Go beyond James Joyce and Maeve Binchy with these stories, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day:
The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty
Detective Sean Duffy is a Catholic cop in the largely Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary of Northern Ireland in this gritty police procedural, first of a series.
The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien
This classic, groundbreaking novel from the early 1960s was banned by the Irish Censorship Board upon its publication. Two young girls leave their small country town for love and experiences in the big city.
An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor
First in a series, this is a gently humorous story of a fish out of water. Young, straight-as-an-arrow Barry Laverty goes as a physician’s assistant to tiny, rural Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland where he must learn to get along with his eccentric boss and the inhabitants of the village.