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An Early Wake Audiobook

An Early Wake: County Cork Mystery, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Summer is ending in County Cork, Ireland, and with it the tourist season. Expat Maura Donovan is determined to keep Sullivan's Pub in the black as the days grow shorter - but how? When she hears that the place was once a hot spot for Irish musicians who'd come play in the back room, she wonders if bringing back live music might be Sullivan's salvation.

As word gets out, legendary musicians begin to appear at the pub, and the first impromptu jam session brings in scores of music lovers. But things hit a sour note when Maura finds a dead musician in the back room the next morning. With a slew of potential suspects, it's going to take more than a pint and a good think to force a murderer to face the music.

©2015 Sheila Connolly (P)2015 Tantor

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    David A. Brooks 01-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "It Makes Me Want A Pint"
    Any additional comments?

    There is not wall to wall action but there are characters that you find yourself caring about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John J 'Irish' Maryland 09-16-15
    John J 'Irish' Maryland 09-16-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Soft Peaceful Slice of Ireland"
    What did you love best about An Early Wake?

    This is the third book in County Cork Mystery. Similar to the first two it is more about Ireland, Irish people than solving a crime. Yes there is a who done it but that is secondary to the story of the folks in this small village


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    Smile 07-19-15
    Smile 07-19-15
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    "Great series!"

    I thought that the books flowed very well from one to the other all the way to the current book. The series has a lot of charm and the narrator added to the charm! I would recommend the series to anyone who loves a good cozy mystery! So, grab your pint or a good strong cup of Irish tea and sit back and enjoy!

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    Moira L. Mefein 05-25-15

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    "An interesting, albeit obvious, setup for another sequel"

    This was a pleasant enough read, though I don't feel it was as strong as the second book. However, it gave some new glimpses into the pub itself, refreshing looks at some of the earlier characters, and, I feel, a lot of promise for future volumes.

    Amy Rubinate is inhabiting the characters And the various accents much more comfortably with each book. I look forward to her work in the future.

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    CT Charlotte, NC 03-31-15
    CT Charlotte, NC 03-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A little bit of Ireland"

    From the title of this book I guess I knew from the beginning that there was going to be some sort of a death. I I enjoyed learning a little bit about Irish music and this book created a desire for me to do some more investigating to find out if this type of thing really occurred in Ireland in the 80s.

    I enjoy the way Sheila Conley has begun to develop more depth to our characters. I like that there is intrigue and suspense but without a lot of violence or sex. I can't wait until the next Book in the series is written.

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    Doug Wilkie 02-15-15
    Doug Wilkie 02-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Well written, love the series."
    Would you listen to An Early Wake again? Why?

    i certainly would listen again, you pick up more detail with a second listen. I have enjoyed the series.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Wanted to continue on, even at moments when my daily schedule got in the way.


    What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

    Great.


    Any additional comments?

    Hopefully there are more books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 02-13-15
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    I really enjoyed this book. Maura is settling in to the Irish way of life and beginning to figure out her place there. The supporting characters, Jimmy, Mick, Rose and Billy are all there and contribute to the charming world that Sheila Connolly created. I can't wait to listen to the next book in this series.

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    Margaret Rockville, MD, USA 07-31-16
    Margaret Rockville, MD, USA 07-31-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Reiteration City!"
    Would you try another book from Sheila Connolly and/or Amy Rubinate?

    In a series, authors must bring readers up to speed. I get that. And newbies who haven't read earlier entries need extra filling in. I get that, too. But this book isn't just filled in; it's padded. No opportunity is wasted to explain each character, each relationship, each history, over and over, till one begins complaining to the narrator, "Stop! We know that." Which is a shame because the narrator has finally dropped the Brooklyn/Boston accent and deserves praise. Oh, well, I'm a sucker for a series, and there's only one book left. Here's hoping an otherwise lovely setting and premise get a full enough plot to cover the publisher's page requirement. If so, I'll try another of the author's books.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting: The mood and setting of out-of-the-way Ireland.
    The least: The economy.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    Moira, now that she's dropped the Brooklyn/Boston accent, and Bridgette.


    Do you think An Early Wake needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Probably not for this particular book. I don't care enough about Tim to care who his father is.


    Any additional comments?

    Tell me more about:
    The buildings (pub and cottage)
    The fishing and animal husbandry.

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    Linda 11-12-15
    Linda 11-12-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Sullivans Can Survive"

    If you are contemplating reading this series I believe it would be best to read these books in order. There is an arc to the story that starts in book 1 and comes to a logical end in book 3.

    The story centers on Maura Donovan. She is a young woman from Boston who comes to Ireland with no idea why she is there. These three books tell the story of how she makes a new life for herself, I found it to be an uplifting, entertaining story - I like Maura a lot.

    There are mysteries within each story, but I believe the story of Maura and the people she encounters in Ireland are more important elements of the series.

    I'm glad I read this series. It is uplifting, relaxing and left me feeling positive about life. It is unclear whether there will be more books in the series. If there is another entry I believe I would read it.

    Narrator Amy Rubinate does an excellent job. Her changes from American to Irish accents are smooth. I can understand every word she says and her narration is never distracting.

    The language and plot are "family friendly."

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    Amazon Customer 03-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining!"

    This was lovely and enjoyable. A nice 3rd book left open for a 4th!

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