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How do we ever get over the loss of a love and find hope again? In The Detective’s Muse by Brian Delahunt, Lieutenant O’Huiginn is investigating a brutal crime when he realizes the friend of the victim, Anne Tadmore, looks exactly like his fiancé who died three months earlier. Her presence rekindles the poetic fire that has been smoldering within him, and he finds himself falling in love with her. But when Anne disappears, along with a small fortune in stolen sapphires, O’Huiginn sets out on a treacherous search that will either cost him his life and his career or help him recover his heart. As the body count escalates, time is running out. Can O’Huiginn solve the crime, refind love, and finally finish his aisling poem?

Delahunt brings his experience—having grown up in a family of police officers—to The Detective’s Muse, giving it authenticity and verve. Beautifully written and told with warmth and wit, The Detective’s Muse is a thinking person’s mystery with heart. The character of O’Huiginn, who loves aisling poems almost as much as he loved his fiancé, is heartbreaking and funny, and Anne is as mysterious as she is provocative. The Detective’s Muse isn’t just an ingeniously structured mystery, but is also an intricate story of human relationships, offering a message that one can recover from a loss, no matter how great it is.

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