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The Mountains Wild

“The atmospheric, intricately plotted story builds to a stunning, unforgettable conclusion. This series starter by the Agatha-nominated author of O’ Artful Death introduces an intelligent detective caught up in a personal cold case . . . Taylor skillfully switches time periods from 1993 to 2016 in an atmospheric mystery that blends the history and romance of Ireland with a contemporary police investigation.” 

― Library Journal (starred review)

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In the follow up to the critically acclaimed The Mountains Wild, Detective Maggie D'arcy tackles another intricate case that bridges Long Island and Ireland.

Long Island homicide detective Maggie D'arcy and her teenage daughter, Lilly, are still recovering from the events of last fall when a strange new case demands Maggie's attention. The body of an unidentified Irish national turns up in a wealthy Long Island beach community and with little to go on but the scars on his back, Maggie once again teams up with Garda detectives in Ireland to find out who the man was and what he was doing on Long Island.


With the lyrical prose, deeply drawn characters, and atmospheric setting that made The Mountains Wild one of 2020's most anticipated summer reads, Sarah Stewart Taylor's A Distant Grave delivers another gripping mystery novel about family, survival, and the meaning of home.

"Lyrical, haunting, and impossible to put down... Absolutely do not miss this." ―Hank Phillippi Ryan

“A Distant Grave is an entrancing and expertly crafted police procedural that surges to a full-tilt finish. Sarah Stewart Taylor commands the most complex of emotions ― grief, guilt, love ― with ease to deliver a story that, like a chill off the water, gets in your bones.” ―Tessa Wegert

Taylor pulls out all the stops—subplots, threats, red herrings, warning bells—to keep the pot boiling till the end." – Kirkus Reviews

"Taylor’s adept at balancing plot and plausible characterizations. Tana French fans will be eager for the next series entry."  – Publisher's Weekly