#BookBeginnings Beneath the Surface

Let’s take a look at  Beneath the Surface: An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery by Jo Spain for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Beneath the Surface: An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery* by Jo Spain

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Summary: In this police procedural set in Dublin, Ryan Finnegan, a senior advisor to a government official, is murdered. Inspector Tom Reynolds has to figure out if the motive was political or deeply personal.


The Death
I am going to die.
I know this as surely as  I know I don’t want to.

Chapter 1.

The Investigation
Friday, 11:30 p.m., Dublin

Well, that had been a total and utter disaster.


Oh my, I just started reading this and can’t wait to get back to it. A police procedural set in Dublin is candy to me.

I can already tell Jo Spain is a screenwriter as well as author. The text is pretty dialogue heavy so far. However, I don’t mind a lot of dialogue. It can make a novel fly by.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

Do you like novels with a lot of dialogue?


  1. Literary Feline

    Both of these excerpts have me wanting to read this one. I haven’t read anything by Jo Spain before, I’m afraid, but I like the idea of a mystery set in Dublin. I don’t mind lot of dialogue either, as long as there aren’t a lot of repetitive he said, she said. I hope you have a great weekend, Roberta.

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I do enjoy a good police procedural, especially when the story is set in Dublin. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  3. Ashley S.

    I love books like this. I’m definitely intrigued for more. Thanks for sharing. Happy reading! 🙂

  4. Lori

    I love the setting! Dublin sounds like the perfect backdrop to a police procedural. I hope that you love it. 🙂

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