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Publication Order of Cormac Reilly Books

The Ruin (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scholar (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Good Turn (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Roommate (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Standalone audiobook The Sisters is a sort of prequel to this series.THe Roommate is a standalone prequel audio novella.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Sisters (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Murder Rule (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fireground (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Happened to Nina? (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Dervla McTiernan is a crime fiction writer. She was born in County Cork.

Dervla McTiernan first became officially published in 2018 This was the year that saw the debut of her first ever book, The Ruin. It’s the first of the Cormac Reilly series. The 2019 sequel is titled The Scholar.

Dervla didn’t always set out to be a writer. She ended up going to Galway to study the field of corporate law. She also ended up going to study law in Ireland and going on to work as a lawyer, practicing in the field for over a decade. When times became tougher financially, she moved to Australia with her family.

Now Dervla writes in her spare time but also works actively for the M.H.C. She also has two children with her husband and the entire family is currently residing happily in Perth.

Dervla started the fictional murder mystery series known as the Cormac Reilly series. His job is an inspector detective, which means that he is constantly finding himself in the middle of sticky situations– and it’s his job to solve them and find out who’s the reason why he’s showing up to work today. Finding out the reasons why dead bodies appear is not a job that’s full of sunshine, but it is an important one.

The Ruin is the first novel by McTiernan. In this fun and engaging murder mystery series, readers get to meet the main character of Cormac Reilly for the first time.

It has been a full two decades since the fateful day. The day where Cormac found Hilaria Blake’s body in her home. The Georgian house was fairly crumbling around her, and yet the biggest difference between the estate and the woman that resided there was that at least the estate had a vague chance of coming back to life.

Even though that happened twenty years ago, Cormac has always thought of the two children that Hilaria sadly left orphans against her will. Fast forward to today. Jack is Aisling Conroy’s boyfriend. He also happens to have just been found dead in the river’s freezing cold waters. The police at first tell Aisling that the death was a suicide.

Aisling is studying to be a surgeon and is currently a surgical resident. Overcome with grief, she does what she can to cope as she grieves the loss. The young woman pours all of her energy into studying and working in a desperate attempt to forget what has happened. She’s able to do a good job of it for a while until Maude shows up.

Maude is Jack’s sister and since she thinks that it was not a suicide she is going to set out to prove that. It’s the only way that she can clear his name and maybe even get the police to admit that it was a murder, since they clearly don’t believe that.

At the same time, Cormac has been assigned to a case– an accidental overdose from 20 years back. The case was designated accidental but now has been opened once more. The subject of the case just happens to be who else but Maude and the late Jack’s mother, who was known for doing drugs and drinking a bit too much.

Now Cormac is under more pressure than ever as people want him to charge Maude with a murder. But when his coworker and peer Danny accidentally digs up a new piece of evidence that may end up flipping the tables on everything that they thought they knew.

With a killer out there on the loose if not dead, it’s up to Reilly to figure out where the killer is. Can he do what the others can’t and find the killer? Find out by picking up this debut crime that takes the reader into the author’s darker version of Ireland where the authorities are protecting you until they’re not. Check out The Ruin by this brand new author that has kicked off their writing career with one intriguing murder story!

The Scholar is the exciting second novel of fiction from new writer Dervia McTiernan. If you love murder mystery stories, then this is the novel for you! It is the official second book in the Reilly series, which means that it has all the fun of a sequel!

Detective Inspector Reilly is now dating and even has a girlfriend named Emma. Things are going fairly well, but life would not be his life if he did not find himself involved in some type of murder. When the detective starts his day one morning, he is surprised in a sad way but not that shocked to find that he’s discovered the corpse, a victim of an early hit and run accident.

As a result, Cormac is the first one on the scene. This is just another murder that has found itself in Cormac’s wheelhouse somehow. The murder would never have ended up on his desk except for the fact that he was accidentally the only person that came across the entire scene before anyone even knew about it.

The dead body is that of a girl, and her ID says that her name is Carline Darcy. That’s not just your average name; Darcy comes from one of the largest companies and family names in Ireland. She is the apparent heir to the fortune that has been made by Darcy Therapeutics. It will be quite a lot; the pharmaceutical company is the most successful in the entirety of Ireland.

She was set to inherit it all, and would now never live to spend a single farthing of it. The company seems to be not only doing well financially to stay in the black and live to see another year, but it also funds politics, philanthropy, and university research. Even Emma’s research, which was said to be ‘groundbreaking’.

The investigation into how the heiress died is sure to be scrutinized intently. When evidence found suggests that the murder may be linked to a company lab and Emma as well, is this sleuth in for more than he bargained for? Read The Scholar to find out!

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6 Responses to “Dervla McTiernan”

  1. Frank Kelly: 2 years ago

    The Good Turn is available from Half Price Books online; that’s where I got my copy which I gave to the Hawaii State Library. I have read and enjoyed the first three Cormac Reilly novels. McTiernan has created a great character and embeds him in a fascinating environment. I read alot. This writer is an unexpected gem. Mahalo!

    • Jan: 7 months ago

      I have read four of your books and I’m looking at trying to get more, which I hope the library has more of them.
      They are awesome books to read, can’t put them down till you finish them.
      Happy reading 📖

      Regards jan

  2. Diane E Jakubans: 2 years ago

    I have just read all three books! Enjoyed them immensely! I wish you would explain the pronunciation of some of the names! In the back of the book? I am discovering my Irish family seem to come from Galway! Matching many via DNA. Don’t know who they are, but I am enjoying the descriptions of the area!

  3. Maureen Lang: 2 years ago

    First I read The Ruin….and I just finished reading The Scholar….loved them both!! Now I’m going to look for The Good Turn….hope my library has that one

  4. Denise Kuhn: 3 years ago

    Iv just finished The Scholar given to me by a friend its so fantastic im now wanting to buy The Ruin & The Good Turn please keep up the great work I enjoy your novels so much
    again thanks I just cant put it down
    Cheers Deni

  5. Lexine Mainwaring: 3 years ago

    Why is A Good Turn out of print? Was it not successful? I enjoy this series very much. It’s certainly better than a lot of the cozy mysteries.


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