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About the book:
Title/Author: Murder in an Irish Village / Carlene O’Connor
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Kensington Books
Date of publish: February 2016
Book Links: Amazon Murder in an Irish Village / Goodreads / Barnes & Noble / IndieBound / Riffle
What Others Are Saying:
…a great read.
~Bab’s Book Bistro
O’Connor creates a slice of Ireland on the page.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
This debut novel is sure to win your heart with a cast of characters that are a delight and a story line that keeps you on your seat from the first page.
~Shelley’s Book Case
This is a sweet cozy mystery featuring a charming, or not so charming, bunch of characters with Ireland as the backdrop for a novel that will sweep you into this quaint little village.
~Celtic Lady Reviews
Murder in an Irish Village is a light and enjoyable cozy mystery.
~Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes
I am a newcomer to the cozy mystery genre. I am not ashamed to admit that I am shamelessly hooked. Each one is reminiscent a great episode of ‘Murder She Wrote’. A clever, unlikely, sleuth who is observant and skilled at putting together the small clues and will generally have something to lose if the real killer isn’t found. A small, probably tight-knit, community with quirky, vivid characters, any of whom could be the killer, most of whom have the M, M and O and all of whom add to the tapestry of the story with their own part of the tale that emotionally invests the reader. Then we have the surprise killer. Not usually the evil driven cold blooded sort, but more often a heat of the moment, wrong place at the wrong time sort that can be heartbreaking, especially for the sleuth. That formula kept me coming back week after week to the tv show and it keeps me picking up the Cozies and enjoying a pleasant afternoon of reading. Murder In An Irish Village is a terrific addition to the genre.
Siobhán O’Sullivan has had to put her college dreams on hold and has had to step up to take care of her siblings after their parents death in a car accident the year before. Our story begins when the brother of the young man convicted of causing her parents accident, returns to town and demands money from her to prove that his brother is innocent. When he later turns up dead in the bistro and her brother is covered in his blood, she realizes that it will fall to her to prove that he is innocent. Still, who knows what lurks behind closed doors even in a place where everyone knows everyone else’s business and Killbane is full of secrets.
I love that this story is about more than just a murder mystery. Siobhan is busy keeping her older brother sober, fighting off the evil landlord and raising her endearing brood of younger siblings all the while making eyes at the local policeman and keeping up with her neighbors. It was heartbreaking reading as the siblings worked through their suspect list, just knowing that when they finally unveiled the killer it would likely be someone that they knew well and trusted. The clues are beautifully laid out and there are enough twists and turns to keep any reader turning pages right until the end. A fun mystery, perfectly seasoned with great characters, mixed in with just a touch of Irish history. This was a great introduction to an author new to me.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads Summary: A little slice of Heaven on the Emerald Isle…
In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Naomi’s Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors, enjoy some brown bread and tea, and get the local gossip. Nowadays twenty-two-year-old Siobhán O’Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago.
It’s been a rough year for the O’Sullivans, but it’s about to get rougher. One morning, as they’re opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table, dressed in a suit as if for his own funeral, a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.
With the local garda suspecting the O’Sullivans, and their business in danger of being shunned—murder tends to spoil the appetite—it’s up to feisty redheaded Siobhán to solve the crime and save her beloved brood.
Carlene O’Connor comes from a long line of Irish storytellers, or professional liars as she prefers to call herself. Her great grandmother emigrated from Ireland to America during The Troubles, and the stories have been flowing ever since. She has dual citizenship and divides her time between New York and the Emerald Isle. Of all the places across the pond she’s wandered, she fell most in love with a walled town in County Limerick and was inspired by the town to create Kilbane, County Cork.
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