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Murder at Irish Mensa by Clare O'Beara


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Also by Clare O'Beara:

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A Dozen Dogs Or So: New Edition, July 2020
Dogs Of Every Day: New Edition, July 2020
A Pony For Quarantine, June 2020
Dining Out On Planet Mercury, August 2017
Murder Against The Clock, September 2016
Dining Out with the Gas Giants, September 2015
Rodeo Finn, November 2014
Show Jumping Team, September 2014
The Prisoner In The Tower, September 2014
Dining Out With The Ice Giants, September 2014
The Prisoner In The Tower: Short Story & Big Cat Bones, September 2014
Dining Out Around The Solar System, September 2013
Murder At Wicklow Mensa, September 2013
Murder at Dublin Mensa, September 2013
Murder at Irish Mensa, September 2013
Murder At Scottish Mensa, September 2013
Murder At Kildare Mensa, September 2013
Silks And Sins, August 2013

Murder at Irish Mensa
Clare O'Beara

Organising a convention is hard enough without a murder

Mensa Mystery #1
Author Self-Published
September 2013
On Sale: August 24, 2013
Featuring: Cara Cassidy; Mike Fraser; Ricky Norton
ISBN: 0992638615
EAN: 9780992638610
Kindle: B00E5JMQP4
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Romance Suspense | Romance Contemporary

Cara Cassidy, a Dublin tree surgeon, is having a tough May weekend. Her landlady has given her notice. Cara's in the middle of organising an international convention for the high intelligence group Irish Mensa. Visiting American tobacco heiress Laurel Cabot – who has married a Dubliner with the paper title of the Baron of Ballymun – is murdered and her priceless diamond necklace stolen. Both the Gardai and Interpol believe that the killer is among the guests.

Amid visits to the National Stud and Trinity College, Cara, newly elected Chairman of Irish Mensa, does some investigating, with the aid of Mike Fraser, a Scottish guest. The Mensa members trust her, but some people would prefer their secrets to remain hidden....

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1 comment posted.

Re: Murder at Irish Mensa

If you are always looking out for an original take on the
standard murder story, look no further than Clare O'
Beara's fast-moving tale of mystery. Here the conventions
of the police procedural have to give way; the police
don't seem able to proceed very far in finding the
murderer of Laurel Cabot. Instead they accept the advice
and deductions of the members of a Mensa convention hosted
by the Dublin Mensa but featuring people of high IQ from
all over the world.

It's always good to have plenty of background interest in
a crime tale, and I enjoyed learning more about Mensa, IQ
testing, horse-racing, Dublin, and tree surgery along the

The tale has pace and interest all through, and Cara
Cassidy, the heroine of the investigation, is an engaging
character who goes on to feature in the sequels to this

It's also very humorous, if the portrayal is accurate then
members of Mensa deeply enjoy jokes and especially puns.
Who could fail to enjoy a book that features an estate
agents company called 'Mycroft Homes'?

The book is well presented, I particularly like the large
font which makes it accessible to more readers. Don't miss
this if you like murder and detection stories.
(Sue Bridgwater 10:30am March 19, 2018)

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