Sarah Stewart Taylor is known for her atmospheric portrayal of an American detective in Ireland, and her critically acclaimed series returns with A Stolen Child.
After months of training, former Long Island homicide detective Maggie D’arcy is now officially a Garda. She’s finally settling into life in Ireland and so is her teenage daughter, Lilly. Maggie may not be a detective yet, but she’s happy with her community policing assignment in Dublin's Portobello neighborhood.
When she and her partner find former model and reality tv star Jade Elliot murdered—days after responding to a possible domestic violence disturbance at her apartment—they also discover Jade's toddler daughter missing. Shorthanded thanks to an investigation into a gangland murder in the neighborhood, Maggie’s friend, Detective Inspector Roly Byrne, brings her onto his team to help find the missing child. But when a key discovery is made, the case only becomes more confusing—and more dangerous. Amidst a nationwide manhunt, Maggie and her colleagues must look deep into Jade’s life—both personal and professional—to find a ruthless killer.
“Stellar. . . Stewart Taylor keeps the plot tight and makes satisfying links between the two major cases, but her particular skill lies in the psychological depth with which she draws Maggie and her home life. Readers will be eager to follow the detective’s future Irish exploits.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A step-by-step riveting police procedural filled with red herrings.” –Library Journal (starred review)
“Characters you care about plunged into mysterious circumstances.” –Kirkus Review
“A Stolen Child is literary crime at its most complex and satisfying. It’s a masterful police procedural, with a killer twist that turns all our expectations upside-down. I loved this book.” — Flynn Berry
“A master class in contemporary detective fiction. . . Characters leap off the page, the plot and police procedure are wholly believable, and the payoff is as surprising and satisfying as you can get.” – Tessa Wegert
Praise for Sarah Stewart Taylor and the Maggie D'arcy Mysteries
"The bucolic setting, emphasis on family and leisurely pace make for a nice end run around traditional police procedurals." —The New York Times Book Review
“A lyrical prose style that is a joy to read.” —Associated Press
“Readers will relish spending more time with Taylor’s storytelling and her smart characters.” — Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“[Taylor is] a practitioner par excellence of literary crime fiction.” —Fredericksburg Free Lance Star
“Fans of Elizabeth George should take note.” — Publishers Weekly
“Maggie is a first-class protagonist—an ace investigator and appealing everywoman with smarts and heart." — BookPage