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Robert E. Kearns
A Donnybrook Affair
Lemuel Plant is a hard-up private investigator working out of a shabby downtown office. He's ready to quit, and is determined that his next case will be his last. Plant is visited by the beautiful Florence Joiner, who wants to collect evidence against her husband, who she alleges is having an affair with his secretary. On the job, Plant follows Harold Joiner, the managing partner of a successful firm. But he also follows his client, which leads him to the affluent suburb of Donnybrook and its country club. There, Plant discovers there's more to the story than what she disclosed Intrigue, a compelling plot, and the salacious going-on between the well-heeled people of Donnybrook, make this a must-read for lovers of vintage detective fiction.

Four Stars

"Good detective story. Quick and easy read."

Uncaged Book Reviews

This book is set in a time before computers and cellphones, before technology took over. It reminded me a lot of the old movies like Dial M for Murder or Out of the Past. I’m not a heavy reader in the crime/mystery genres, but this book was a great page turner. It was a bit fun to go back to the old days when people had to literally run down their leads on a case instead of doing research behind a desk on a computer. Lem is a private investigator hired by a socialite who wants to prove her husband is cheating on her so she can divorce him and get a nice payday out of it. Lem decides to take the case, because he wants to just retire out of his dingy office. But there are a lot of twists and turns to this one, and one was a major surprise to me.

For private detective fans, this is a good read with a good cast of characters. Lem is such a great character, I hope he pops up in another book down the road. Reviewed by Cyrene

A Donnybrook Affair by Robert E. Kearns is a finalist in the 2024 Raven Awards

I'm delighted to announce that A Donnybrook Affair is a finalist in the 2024 Raven Awards.

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