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An Early Wake

County Cork Mystery, Book 3
Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
Series: County Cork Mystery, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (257 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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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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Slow but enjoyable

An Early Wake is the second book in this series. I read the first one and really liked it. I am not sure if the overall storyline was just slower in this book than the first or that the performance was lacking but it took some determination to stick with the one. The mystery doesn’t really start until Chapter 12. It is hard to accept the girl from Boston without any Boston accent. I’ll wait before I pick up the third book for sure

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Magic of the Music, Memories . . . Murder

With the tourist season over, Maura Donovan is worried about how she will keep Sullivan's Pub open over the lean months . . . and how she will pay her employees. Then a university student from Dublin happens in after hearing about the music scene at Sullivan's in the 1990s, wanting to write his research paper on the subject. Old Billy, who lives at the end of the pub and has his own seat inside every day, knows the story . . . although its news to Maura . . . and soon the pub is alive with chatter and memories of the days when the musicians just showed up at Sullivan's and packed the place . . . it wasn't long until the whole town was talking, and one of the musicians made their way to sit with Old Billy at the pub . . . Then a few days later, just like before, no emails, no advertising, just word of mouth, and the people and the musicians came and filled the house with music and magic . . . Maura was overjoyed and for once believed that the pub might make it . . . until she came in the next morning and found one of the musicians dead in the back room . . . then its up to the Garda (Police) to figure out if it was murder. Maura worries about the pub's patron's not showing up after the man is found dead in her pub, but she needn't worry . . . the gentle, take-it-as-it-comes way of the Irish is soothing to me. I love Maura's relationship with her neighbor, Briget Nolan, who is in her eighties, and a friend of Maura's deceased grandmother. This book is one of my favorites in the series. I see Maura settling into her new home in Ireland and being accepted and loved by the townsfolk in Leap. Good resolution to the mystery. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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An Early Wake

This was a great story . And the performance was wonderful. Loved the characters interaction. Ready for the next one!

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Another well done audiobook

This is a great series. Within a few pages you feel like you're actually in Ireland and are friends with all the residents. Now I'm looking forward to the next in the series.