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Book Spotlight: The Irish Inheritance: M.J. Lee

SYNOPSIS: 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.

MY THOUGHTS:Jayne Sinclair plays our no-nonsense, female lead. She brings her baggage with her. As an ex-cop, she has PTSD and martial problems as a result. When we first meet up with her, she’s just come from her sister-in-law’s funeral. We meet her when she is at her most flawed, needing a major distraction.
Her husband can be approached from both sides. True, he is self-centered and not the understand type. But, it’s also true, that he has stood by Jayne’s side through her partner’s death and a change of career. As to whether the two will come out strong, the reader will have to discover.
The plot was quite intriguing. Not many fictional novels involve the Easter Rising, a pivotal moment in Irish History. In fact, most of what I read was new to me. Our author deserves credit for interweaving the historical components with present day. Had Jayne not had the tech know-how, it would have been impossible for her to even work the case.
It was nice to read about a seldom covered, historically significant event. Her client, a billionaire, isn’t the nicest chap, but in the hearts of readers, you want him to discover his roots. The twists in the ending chapters give the book it’s second wind. It finishes strong.
As a first outing in the series, it’s a 3.5-star novel. I will continue with the series. I look forward to the new history lessons and what will become of our Jayne.
**Synopsis belongs solely to the author/publisher

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