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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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Repetitious elements and annoyingly fretful

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I've audio-read the 2 in the series before this. In these, I felt there were many weak spots in the relating of the story line but I liked the Ireland village setting that seemed plausibly portrayed, liked the basically cozy friendly pub atmosphere created and many of the characters. And the plots were decently interesting. But in this one, An Early Wake, the author had the main character mumble on page after page in repeated fretting over things seriously stupid to fret over at all much less for a page. It was like she was just trying to fill pages. It was so irritating I had to force myself to finish it . . for the plot end.

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It Makes Me Want A Pint

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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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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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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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

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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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.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 02-13-15

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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The Irish

My grandma said we are Scors-Irish. This book pulls me into strangely fami!use land. LOVE it!


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Enough with the self -examination that never ends!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The characters are well developed and I love the setting but I am going nuts with the continual self-questioning-self-examination. It is almost impossible to find a declarative sentence. What was her editor thinking?

Has An Early Wake turned you off from other books in this genre?

I will try one more but if this is another string of the main character letting her tea cool as she asks herself a compendium of "what ifs" I give up....

What does Amy Rubinate bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A little sing-songy but I am pretty sure that is what the character sounds like given her whiny personality.

Was An Early Wake worth the listening time?

I do not feel I threw away 8 hours of my life but it certainly raised my frustration level.