Posts Tagged ‘Paul Charles’
A lone building on a small island off Ireland’s Donegal coast, St Ernan’s is politely known as a “retirement home” for priests. The exiled residents are guilty of such serious offenses as entrepreneurship, criticizing the church, or getting too friendly with the flock. But things take a turn when Fr Matthew McKaye is found dead in the kitchen, a pot of potatoes boiling on the range. Has one of these isolated outcasts committed murder?
The case is assigned to Inspector Starrett and his tenacious team at the Serious Crimes Unit, who find the unexplainable cause of death to be the first in a string of oddities.
Starrett soon discovers that ten clergy alone on an island can concoct a great deal of mischief, but what could the young priest have done to get himself murdered? Long-buried grievances are awakened by the ghosts of Starrett’s seminarian past, and though Starrett excels at untangling facts from speculation, this investigation is going to require all the procedural discipline he can muster.
“In Irish author Charles’s atmospheric third Inspector Starrett mystery, Starrett investigates a murder at a home for wayward Catholic priests…The various secrets uncovered are worth waiting for.”—Publishers Weekly
“Charles makes Starrett’s third case leisurely, literate, ingenious…and as old-fashioned as the idea that priests are pillars of private morality.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The reader of St Ernan’s Blues will learn a lot about the priests of St Ernan’s and a lot about human nature.”—Irish American News2016, 320 pages (Dufour)
ISBN 978-0-8023-1360-7 Hardback $29.00
ISBN 978-0-8023-6031-1 Ebook $9.99
Brendy McCusker had it made when he took early retirement from the Ulster police force with a handsome pay-out. That is until his wife ran off to America with their nest egg, forcing him back to work in Belfast.
On his first major case, McCusker partners with DI Lily O’Carroll to locate the two missing sons of a wealthy businessman. But before the brothers can be found, McCusker is reassigned to the brutal murder of an American banker staying on Cyprus Avenue. As the detectives delve into their subjects’ pasts, McCusker finds himself juggling his move to Belfast, O’Carroll’s frequent blind dates, his status as a hired-back rent-a-cop, and trying not to be distracted by Belfast’s beautiful women, especially one mysterious woman in particular.
McCusker and O’Carroll eventually find a person of interest with an air-tight alibi, but only one of the detectives believes it is genuine…
“Continuously absorbing, with a nice rapport between the hero and heroine.”—Kirkus Reviews
Paul Charles was born and raised in Magherafelt in the North of Ireland. He is the author of the critically acclaimed D.I. Christy Kennedy mysteries including I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass, The Beautiful Sound of Silence, and A Pleasure to do Death With You, the 10th in the series and recently published by Dufour Editions.
Paul lives in Camden Town and divides his time between working in the music business and writing. He is currently working on the second McCusker mystery, A Day in The Life of Louis Bloom.2014, 292 pages (Dufour)
ISBN 978-0-8023-1358-4 Hardback $29.00
On March 22, 1963 the album Please, Please Me was released and a world-wide, multicultural phenomenon was sparked. Created by four street-wise lads from Liverpool, one classy Parlophone producer, and one publicity-savvy manager, the album was only the first in a long line of worldwide hits from this incredible collaboration. Now, 50 years later, The Beatles remain one of the most successful and recognizable groups on the planet.
In this detail-filled book, musicologist Paul Charles looks at the years The Beatles were writing and recording music together. With an open and certainly opinionated eye, he explores their music, their cronies, and their stories. This is rock ‘n’ roll chronology at its best, from an author who knows a thing or two about the music business.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Paul Charles has worked in London’s music industry since the age of 17 as manager, lyricist, roadie, sound-engineer, and agent. He co-founded the music promotion company Asgard Promotions, and has handled a variety of musical acts. A Beatles fanatic since the beginning, (he even has a replica of the Sgt. Pepper Drum head) Paul also brings to this, his 16th book, decades of experience in the industry.2013, 128 pages (Dufour Editions)
ISBN 978-0-8023-1356-0 Paper $16.95
This novel about The Playboys of Castle-martin – a big band from the heyday of the show-band era in 1950s Ireland – is at its core, a love story. Written in the style of a band biography that explores the rise and dramatic demise of The Playboys, The Last Dance focuses on the journey of Martin Dean (McClelland) from small-town boy to songwriter and lead singer of The Playboys. Evocative, nostalgic, and written with a wry humor, The Last Dance will stay with you long after you turn the final page.
“Clearly a labor of love, this novel in the style of a nostalgic band biography. . . re-creates a unique and iconic period of musical history.”–Library Journal2012, 406 pages (New Island)
Paperback Original, ISBN 978-1-84840-142-6 Paperback $27.95
In the tenth book of the acclaimed DI Christy Kennedy series, a successful investment banker is found dead under unusual circumstances. While it looks like the case of an auto-erotic escapade gone wrong, Kennedy has other suspicions. After working through a battery of interviews, and uncovering a potential political scandal, Kennedy follows the trail to California.
Kennedy’s long time love has gone for good, which leaves the inspector in a contemplative mood. But in the quiet American hamlet of Half Moon Bay, Kennedy is intrigued by an attractive police officer investigating her husband’s murder. As he aids in the search for this new killer, Kennedy finds the line between professional and personal relationships blurred. Despite distractions, the redoubtable DI still finds time to solve his crime.
“Haunted by a broken romance, bewildered by a new one, the reserved and courtly Kennedy proves irresistible to women, much to his (and the reader’s) delight.”—Publishers Weekly
“One murder leads to another and DI Dennedy goes trans-Atlantic in his 10th appearance…Charles serves up his usual pleasant concoction at his usual leisurly pace.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The tenth Christy Kennedy mystery finds the Camden Town detective inspector following the clues to a man’s death all the way to California.” —Booklist
Paul Charles was born and raised in Magherafelt in the North of Ireland. He is the author of nine previous Christy Kennedy novels including, I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass and The Beautiful Sound of Silence. He is also the author of two Inspector Starrett novels, The Dust of Death and Family Life.2012, 384 pages (Dufour Editions)
ISBN 978-0-8023-1352-2 Hardback $29.95