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Welcome to June’s pick for the IrishCentral Monthly Book Club! Each month we will pick a new Irish book or a great book from an Irish author and celebrate the amazing ability of the Irish to tell a good story.

Before we announce this month’s book, thank you to all our readers who took part throughout June and who shared your thoughts on Michael Brendan Dougherty’s “My Father Left Me Ireland.”  

Read more: A world of spies in Ireland

Throughout June, we’ll be reading “Breaking the Dance” by Clare O’Donohue which is the second installment in her World of Spies mystery series.

You can read an excerpt from the first book “Beyond the Pale” here or read below to find out more about the book itself. You can pick up your own copy at this link.  

With a new book announcement on the first day of each month, stay with us throughout the month as we talk to the authors and give you a chance to discuss some great Irish works. The best way to stay in touch with us and other book club members is to join our dedicated Facebook group here, where you can leave your comments and questions or give us some more great Irish recommendations.

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IrishCentral’s June Book of the Month: Breaking the Dance

Author: Clare O'Donohue

Publisher: Midnight Ink

Genre: Fiction

Synopsis: Tango and torment await married college professors on an unwanted junket to Argentina.

Husband and wife college professors Hollis and Finn Larsson think their days are as accidental spies are behind them. But, just weeks into a new school year, a mysterious envelope arrives containing two passports. The photos are of Hollis and Finn but the names are Janet and Tim McCabe.

Within hours, the couple is forced into a private plane headed to Argentina, with an Interpol mission to find Irish art thief Declan Murphy and a haphazard plan to get home with their lives, and marriage, intact.

As clues take them from the mountainous north through the tango halls of Buenos Aires to the southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego, they rush to find Declan and escape from the clutches of "the man who doesn't exist."

About the author: Clare O’Donohue is the author of the Kate Conway Mysteries and the Someday Quilts Mysteries. She was a producer for the HGTV show Simply Quilts, and has worked on shows for the History Channel, truTV, Food Network, A&E, Discovery, and TLC.

You can purchase “Breaking the Dance” here.

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