Monday, July 6, 2020

The Roommate (Cormac Reilly #0.7), by Dervla McTiernan (author), Aoife McMahon (narrator)

Audible Originals, July 2020

Niamh Turley is a twenty-two-year-old teacher at a Catholic school, when she is wakes up one morning to the garda knocking on her door. A body has been found inside the building, and it turns out to be her roommate.

The garda in question is Detective Cormac Reilly. He wants to ask her some questions, for which she has fewer answers than he'd hoped. Niamh and her roommate (no, I'm not guessing at the spelling of Irish names I haven't seen in print) had only been roommates for three months, and had been agreeable roommates but not really friends. However, they also want her to formally identify the body, so that the immediate family doesn't have to do it.
That's enough of a shock, but things get worse, and crazier, from there. After attending the funeral, strange things start to happen. Her phone gets locked. Someone has changed the password on her bank accounts. She met a another woman at the funeral, who reveals that she's the one who found the body and called the garda. This woman, Rebecca, is also having roommate problems, and they agree that Rebecca will move into Niamh's apartment after the holidays--and then needs to move in early, right before the holidays. Someone sends the principal at the school a picture that is apparently of Niamh in an extremely skimpy dress, smoking a joint, and drinking. It's really her head photoshopped onto someone else's body, and not very well, but things don't look good for her at the school.

What's going on? And will they get straightened out in time?

It's an interesting, and satisfying, novella, although I can't honestly say that whodoneit was in much doubt once that person put in an appearance. The characters are likable and interesting, though, and I enjoyed it.

I received this audiobook as part of the Audible Originals program, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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