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September 29, 2015



When a skeleton is discovered, wrapped in a blanket, in the hidden crypt of a deconsecrated church, everyone is convinced the bones must be those of Conor Devitt, a local man who went missing on his wedding day six years previously. But the post-mortem reveals otherwise.
Solicitor Benedicta ‘Ben’ O’Keeffe is acting for the owners of the church, and although an unwelcome face from her past makes her reluctant to get involved initially, when Conor’s brother dies in strange circumstances shortly after coming to see her, she finds herself drawn in to the mystery. Whose is the skeleton in the crypt and how did it get there? Is Conor Devitt still alive, and if so is there a link? What happened on the morning of his wedding to make him disappear?
Negotiating between the official investigation, headed up by the handsome but surly Sergeant Tom Molloy, and obstructive locals with secrets of their own, Ben unravels layers of personal and political history to get to the truth of what happened six years before.
This is a fantastic first novel by Andrea Carter. I am sure we will be seeing more novels by this new author in the future. The story is a very unusual story set in Whitewater church in Inishowen. A male skeleton is discovered, wrapped up in a blanket, in the hidden crypt of a deconsecrated church. According to the pathologist from the level of decomposition the man had been dead for at least five years. The body was completely skeletonized. The question was did this man fall accidentally to his death and die there or were the bones buried somewhere nearby before being moved to the crypt. Could this skeleton be Connor Devitt, a local man who went missing six years ago just before his wedding? What made Connor disappear on the morning of his wedding? Lots of secrets are to be unraveled in Death at Whitewater church.



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