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.
I always love trying something new book-wise, so when the opportunity came up to read M J Lee’s The Irish Inheritance, I jumped at the chance. Having read his Inspector Danilov novels previously, I was sure I’d enjoy this and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest!
Jayne SInclair is tasked with tracking down the rightful parents of an American billionaire who doesn’t have long to live. She has precious little to go on though: a photocopy of a birth certificate, a book and a photograph of the billionaire taken shortly before his adoption. This mystery would baffle even the most experienced of genealogists! Luckily, Jayne has her keen police intellect to help her though. What she doesn’t count on, however, is someone else wanting to solve the mystery. Someone with a murderous secret to hide…
This genealogical mystery was both enthralling and baffling in equal measure. I had no idea what the end result would be, which kept me gripped and meant I read the book in about three sittings. Jayne was a great character to lead us through the story. Sometimes with detective stories, the main protagonist can come off as nosy or interfering, but this didn’t happen here. Her genuine interest in genealogy shone through and she was the perfect person to solve this mystery. I really enjoyed it and will look out for more in this series.
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 writing, 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.