Submitted by Betty Wilson on Thu, 10/21/2021 - 09:14
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book cover of "56 Days" by Catherine Ryan Howard

As the Covid-19 crisis begins to sweep across Ireland, a young couple in Dublin begin dating.  When the lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests that Ciara temporarily move into his spacious, company-owned apartment, taking advantage of a unique opportunity to get to know each other better without outside influences.  56 days later, the local police find a body inside when called to investigate a foul odor coming from the apartment.  Finally something good comes out of the Covid pandemic.  This story is well written, intricately plotted and sufficiently twisty.  But for me, the cops handling the investigation stole the show.  They're witty, edgy and the rapport between them is palpable.  I wish I could see more of them.