Tullamore born author's debut crime novel launched

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Tullamore born author's debut crime novel launched thumbnailNovelist Rosaleen Flanagan pictured with members of her family at the book launch.

MEET D.I. Cathy Spragg.
And discover the quiet country village, Carrabhain which has been convulsed by the murder of local character, Ned Cunningham and the disappearance of another native within a week.
With the discovery of the second body, DI Spragg is more anxious than ever to find answers to what has been going on before another local ends up murdered.
Carrabhain is located somewhere in Ireland and probably modelled on towns and villages which author, Rosaleen Flanagan experienced as a youngster growing up in Tullamore.
Cathy Spragg and Carabhainn are the principal players in Rosaleen's debut novel, "Missing Links" which was launched to a packed house in the Tullamore Court Hotel last week.
“Missing Links" is the first in a series of crime novels which Rosaleen has been beavering away on over the past ten years.
Daughter of Tullamore business man, hotelier and builder, John Flanagan and his late wife, Kitty, Rosaleen was reared in the town and uses her experiences of Midland life to create the fictional village and its characters.
The affable and vivacious Tullamore born author, who now lives in Dublin, works in garden design and maintenance but embarked on a new path in life when she attended her first Creative Writing class some years ago.
Since then she has worked on the DI Cathy Spragg series and follow-ups to the debut novel will be released in the near future.
Speaking at Wednesday evening's informal launch, Master of Ceremonies, Ger Scully likened Rosaleen to crime author, Agatha Christie and speculated that a village in Offaly may in future become the setting for a TV crime series to rival "Midsomer Murders" or "Murder She Wrote".
To laughter from the appreciative audience, Tullamore's first citizen, Cllr Declan Harvey pronounced best selling author Jackie Collins was a better fit for Rodsaleen.
Cllr Harvey, currently Cathaoirleach of Tullamore Municipal District, applauded Rosaleen for her endeavour and initiative and encouraged all to purchase the new volume.
In a brief address, the author, thanked all who made the novel possible, before reading a brief extract from the work.
The cover of "Missing Links" also features a suitably eerie photograph taken by local photographer, Paul Moore, whose work has featured on many best selling novels in the recent past.
“Missing Links" cover price is €13.99 and it is available locally in Midland Books and Robbins and also in Kindle format on the web.


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