John Brady’s Matt Minogue series. Another on that ‘read, but neglected’ list.
Honestly, I didn’t remember much about Matt Minogue… only that I’d considered him a candidate for this ‘moody sleuth’ list I’m now getting around to recording.
What I do recall of the first book, A Stone of the Heart, is that I picked it up after reading somewhere about the title being from a line in a poem by Yeats, written in response to Ireland’s Easter Uprising of 1916. Intrigued me.
I also recall that I found Brady’s multiple point-of-view narrative confusing. Not a good start.
But whether it was something about Detective Sergeant Matt Minogue, or Brady’s writing, or the subject matter (the Troubles circa late 1980’s), or maybe just allowing for ‘first-in-series syndrome‘, I gave Minogue another go… read the second book, Unholy Ground, and found it un-put-downable.
So what’s happened mean-times? Unholy Ground came out in 1989, and twenty-eight years later there’s eleven books in the Matt Minogue series. Seems I’m a little late to the party. Nothing new.
I expect I’ll soon have more to say about Detective Minogue of the Dublin Murder Squad. My next read is Kaddish in Dublin.