An impoverished bookkeeper in Dublin quite suddenly inherits a prosperous estate in Ireland's County Wicklow - and enough money to allow him to enjoy the life of a country gentleman. He falls in love with the small Irish village. But when a neighbor is murdered - a man hated pretty thoroughly by just about everyone - our bookkeeper finds himself with far too many suspects among his friends.
In a nutshell, that's what happens in "Sent to His Account," the second mystery by the Irish author Eilis Dillon, and a delightful gem. It's the subject of today's Classic Mysteries podcast, and you can listen to the whole review here. Dillon was an extremely prolific author, but she only wrote three mysteries - which, based on the three that we do have seems to be a pity. There is a great deal of charm in the book, written with a great deal of warmth and humor by someone whose love of Ireland and the Irish people was quite evident in everything she wrote.