BOOK STEW REVIEW: ’56 Days’ by Catherine Ryan Howard

Below is the latest Book Stew Review from Eileen MacDougall, host of the long-running Book Stew, a video and podcast devoted to writing in all forms, authors, playwrights, and even a cat who survived a tornado and wrote a book about it.

56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard

Here’s a very twisty Dublin-based mystery set at the beginning of pandemic lockdown. There are alternating chapters from Ciara, a newcomer to the city, who cute-meets Oliver, a very good-looking but nervous architectural engineer, and a team of detectives who find a body wedged into the shower in a corporate apartment.

Each chapter is dated, “78 days before,” “22 days ago,” etc., and the reader needs to give those hints his/her full attention.

Everyone’s got something to hide, except the Garda (police), who describe the condition of the body in sickening detail. It’s those nifty twists and the black humor and character development that make this an irresistible thriller.

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