Path into darkness / Lisa Alber.

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      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: A haunting tale of family secrets, madness, and healing in small-town Ireland Lisfenora is known across the British Isles for its yearly matchmaking festival. But a local man's murder and the grim discovery in his home have cast a somber mood over the town. Detective Sergeant Danny Ahern tries to make sense of the chaotic scene while struggling to set aside moral conflicts and grief for his comatose wife. Within days, he's plunged into even darker terrain when the investigation leads him on a collision course with the Tate family: troubled Nathan, who conceals secrets within ghastly secrets, and beautiful Zoe, the daughter he abandoned years ago. As darkness asserts its grip on Nathan, propelling him toward a tragic downfall, Danny finds himself traveling down his own dark path between life and death. Praise: "A dark, compelling mystery with numerous plot twists and well-drawn characters interwoven with an involving portrait of life in a small insular Irish village."--Booklist "Lyrical, tense, and haunting, Lisa Alber's Path into Darknessreturns to the Irish village . . . Rich in atmosphere and foreboding, the story propels the reader to a conclusion that is heartbreaking, human, and hopeful."--Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of Garden of Lamentations "Gloriously detonating the 'shamrocks and leprechauns' take on Ireland, Lisa Alber's County Clare series always offers both psychological-nuanced character studies and satisfying mysteries. But Path into Darknesssteps it up a notch. Each strand in this terrific novel is absorbing enough to carry books on its own, yet Alber effortlessly weaves them into a breathtaking ensemble. This is the work of a master-plotter. And a master heart breaker too."--Catriona McPherson, Agatha Award-winning author of The Reek of Red Herrings
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    • ABNT:
      ALBER, L. Path into darkness. First edition. [s. l.]: Midnight Ink, 2017. ISBN 9780738750576. Disponível em: Acesso em: 29 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Alber L. Path into Darkness. First edition. Midnight Ink; 2017. Accessed September 29, 2020.
    • APA:
      Alber, L. (2017). Path into darkness (First edition.). Midnight Ink.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Alber, Lisa. 2017. Path into Darkness. First edition. A County Clare Mystery: [Bk. 3]. Midnight Ink.
    • Harvard:
      Alber, L. (2017) Path into darkness. First edition. Midnight Ink (A County Clare mystery: [bk. 3]). Available at: (Accessed: 29 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Alber, L 2017, Path into darkness, First edition., A County Clare mystery: [bk. 3], Midnight Ink, viewed 29 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Alber, Lisa. Path into Darkness. First edition., Midnight Ink, 2017. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Alber, Lisa. Path into Darkness. First edition. A County Clare Mystery: [Bk. 3]. Midnight Ink, 2017.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Alber L. Path into darkness [Internet]. First edition. Midnight Ink; 2017 [cited 2020 Sep 29]. (A County Clare mystery: [bk. 3]). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2017 May #1

Long-buried secrets and current troubles come to light in Lisfenora, Ireland, as Detective Sergeant Danny Ahern investigates the murder of a local man in Alber's latest County Clare mystery. Meanwhile, Nathan Tate, with his spotty memory and tenuous grip on reality, struggles to deal with the return of his irrepressible daughter, Zoe, who fancies herself a healer; Annie Belden is hiding from her past, terrified it will catch up to her; and Merrit Chase, recently returned to Ireland from California, is appalled when her dying father anoints her the next village matchmaker. Ahern, whose wife is comatose and not expected to recover, contends with guilt and the inability to let go as he tries to shield his children from the reality of their mother's situation. These various stories, past and present, are slowly revealed from multiple points of view as Merrit, against Ahern's wishes, meddles to unravel the truth. A dark, compelling mystery with numerous plot twists and well-drawn characters interwoven with an involving portrait of life in a small, insular Irish village. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 July #1

In Lisfenora, Ireland, DS Danny Ahern is struggling. His wife is on life support, and his weekly trips to the hospital are difficult. Then an old pub mate is murdered, and Danny discovers the man was running a scheme to take in older lodgers with no nearby relatives. One of the last people to see Elder Joe alive is an artist who suffers from PTSD. Danny tries to get answers from a troubled man who doesn't always know the day or time. As he investigates, two other characters view the case from their own perspectives. One is a woman whose father has proclaimed her the next matchmaker in the village. A third narrator remains anonymous while writing in a journal. VERDICT Alber's third series outing (following Whispers in the Mist) is an atmospheric story of Ireland, filled with myth and darkness. The characters are as hard and mysterious as the land itself. Fans of Erin Hart's dark Irish crime novels should welcome this series.—LH

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.