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Reapers of Justice

@ Anne Frehill

by Anne Frehill

About the Book


Sarah Murphy, a young schoolmistress is not who she claims to be. Underneath the calm mask of the earnest spinster struggling to enable her pupils to escape from the gnawing poverty of their parents, lies a whirlpool of uncertainties. Reared by her grandmother, since childhood she has agonized over the untimely death of her mother and abandonment by her father. In her short life she has known absence, rejection, and loneliness leading to a hasty and clandestine marriage with an IRA commander, who is on the run for the murder of RIC officers.

The local village of Somerset is beset by rumour and counter rumour as a lethal style of guerrilla warfare is waged against the forces of the British Crown. Time spent with Sean is precious as he moves under the cover of darkness from one “safe house” to another.

Yet, she doesn`t know about the innate corruption of human nature. She only knows that she must stay one step ahead of informers and spies. In her efforts to stay alive she quickly learns that all rules of behaviour must be thrown to the four winds.


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Anne`s earliest memories are of storybooks and her delight in them. She stacked them  in boxes and in presses, earning her the name “ bookworm” with her family, while they acted as a spur to make her an able reader before starting school. Anne studied social science at UCD and worked in the field of professional social work for many years. However, a serious accident forced her to change careers and she studied history and folklore while being a carer to her Dad. Anne has had short stories and non -fiction published in a range of magazines over the years. She has also contributed to Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio. Since the start of the Pandemic she has written regularly in a local online newsletter, on various topics including history, folklore, nature and spirituality. She is passionate about animal welfare and care of the earth. Anne grew up in Meath ( where she still lives) close to two castles: Dunsany Castle and Killeen Castle and within walking distance of the legendary site of the High Kings of Ireland at the Hill of Tara. These historic areas are  woven into the landscape of her novels as well as other prominent places from the Boyne Valley like King John`s Castle in Trim. While in "Reapers of Justice," there is an interesting chapter featuring the protagonist Sarah and no less a person than Michael Collins, a leading figure in the War of Independence. Family lore has always maintained that her mother ( Delia Collins) was distantly related to the great man but Anne has yet to find empirical evidence to prove this.

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