Fenian Street: A Mystery

Emery, Anne

  • An unsolved murder investigation in 1970s Ireland from “one of Canada’s finest novelists.” — Ottawa Review of Books

    Shay Rynne grew up in the Corporation Flats — public housing — in Fenian Street, Dublin. He has always toyed with the idea of joining the Garda Síochána, the Irish police. But in the early 1970s, young fellows from the tenements of Dublin have not been welcomed in the police force. When his friend Rosaleen is killed and the case goes unsolved, Shay decides to put on the uniform of a Dublin garda and sets out to find the killer.

    The murder inquiry makes an enemy of the detective who failed in the first investigation. Shay knows Detective McCreevy is just waiting for the chance to get revenge. But the violent death of a prominent politician gives Shay the opportunity to prove himself, perhaps even be promoted. Shay works with the lead detective on the murder inquiry and his star is rising, until suspicion falls on a member of Shay’s own family. So Shay is off the case. Officially. Determined to clear his family name, his under-the-radar investigation takes him from an opulent mansion in Dublin to Hell’s Kitchen in New York. And his good friend Father Brennan Burke has some surprising contacts for Shay in the shadowy world of New York’s Irish mob.


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  • Anne Emery is a lawyer and the author of the Collins-Burke mystery series, which has won Arthur Ellis Awards for Best Novel and Best First Novel, as well as the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction and an Independent Publisher Book Awards silver medal. “One of Canada’s finest novelists” (Ottawa Review of Books), she lives in Halifax, NS.

  • Published: September 2022

    ISBN: 9781770413887

    Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.

    Pages: 440


“Emery does a fine job integrating Shay’s personal story with the larger Irish political issues of the period. Adrian McKinty fans will want to check this out.” — Publishers Weekly

“Fans will be delighted to see the return of such characters as Father Brennan Burke from earlier books in the series, and she adds depth to Fenian Street by depicting the politics of the era, giving a full sense of the Irish community.” — Shelf Awareness

“Mystery writer Anne Emery’s latest novel, Fenian Street: A Mystery is a page-turning, unsolved murder investigation set in Ireland in the 1970s.” — The Cape Breton Post

Fenian Street is a storyteller’s mystery, focused on immersing you into the world of 1970s Dublin, a colourful cast of characters, and danger rooted in a centuries-old conflict … a thoroughly enjoyable read.” — The Miramichi Reader

“If you’re an armchair traveler, this book will sweep you up and transport you to Ireland. If you’ve traveled to Ireland, like I have, this book will remind you of what you’ve forgotten and are longing to experience again.” —Blue Haven Press Blog

“Uniting Shay with her favourite protagonist Father Brennan Burke, brilliant Halifax author Anne Emery has produced an absolute gem of a murder mystery in Fenian Street.” – Winnipeg Free Press

“If you’re an armchair traveler, this book will sweep you up and transport you to Ireland. If you’ve traveled Ireland, like I have, this book will remind you what you’ve forgotten and are longing to experience again.” — Opal Magazine

“Set in Dublin in the 1970s during a time of unrest over the question of a united Ireland, this book should appeal to readers who appreciate atmospheric, historical mysteries. Recommended to fans of Tana French’s “Dublin Murder Squad” series.” — Library Journal

“I always look forward to the next Anne Emery. They are always impeccably researched, richly atmospheric, and with a spellbinding plot that keeps me hooked until the very end. She is a true Irish treasure on both sides of the Atlantic!” — Jim Napier, author of the Colin McDermott Mysteries, on Fenian Street

“If you enjoy a good mystery, especially one set in Ireland, you might want to add this to your to-be-read list.” — Retired Guy blog

“Once again Emery has combined a riveting story with captivating characters resulting in a novel that demands your attention.” — Metroland Syndication

“The characters feel even more tangible when you can hear them speak in their own accent and Ashley O’Connells’s rendition of the story will transport you straight to the streets of Dublin.” — Reyt Good Books blog

“O'Connell moderates his accent to reflect different neighborhoods in Dublin and smoothly makes individual characters believable. He keeps listeners engaged throughout this truly Irish mystery.” — AudioFile Magazine