The Angel, by Carla Neggers
This is not a sequel, but it is book 2 of the Boston PD-FBI series.
She joined him at the table, her cheeks flushed as she buttered a small piece of bread. “Once upon a time,” she said, laying on her Irish accent, “there were three brothers who lived on the southwest coast of Ireland–a farmer, a hermit monk and a ne’er-do-well, who was, of course, everybody’s favorite…
And so begins the magical tale of the three brothers and the Stone Angel. This Irish legend is the basis of Keira’s impending six-week trip to Ireland. She is a successful folklorist and illustrator who is researching Irish stories for an upcoming conference and the trip to Ireland is both professional and personal. Her mother, now a religious recluse, had gone to Ireland in her youth and returned home pregnant with Keira.
Keira’s uncle, Boston homicide detective Bob O’Reilly, was concerned about her, even more so when she discovers a man dead the night before she leaves. When he doesn’t hear from her in Ireland he calls a search-and-rescue expert to find her. When Simon finds her the sparks fly and Simon stays by her side as they head back to Boston. Once back in Boston a wide range of characters and mishaps prove that the legend may have some truth and every one who knows about it is at risk.
This book really does have a magical feel to it. There are angels, fairies, Satan, and evil, all fighting an ageless battle. I’ve never really been interested in fairy tales or folktales, but I must admit there is something very romantic and mystical about them that I’ve never really appreciated. Also, I fell in love with Ireland even though most of the action was in Boston. The mystery and rugged beauty appealed to me and now I might have to put Ireland on my list of hopeful vacation destinations!
This is not a sequel, but I think you will not fully appreciate this story without reading the first, The Widow. My review is here. Abigail, Owen, and Abigail’s father all play significant roles and I appreciate that she incorporated them into the story instead of them being relegated to a mere mention here and there.
Book 3, The Mist, will be released this summer. I am looking forward to it :)