Organising a convention is hard enough without a murder
Mensa Mystery #1
On Sale: August 24, 2013
Featuring: Cara Cassidy; Mike Fraser; Ricky Norton
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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 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ who has married a Dubliner
with the paper title of the Baron of Ballymun Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 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....
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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