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Up Roystonhill (The Bleeding Heart Murders Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rosaleen Orr
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'... just how an artist should write prose, brushstroke by considered brushstroke watching as the whole picture emerges. Wonderful characters and what humour! And there is such underlying humanity in the story, a tenderness that is never sentimental, for the underdogs in society. Music, too, is never far away, be it the five part harmony of school cleaners or a fallen priest's store of old Irish hymns and ballads. This hugely visual story is told in a new and unique voice.' Alex Gray, crime novelist

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No-one can stay mad for long with FATHER HARRY, the charismatic priest at Saint Jude's. Though some consider his lifestyle unorthodox, the good works he does among the derelict winos of Mirkhill more than compensate for his occasional drunken binges, and his uneven temper.

Certainly, MOTHER AGNES of the Holy Child always sees Harry's good side. She thinks him a kind of saint, a state to which she herself, large and plain, has always aspired. AGNES looks after rescued animals in the stables of the Convent of the Bleeding Heart.

She also feeds the local tramps, among them the poet SKY HIGH, aka CHARLES LAVERY. Dublin born and Oxford educated, Charles Lavery is the former professor of poetry at Glasgow University, now declined into alcohol and drugs, trawling the seedy environs of Mirkhill, an ancient and ruined district of Glasgow, where dilapidated historic buildings and modern slums exist side by side. A true poet, inspired by the uneducated derelicts, and romantic ruins of the ancient churchyards they haunt, he rejoices in the name SKY HIGH bestowed upon him by the gang of down and outs who call themselves 'THE WANDERERS.'

Youngster, RORY O'DONNELL, is savagely attacked at dusk, in a school art room, and left for dead. His shocking discovery by two cleaners leads to a series of murders and deceptions which embroil hardworking little MARTHA, comely VARRIE (a part time 'lady of the night'), the school chaplain, FATHER HARRY and MARIE LOUISE, a Page Three beauty in search of her lost family, and the disparate nuns of the convent next to the cemetery where the Wanderers gather.

The subsequent death of SISTER PHILOMENA, an old nun suffering from dementia, leads MOTHER MARY AGNES of the Holy Child, and Detective Constable FRANK CHILDERS to the growing suspicion that a murderer walks among them. As the community gathers for the school production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, Agnes is forced to confront her own preconceptions and look behind the curtain of her ‘holy’ community.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Yardshead; 1 edition (15 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DYXXC3W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #549,480 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Loved this book! It was just how an artist should write prose, brushstroke by considered brushstroke watching as the whole picture emerged. Wonderful characters and what humour! Rosaleen Orr's knowledge of Royston was used to great comic effect as she painted her landscapes and portraits, avoiding steroetypes while giving a feeling of realism to places and people. And there is such underlying humanity in the story, a tenderness that is never sentimental, for the underdogs in society. Music, too, is never far away, be it the five part harmony of school cleaners or a fallen priest's store of old Irish hymns and ballads. This hugely visual story is told in a new and unique voice and I look forward with delight to the next book in Rosaleen Orr's series.

Alex Gray, crime novelist
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I know Rosaleen Orr as an artist,indeed I have some of her paintings hanging on my walls, and as one of the winners in the McCash Scottish Poetry Competition,but her debut as a novelist is a great surprise, She has created characters who spring to life from the first sentence of this thrilling and darkly comic tale.A real page turner,you can't wait to find out what happens next. Atmospherically described as only a painter can do, it is shocking,heartbreaking,and laugh out loud funny. With its subtitle The Bleeding Heart Murders I only hope this means we will get to meet Mother Agnes, a most unlikely sleuth,her side kicks,Sister Peppy,the beautiful Sister Angel and the handsome young DCI Frank Childers again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars up roystonhill 19 Jan. 2014
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I could not put this book down, loved every page, and the characters are so real. I feel like I know them all personally. I would liken this author to Mauve Binchey, the story was as alive from beginning to end. I cannot wait to hear more from this author. One word AMAZING,
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