Sheila Connolly
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Sheila Connolly

After collecting too many degrees and exploring careers ranging from art historian to investment banker to professional genealogist, Sheila Connolly began writing in 2001, and has now published over thirty traditional mysteries, including several New York Times bestsellers.

Her series include the Orchard Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime), the Museum Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime), The County Cork Mysteries (Crooked Lane Books), the Relatively Dead Mysteries (Beyond the Page Press), and beginning in 2018, The Victorian Village Mysteries from St. Martin's Press.

Her first full-length, standalone ebook, Once She Knew, was published in October 2012.

Connolly has also published a variety of short stories: "Size Matters" appeared in the 2010 Level Best Anthology, Thin Ice; "Called Home," a short prequel to the Orchard series, was published by Beyond the Page in 2011; and "Dead Letters," an e-story featuring the main characters from the Museum series, will be published by Berkley Prime Crime in February 2012. Beyond the Page also published "The Rising of the Moon," and another Level Best anthology includes "Kept in the Dark," which was nominated for both an Agatha award and an Anthony award for 2013.

She is passionate about genealogy, both American and Irish, and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of Mayflower Descendants. She is also an Irish citizen and owns a cottage in West Cork.

She lives in a too-big Victorian in southeastern Massachusetts with her husband and three cats. Find out more about her at her website, www.sheilaconnolly.com

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Best Sellers

    • The Lost Traveller

    • A County Cork Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Maura Donovan discovers a body in the ravine behind her pub. And then the Irish gardai reveal that the victim's face has been battered beyond recognition. Who is the faceless victim? Who wanted him dead? It's up to Maura to uncover the dark secrets....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great next addition

    • By jrwitter on 01-11-19

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Buried in a Bog

    • County Cork Mystery Series, Book 1
    • By: Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 443
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 403
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 404

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Atmospheric Irish Mystery

    • By Sara on 03-15-14

    Regular price: $30.09

    • Nipped in the Bud

    • Orchard Series, Book 12
    • By: Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    The New York Times best-selling author of A Late Frost returns with orchard owner Meg Chapin trying to stem the tide of crime....

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Rotten to the Core

    • An Orchard Mystery
    • By: Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130

    Spring has come to Meg Corey's apple orchard—and it's quickly becoming a killer season....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Keeps you guessing right to the end.

    • By Doug Wilkie on 04-27-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • One Bad Apple

    • An Orchard Mystery
    • By: Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 186

    Meg Corey has come to the quaint New England town of Granford, Massachusetts, to sell her mother's old colonial home and apple orchard....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Very slow mystery-wise, narrator okay

    • By Debbie on 03-27-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Scandal in Skibbereen

    • County Cork Mystery Series, Book 2
    • By: Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Gentler World

    • By Chalis on 10-04-15

    Regular price: $30.09

    • An Early Wake

    • County Cork Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200

    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....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Repetitious elements and annoyingly fretful

    • By Wild Horses Flying on 06-01-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Murder at the Mansion

    • Victorian Village Mystery Series, Book 1
    • By: Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated by: Emily Durante
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 145
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 132

    Katherine Hamilton's goal in high school was to escape from her dead-end hometown of Asheboro, Maryland. Fifteen years later she's got a degree in hospitality management and a great job at a high-end boutique hotel in Baltimore. Until the hotel is acquired by a chain, and she's laid off....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good read.

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-27-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Red Delicious Death

    • An Orchard Mystery
    • By: Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    In this latest Orchard mystery, amateur sleuth Meg Corey takes a bite out of crime....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good listen

    • By Melanie on 06-21-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Many a Twist

    • A County Cork Mystery
    • By: Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128

    Pub owner Maura Donovan hasn't seen her mother for over 20 years, so when she suddenly shows up in Maura's pub, Maura's not sure what to expect....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 5 Stars

    • By Beatrice on 01-14-18

    Regular price: $24.47

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