A Stone of the Heart

A Stone of the Heart

John Brady / Feb 27, 2020

A Stone of the Heart When the body of Jarlath Walsh is discovered on the grounds of Dublin s Trinity College with the head beaten in Sergeant Matt Minogue suspects that it wasn t a random killing Walsh was an idealist b

  • Title: A Stone of the Heart
  • Author: John Brady
  • ISBN: 9781586420291
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • When the body of Jarlath Walsh is discovered on the grounds of Dublin s Trinity College with the head beaten in, Sergeant Matt Minogue suspects that it wasn t a random killing Walsh was an idealist, but someone wants the detective to believe the young man was a drug pusher In a fateful clash near the Northern Ireland border, Inspector Minogue discovers the truth.

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      • John Brady

        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.John Brady was born in Dublin, the fictional setting of his acclaimed series of Matt Minogue mystery novels Brady immigrated to Canada at the age of 20, and has worked as a bank official, RCMP clerical officer and teacher His seventh Minogue novel, Wonderland, taps into Dublin s exploding economy and its aftershocks at every level of society He lives in Toronto He won the Arthur Ellis Award to the First Best Novel in 1989 for A Stone of the Heart.Series Inspector Matt Minogue


    1. I guess I'm old fashioned or pedestrian in my taste for mysteries, but I like all of the loose ends to get tied up by the time the book is over. In this book, which takes place in Dublin and deals with "the troubles" in Northern Ireland, the underlying murder is never really solved and there is some question about whether "justice" has been done. It is like a real life mystery/crime in that sense, I suppose. Maybe this book would have more resonance if I had read the previous books in the series [...]

    2. After reading many poorly-written mysteries this one is refreshing as the prose is literary, the author doesn't over-write and let's the reader figure things out. I enjoyed the strong sense of place (Dublin and Ireland in general), the lyrical Irish use of language and the quirkily characters.

    3. I liked the story and the main character, Det. Sgt. Matt Minogue who, like Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti, is a family man with a daughter and son. However, I did not like the excessive and graphic violence, nor the author's over-abundant use of Irishisms that sometimes made whole passages incomprehensible to me. This is the first book in the series; the later book that I read previously did not have this language problem, so presumably Brady or his editor learned how to retain the atmosphere [...]

    4. A Stone of the Heart is the first book in the Matt Minogue series. It’s a credit to Brady that it feels mid-series. Minogue is a well developed character that has depth and resonance. Brady provides sufficient back story and family context without dwelling on it and slowing the story. The social interaction between characters is keenly observed and the dialogue is spot on, capturing the colloquialisms and banter of Irish brogue. Brady does an excellent job of capturing the political atmosphere [...]

    5. I love Brady's books and I'm not always sure why. Sometimes I don't even know what's happening. It's like hanging out with a wonderful friend who confuses you sometimes, but leaves you feeling as if you've experienced something beyond your usual ken. Something worthwhile. This book was no exception - I went right from finishing it to dipping into William Trevor's short stories - another genius.

    6. I decided to go back to the beginning and read all the Matt Minogue books in sequence -- this was a powerful opening novel in the series, published in 1988 and set in the days of the IRA and The Troubles in Dublin, with connections to Northern Ireland. It has some very edge-of-your-seat chapters as bullets fly and evil people attempt to evade justiceuldn't put it down.

    7. The first Matt Minogue, or so I read. He's John Brady's intuitive quirky Dublin detective. I am absolutely delighted by dialogue and insights, a non-sentimental non-alcoholic Irishman, and sure we knew one existed.

    8. I have been obsessed with Irish mysteries recently and this is one of them. Our Irish investigator is chasing down a murder and - what a surprise - runs into the IRA. It's not as formulaic as I am making it sound. The characters are well drawn. I will read more Brady.

    9. what the critics called "a literary mystery" because it's well written and good. I like Matt Minogue, the main character. I'll probably read more of this series.

    10. i love his writing, i know it is not for everyone. slow read;, much descriptions of feelings and weather and geography, (Ireland)

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