Rose of Glenkerry
Rose of Glenkerry
Book 1 of the County Wicklow Mysteries

Rose of GlenkerryTwenty-one-year-old Ciaran McGurk has just graduated from a Dublin university and is about to set off on the adventure of a lifetime. He's planning a move to London with a classmate in hopes of landing a job in journalism, ideally for a newspaper.

But a family emergency interrupts all Cary's plans. Suddenly he 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 find her. So she turns to her old friend, Cary McGurk, for help. But it's complicated, with a web of secrets and lies entangling them.

Cary is torn torn 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 mystery, suspense, romance, all set against the backdrop of Ireland's incomparable County Wicklow.


"From the first chapter I was hooked…right up until the last page...
I couldn’t help but read this book in one sitting…
strong storyline and relatable characters…"

Mary Crowley, The Munster Express, County Waterford, Ireland
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Rose of Glenkerry has charm, suspense and mystery."
Amy Morris,

"...[Rose of Glenkerry] is a page turner of a story...
Maureen Doyle, USA

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for Rose of Glenkerry

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 Book 2!"                              
                                                  Maureen Doyle, Southbridge (MA)


In the News 
Read about Rose of Glenkerry

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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