Fans of Janet Evanovich will enjoy meeting the freewheeling Jesse, and this debut gives an enticing hint of more adventures to come. Armchair travelers and foodies, rejoice!
“Church has penned a whip-smart, sarcastic, amateur sleuth and a tightly plotted story that’s perfect for fans of Ruth Ware, Catriona McPherson, and Darynda Jones. Readers will want to see Jesse again.”
“Murder on the Spanish Seas by Wendy Church is a riveting, whip-smart debut thriller from Polis Books that will keep you on your toes just as frequently as it keeps you in stitches. It will be hitting the shelves in May 2022.”
“An action-packed debut that’s as funny as the heroine is unstoppable. I loved it!”
author of the Lilly Hawkins Mysteries
“Clever, transportive, and laugh-out-loud funny, MURDER ON THE SPANISH SEAS is the perfect book to read poolside—just not on the deck of a luxury ocean liner. I can’t wait to read more from this wickedly entertaining new voice.”
New York Times bestselling author of WE WERE NEVER HERE
Jesse O’Hara is unemployed. “A million dollar brain and a ten-cent personality,” her last employer said. With nothing better to do, Jesse accepts a request to go to Ireland to help a relative find his missing daughter. She expects to find the young woman quickly, and is looking forward to spending her trip touring and drinking, not necessarily in that order.
Once in Ireland, it’s clear to Jesse that the missing woman has met with foul play. In the course of her investigation she goes to greater and greater lengths to get to the truth, causing her to antagonize Ireland’s most dangerous drug kingpin, not to mention the IRA and the local gardai.
Aided by her near-photographic memory and dogged perseverance, Jesse is close to uncovering the truth, even as other people start to turn up dead. But she’s warned away from the investigation, and when she doesn’t back off, she’s threatened, attacked, and kidnapped. And when she is accused of murder, Jesse must use every ounce of wit and brainpower she has (left) to find a killer and not end up six feet under.
WILL BE RELEASED ON Nov 14, 2023
Wendy Church is the author of the Jesse O’Hara and Shadows of Chicago Mysteries series. The first book in the Jesse O’Hara series, Murder on the Spanish Seas, was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut Mystery/Thriller novels of 2023, and received a starred review.
Wendy’s novels are informed by her international travel and many careers, which include bartending, management consulting, nonprofit CEO, PhD researcher, and bar cleaner. To learn more or sign up for her infrequent and spectacularly poorly designed newsletter, sign up below.
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