Revenge Finds a Home
In 1820, young Irish lad Peter Lynch signed on to an English fishing vessel, which was to ply the codfish-rich waters off the coast of Newfoundland. His dreams were soon dashed when mistreatment and hardship became the norm for him. Before the schooner was to return in the fall, Peter decided to take his chances by jumping ship and running inland. His escape was burdened with injury, after which he was taken in by the native Beothuk tribe.
One hundred and eighty years later, Inspector Bob Lynch of the Irish police force An Garda Síochána decided to emigrate to Newfoundland, Canada, where he joined the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. He was always aware of his great-great-uncle Peter Lynch, who had at one time lived in Newfoundland. His ancestor had written a vivid memoir, and it is this memoir that comes to mind when Constable Lynch is assigned to an unusual homicide—one whose victim was killed by an arrow to the neck. The arrowhead is made of a stone that was used by the native people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
As the investigation proceeds, a pattern emerges. Similar murders in Brazil, North Dakota, and British Columbia also involve the ancient Ramah stone from northern Labrador. How could that be? And what connection might these crimes have to the now-extinct Beothuk tribe?
"Bob Lynch, a fictional Irish detective who immigrates to modern Newfoundland and Labrador, is assigned to an intriguing murder case at the start of Revenge Finds A Home. . . . The novel also follows the related story set 180 years earlier, of Bob Lynch’s Irish ancestor Peter Lynch, who in 1820 escaped from a rough English fishing boat and fled inland to Newfoundland, where he was rescued by Beothuk people. . . . The seamless integration of Peter Lynch’s memoir within the main storyline adds depth and complexity, offering a glimpse into the past that enriches the present-day investigation. . . . Through Peter Lynch’s memoir, Coultas takes readers on a fascinating journey back to the 1820s, and the delicate balance between the European settlers and the Beothuk. The historical context is well integrated into the narrative, providing a deeper understanding of the motivations and actions of the characters. Coultas’s research is evident in the authenticity of the settings, dialogue, and cultural nuances, enhancing the overall reading experience. . . . Something that I really enjoyed was the attention to detail concerning the murder case. It made the case feel very realistic, and the slow unfolding of clues and interviews gives the reader something to remain curious about, captivating them. The clues were not too obvious or repetitive, furthering the reader’s interest in cracking the case. . . . Overall, this book was incredibly captivating, drawing the reader in from the first minute. It was an amazing blend of historical fiction and mystery. With its attention to detail, vivid imagery, and thought-provoking exploration of revenge, it leaves readers eager to uncover the truth alongside detective Bob Lynch."-- Sydney Walsh, Atlantic Books Today --
"The pace of the police investigation is brisk, its progression nicely laid out and explained . . . a well structured debut"-- Joan Sullivan, The Telegram --
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