After calling Ireland home for six months, Boston expat Maura Donovan still has a lot to learn about Irish ways - and Sullivan's Pub is her classroom. Maura didn't only inherit a business, she inherited a tight-knit community. And when a tragedy strikes, it's the talk of the pub.
A local farmer, out for a stroll on the beach with his young son, has mysteriously disappeared. Did he drown? Kill himself? The child can say only that he saw a boat. Everyone from the local Gardaí to the Coast Guard is scouring the Cork coast, but when a body is finally brought ashore, it's the wrong man. An accidental drowning or something more sinister?
Trusting the words of the boy and listening to the suspicions of her employee, Mick, that the missing farmer might have run afoul of smugglers, Maura decides to investigate the deserted coves and isolated inlets for herself. But this time she may be getting in over her head....
©2016 Sheila Connolly (P)2016 Tantor
"Infused with Irish color and history, as well as richly drawn characters, Connolly's latest offers a diverting armchair excursion to the Emerald Isle and a loving affirmation of Ireland's charm." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
This book is in the same vein as the first three of the series. Maura Donovan is a young woman who travels to Ireland after the death of her Grandmother. Maura has lived her entire life in Boston. When she arrives in Ireland she is shocked to learn she has inherited Sullivan's Pub.
This series of books describes her experiences in Ireland. She is an admirable young woman who is smart, but inexperienced in life. As I read I try to imagine how I would have fared in similar circumstances. I doubt I would have done as well as Maura has.
Though there is a mystery here, I believe the heart of the story is about Maura's experience and the other people who live in this small Irish village. That is a charming story.
The fours books in this series take place over a relatively short period on time. While I've enjoyed the series, I'm now ready to see Maura's story progress. Maybe the story can jump ahead 6 months or a year and some changes have taken place.
Narration by Amy Rubinate is superb.
Several times the main character in the book went over the story as if to remind the reader what had happened so far. She either told the story to herself or to others. As a reader, I wanted the plot to move forward not to rehash what I've already heard.
I love all the books in this series and this one in particular. All four of the stories in the series have been somewhat unconventional cozy mysteries but this one is even more so. Without any spoilers it is difficult to describe why this is not a typical cozy so I'll just say it's an interesting plot line that kept me riveted. Maura personal story also advances a little, plus we start and interesting side story about the painter Gillian who was introduced in the previous book.
Good story but annoying heroine she should be better developed. A bit more realistic and sympathetic to readers
I'm not exactly sure why have hung in this long with this series. I think it is just that I would like to spend some more time in Ireland and in this particular corner of Cork. The heroine of this series is not particularly likable. She is self-important and unpleasant. Not qualities you're looking for in a heroine. The narration does not make this any better as the central character, Maura Donovan is whiny throughout the book.
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