Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad mysteries were pretty good, the first one, In the Woods, in particular. I don’t know if she did it on purpose, but that first book was just a complete and total subversion of most series mystery tropes, and was vastly entertaining. I kept thinking This has got to be on purpose, but as I read the rest of the series, I started thinking it had been a bit of an accident. Still, it was a good read.
The rest were pretty decent, too. Wasn’t super impressed with The Likeness or The Secret Place as much. The plot of The Likeness was just way too farfetched for me to really get into. Interesting to read for the character work, but not so great as a mystery, I guess. And The Secret Place was fun, but it strayed a little bit into supernatural stuff, presented in such a way as maybe it was just the kids’ imaginations? Anyway, it got a little bit silly.
Overall, though, it’s a pretty good series. I’ll be keeping an eye out to see if she writes any more of them.
- In The Woods, Tana French
- The Likeness, Tana French
- Faithful Place, Tana French
- Broken Harbor, Tana French
- The Secret Place, Tana French
- The Trespasser, Tana French