Wow, how terrible this was. I have read other books in the Quirke series and enjoyed them. Probably because they had a plot. Even the character development in the series goes backwards with this one. Nothing happens in this book, and the loose mystery serves no purpose. None of the characters are really interested in it, the side shoots from the mystery are short lived and amount to nothing. There is no feeling or emotion in this story to help pull you in. Unfortunately I'll carry this thought with me to the next book, or might even skip it all together. That's how much I disliked this book.