Fatal Roots

The County Cork Mysteries, Book 8
Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
Series: County Cork Mystery, Book 8
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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Some secrets are too big to stay buried.

A few months ago, Boston expat Maura Donovan was reunited with her mother after more than 20 years of absence. Since then, Maura has been getting accustomed to Irish living, complete with an inherited house and a pub named Sullivan’s. But now, her mother has returned - and she’s brought Maura’s half-sister in tow. To make matters more confusing, a handful of Cork University students are knocking on Maura’s door, asking about a mystical fairy fort that happens to be located on Maura’s piece of land.

The lore indicates that messing with the fort can cause bad luck, and most everyone is telling Maura not to get too involved for fear of its powers, but Maura is curious about her own land, and she definitely doesn’t buy into the superstition. Then one of the students disappears after a day of scoping out the fort on Maura’s property.

Maura treads carefully, asking the folks around town who might have an idea, but no one wants anything to do with these forts. She has to take matters into her own hand - it’s her land, after all. But when she uncovers a decades-old corpse buried in the center of the fort, nothing is for certain.

©2020 Sheila Connolly (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Grow Up Already

I love these books, I really do. However, this millennial is the worst, she hates computers, she hates cell phones, she cannot learn how to cook, run a business or a relationship, after a year? The continual replay of facts and constant self reflection, yet this woman knows nothing about herself? She is supposed to be in her mid-twenties and has no ambition to move forward. Ok, she came from Boston she had nothing, but now she has a year of having a lot and is still whining about being an outsider and not knowing anything. If there is a next book and this character cannot develop past her 15 year old sisters maturity level and learn some things, become a little more savvy then I think I will be done too.

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Ok plot , tedious repetition

I’ve listened to all of these and enjoyed them enough to keep going. However this one seemed to use repetitious internal & external dialogue as filler more than previously. The plot could have been made more complex but wasn’t. The main character needs to grow after a year plus in her new situation in Ireland yet she says “I don’t know” a ridiculous number of times. And she has the same exchanges about the same topics with the same people. Please get another editor!

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Love characters, but the endless questions with no initiative to find answers is annoying

I love the characters of this series and the earlier stories. This book and the last one though, Maura spends way too much time asking questions and saying she doesn’t know anything. Why doesn’t she find out! Read, research, learn from others. For example, why can’t she check official records to find out exactly where her land is? Why doesn’t she read some books in Irish history? Why doesn’t she read about setting up a restaurant or go talk to people who can instruct her. Gets annoying! Please correct this or I am not sure Incan listen to another book.

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  • 02-04-20

Love the mystery, not a fan of the main character

I love the setting and mysteries, but the main character, Maura, is very two dimensional. She has no curiosity, no insight, snaps at people for no reason, and hasn’t grown over the course of the series. It’s frustrating because these books could be so good.

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I keep trying

I love the idea of these characters and story lines. Fool that I am, I keep buying the books. But honestly the characters are insufferable. I spend the whole time muttering out load “oh just SHUT UP!”

Maura is possibly the most annoying character ever half developed. It’s not just that she is such a glass half empty person, it’s that she’s a “IS the glass half full? I’m just a girl from Baaaston who has no idea whether or not glasses are supposed to be half full in Ireland. Should I want the glass to be full? Maybe the glass is supposed to be only filled halfway. Is there some kind of rule in Ireland where there should be 2” left at the top?”.

Then there is the fact that she has absolutely no interest in the fact that she inherited land, a bar and a house yet has absolutely NO interest in looking at it? Really? She has a constant ridiculous inner and outer dialogue that is simplistic and goes no where. The only reason I struggle through them is that I can rewrite them in my own mind into something.

I could rant longer but will spare you all.

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Not her best...

Entertaining overall, but not this author’s best work.
The dialogues are repetitive and do not move the story forward. The characters, other than the main character, are unidimensional.

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well paced continuation of county cork mystery ser

I love Connolly's understated style, no attempt to shock the reader into attentionv. Write on!