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The Body Politic – Caroline Jordan Book 1 Available now

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The Body Politic option 4

Geraldine Moorkens Byrne

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Out now – my first full length detective novel featuring Caroline Jordan. Caroline is my favourite character to date, she’s a flawed but basically decent person (although she tries very hard to hide it!) She’s brave but suffers from imposter syndrome. She is cynical but longs to find some meaning in her job as PR woman to politicians and socialites. She doesn’t cook, she hates shopping and she is determined to keep her small company alive. She is prepared to fend off all the usual threats – Mad Ministers, angry Socialites and difficult clients. She’s just a bit unprepared for murder!
I have loved writing her, and am already in the process of writing Bk 2, I hope to have a series of Caroline Jordan Mysteries.

Paperbook and Kindle are now available from Amazon  https://amzn.to/3kCxfZ5 

I’d really appreciate your support!

I played around with Caroline for a long time, and the outline was written, but I was too distracted and busy elsewhere to do more than look at it sporadically. This year is my year of “getting it done” and so I revisited the previous attempts. It clicked, this time, and within weeks I had a workable if imperfect draft. Another effort saw that licked into better shape and one of the benefits of lockdown is that lots of my writer friends were available to read and critique. For a poet, used to delving into deeper waters, it was both difficult and joyful to write for sheer fun.

As I write the second book, I have already learnt from previous mistakes and there are lots of pitfalls I’m managing to sidestep this time. I have the paperback edition of my poetry collection to complete but in the meantime I’m hiding out in Caroline’s world, having brunch and hobnobbing with the beautiful people…

Blurb below:

Caroline has a dead minister of state, a new job to manage, a fledgling PR company to save – the last thing she needs are rumours of murder and a strange policeman dogging her steps. Can she outwit the murderer, save her company, impress her new VIP client and most importantly, survive? She’s not sure but fueled by vodka, rage and steely determination, she’s going to give it a good try!

When Minister Damien Fitzpatrick is found dead at his desk, everyone assumes it was natural causes. Caroline Jordan has spent 4 years keeping the Minister on track, hiding his volatile personality and building his public image as a good family man and serious politician. Now she’s facing social Siberia and a serious setback for her PR firm. This is, she thinks, the worst thing that could happen.

Meanwhile DS Doyle is faced with the unwelcome news that Minister has been murdered and the prime suspects include the leader of the country, another Minister, several high ranking officials and Ireland’s most brazen gangster turned property developer. When Caroline finds herself dragged into the mess, one thing becomes clear. She is going to fight to the bitter end for Jordan PR, her employees and her new VIP client. And if she can manage a romance with the gorgeous but elusive Rory Fitzpatrick at the same time, why not!

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