but their daughter Claire and friend Sarah are also going. Hillary learns a lot about her Irish heritage while they are there but she also runs into a bit of danger and excitement while there.
June Gillam’s writing flows well and this was a quick read. There was a lot of Irish history which was interesting. There was also a bit of mystery and suspense.
I liked the characters. The relationship between Hillary and Ed was refreshing. They had no conflicts and were obviously happily married. The characters are complex and likable. Seamus, the boyfriend of Hillary’s friend, was my favorite because he was so complex and conflicted.
Anyone who enjoys a mystery with a lot of history will enjoy House of Eire. I’m looking forward to reading the first two books in the series.
About the Author
June Gillam teaches literature and writing at a Northern California Community College. She describes this series as psychological suspense novels in which Hillary Broome, reporter and ghostwriter, fends off complex villains of many kinds: a berserk butcher, a demented daughter and a haunted theme park developer.
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