Notable: BOGMAIL

by Patrick McGinley

Ticknor & Fields; 259 pages; $9.95

Pub Owner Roarty tries to kill his philandering barman Eamonn Bales with a toadstool omelet. When the poison fails, the publican does in the cad with a volume of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

So begins this loopy yarn, set in the misty, myth-ridden hills and bogs of County Donegal, northwest Ireland. Once his victim is buried deep in the peat, Roarty begins to receive demanding notes from "Bogmailer."The mystery meanders with Irish indirection to a surprising last-minute plot twist, employing a cast of tavern regulars...

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