Solicitor Benedicta “Ben” O’Keeffe, the intelligent, determined heroine of Irish author Carter’s atmospheric first novel and series launch, runs the “most northerly solicitor’s office in Ireland” on the Inishowen Peninsula. “Last legal advice before Iceland,” she thinks she should put on her notepaper. A routine job takes her to inspect a deconsecrated church, where, in the crypt, she and the surveyor accompanying her spot a human skeleton. When word gets out of this grisly find, many believe that the remains belong to a local man who disappeared on his wedding day six years earlier. Sgt. Tom Molloy, a friend of Ben’s, investigates. That a barred gate locked the victim in suggests foul play. A chance encounter with the pathologist who conducts the postmortem triggers painful memories of a personal loss that Ben suffered eight years before. A potential romance with Tom provides further complications. The complex, slow-moving plot can be challenging to follow at times, but readers will feel the effort is well worth it. Agent: Kerry Glencorse, Susanna Lea Assoc. (Sept.)
Haunting, atmospheric, and gripping. One of the finest Irish mystery debuts of recent years. Tana French has some serious competition.” John Connolly, New York Times best-selling author
“An entourage of fascinating people and mysterious places lace this mystery with plenty of bark and bite. A captivating gem.”
Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author
"Andrea Carter writes brilliantly about a lively, entirely credible community where even your friends are suspects and your neighbors may end up dead. Everyone has a secret, and the revelations come thick and fast. Riveting, intriguing, and worryingly real."
Liz Nugent, award-winning author
“With Death at Whitewater Church , Andrea Carter announces herself as one of the most exciting new voices in Irish crime fiction. A wonderfully written debut, the rugged beauty of Donegal provides a stunningly realized backdrop to the twists and turns of Ben's investigations.” Brian McGilloway, New York Times best-selling author
“Some readers will be happy to go with Carter’s languorous pace, relishing every particle of vividly described landscape.”
“Writing with Agatha Christie in mind, Carter draws her heroine as curious, if bordering on interfering, and her debut’s pacing as she explores the story encourages readers to seek the same connections she does.” Kirkus Reviews
“A beguiling heroineclever, sympathetic, and bearing a weight of guilt... This is Andrea Carter’s first book; she’ll go far."
The Times (London)
"Carter excels in re-creating the cloistered, gossipy confines of a small Irish village... the Inishowen Peninsula community where everybody knows everybody else’s business is a fine stand-in for the mannered drawing-room society of a Christie mystery."
"Set in the ruggedly beautiful landscape of the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal, this assured debut mystery by Dublin-based barrister Andrea Carter introduces country solicitor and amateur sleuth Benedicta O’Keeffe." Irish Independent
" Death at Whitewater Church is a charming debut that bodes well for Andrea Carter." Irish Times
"I adored this traditional crime novel; it’s modern day Agatha Christie with Ben as Miss Marple." Irish Examiner
"It’s like a modern-day Agatha Christie set in a small community with all the alliances, secrets and rivalry such a place can engender. There are enough twists to hold the interest throughout and it builds to a crescendo in a dramatic and highly satisfying close."
Books Ireland Magazine
A solicitor can't help but dig in a small Irish town when unidentified remains are found on the grounds of a local church.Though she's no detective, Benedicta O'Keeffe has a way of nosing herself into situations—or maybe it's more a matter of being at the right place at the right time. In her capacity as a solicitor, she's helping sell Inishowen's Whitewater Church when she stumbles on unburied remains loose in one of the crypts. Ben has no idea who the remains could be, but she reports the incident to her kind-of-friend Sgt. Tom Molloy, though Molloy is clear the interaction is business and that Ben is to keep out of any investigation. Ben is too new in town to have a stake in the remains, but the rest of Inishowen is filled with rumors that the body belongs to Conor Devitt, who mysteriously vanished the morning that was to see him wed to Lisa McCauley. Six years after Conor disappeared, his brother Danny became a bit unhinged, and now he shows up at Ben's office requesting her professional services while in a state too disturbed to convey what seems to be the problem or which services he needs. Ben is also approached by Conor's former fiancee, Lisa, who's just returned from her honeymoon and wants to have Conor officially declared dead so she can start her new life in peace. While Ben wants to help Danny and Lisa, she's distracted by the arrival of a forensic pathologist, who coincidentally knows the secrets of Ben's own dramatic past. Ben came to Inishowen because it was the furthest she could get from Dublin and the troubling death of her younger sister, and the arrival of the pathologist scares Ben into thinking, like the Whitewater remains, her own secrets may not stay buried.Writing with Agatha Christie in mind, Carter draws her heroine as curious, if bordering on interfering, and her debut's pacing as she explores the story encourages readers to seek the same connections she does.