Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born - though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran. In the pub, she's swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly 100-year-old body in a nearby bog. When Maura realizes she may know something about the dead man - and that the body's connected to another, more recent, death - she fears she's about to become mired in a homicide investigation. After she discovers the death is connected to another from almost a century earlier, Maura has a sinking feeling she may really be getting in over her head...
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"Connolly's latest is a captivating tale - sweet, nostalgic, and full of Irish charm, but also tightly plotted and full of twists, turns, and shocking reveals...Connolly's County Cork Mysteries have a ton of promise." (The Maine Suspect)
I liked this book and its strong feeling and portrayal of rural Ireland. I was slow to warm up to the narrator as the Boston accent of the main character was a bit strange and almost sounded electronic in a way. This small flaw was more than made up for by the Irish accents which were beautifully done. The outcome of the book was a bit predictable--meaning I solved it early-- but the story was carefully worked out. While the book was not what I would call cosy-- it was comfortable. A pleasant armchair trip to Ireland. I will look into the next book in the series as I am interested in what happens next. To me, a good sign in a mystery series.
I highly recommend this book and it's author. The characters keep you interested and the story is compelling. This book is part murder mystery but what keeps you fascinated is finding more about the main character, Maura. She is seeking a place in her world and finding Ireland in the process. The narrator is perfect and does an amazing job.
I am an artist, lover of books. Love reading or listening to a good book. I live on the East Coast of Canada with an awesome ocean view.
Yes, a great story, love the way the story describes the people, the town, the bar. Could imagine walking in to the story.
Great way of handling the characters.
The performance was super, and the book does a solid job of conveying small-town Ireland as it is today, despite the changes in its larger cities.
Maura's initial meeting with Mrs. Nolan was especially sweet and poignant.
Mrs. Nolan, with her well-honed memories and recollections of Maura's father was especially well drawn.
American Girl, Irish Lad, and the best little pub for miles around.
I'll be looking for more of Sheila Connolly's work..
If you are in the mood for a gentle Irish mystery, this first book in a trilogy by Sheila Connolly, will do very nicely indeed. It moves along nicely with a splash or two of intrigue and suspense. In a world full of turmoil Sheila has provided a small respite for the reader, in the beautiful hills of the Emerald Isle. Cheers!
I love Irish stories that take place in Ireland with its rich culture and beautiful green rolling hills and crashing surf. Along with castles and a long history of mystic tales and fables along with these blunt, honest but warm and welcoming Irish people. Of all the places traveled across the globe, Ireland and its people turned out to be one of the friendliest and warm hearted group of people I've ever come across. They are a no nonsense people and yet are also ones who like to have fun and laughter rings loud and often. One can't help but smile frequently. It is said that there is a brooding and dark side to the Irish but no more than any other culture I've known. I love the old fashioned Pubs and Publicans in the countryside that are a delight and right out of the pages of a novel. This book gave me an image of those pictures in my mind that brought me right back. I'm heading right now to get the next in this series on audible. The narrator made a great book come alive to make it an even greater book. JC Book lover: No matter what the forum is.
The narrator does a very nice job of using the Irish lilt and prounciation without sacrificing understanding the content.
Maura was taken so completely by surprise at the several related revelations about family.
Probably the most important part of listening to a taped book is how the narration is done. Who does the narration is more a matter of the skill the narrator has of projecting feelings as well as accents and rythms and flow of the author assigned language Amy does an excellent job of narrating the content within the described language cues.
I did feel angry myself at the moments when Maura lost her temper and was so rude to different people. I do chalk that up to Amy Rubinate's skills however.
The authors description of the places and people are so true, they just make you feel welcome and wanted, I did figure out the ending but enjoyed the history.
Feisty older lady, loved her
Traveling to the ancient areas
Ireland, caught between 21st and 18th century in the best way possible
Looking forward to book 4
Narrator has a very lovely voice but whiney which makes one wonder if the story is whiney or she just makes it so. An OK story. Moves along OK. No surprises. Best part is the last chapter - it took a long time getting there. Quite a few parts which leaves one thinking "Why did you do that"? "where is your common sense"? and "why did you do that"?
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