Literary Programme 2018

Andrea Carter

Andrea Carter

Andrea Carter

Bantry Bookshop

Mon 16 July 2018



The Well of Ice is Andrea Carter’s third Inishowen Mystery. December in Glendara, Inishowen, and solicitor Benedicta 'Ben' O'Keeffe is working flat-out before the holidays; the one bright spot on her horizon is spending her first Christmas with Sergeant Tom Molloy.

But on a trip to Dublin to visit her parents, she bumps into Luke Kirby – the man who killed her sister – freshly released from jail. He apologises to her; remorseful, conciliatory… but as she walks away, he whispers something that chills her to the bone.

Back in Glendara, there is chaos. The Oak pub has burned down and Carole Kearney, the Oak's barmaid, has gone missing. And then on Christmas morning, while walking up Sliabh Sneacht, Ben and Molloy make a gruesome discovery: a body lying face-down in the snow… soon it becomes clear that these events are part of a plan for revenge that will have devastating consequences for Glendara's residents.

‘Carter writes very much in the village mystery tradition, with a likeable amateur detective, an atmospheric and vividly rendered sense of place and engagingly drawn series characters… The Well of Ice moves towards a spectacular and explosive conclusion.’ Irish Times

‘A pure delight, featuring a lively crew of memorable characters, action aplenty and stunning scenery.’ Irish Independent

‘Carter excels in re-creating the cloistered, gossipy confines of a small Irish village… the Inishowen community where everybody knows everybody else’s business is a fine stand-in for the mannered drawing room society of a Christie mystery.’ Sunday Times

Andrea Carter grew up in Laois, studied law at Trinity College Dublin and worked as a solicitor on the Inishowen Peninsula, Co Donegal where she ran the most northerly solicitor’s practice in the country. In 2006 she moved to Dublin to practise as a barrister before turning to write crime novels. Carter is the author of the Inishowen Mysteries series, Death at Whitewater Church, Treacherous Strand and The Well of Ice. Her books are published by Little, Brown in the UK, Goldmann Verlag in Germany, Oceanview in the US and have recently been optioned for television. Murder at Greysbridge will be published in October.