The Whitethorn of the Dancing: Good yarn of a murder mystery with twists aplenty

Author and broadcaster Tom McCaughren’s debut novel for adults is very readable and beautifully descriptive – if a little overlong

Tom McCaughren: The Whitethorn of the Dancing is the former RTÉ reporter’s first novel for adults

Veteran broadcaster, journalist and author Tom McCaughren, a former RTÉ crime correspondent, has written 15 books for children and teenagers, as well as one non-fiction book about the killing of nine Irish soldiers in the Congo in 1960. It came as a bit of a surprise to this reviewer that The Whitethorn of the Dancing is his first novel for adults.

Inspired by a conversation with a friend, who revealed the extraordinary true story of ...