• No Strangers Here

  • Irish Vet Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Emily O'Mahony
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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No Strangers Here

By: Carlene O'Connor
Narrated by: Emily O'Mahony
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Publisher's Summary

Set in Ireland’s striking, rugged countryside, USA Today bestselling author Carlene O’Connor’s dark, atmospheric new crime fiction series combines the eerie atmosphere of Tana French and Louise Penny with the compulsively taut plotting of Dervla McTiernan and Lucy Foley, as an Irish veterinarian grapples with life, death, family dynamics, and the secrets at the heart of her small community…

On a rocky beach in the southwest of Ireland, the body of Jimmy O’Reilly, sixty-nine years old and dressed in a suit and his dancing shoes, is propped on a boulder, staring sightlessly out to sea. A cryptic message is spelled out next to the body with sixty-nine polished black stones and a discarded vial of deadly veterinarian medication lies nearby. Jimmy was a wealthy racehorse owner, known far and wide as The Dancing Man. In a town like Dingle, everyone knows a little something about everyone else. But dig a bit deeper, and there’s always much more to find. And when Detective Inspector Cormac O'Brien is dispatched out of Killarney to lead the murder inquiry, he's determined to unearth every last buried secret.

Dimpna Wilde hasn’t been home in years. As picturesque as Dingle may be for tourists in search of their roots and the perfect jumper, to her it means family drama and personal complications. In fairness, Dublin hasn’t worked out quite as she hoped either. Faced with a triple bombshell—her mother rumored to be in a relationship with Jimmy, her father’s dementia is escalating, and her brother is avoiding her calls—Dimpna moves back to clear her family of suspicion.

Despite plenty of other suspects, the guards are crawling over the Wildes. But the horse business can be a brutal one, and as Dimpna becomes more involved with her old acquaintances and haunts, the depth of lingering grudges becomes clear. Theft, extortion, jealousy and greed. As Dimpna takes over the family practice, she's in a race with the detective inspector to uncover the dark, twisting truth, no matter how close to home it strikes…

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Surprise Ending

Loved this book, this writer just gets better and better. Love the female perspective and colorful characters.

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Narrator Irish brogue very difficult to understand

I have read all of Carlene O'Connor's books and loved every one. Preordered this book and was looking forward to another great series; sadly I could not get past the first two chapters and I really tried. It may have been a good story but the narrator's Irish accent was so strong I could not understand half of what she was saying. This may not be a problem for some but I would suggest listening to a sample, I didn't.

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Great Story, terrible narrator

This is a great story! Deep and complex characters, compelling story! Unfortunately, due to the narrator, I almost abandoned it. The narrator is monotone, completely flat, and halting. Truly amateurish, and made it difficult to continue listening.

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The readers voice stats emotionless and flat. This is make make for a boring listening!

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Great story, monotonous narrator

The story was gripping, atmospheric and well written. The narrator did not put any personality into the characters or the reading, which made it hard to give it my attention.

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Took a while to warm up, but worth it

I really enjoyed this story once I got into it. I just finished the author’s Irish village series, which I sought out as a nice bit of fluff to listen to while knitting, cleaning, etc. This book was quite different to the other series — less “cozy” but still not overly dark or grizzly. It took a while to get used to the more subtle narration (the author does not have a terribly thick Irish accent as one reviewer stated, and it’s very easy to understand everything she says), but once I did I actually started to prefer it to the more caricature-like narrative in the village books. Will definitely listen to future books in this series.

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Pass On This

I mean this in the nicest way possible: I could not wait to finish this book.

The book club I'm in decided to read this for November. The first time I started the book I only made it to chapter 9 before I stopped. I then read a couple of other books and then came back to this because I didn't want to not be able to discuss this with the book club.

I had to force my way through this. From what I'm seeing online, this author normally writes cozy mysteries and this book was her first try at some darker material.

I didn't really care about the character's. The ending didn't surprise me. Now that I have seen that the author writes cozy mysteries it kind of makes sense why I didn't enjoy it.

For me, a mystery\thriller needs to have good pacing. This book is slow. Painfully slow.

I know that this is the first book in a new series, I don't care to learn any more.

Also, I believe this is the audiobook narrator's first time doing an audiobook. And it shows. She is a boring narrator.

I highly recommend......skipping this book (unless you enjoy this author, then you will probably enjoy this).

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Great story, boring delivery

Good story, overall an enjoyable book. Called a few of the twists but still very interesting and kept my attention. My only complaint was the performance, very subdued and almost like droning on with little inflection or feeling to really convey the events in the story.

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Carlene's Wildest and Best Yet

I've listened to all of Carlene O'Connor Irish Village mysteries and this new series is far away the best. Her humor and the Joyce-like interior monologs are incredibly well done and with secret after secret, the story keeps moving and changing. Well done Carlene, fireworks and you've hit 10,000 steps!

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Great story not a good narrator

The plot and story lines were the only reason I kept listening but the narrator did nothing for the characters or story line sorry but that breads to change for me to read another of her books