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The Scholar

Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Series: The Cormac Reilly Series, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (423 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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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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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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Aoife McMahon brings words to life again

Aoife McMahon is such a very good narrator. Each character has his/he own voice & personally - truly exceptional reading. Great story Dervla, but many, many thanks to Aoife.

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always very well written and entertaining

always so well written, good twists, and subtle hints along the way. love the voice artist's performance too. very addictive.

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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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Excellent plot

Brilliant narration and well written story. Keeps one's attention all the way through. I like the fact that it's based in Ireland and getting to know the different cities.

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Great book brilliantly read

I love Aoufe Mc Mahon narrating anytging but I particularly loved this book. Its a very well paced detective story set in lovely Galway. It felt very real and totally believable.

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Wish there was more....

Wish there was another and another by Dervla McTiernan. Great characters, interesting story and believable plot. Narration first class what more can you ask for??? Another book perhaps????

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  • 12-08-20

wonderful story

I am obsessed with these books. The local color is excellent, the mysteries are compelling, the reader is just phenomenal with the accents. The bit where the detective was trying to fake a N Irish accent especially was a brilliant bit of voice work. Strongly recommend!

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