Bostonian Maura is beginning to feel settled in her new Irish home, just in time for summer tourist season to bring fresh business to her pub. But the first traveler to arrive is thirsty for more than just a pint of Guinness. Althea Melville is hot on the trail of a long-lost Van Dyck painting. Maura agrees to help Althea meet with the residents at the local manor house, the most likely location of the missing art. But when the manor's gardener is found murdered, Maura wonders what Althea's real motives are. Now, to solve the secret of the lost portrait and catch a killer, Maura will have to practice her Irish gift of gab and hunt down some local history-before someone else is out of the picture...
©2014 Sheila Connolly (P)2014 Tantor
I really enjoyed listening to this book. Shiela Connolly has a talent for blending the past and present together without being confusing or uninteresting. The pace is good and the characters are developing realistically. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
From time to time when I want a break from the harshness of the "real world" I listen to the next book in this series. Reading these stories reminds me that human beings can be kind and sensible. When I finish the books I feel hopeful, in spite of the discouraging events that are reported in the news.
I like Maura Donovan, the main character in this series. She is a down to earth young woman whose life has changed drastically, and for the better. She has moved from South Boston to a very small village in Ireland. That story is told in the first book of the series. I would strongly recommend reading this series in order. Maura is intelligent and resourceful.
The pace of these stories is moderate, but steady. There is an interesting cast of characters. There is no graphic language, sex or violence. The mystery is of more of a puzzle than a "who dunit".
Narrator Amy Rubinate is excellent. I am from the north central United States, so I have no idea if the accents are "accurate". And I've never been to Ireland. What is important to me is that I could easily understand every word that was said, and I could picture the locations in my mind.
This has become one of my favorite "cozy" series. I intend to listen to all the books in this series.
I absolutely loved this story. This is my third listen, and I find myself not wanting to stop listening. Did I mention this was my third listen? The storyline is smooth, the characters are very personable and the narrator is spot on. She keeps the story vibrant and believable. Love, love, love this book!
Real Irish tale!
When they all met on the estate and the grand old lady of the manor proved them all wrong by showing she was not the old prude they made her out to be.
Very well read and played. Characters well handled.
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