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The Scholar

Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Series: The Cormac Reilly Series, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (205 ratings)

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Summary

Brilliance can be deadly.... 

When Detective Cormac Reilly's girlfriend, Emma, stumbles across the victim of a hit-and-run early one morning, he is first on the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. 

The dead girl is carrying an ID, that of Carline Darcy, heir apparent to Darcy Therapeutics, Ireland's most successful pharmaceutical company. Darcy Therapeutics has a finger in every pie, from sponsoring university research facilities to funding political parties to philanthropy - it has funded Emma's own groundbreaking research. The investigation into Carline's death promises to be high profile and high pressure.   

As Cormac investigates, evidence mounts that the death is linked to a Darcy laboratory and, increasingly, to Emma herself. Cormac is sure she couldn't be involved, but how well does he really know her? After all, this isn't the first time Emma's been accused of murder.... 

©2019 Dervla McTiernan (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Dervla McTiernan is a future star of the genre." (Chris Brookmyre)

"An exciting new voice." (Sunday Times)

"Cormac Reilly is a brilliant new character." (Sam Blake)

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Engaging from start to end

Engaging from start to end, great plot development and characters, want to read it again!

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Disappointing!

This book has glowing reviews on Amazon. Aoife McMahon is usually a 5* narrator. Therefore, I had high hopes. Sadly, I struggled to engage with any of the characters, I found the story just okay and Aoife, who I usually love listening to, didn’t do male voices justice here.

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love this new Irish crime writer

A compelling protagonist, a richly layered plot , a great narrator - and you can't go wrong with several hours spent with Irish accents!

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As good as expected.

I knew the”why”quite early on but that doesn’t detract from the story, I like it when we know something the characters don’t know and then watch them building to that understanding. Although, maybe it’s me. People hate watching films with me! Either way, there are characters to love and to dislike. And again the writing and narration were excellent.

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Not brilliant

I had hoped that the petty infighting in the police department would be over, but it is still there in this book, really distracting and annoying, it certainly doesn't add to the story.

My other complaint is that the 'impending' plot is so obvious and yet I saw it even before the police did.


I won't buy another in the series, overall I found it unsatisfactory and I couldn't wait for it to finish.

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medicore at best

narrator excellent as always story was far fetched probably make a better TV type series
first book way better

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Great stuff from a fellow Galwegian

Excellent story and great to listen to. Looking forward to the next book. Love the setting as I am familiar with all places mentioned.

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Excellent read

Excellent compulsive read /listen.
The story line and how it was written is superb
I felt I got right inside the story became totally immersed in it ... Those familiar places in Galway , the rain and drizzle the wind howling outside
The suspense of the story how it was narrated by Aoife , imitating all those accents ...that beautiful Galway lilt , the posh “potatoe in the mouth “Dublin accent and the falseness that is part of it .
A Brillant read