If you're looking for a really good mystery book, forget about this one. The plot was without special merit, Mary was a boring and repetitive heroine. constantly returning to the belief that her daughter had not died. It was a challenge to finally complete the book. My comment: "What a waste of my time!" Fielding did insert a lot of history of Ireland into the story but didn't add to the essential plot of the book. I could very well rent a book about Ireland, didn't need to find it here.