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Murder at Roaringwater

by Nick Foster

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LoveReading Expert Review of Murder at Roaringwater

True crime followers will find this well written story of an unresolved violent murder fascinating and tragically shocking in equal measures.

An intriguing and yet desperately sorrowful look at the unresolved case of Sophie Toscan du Plantier who was murdered outside of her holiday cottage in 1996. Due to the remote location in West Cork, this particularly violent killing has been described as a ‘locked room’ murder mystery. Nick Foster is a journalist and author, he began researching the story in 2014 and has spent six years: “living the story, inhabiting the puzzle”, and while the twists and turns are undoubtedly fascinating, he has a considerate and compassionate touch. This is an eye-opening account, within a short time the police had a suspect, Ian Bailey, however he was released without charge. Nick Foster became involved in the case when Bailey sued the Irish state, claiming: “the Irish police had engineered a massive stitch up”. We are privy to witness statements, police notes, and transcripts, plus of course Nick Foster’s own investigations as he got to know Bailey. I felt as though I was in the middle of the investigation with every aspect over the years since the murder covered, and the last chapter sent an icy shiver down my spine. Perfect for true crime fans, Murder at Roaringwater is a compelling and riveting story of a truly dreadful crime.

Liz Robinson

Murder at Roaringwater Synopsis

Murder at Roaringwater is the inside story of the final days of young Frenchwoman, Sophie Toscan du Plantier. This is a violent, unresolved murder, where the victim seemed to have a premonition of her own terrible end.

For six years, Nick Foster has been piecing together the life and death of Sophie, who was brutally killed outside her cottage in rural West Cork in 1996. He also developed an ongoing 'friendship' with the Englishman long-suspected of her murder, Ian Bailey, and his partner, Jules, the couple at the centre of the case.

This story is as fascinating as it is tragic. It follows Nick in Paris and Ireland during his dedicated investigation into the circumstances surrounding Sophie's murder, his quest to reveal her killer and efforts to understand what the motive could have been for such a terrible crime.

Ian Bailey was recently found guilty of Sophie's murder 'in absentia' in a French courtroom.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781913406561
Publication date: 13th May 2021
Author: Nick Foster
Publisher: Mirror Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Primary Genre Biographies & Autobiographies
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About Nick Foster

Nick Foster was born in Liverpool in 1966 and educated at University College London. He is a journalist and former diplomat. Foster has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Times and the Daily Telegraph, among other media outlets. His first true-crime book, The Jolly Roger Social Club: A True Story of a Killer in Paradise, was published in 2016. Foster lives in Brussels, Belgium, with his wife and two sons.

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