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Too Close for Comfort Jo Birmingham #3 Clunky writing stilted dialogue cliched characterisation unbelievable plotting Apart from that it's awful PROTAGONIST Chief Superintendent Jo BirminghamSETTING Dublin IrelandSERIES #3 of 3RATING 30A reporter receiving a telephone tip alerts the police to the fact that a woman’s body is located in an area of the Dublin mountains known as “the Vanishing Triangle” It is assumed that a serial killer is at work which was the only reasonable explanation for the fact that six women disappeared in that area in a 6 year period The original police investigation under the direction of Dan Mason identified a local man named Derek Carpenter as the prime suspect but they were never able to prove his guilt Now the case of Amanda Wells the presumed seventh victim has been assigned to Dan’s wife Chief Superintendent Jo Birmingham Dan was grievously injured while on duty and is not very willing to share what he learned during the case with his wife She feels guilty about what happened to him and tiptoes around the communication issues in their marriageEveryone other than Jo presumes that Carpenter is guilty Amanda was a neighbor and it appears that they may have had a clandestine relationship Derek’s wife Liz goes to extraordinary lengths to thwart the police in their investigation as she is obsessed with providing a solid future for their autistic son Conor Having his father identified as a murderer would lead to his being shunned and end Liz’s hopes of having him receive a scholarship to a prestigious school Initially a fervent supporter of her husband she ends up doubting his innocence as the evidence piles up against him The truth of the matter turns out to be uite a surprise but the conclusion was a bit too facile for my tastesAlthough TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT is the third in the Birmingham books I found the protagonist to be lacking in what it takes to helm a series She exhibited a rather startling lack of authority in both her professional and personal lives She was not very assertive during her interrogation of key people I also found it odd that a copper at the level of Chief Superintendent would be the one uestioning all of the players—shouldn’t that be the responsibility of the lead detective? All the other members of the team were assigned drudge work Also I would imagine that the job of Chief Superintendent would be uite administrative and that being the lead investigator would not be a responsibility in that role Even at that Jo exhibited an appalling lack of judgment in allowing her favorite underling to get away with calling in sick for no reason not exactly a wise thing to do when managing a team O’Connor is a true crime editor for the Sunday World Ireland’s biggest selling Sunday newspaper That led to the most interesting aspect of the book which was the role of the press in investigating crimes The phone hacking scandal involving the News of the World revealed the shocking tactics the media uses to get stories and served as an inspiration for the book It was mind boggling to see the lengths journalists will go to in order to get a story I enjoyed this until the ending I thought it was a bit far fetched and I felt like I lost the plot completely Niamh O’Connor’s new release Too Close for Comfort is the third in a series of books featuring DI Jo Birmingham I have read the previous two books and enjoyed them and was looking forward to this one Jo Birmingham is a brilliant character and she does stand out in my mind amongst other female leads in books I think the reason for this is that she is so normal She makes some serious mistakes constantly has to juggle her work and personal life not always succeeding and is an ordinary woman doing an extraordinary job Straight away Niamh O’Connor brings the reader into Jo’s world without the need to read the first two books Her writing style is easy to follow and it doesn’t take long to get into the story A woman has been found in an area in the Dublin Mountains In the past women have disappeared and the area is now known as part of the ‘vanishing triangle’ case Derek Carpenter lives in Nun’s cross the same area as the latest victim and was the prime suspect in the Vanishing Triangle case In the very beginning the story gripped me and we saw flashes of somebody who is involved in the press This will eventually link to the killer later down the line I think one of the main problems I had with this book was the references to hacking The crime was interesting but there were numerous links to the a similar thread of press hacking similar to the scandal the General Public have seen in recent months Niamh O'Connor couldn't have timed it better with the release of this book but I am just tired of hearing about the Leveson enuiry on the news lately so maybe a similar thread in the book was too much for me?? Maybe that was why this particular part of the book annoyed me so muchApart from that one minor irritant it seems that Niamh O’Connor is doing a slow burn with this character and her novels as each of her books is just that little bit better than the last This story had me uestioning everybody at every opportunity There were plenty of plot twists and at one point there was so much going on I went back to make sure I hadn’t missed anything The characters were strong and believable and one element I like is the constant battle for Jo to make her marriage work with Dan who also used to be her boss One other thing that stuck out for me is the lead to the endings of her books In a strange sort of way they are always brilliant because they have the desired effect of the reader just having to get the next book I cannot stand loose ends and with numerous characters making reappearances there are uestions than answer with some of themAt the moment Niamh O’Connor is maybe not as widely known as she should be I think her books are hugely under rated and although I am yet to be blown away with one of her books I have a sneaking suspicion one of her future books is going to be the one Maybe not to everybody’s taste but a complex book that will keep you reading I am now waiting with baited breath for the next instalment as this one was left on a bit of a cliff hanger Another brilliant highly addictive book by Niamh O'Connor and the third book in the Jo Birmingham seriesLike the first two I love the character of Jo and her feisty strong characterher battle with home and work life and her ongoing drama with her husband Dan are my favourite partsFull of many differing characters and with no real idea who the killer is draws you in to the very endAs always for me it's a slow start but once the story picks up pace I'm immersed in the plotThe only reason I couldn't give 4 stars for this one was because I felt that there was less actual police work went on less of Jo and barely anything to her own personal life until the very endAs always it has me gripped to get the next one which I have already downloadedcan't wait to get reading The author gets one added star from me right away for writing about Ireland; having a female lead in a position of responsibility; and addressing serious modern issues like house repossession crooked solicitors and special needs childrenHere's what I liked about the book As I saw in earlier books about this main character Jo Bermingham she is bull headed disorganised in her home life with kids and keen to keep working on a case Therefore Jo is true to herself by continuing those character traits as she investigates a case of a vanished woman from south Dublin The woman's body is found in a mountainous area where women have previously disappeared The sense of loss felt by the family of one of these women is well portrayed The recession has caused chaos in family lives especially middle class peopleAs a newspaper editor herself the author incorporates many references to the phone hacking scandal at the News Of The World in the UK The portrayal of a young lad on the autism spectrum Here's what I didn't likeI would have liked at least one decent journalist to be included for balance I lost count of how many serial killers there were running around south Dublin The cast seemed numerous and homogenous so it was easy reading this over a few nights to lose track and say which was Amanda or Ellen or Kate again? Which was Tom and which was Tim? Next time maybe a nice Indian or Polish couple has moved in next door please I can accept many impossible things before breakfast but not a seriously obese woman overpowering two fit menNor a senior policeman letting anyone fake his way into his house and leaving him there without even phoning the firm the man says he came from to check Sneaky people paying everyone with a job including police for information covered by the Data Protection Act and getting it back on the instant The author has clearly put a lot of work into developing her complex plot twists and her characters the main persons leaving us with issues unresolved Followers of this series should enjoy the read but for newcomers it may not be the best place to start Like all of Niamh O'Connor's books about Jo Birmingham the detective in Dublin this was a very good read Great characters and interesting story tied in with the girls that went missing in Leinster in the 1990's Well worth a read I'm sorry but did someone rip out the last chapter? Surely this can't be the end So disappointed I was so engrossed then It's like it ended in the middle of a chapter There's a month of reading in bed I'll never get back The Vanishing Triangle A woman's body is found in Ireland's most notorious body dump zone an area in the Dublin mountains where a number of women disappeared in the past Nun's Cross The victim is from an exclusive gated development in the suburbs where the prime suspect in the vanishing triangle cases Derek Carpenter now lives It looks like the past is coming back to haunt the present But DI Jo Birmingham doesn't believe the case is open and shut Her husband Dan was part of the original investigation team; is she trying to protect her own fragile domestic peace The one person who could help her crack the case Derek's wife Liz is so desperate to protect her family that she is going out of her way to thwart all efforts to establish the truth Can both women emerge unscathed Couldnt even finish this book too many characters and just a boring plot couldnt care less about how it ended Disappointed to say the least

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