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Following the closure of Mystery Women, a new group was formed on 30th January 2012 promoting crime fiction.
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Belfast and the IRA wants to deal with an undercover British police officer.
Joseph Kennedy, a rising star of the movement, recruits his teenage girlfriend
Maire Anne McCartney as a honey trap. She is told it is a simple job to entrap
him and there would be no violence. She is lied to. To save herself she has to
flee across the border and change her identity.
Present Day London and human rights
lawyer Anne-Marie Gallagher is elected as an MP and is given the job of
Minister of State for Security and Immigration.
As Anne-Marie takes up the post,
police in Belfast receive an anonymous call with a password from the Troubles
that is soon verified. The call leads DCI Jon Carne to a field in Northern
Ireland and a body.
When the new minister gets a message
from her old boyfriend Joseph Kennedy, she realises that all she has worked for
could come crashing down around her. And when Carne’s investigation brings
Anne-Marie to his attention, she must decide where her allegiances lie.
Simon Berthon is an award-winning
investigative film-maker who spent many years in Northern Ireland, and this
gives Woman of State authenticity and originality. We know we are in safe hands
with this intelligent and layered thriller. Corruption and deception run all
the way through its twists and turns as we follow Maire Anne McCartney’s
journey from 1990s Belfast and Dublin to London in the present.
The plot is multi-faceted and unfolds
at a breathless pace, but it is the character of Maire that holds the novel
together. She is intriguing - both in her naïve teenage years and in adulthood.
It is through her eyes that we see and feel the themes of love and betrayal. We
are there at the death of her idealism, and we feel her pain when she is betrayed
time and again. I thought the path she chose at the end of the book was perfect
for the story.
If you enjoy a really well-written,
well-plotted political thriller, then look no further than Woman of State.
has spent much of his working life delving into the secrets of state. He is an
award winning and highly acclaimed investigative film-maker whose scoops
include a number of stories set in Ireland.
Mary-Jane Riley wrote
her first story on her newly acquired blue Petite typewriter. She was eight. It
was about a gang of children who had adventures on mysterious islands, but she
soon realised Enid Blyton had cornered that particular market. So she wrote
about the Wild West instead. When she grew up she had to earn a living, and
became a BBC radio talk show presenter and journalist. She has covered many
life-affirming stories, but also some of the darkest events of the past two
decades. Then, in true journalistic style, she decided not to let the facts get
in the way of a good story and got creative. She wrote for women's magazines
and small presses. She formed WriteOutLoud with two writer friends to help
charities get their message across using their life stories. Now she is writing
psychological suspense, drawing on her experiences in journalism. The Bad Things by Mary-Jane Riley was
published by Harper Collins/Killer Reads. Her second book, After She Fell, also published by Killer Reads in April 2016. To read the review of Killer reads click here http://promotingcrime.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/after-she-fell-by-mary-jane-riley.html