Blood Sisters by Graham Masterton (Katie Maguire: Book 5)

Posted on Mar 26, 2020


The Storyline

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The story begins with an investigation into the mass death of horses. Why were they killed? For money, or something far more sinister?

And then, In a nursing home on the outskirts of Cork, an elderly nun has been found dead, suffocated in her sleep.

It looks like a killing of mercy, to put her out of her misery, until another Nun from the same convent is found floating in the Glashaboy River.

Why would anyone want to murder Nuns? It baffles DS Katie Maguire, and to add to it, a child’s skull is unearthed in the garden of the nuns’ convent, and Katie suddenly has her hands full with seemingly disconnected cases, and a fifty-year-old secret, that could possibly help her find the killer.

The Review

I love this series by Graham Masterton as it’s different from anything else I’ve ever read in the crime genre, plus it’s set in one of my favourite counties of Ireland, Cork in the modern day.

Whilst the murders tend to be a bit gory for some, for me, it’s a way to show the horrors of what humanity is, and always will be, capable of.

In Katie Maguire, you have an antagonist who goes through everyday troubles, whilst juggling a high pressure job, and family issues, amongst other things.

The subject matter is one that is terribly sad and shocking, but one I feel, has to be dealt with. Ireland has a history known by many in the world, but it’s one of the things that it did to itself that’s the most terrible of all, and here it is explored and digested in a way only Masterton knows how. That is why I like his work. He can be unflinching, cold, and yet pull at your heartstrings, whilst making you angry too. That is the mark of a great writer to me.

I introduced this series to a friend of mine a couple of years ago or so, who herself was from County Cork, now sadly no longer with us. She recognised pretty much everywhere described in the books, and devoured them when she could get her hands on one. It reminded her of home, a place she hadn’t seen in a long while, such is Masterton’s writing. She was a fussy reader, so I felt like I had achieved something in getting her into this series.

This is another I need to keep up with, as they seem to pop up in the shops unexpectedly. It too, reminds me of my time living in Ireland, and the various trips I had there over the years. Without the mad crimes committed in these books of course.

If you’ve a strong stomach, I highly recommend these books. Just start from the beginning and you’ll not lose track of Katie’s life and other characters in the series.

As ever, support your local library, and please buy from book shops, especially independent ones if you can, otherwise this is available from all good retailers everywhere.

Buy, Read and Enjoy

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