Review by Booklist Review
Midwestern college professor Hollis Larsson is rather perturbed by the complacency of husband and fellow professor, Finn, whose idea of a getaway is a weekend in Chicago. So, when a former flame asks Hollis to dust off her never-used CIA training and head to Ireland with Finn to authenticate an old manuscript, her pride and boredom compel her to say yes. Instead of finding the manuscript as directed, they find a suitcase with 50,000 euros outside their hotel door. And, voilà, marital malaise evaporates as she and Finn race through Ireland looking for the manuscript and a missing agent, while trying not to get killed. The relationship between Hollis and Finn is the hook in this smart debut. It's rare to find a contemporary mystery that makes the everyday challenge of honest communication between partners so compelling, but that's exactly the core of this entertaining mystery about a husband-wife team of crime solvers.--Keefe, Karen Copyright 2018 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
O'Donohue's enjoyable, if slight, first World of Spies mystery introduces married Michigan college professors Hollis and Finn Larsson. Hollis enjoys teaching, but the sight of her barely used passport makes her long to get away. Finn is satisfied with the status quo. When CIA agent David Agnelli, an old flame of Hollis's, offers them an all-expenses-paid trip to Ireland to acquire a rare book manuscript, which supposedly holds the key to finding a missing agent, Hollis, who dreamed during her college days of becoming a spy, is thrilled. Finn is less enthusiastic, but he agrees to David's deal. Soon after arriving in Dublin, Hollis and Finn realize that they're on their own with no one they can trust. After witnessing a murder, they decide that they must get their hands on the manuscript to ensure their survival, but doing so won't be easy. O'Donohue (the Someday Quilts series) supplies plenty of fun spy business, but the believability and chemistry of Hollis and Finn as a couple, as shown in their witty dialogue, is the main appeal. Agent: Sharon Bowers, Miller Bowers Griffin Literary Management. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by Library Journal Review
When 40-year-old tenured college professor Hollis Larsson agrees to meet with an old friend, she has no idea that she and her husband, Finn, will end up being chased by spies and killers across Ireland. Bored with her marriage and life, she pushes Finn to accept Interpol's request that they pick up a rare manuscript. But their contact in Dublin doesn't show, and the couple is followed and questioned at gunpoint by several suspicious people. Then a man is murdered in front of them at the theater. As they flee Dublin to Galway to Doolin and the Aran Islands, Hollis and Finn know only that they must rely on each other. VERDICT O'Donohue's (Missing Persons) new series introduces a spirited and engaging duo (think Dashiell Hammett's Nick and Nora Charles) who complement each other as a spy team; the humor and adventures will remind readers of True Lies. After a slow start, the pace intensifies quickly. Armchair travelers will delight in the colorful descriptions of Ireland, while mystery buffs who enjoy charming sleuths will appreciate the quick-witted couple.-Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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