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The murdered body of Sorcha the prophetess is discovered following a lavish banquet at the Maguire castle in 16th-century Ireland. In present day, a dig commences on the land, and not only is the body discovered, but a sheaf of prophecies. Who killed Sorcha? There has been a guesthouse on the Tierney land in County Fermanagh for hundreds of years. Now Tierney's Hotel is fa The murdered body of Sorcha the prophetess is discovered following a lavish banquet at the Maguire castle in 16th-century Ireland. In present day, a dig commences on the land, and not only is the body discovered, but a sheaf of prophecies. Who killed Sorcha? There has been a guesthouse on the Tierney land in County Fermanagh for hundreds of years. Now Tierney's Hotel is faced with a development that will block the hotel's best feature, its view of Enniskillen Castle. But the project can be stopped if there are important historical artifacts buried on the property. Enter the archaeologists. Mick's ancestor, Brigid Tierney, ran the guesthouse in the late 1500s. We see Brigid and Shane and their children at a lavish banquet at the castle, home of the ruling family, the Maguires. The wine and ale flow freely, the harpist plays, the bard recites the Maguires' heroic deeds. But one woman has a sense of foreboding. Sorcha the prophetess sees harrowing times ahead. The Tudors of England are determined to complete their brutal conquest of Ireland. The morning after the banquet, Sorcha is found dead on a bed of oak leaves. And Shane is accused of the killing. His lawyer, Terence, conducts his defense on the hilltop that constitutes the court in 1595. In the present day, the dig commences on Mick Tierney's land. Historical artifacts? Yes. But also a sheaf of prophecies. And a body ― a bogman ― four hundred years old.


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The murdered body of Sorcha the prophetess is discovered following a lavish banquet at the Maguire castle in 16th-century Ireland. In present day, a dig commences on the land, and not only is the body discovered, but a sheaf of prophecies. Who killed Sorcha? There has been a guesthouse on the Tierney land in County Fermanagh for hundreds of years. Now Tierney's Hotel is fa The murdered body of Sorcha the prophetess is discovered following a lavish banquet at the Maguire castle in 16th-century Ireland. In present day, a dig commences on the land, and not only is the body discovered, but a sheaf of prophecies. Who killed Sorcha? There has been a guesthouse on the Tierney land in County Fermanagh for hundreds of years. Now Tierney's Hotel is faced with a development that will block the hotel's best feature, its view of Enniskillen Castle. But the project can be stopped if there are important historical artifacts buried on the property. Enter the archaeologists. Mick's ancestor, Brigid Tierney, ran the guesthouse in the late 1500s. We see Brigid and Shane and their children at a lavish banquet at the castle, home of the ruling family, the Maguires. The wine and ale flow freely, the harpist plays, the bard recites the Maguires' heroic deeds. But one woman has a sense of foreboding. Sorcha the prophetess sees harrowing times ahead. The Tudors of England are determined to complete their brutal conquest of Ireland. The morning after the banquet, Sorcha is found dead on a bed of oak leaves. And Shane is accused of the killing. His lawyer, Terence, conducts his defense on the hilltop that constitutes the court in 1595. In the present day, the dig commences on Mick Tierney's land. Historical artifacts? Yes. But also a sheaf of prophecies. And a body ― a bogman ― four hundred years old.

30 review for The Keening: A Mystery of Gaelic Ireland

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    The Keening is so much more than an historical mystery which is why it’s appeal grew and grew as I read. There is a divided timeline, with the contemporary story set primarily in 2018. The historical story is set between 1595 and about 1607, in the same setting, Fermanagh, Ulster. The central family is the Tierneys who have apparently been in the hospitality business for centuries though this had different implications at different times. And I can thank the author for working some very interest The Keening is so much more than an historical mystery which is why it’s appeal grew and grew as I read. There is a divided timeline, with the contemporary story set primarily in 2018. The historical story is set between 1595 and about 1607, in the same setting, Fermanagh, Ulster. The central family is the Tierneys who have apparently been in the hospitality business for centuries though this had different implications at different times. And I can thank the author for working some very interesting aspects of 16th century Ireland into this novel to explain the history, culture, laws, and behavior that underlie the mystery. There are numerous quotations from Irish, English and other sources, many from or shortly after that time, that add much to the reading experience, at least for this reader. To give much detail would be to risk ruining the story. Suffice it to say, in 1595, the people of Ulster are worried about the English who have already made deep incursions in the south of Ireland. Their leaders are fighting when needed to maintain their Catholic and Gaelic lives. Brigid Tierney is well known and respected. A close friend is Sorcha O’Cassidy, a physician who is also a seer. The modern Tierneys are the center of the modern story, working to maintain their hotel which exists on the same land as 400 years before. The mystery of the past will eventually envelop the present. I really enjoyed this novel and appreciated the author’s use of source material to provide emphasis and background. There is full listing of notes at the end of the novel. Rating 4* and recommended for readers of historical mysteries and those interested in Irish history, remembering that this is, after all, fiction. A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    I’ll be honest. As much as I enjoy Irish history, Anne Emery’s historical mystery, The Keening was slow going. However, readers who appreciate Cora Harrison’s Burren mysteries, set in 16th century Ireland, might want to try this mystery with two timeframes, the late 1500s, early 1600s in Ireland where the mystery is set, and 2017 where the answers are found. Brigid Tierney’s family has had a questhouse for the past 200 years in Enniskillen in northern Ireland. In 1595, the Irish still boast of th I’ll be honest. As much as I enjoy Irish history, Anne Emery’s historical mystery, The Keening was slow going. However, readers who appreciate Cora Harrison’s Burren mysteries, set in 16th century Ireland, might want to try this mystery with two timeframes, the late 1500s, early 1600s in Ireland where the mystery is set, and 2017 where the answers are found. Brigid Tierney’s family has had a questhouse for the past 200 years in Enniskillen in northern Ireland. In 1595, the Irish still boast of their hospitality. And, the Maguires, the lords of Enniskillen Castle, open the castle for a feast to celebrate their latest victory over the English. But, the night of that feast, Socha O’Cassidy, a physician and seer, is killed with two arrows. Before her death, her ex-husband, Father O’Moylan, hears her prophesize a tragedy for Ireland, the loss of Ireland’s chieftains, famine in the country, and defeat by the English. In 2017, the Tierney family still own a guesthouse in the shadow of Enniskillen Castle. They’ve always used their view of the castle as a draw for tourists, but now that view is threatened. Mick Tierney, his father, Liam, and his daughter, Roisin, hatch a plan that might thwart planned development all around their guesthouse. They’re going to bring in archaeologists, and ask them to dig on the site. They hope they’ll find something historic that will prevent an American from destroying their view. Liam’s aged mother, Cait, warns there might be disaster if they dig up secrets from the Tierney family’s past. Most of this enthralling book is set from 1595 to the early 1600s, with short chapters inserted set in 2017. Although the story was engrossing, the accounts of early Irish life, the songs of the bards, the legal trials, the lives and wars, the accounts of famine, are so detailed that I bogged down at times. However, it was riveting to see the Tierney family connection, and to find the solution centuries later to the crime. Who killed Socha O’Cassidy, the prophetess? The Keening is not an easy book, but if you’re interested in Gaelic Ireland and its tragic history, it’s worth delving into the past.

  3. 5 out of 5

    TheBookMavenJoy

    The Book Maven’s Journal Reviews for Word Connoisseurs REVIEWER: J.Hunt STAR RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Keening: A Mystery of Gaelic Ireland By Anne Emery Both a Mystery Novel & an Historical Treatise Author Anne Emery's engrossing new novel, The Keening: A Mystery of Gaelic Ireland, is a dual-timeline “whodunnit” set in both historical Ireland, as well as in the modern era. The interwoven stories revolve predominantly around the Tierney Family, their Guest House and the unsolved murder of Sorcha, a 16th The Book Maven’s Journal Reviews for Word Connoisseurs REVIEWER: J.Hunt STAR RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Keening: A Mystery of Gaelic Ireland By Anne Emery Both a Mystery Novel & an Historical Treatise Author Anne Emery's engrossing new novel, The Keening: A Mystery of Gaelic Ireland, is a dual-timeline “whodunnit” set in both historical Ireland, as well as in the modern era. The interwoven stories revolve predominantly around the Tierney Family, their Guest House and the unsolved murder of Sorcha, a 16th Century seer/prophetess and physician. Spanning generations, most of the action of The Keening occurs in the historical past and is set mainly on the cusp of the 1600s in Northern Ireland. This is during the reign of Elizabeth I of England, when the travails and insurrections by local Irish Clans and rebels are heightened by the invasion and plantation demands of the British. The title of the book, The Keening, is a term for extremely woeful mourning lamentations for the dying and the dead that took place at most Gaelic funerals and wakes. However, in Irish folklore it was believed that the wailing and keening screams of a Banshee (a female phantom of death) were very bad omens and they actually foretold of deaths to come. "...The wailing cry continued unabated, rising in volume and pitch, a desperate keening that seemed to fill the vault of the heavens, to fill the entire world…” Anne Emery, The Keening The well-documented historical aspects of The Keening, that Author Anne Emery so brilliantly and easily described and explained in the novel, are what will precipitate a 400+-year-long struggle by Irish nationals for home rule and religious freedoms. Of Scot-Irish descent myself, I was totally absorbed and mesmerized by this book. The multi-layered mysteries are perplexing and and intriguing. In addition, the historical period, place and action is well presented and woven throughout. I highly commend Emery for her through research-oriented narration and themes of Irish history included in the text. I have long wanted to understand more about the “Great Plantation of Ulster” and Northern Ireland in a manner that was easy to grasp. Anne Emery achieved this through her majestic storytelling skills. She's an exceptional storyteller and scholar. Both a thought-provoking mystery, as well as a brilliant HISTORICAL REFERENCE tool, RESEARCH guide and TEACHING PRIMER, The Keening: A Mystery of Gaelic Ireland is an overall enjoyable reading and learning experience. For those with literacy curiosity and a more studious nature, Author Anne Emery graciously provides a well-documented reference section that she used in preparation of this novel. It can be found at the end of the book. The Keening: A Mystery of Gaelic Ireland is by Author Anne Emery. This Advanced Readers Copy is made available from ECW Press. Publication Date for the book is scheduled for 21 September 2021. The novel can be found referenced under Historical Fiction / Mysteries / Thrillers. https://www.goodreads.com/joyreadergirl1 (Check-out some of my other favorite Books and their Reviews on Goodreads at the above link. There you can research and read 300+ other book reviews that I have written and posted—all with an average of 3.98 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Star Rating Average. Thank you looking and enjoy your reading!)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    The Keening is a historical murder mystery novel, situated in 16th century Ireland. The story flips between the 16th century and current day (2017) and is very well researched. How to describe this book without giving away too much? At the heart of it is the murder of Sorcha, the local physician and prophetess. A local man (Shane, partner of Brigid Tierney who runs the local guest house and is best friends with Sorcha) is accused of Sorcha’s murder and what follows is a thorough court scene and The Keening is a historical murder mystery novel, situated in 16th century Ireland. The story flips between the 16th century and current day (2017) and is very well researched. How to describe this book without giving away too much? At the heart of it is the murder of Sorcha, the local physician and prophetess. A local man (Shane, partner of Brigid Tierney who runs the local guest house and is best friends with Sorcha) is accused of Sorcha’s murder and what follows is a thorough court scene and the death of Irish culture at the hands of the English. In present day, there’s an archeological dig on the ruins of the original Tierney guesthouse. This book was a great idea; however, I felt that the execution of it was lack luster. Emery did a fantastic job researching Irish history, but I wish she would have presented in the material in a “show, don’t tell” sort of way. For example, quite a bit of the dialogue between the present day characters involved explaining Irish history, which most likely would not have been necessary for these characters to tell each other. The dialogue was clearly more for the reader than for the plot of the novel. I usually heartily enjoy novels that flip between different times, but the modern day story line had a bit too much going on that didn’t feel necessary and had a ton of characters that weren’t important. I also had a problem with the present day language—was all that cursing necessary for the story? I don’t think so. It felt forced. There are also lots of characters (too many in my humble opinion) and too much history (I love history books, but it was a tad overwhelming). The mystery is revealed in the present day (2018) which diminished the "punch". There are many of red herrings, twists and turns, and sleuthing. Overall, this was an okay book, but it felt a little bland, I believe due to the way the history was presented. I had trouble connecting to some of the characters in either positive or negative ways—some weren’t very life like. Emery’s court scene was fantastic and it makes complete sense that she’s a lawyer. I think this book would have been better set exclusively in 1595. Thank you to NetGalley and ECW Press for providing me with an ARC.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I received The Keening as part of a NetGalley giveaway. In the late 16th century, Protestant England is encroaching on Irish rights, lives, and lands. But in the north of the country, people still keep to the old ways. Brigid Tierney continues the family tradition of running a successful guest house in County Fermanagh. When the physician and prophetess Sorcha O'Cassidy is murdered in cold blood, Shane O'Callaghan, the father of Brigid's children, initially falls under suspicion. But the truth is I received The Keening as part of a NetGalley giveaway. In the late 16th century, Protestant England is encroaching on Irish rights, lives, and lands. But in the north of the country, people still keep to the old ways. Brigid Tierney continues the family tradition of running a successful guest house in County Fermanagh. When the physician and prophetess Sorcha O'Cassidy is murdered in cold blood, Shane O'Callaghan, the father of Brigid's children, initially falls under suspicion. But the truth is much more convoluted than appears at first glance, and enormous betrayals--of country, community, and family--will be unveiled--before the real culprit is discovered. I had mixed feelings about The Keening. I liked the historical story more than the modern one, as I found the modern day characters caricature-like. While I found the subject matter and era interesting, I was disappointed in how the mystery was concluded--it wrapped up very quickly and "off-screen," and years passed before this was unveiled. I think I would have appreciated a bit more of a payoff in real time. It just didn't seem very tightly plotted. I give points for effort, because mysteries are incredibly difficult to write, and I think this was a really interesting period of history to write about, but it didn't quite land for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan Appleyard

    The Keening by Anne Emery This is a dual timeline novel set in 2917/18 and the late 16th/early 17th centuries in Northern Ireland. In the 20th century story, Mick Tierney who runs the Tierney Hotel for his father is faced with the threat of a large development, including a casino being built between the hotel and the view of the River Erne, in the midst of which is a Castle on an island. Mick comes up with the idea of bringing in archaeologists to dig up the land round about because a guesthouse The Keening by Anne Emery This is a dual timeline novel set in 2917/18 and the late 16th/early 17th centuries in Northern Ireland. In the 20th century story, Mick Tierney who runs the Tierney Hotel for his father is faced with the threat of a large development, including a casino being built between the hotel and the view of the River Erne, in the midst of which is a Castle on an island. Mick comes up with the idea of bringing in archaeologists to dig up the land round about because a guesthouse stood there four hundred years earlier. If historical artifacts are found, the development will be stopped or at least delayed. Mick’s grandmother warns him not to do it because she is afraid of what will be found. Which brings us to 1595 and Brigid Tierney, who runs the guesthouse for her brother Diarmait. She attends a gathering at the island castle along with her friend Sorcha who is also a doctor and a seer. The next morning, Sorcha is found dead near her home with two arrows in her. After an investigation, Brigid’s man and the father of her two children, Shane O’Callahan is accused of the murder. I hardly know where to begin with this book. One of the best aspects is a treasure trove of information about Irish law, customs and culture. Some truly fascinating tid-bits are offered up. The dialogue skips along (mostly) and some is pure gold. ‘The tide’s nearly out’, meaning the beer is almost gone, and the number of words a man can use to insult another is astonishing. The reader can hear the Irish brogue throughout the modern story. As the story of Brigid and Shane progresses, shocking facts are revealed that are far worse than anything the modern grandmother could have imagined. At the same time they live in fear that the English will cross the border into Ulster and they will lose the guesthouse. This was an interesting story and an enjoyable read, although the end was unexpected and horrific. I recommend it for those who particularly enjoy Irish history. ****

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    The Keening by Anne Emery is a heart-breaking tale of Ireland in the 1500s, and the modern day archeologists who discovered the conclusion of on of the many gruesome stories. In an attempt to keep a developer from building a neighborhood of huge, ugly houses and a casino, which would cut off the view from his hostelry, Mick Tierney plots to being the archeologists to his home to unearth the remains of the original building and whatever else may be there, but first he has to get past his grandmot The Keening by Anne Emery is a heart-breaking tale of Ireland in the 1500s, and the modern day archeologists who discovered the conclusion of on of the many gruesome stories. In an attempt to keep a developer from building a neighborhood of huge, ugly houses and a casino, which would cut off the view from his hostelry, Mick Tierney plots to being the archeologists to his home to unearth the remains of the original building and whatever else may be there, but first he has to get past his grandmother, who is a firm believer of leaving the past in the past. She is frightened that the ancestor who treated his peers so cruelly during the mid-1800s would cause talk again and ruin the reputations. Upon getting past her objections, so much more was discovered. The story was told on two timelines: 2017 and circa 1600. We tend to think that the English cruelty forced many Irish out of Ireland in the 1850s but here was much murder and mayhem in the time of Oliver Cromwell when there was wholesale murder in Ireland and the looting of the Catholic churches. This is the story of one family, who in many ways escaped the worst of the genocide but had its won story to tell, one that is not true, but representative of the time when was a crime to turn someone in need away from your door. When, marriage was the norm, but certainly less formal than it came to be later. This is a time when people still believed that witches walked among them, and that a few people could see into the future. It was a startling time in history, one told poignantly in this beautifully written book. We tend to think that prejudice and depravity is something new but this story proves that it is not. Nicely done, Anne Emery. I recommend it. I was invited to read a free e-ARC of The Keening by ECW Press, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #ECWpress #thekeening

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gee

    This is a story of Ireland, set both in the early 1600s and present day, following the murder of a seer, Sorcha and the descendants of the Tierney line. Brigid Tierney is Sorchas friend, and is devastated by her murder, especially as someone is trying to implicate her lover Shane, for her murder. Mick Tierney, along with his daughter, run a hotel on the same spot that Brigid did. But their livelihood is threatened by an American with a plan to build around their hotel, robbing it of its views an This is a story of Ireland, set both in the early 1600s and present day, following the murder of a seer, Sorcha and the descendants of the Tierney line. Brigid Tierney is Sorchas friend, and is devastated by her murder, especially as someone is trying to implicate her lover Shane, for her murder. Mick Tierney, along with his daughter, run a hotel on the same spot that Brigid did. But their livelihood is threatened by an American with a plan to build around their hotel, robbing it of its views and character. Both stories are intertwined very well, it’s an atmospheric read, and the troubled history of Ireland and its people at the hands of the English is well told. I initially preferred Brigids story but felt it was a bit too drawn out, making it slightly heavy going at times. Micks storyline was interesting, with Liam, his father being a great story teller, keeping alive their traditions with the telling of them. This took me longer to read than I expected, mainly because some of the historical detail felt too in depth for what is a historical who-dunnit rather than a history text book. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    It's the late 16th century, and Protestant England is encroaching on the Irish.  On their lives and lands.  Brigid Tierney runs a successful guest house in County Fermanagh.  When the local physician and wise woman, Sorcha O'Cassidy is found murdered, the father of Brigids children is accused of the crime. Present day.  Mick Tierney and his family run an old hotel which is in danger of losing business when rumors of a company planning to build around it start flying. Honestly, I found the past s It's the late 16th century, and Protestant England is encroaching on the Irish.  On their lives and lands.  Brigid Tierney runs a successful guest house in County Fermanagh.  When the local physician and wise woman, Sorcha O'Cassidy is found murdered, the father of Brigids children is accused of the crime. Present day.  Mick Tierney and his family run an old hotel which is in danger of losing business when rumors of a company planning to build around it start flying. Honestly, I found the past storyline to be much more interesting than the present day one. Disappointingly, the mystery is not actually solved on the page, you just kind of find out about it in passing which is a bit of a let down when you find yourself so invested in it. The history was well researched, I just wish the mystery part had been a bit more of a mystery. I received a free copy of the ARC via netgalley. I am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    The Tierneys have been operating a guest house in Ireland for generations, and while Mick Tierney occasionally finds the busloads of guests annoying, he wants to preserve his heritage. Unfortunately, an American developer plans to build estates on the hillside behind his hotel, which would totally destroy his view. Despite his grandmother's strong disapproval, Mick proceeds with the archeological dig, hoping to find cause to prevent development. What is Cait so eager to keep buried? The story is The Tierneys have been operating a guest house in Ireland for generations, and while Mick Tierney occasionally finds the busloads of guests annoying, he wants to preserve his heritage. Unfortunately, an American developer plans to build estates on the hillside behind his hotel, which would totally destroy his view. Despite his grandmother's strong disapproval, Mick proceeds with the archeological dig, hoping to find cause to prevent development. What is Cait so eager to keep buried? The story is told in two time periods--contemporary (2018) and 16th century. In 1595, Brigid Tierney is operating a guesthouse and her friend, doctor and seer Sorcha, is found murdered on the hillside. Who would have killed the talented prophetess? Although this book in engrossing, there seems to be an excess of subplots that make it overly long. Nonetheless, those interested in the history of Gaelic Ireland will find it fascinating. #TheKeening #NetGalley

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angela Sanford

    The Keening by Anne Emery is a well researched glimpse into the history of Gaelic Ireland. The storyline switches between the years of 1595 to 2018 and reveals the death of Sorcha,who is a seer and physician, and the search for her killer. There are many different twists and turns in this historical telling and reveals many dark secrets that remain well hidden. I found myself engrossed in the mystery surrounding the murder and in the search for the responsible party. Author Anne Emery made necess The Keening by Anne Emery is a well researched glimpse into the history of Gaelic Ireland. The storyline switches between the years of 1595 to 2018 and reveals the death of Sorcha,who is a seer and physician, and the search for her killer. There are many different twists and turns in this historical telling and reveals many dark secrets that remain well hidden. I found myself engrossed in the mystery surrounding the murder and in the search for the responsible party. Author Anne Emery made necessary historical facts known throughout this novel. Finding myself drawn into Ireland's history, I could not imagine the identity of the guilty party nor the reasoning behind the murder. I applaud Author Anne Emery in the way she threw in clues but did not let the murderers identify be known until the end. A great historical read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    Two timelines interweave in this historical fiction tale of a hotel owned by the Tierney's in lush Ireland. In present day the Tierney's are trying to keep an American investor from developing the land behind them into a casino and horrid tourist attractions by having an archaeological dig to find something to stop them. But old Cait is worried that they will find something that will turn the public against them because of the tumultuous past of the family and their land. In the late 1500s there Two timelines interweave in this historical fiction tale of a hotel owned by the Tierney's in lush Ireland. In present day the Tierney's are trying to keep an American investor from developing the land behind them into a casino and horrid tourist attractions by having an archaeological dig to find something to stop them. But old Cait is worried that they will find something that will turn the public against them because of the tumultuous past of the family and their land. In the late 1500s there is a string of murders in the town and the Tierney's are in the middle of helping find the murderer while also being careful not to bring the notice of the English to them. How will the past and present handle what's unearthed beneath?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ellen Anaka

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book. I enjoy reading hustorical fiction. I liked the mystery aspect of the story. My favourite parts were going back in time, to when everything began. The present day Ireland starts with the Tierney's Hotel. A land developer wants to build around it, blocking the view of the castle in the distance. The Tierney's have been there for centuries and don't want the land ruined. They decide to have someone come in and look for hus Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book. I enjoy reading hustorical fiction. I liked the mystery aspect of the story. My favourite parts were going back in time, to when everything began. The present day Ireland starts with the Tierney's Hotel. A land developer wants to build around it, blocking the view of the castle in the distance. The Tierney's have been there for centuries and don't want the land ruined. They decide to have someone come in and look for hustorical artifacts. Anything found would stop the dig. The mystery is in 1600 century Ireland and what happened back then, and how it effects what is happening now. Enjoyable read, that was well researched. 3 out of 5

  14. 5 out of 5

    Trina Dixon

    A dual timeline novel beginning in late 1500's/early1600's and 2018. There has been a guesthouse belonging to the Tierney family for over 500 years. In 2018 Mick Tierney's hotel is being threatened by American developers so he calls upon an archaeological team to see what the can unearth. In 1575 Sorcha, the local seer and physician is found murdered. Brigit Tierney and her family try to discover who could have killed her. And what did her prophecies mean for the future. I enjoyed this novel, I h A dual timeline novel beginning in late 1500's/early1600's and 2018. There has been a guesthouse belonging to the Tierney family for over 500 years. In 2018 Mick Tierney's hotel is being threatened by American developers so he calls upon an archaeological team to see what the can unearth. In 1575 Sorcha, the local seer and physician is found murdered. Brigit Tierney and her family try to discover who could have killed her. And what did her prophecies mean for the future. I enjoyed this novel, I have to say I found it quite daunting at the beginning as there is a lot of history spoke about and lots of characters drawn in, I almost didn't persevere but I'm glad that I did Many thanks to Netgalley and ECW Press for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review 3.5 stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rosalía

    This is a dual timeline novel, which starts in present day Ireland, at the Tierney's Hotel. A land developer wants to build around it, blocking the view of the castle in the distance. The Tierneys have been there for centuries and they do not want their land ruined. They decide to have someone come in and look for historical artifacts to stop the dig. The mystery is set in 1600 century Ireland, when the murdered body of Sorcha the prophetess is discovered following a lavish banquet at the Maguir This is a dual timeline novel, which starts in present day Ireland, at the Tierney's Hotel. A land developer wants to build around it, blocking the view of the castle in the distance. The Tierneys have been there for centuries and they do not want their land ruined. They decide to have someone come in and look for historical artifacts to stop the dig. The mystery is set in 1600 century Ireland, when the murdered body of Sorcha the prophetess is discovered following a lavish banquet at the Maguire castle. This story is about what happened back then and how it affects what’s happening now. ⠀ Anne Emery does a magnificent job in researching about the period in which this novel takes place. However, on some occasions this historical part was too dense for the reader to enjoy and as a consequence, it was easier to disconnect. On the other hand, I wasn't a massive fan of the current timeline either, as I found the characters rather flat. I thought I was going to like this, but overall, it was just okay. ⠀ The Keening will be published on September 21. Thanks to @Netgalley and @ecwpress for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    This was a solidly written novel that was easy to get hooked into. I looooove when novels have a dual timelines, and as I always do, I found myself way more invested in the past timeline than the present one. However, the plot kind of meandered and the big ‘mystery’ wasn’t even resolved on the page, leaving you to learn about the resolution in a very *balloon deflating noise* way. I think this book could’ve used some tightening up from the editor’s chair, but overall, I enjoyed the journey this This was a solidly written novel that was easy to get hooked into. I looooove when novels have a dual timelines, and as I always do, I found myself way more invested in the past timeline than the present one. However, the plot kind of meandered and the big ‘mystery’ wasn’t even resolved on the page, leaving you to learn about the resolution in a very *balloon deflating noise* way. I think this book could’ve used some tightening up from the editor’s chair, but overall, I enjoyed the journey this book took me on and I was thoroughly impressed with the lengthy list of sources that were used by the author and printed at the end. I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This is a duel timeline book with the main character from 16th century Ireland. Sorcha is a witch who curses the Tierney family before she is killed. Now in modern day there is going to be an archeological dig on their land and they discover Historical artifacts, a sheaf of prophecies and a body ― a bogman ― four hundred years old. Is it a coincidence that there are bad things happening at the site.? I normally love duel timelines and while this one was a good read it didn't grab me, it was a li This is a duel timeline book with the main character from 16th century Ireland. Sorcha is a witch who curses the Tierney family before she is killed. Now in modern day there is going to be an archeological dig on their land and they discover Historical artifacts, a sheaf of prophecies and a body ― a bogman ― four hundred years old. Is it a coincidence that there are bad things happening at the site.? I normally love duel timelines and while this one was a good read it didn't grab me, it was a little slow moving. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    Enjoyable story set over two time lines. I got a bit confused back in the 1500s as to who was married to who,and what kids they had,and who owned the land and how many cows as payment for what crime? It was a learning curve for sure on the laws of old Ireland. As I said,it was enjoyable,but for me a little lacking in atmosphere. I'd be passing the book on to friends,but not sure I'll be saying it's a "must read". Enjoyable story set over two time lines. I got a bit confused back in the 1500s as to who was married to who,and what kids they had,and who owned the land and how many cows as payment for what crime? It was a learning curve for sure on the laws of old Ireland. As I said,it was enjoyable,but for me a little lacking in atmosphere. I'd be passing the book on to friends,but not sure I'll be saying it's a "must read".

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    It was a laborious read. I expected more from her having enjoyed the Collins-Burke series. She spent too much time addressing the atrocities of the English over the Irish. While some of that was necessary to give background to the story it was way over done and repetitive. I also thought that the ending was contrived.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mel Pretorius

    The Keening by Anne Emery is a mixed bag. The current timeline involves uncovering the family mystery that will save their hotel from the developers; I really enjoyed these sections and it kept me engaged. The historical timeline is interesting to a point but did seem to drag on; I found myself skimming these sections after a while. The ending was a bit abrupt.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    I appreciated the historical part but I found the dual timeline a bit confusing and too much details. Not my cup of tea. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  22. 5 out of 5

    Austin Comerton

    Well written gripping story set predominantly in Co Fermanagh. Excellent research on historical context of late 1500’s and bridge to current times.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Allyson

    Thank you to NetGalley, the publishing house and the author for the opportunity to read an advance reader copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion. This book seems like it was going to be right up my alley. The author did a fantastic job researching and I learned so many things about Ireland in the late 1500s. The only problem for me was the book was so full of facts and so descriptive that it actually took away from the storyline. I found the book hard to read and fo Thank you to NetGalley, the publishing house and the author for the opportunity to read an advance reader copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion. This book seems like it was going to be right up my alley. The author did a fantastic job researching and I learned so many things about Ireland in the late 1500s. The only problem for me was the book was so full of facts and so descriptive that it actually took away from the storyline. I found the book hard to read and follow along with because of this. Unfortunately I did not love this book, but I did like the storyline.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, Anne Emery, and ECW Press. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am pleased to recommend this novel to friends and family who enjoy Irish history. Anne Emery obviously put a great deal of work into her research for this work. She will take us there. There have been Tierney's running a guesthouse in County Ferm I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, Anne Emery, and ECW Press. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am pleased to recommend this novel to friends and family who enjoy Irish history. Anne Emery obviously put a great deal of work into her research for this work. She will take us there. There have been Tierney's running a guesthouse in County Fermanagh for hundreds of years. This novel involves a mystery taking place in the late 16th century, early 17th, involving the murder of Sorcha the prophetess. We will find the solution to this mystery in 2018, as the descendants of Brigid and Shane try to protect their land and livelihood from rampant development by involving archeologists and the local historical society. This was an interesting look. into ancient Ireland, and a bit of a look into Ireland during the troubles of the last century. I found it extremely interesting. I think you will, as well. pub date Sept 21, 2021 ECW Press Reviewed on September 24, 2021, at Goodreads, Netgalley, AmazonSmile, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, and GooglePlay. Not available for review at BookBubs, though they have several Emery novels.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tom Ferguson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  27. 5 out of 5

    oohlalabooks

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Black

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  30. 5 out of 5

    arlene lafoley

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