The Appeal of the Irishman by p.m. terrell, author of The Tempest Murders
Detective Ryan O’Clery has always had dreams of a beautiful woman he’d loved and lost but when he discovers his ancestor’s journals from his native Ireland, he realizes his dreams are really the other man’s memories.
Now he is working a series of murders in North Carolina that are eerily similar to cases Rian Kelly was working when his soul mate was murdered during one of Ireland’s most horrific storms, in which the Atlantic Ocean swept over the island all the way to the Irish Sea.
As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the North Carolina coastline, Ryan discovers the serial killer’s real target is a reporter who bears a striking resemblance to the woman of his dreams—a woman with whom Ryan O’Clery is falling deeply in love.
Is history destined to repeat itself? Or can Ryan save Cathleen Reilly from a killer intent on destroying everything he ever loved?
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APPEAL OF THE IRISHMAN
noticed something interesting since I introduced the characters of Dylan
Maguire in my Black Swamp Mysteries
series and Ryan O’Clery in The Tempest
Murders. I can be talking about the books and my audience is listening politely,
but as soon as I mention that they’re Irish, their eyes get wide and they don’t
need to hear anything else. They want the books.
what is it about the Irish that we love so much?
on both sides of my family were from Ireland. My father’s family was from what
is now Northern Ireland, having arrived on America’s shores long before the
Emerald Isle was divided into two countries. They all had jet black hair and
vivid green eyes. My mother’s family, however, was filled with red-heads. It turned
out that when the Vikings came south and raided Ireland, many of them remained
and became more Irish than the Irish. It was the Vikings who brought the red
hair to Ireland, so those towns and villages on the east coast were more likely
to have red-heads since those were the landing sites of the Vikings. Those on
the far west coast were more isolated and were more likely to have black or
dark brown hair.
learned from my mother that the Irish are a happy lot. “The luck of the Irish”
is actually tongue-in-cheek because anyone who knows the Irish know they tend
to have the worst luck of just about anybody. But they are incredibly
resilient. They live in a country where it rains almost constantly and yet
they’re the first to point out how green everything is, how fresh the air
smells, and what a wonderful day they’re having. When I developed the character
of Dylan Maguire, I gave him the personality of the happy Irishman; the one who
is always ready for an ale and a laugh and a bit of craic (conversation).
Conversation, as it turns out, is another character trait of the Irish. It’s
said if you ever kiss the Blarney Stone, you’ll be given the gift of gab. But
you won’t find many Irish kissing it, because if they did they might never shut
learned from my father that the Irish can also be fierce defenders of their
families and homes. Both Dylan Maguire and Ryan O’Clery are very strong, very
capable and as it turns out, able to kill when the situation warrants it. They
would both rather be passionately in love and having a romping good time but
when CIA operative Dylan Maguire or Detective Ryan O’Clery are at work, they
are all work. Physically fit and robust, no one could be more serious about
keeping their families safe.
let’s face it. One reason we love the Irish is because of their awesome
accents. In a recent survey, the Scottish have the number 1 most admired accent
in the world followed by the Irish and then the Australians. They have a lilt
to their voices that make them easy to listen to; it’s sexy, it’s melodious and
we just can’t get enough of it.
tell me, what do you like most about an Irish character?
P.M. Terrell is the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 18 books in 4 genres. A full-time author since 2002, she previously opened and operated two computer companies in the Washington, DC area. Her specialties were in the areas of computer crime and computer intelligence and her clients included the Secret Service, CIA and Department of Defense as well as local law enforcement. Computer and spy technology are two themes that recur throughout her books. She is the co-founder of The Book 'Em Foundation, whose mission is to raise awareness of the link between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates. And she founded the annual Book 'Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair which takes place each February. She is also an animal advocate and helped to start the New Leash on Life program in which dogs destined for euthanasia are rescued and paired with prison inmates in Robeson County, North Carolina, who train them. The dogs are then adopted into loving homes.