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Rose of Glenkerry

Twenty-one-year-old Ciaran McGurk, is about to graduate from a Dublin university with hopes of pursuing a career in journalism. He has demonstrated talent as a writer, but he is also his own severest critic, regarding both his career prospects and his would-be romantic relationships. In the first chapter Cary finds his dual anxieties on a collision course. A few days before graduation, classmate and friend Siobhan Sullivan, a hard-driving, career-oriented American, drops a bombshell. She has just landed the job of her dreams in London. Why, she asks, doesn’t Cary move with her and share a flat in London? A two-bedroom flat, of course–they are, as she says, just mates–although Cary is secretly of two minds on that question.
But a family emergency interrupts all his plans. Suddenly Cary finds himself back in his hometown, Glenkerry, in County Wicklow. There he reconnects with an old friend, Rosie O'Malley. Her story has always been a sad one, and now it seems history is repeating itself. Her mother has disappeared, and Rosie is desperate to locate her. So she turns to her old friend, Cary McGurk, for help. But it's complicated, with a web of secrets, lies, and mystery entangling them.

Cary is torntorn between starting a new life in London and plunging back into his old life in Glenkerry, a place full of sweet memories tinged with sorrow and regret. His head is telling him to move on, but will his heart listen?

ROSE OF GLENKERRY: A County Wicklow Mystery by Robert T. McMaster, Unquomonk Press, 2022. Both paperback and eBook editions are now available.

Rose of Glenkerry

ROSE OF GLENKERRY: A County Wicklow Mystery is now available in both paperback and eBook editions worldwide. The book is also available to libraries from OverDrive, EBSCO, and BorrowBox (in Ireland and UK). ISBN 9781087966793

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Robert T. McMaster

Rose of Glenkerry has charm, suspense and mystery. I enjoyed being transported to the Irish countryside and actually feeling the quaintness of a small Irish town. The author has a wonderful way of describing the flora and fauna of the region and the character development is well done. I would highly recommend Rose of Glenkerry and am happy to hear that Mr. McMaster is working on the second book of this series.
Amy Morris,

"How Robert T. McMaster weaves history, psychology, geology, municipal government, colloquial speech, sociology, and genealogy into a page turner of a story is beyond me. But, he does it every time! I was hooked with the Trolley Days series and Book 1 of the Wicklow Mysteries has me waiting for Book 2!

[Rose of Glenkerry]  is so engaging and the details of the plants, birds, and geographic location draw the reader in. I felt like I was at the bog searching for clues and I could totally relate to the process described about local water quality from being on a conservation commission (even stateside!).

McMaster shows sensitivity to each character he includes. Their complexity only makes them more likable. Showing how the  'dying art' of journalism is resumed here, to assist a local issue, is great. And portraying the medical issues of the characters only strengthens our attraction and bond to them.

As much as I love the story as I am reading it, I am disappointed when it ends because I want to read more!! Reading it again helps a bit but I need Book2!"                               
 Maureen Doyle, Southbridge (MA)


Book 1 of the Trolley Days Series

“…a joyful, engaging read from beginning to end...a masterful first novel."
Mark Ashton, Southbridge (MA) Evening News


The Dyeing Room
Book 2 of the Trolley Days Series

“…a compelling and carefully-researched story.”
Eileen Crosby, Archivist, Holyoke (MA) Public Library


Noah's RavenNOAH'S RAVEN (2017)
Book 3 of the Trolley Days Series

"This book combines a mystery (espionage) with romance among young residents of Holyoke, Massachusetts, during World War I…McMaster has integrated a great deal of local color and historical background information into his narrative."
Gerald McFarland, author of A Scattered People and The Buenaventura Series


Darkest Before Dawn
Book 4 of the Trolley Days Series

“[McMaster] appears to have found an enticing way to blend history
with the excitement and suspense of a good mystery.”
Mike Lydick, Greater Springfield (MA) Reminder


                                                          the Light Here Comes from AboveALL THE LIGHT HERE COMES FROM ABOVE:
The Life and Legacy of Edward Hitchcock

“McMaster’s biography brings Edward Hitchcock alive in all his facets…The book is eminently readable…I am confident in the scholarship of this work and recommend it to scholars as well as to anyone interested in history."
Joanne Bourgeois, Professor Emerita, University of Washington,
review in Earth Sciences History 41(1) 2022

“A superb book that brings to light the person and his times."

Stephen George, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Amherst College


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Read about ROSE OF GLENKERRY in the news:

Worcester Magazine, Worcester (MA), 22 February 2023 

Wicklow Times story

The Wicklow Times, Bray, Ireland, 18 October 2022

The Independent, Dublin, Ireland, 14 October 2022

The Reminder, Northampton (MA), 13 February 2023

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