With Our Blessing by Jo Spain | @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks | #bookreview #recommended

Author : Jo Spain
Title : With Our Blessing
Series : DI Tom Reynolds #1
Pages : 531
Publisher : Quercus
Publication date : July 27, 2015


1975. A baby, minutes old, is forcibly taken from its devastated mother.

2010. The body of an elderly woman is found in a Dublin public park in the depths of winter.

Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds is working the case. He’s convinced the murder is linked to historical events that took place in the notorious Magdalene Laundries.

Reynolds and his team follow the trail to an isolated convent in the Irish countryside. But once inside, it becomes disturbingly clear that the killer is amongst them . . . and is determined to exact further vengeance for the sins of the past. 


You’re probably familiar with Jo Spain’s psychological thrillers but did you know she also writes a crime fiction series, set in Ireland? The DI Tom Reynolds series has been on my shelf for ages and since I heard there is a new book on the horizon, I decided to try and squeeze this series into my reading schedule in an attempt to catch up.

Best decision ever!

With Our Blessing is the first book and hoo boy, what a first instalment it is! Despite its 531 pages, I absolutely flew through this one because once I started reading, I just couldn’t stop. The body of an elderly woman is found in a park in Dublin. It’s quite a gruesome scene and the investigation leads DI Tom Reynolds and his team to a convent in the Irish countryside and a part of history Ireland would probably quite happily forget all about.

The notorious Magdalane Laundries have been in the news often these last few years. The events that happened there remain horrible and With Our Blessing starts with one such horrific scene when in 1975, a newborn baby is forcibly taken from its mother. If that doesn’t break your heart, I don’t know what will.

But how does that prologue connect to the murder of the elderly woman? That’s for DI Tom Reynolds to figure out and it’s a race against the clock because this killer is quite obviously on a mission to get revenge and if they aren’t stopped, more people will die. I quickly ruled out a number of potential suspects which left me with a tiny problem, in that I had nobody left. I was convinced I knew who wasn’t the killer but couldn’t at all figure out who was!

As brilliantly gripping as the murder investigation was, I also really enjoyed the perfect balance Jo Spain achieved by including information about the various team members’ private lives. I got a really good feel for them and loved getting to know them along the way.

With Our Blessing is a fantastic start to this series. With intriguing characters, a compelling investigation, a beautiful setting and even some humour, this had me hooked from start to finish. I’m kicking myself for not reading this series sooner and I can’t wait to read the other books. If Jo Spain wasn’t already on my go-to list, she would most definitely be now! And if you are looking for another crime series to sink your teeth into, you should definitely check this one out!

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  20 comments for “With Our Blessing by Jo Spain | @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks | #bookreview #recommended

  1. May 9, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Fantastic review! So this was one of the 400 plus pages books you’ve been reading!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. May 9, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Even though everyday i know what you are reading I still can’t keep up! Fab review ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  3. May 9, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    I LOVE the Tom Reynolds series – they are fabulous!

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 12, 2019 at 11:59 am

      I’m kicking myself for leaving it so long to get started on them. I wanted to get caught up before the next one but Jo said it’s published in June and there’s no way I’m going to make it 😄

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  4. May 9, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Fantastic review, Eva! I have never read anything from Jo Spain, but have a couple on my TBR. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 12, 2019 at 11:59 am

      Hope you get around to reading one of them soon, Stephen. She’s a brilliant author!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. May 10, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Oh my God! Jo Spain! Book! NEED!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. May 12, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Oh Eva, what are doing to me?! I do not have time for another crime series, especially not one with big ass books like this one and now you make me want to pick it up anyway 😭

    Liked by 1 person

  7. May 13, 2019 at 1:07 am

    I’m looking forward to starting this series as I’ve heard a lot of praise. ♥

    Liked by 1 person

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