🎧 The Drowning Sea by Sarah Stewart Taylor @sstaylorbooks #AoifeMcMahon @MinotaurBooks @MacMillanAudio @LoveAudiobooks #JIAM

Posted June 23, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway / 26 Comments

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🎧 The Drowning Sea by Sarah Stewart Taylor @sstaylorbooks #AoifeMcMahon @MinotaurBooks @MacMillanAudio @LoveAudiobooks #JIAMThe Drowning Sea by Sarah Stewart Taylor
Narrator: Aoife McMahon
Series: Maggie D'Arcy #3
Published by MacMillan Audio, Minotaur Books on June 21, 2022
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 352
Length: 13 hours, 30 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley
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For the first time in her adult life, former Long Island homicide detective Maggie D’arcy is unemployed. No cases to focus on, no leads to investigate, just a whole summer on a remote West Cork peninsula with her teenage daughter Lilly and her boyfriend, Conor and his son. The plan is to prepare Lilly for a move to Ireland. But their calm vacation takes a dangerous turn when human remains wash up below the steep cliffs of Ross Head.

When construction worker Lukas Adamik disappeared months ago, everyone assumed he had gone home to Poland. Now that his body has been found, the guards, including Maggie's friends Roly Byrne and Katya Grzeskiewicz, seem to think he threw himself from the cliffs. But as Maggie gets to know the residents of the nearby village and learns about the history of the peninsula and its abandoned Anglo Irish manor house, once home to a famous Irish painter who died under mysterious circumstances, she starts to think there's something else going on. Something deadly. And when Lilly starts dating one of the dead man's friends, Maggie grows worried about her daughter being so close to another investigation and about what the investigation will uncover.

I’ve been enjoying this Maggie D’arcy series as it has layers of plot.  Maggie is a homicide detective in NY at the start of the series but she visits Ireland to try to find out what happened to her cousin.  Her family has a rich history with Ireland,  and runs an Irish bar on Long Island.  In the first two books, Maggie works with the Garda in Ireland on cases.  She also falls for an Irishman.

In The Drowning Sea, Maggie is planning a move to Ireland.  She and her teen daughter, Lilly, go for the summer. But she isn’t sure Lilly will want to move there.  Lilly is a bit fragile and she is a teenager.   Maggie also has to decide what she will do for employment if she moves.  She wants to be who she is but she will have to retrain to work in the Garda in Ireland.  So there are a lot of decisions and planning even though it is a vacation.

But of course, someone turns up dead and Maggie, being a cop, investigates somewhat.  Their landlord asks her to look into something that happened in 1973 when the landlord was 10 as she was worried a young woman disappeared.  There also was a big drug investigation about 5 years ago and there’s concern it has continued.  So there are all sorts of mysteries which don’t get any better as additional people are found dead and others are missing.

I really enjoyed all the mysteries and the personal growth and change for Maggie and her family.  Her Irishman, Connor, has some personal issues with his ex-wife happening also.   I can’t wait for more to see how everything turns out for the family plus there are bound to be more cases.


Aoife McMahon does an excellent job with the narration and makes me feel as though I am in Ireland.  She gives Maggie a great combination of New York and Irish inflections.   She has distinct voices for all the characters appropriately toned for their gender and age.  I was able to listen at 1.5x – 1.75x speed.

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Posted June 23, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway / 26 Comments

26 responses to “🎧 The Drowning Sea by Sarah Stewart Taylor

  1. Anita+Yancey

    It sounds like a really good story, and I love the pretty cover.

  2. Layers… Mm – now that’s a catnip word for me when considering murder mysteries. Thank you your excellent review and I’ll certainly be considering this series when on the hunt for another entertaining whodunit:)).

  3. I really want to start this series and I’ve been thinking about trying the audio so I was so glad to see this review. I’m looking forward to listening to this one!

    • The series is a good fit for me with the murder mystery, the police procedures (of two countries), historical bits, settings of two countries with a family heritage and personal relationships for a start. Characters, plot, setting, it handles a lot of things well.

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