Scandal in Skibbereen

County Cork Mystery Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
Series: County Cork Mystery, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (421 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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A Gentler World

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.

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This is a great series

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.

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Gets better with each read.

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!

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The accents were horrible, the last two books are great but the reader hurts my ears to listen to.
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Plot that moves fast

The plot was well written and moved quickly. The characters and local color were enjoyable
The Boston accent on the main character was atrocious. I like the series but think I’ll read rather then listen to the next one

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Love these unique mysteries set in rural Ireland

Ms Connolly surely has come up with a different locale, interesting folks and a heroine that is a delight. Please keep them coming!

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delightful cozy!

decent plot, good characters, over all enjoyable book.
looking forward to more in the series.

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Dribble!

I think this was a very substandard book for Audible! I thought the reader was poor I thought the plot line was so adolescent and unsophisticated and I was extremely disappointed in this book. So much so that I would like a refund or a credit

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Book 2, Scandal in Skibbereen will not disappoint.

I enjoyed this book just as much as Book 1 in the series. The characters are endearing and the plot is interesting too. I look forward to listening to the other books in the series.

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Murder over Art

In <strong>Scandal in Skibbereen</strong> by Sheila Connolly, Maura Donovan has owned Mick's pub about three months when Althea Melville, an art specialist from New York, walks in. A woman has brought a small painting to an appraisal event that Althea has identified as a preliminary drawing for a large painting by the famous artist Van Dyck. Since Jane Deasy, the owner of the piece, inherited her copy from her great- aunt who came from Ireland, Althea has come to Leap in a personal quest to find the large painting. A talk with the old man who sits in the pub makes Althea believe it must be in Mycroft House in nearby Skibbereen, occupied for life by the nonagenarian Eveline Townsend and owned by her nephew, Harry. Then Althea gets turned away at the door by Florence O'Brien, who, with her husband, Tom, manages Eveline's home. The next morning, Seamus Daly, a mentally challenged man who has worked as their gardener, is found murdered on the grounds.

Still determined to get into the manor house, Althea attempts to sleep her way in with Harry, who has come to Leap because of the murder. But she gets spotted by both Eveline and Florence and thoroughly banned from the estate. Maura decides to step in and help Althea despite the rudeness and abrasiveness of the latter woman, so she enlists local artist Jillian, who grew up with Harry, to help find the painting. But who was responsible for Seamus's murder?

<strong>Scandal in Skibbereen</strong> proved to be a fun, delightful book with a great mystery. Even though there were quite a few characters in the book, I had no trouble keeping them straight. Each has a unique set of characteristics, making me feel that I would recognize them if I ran into them. I found myself cheering on Maura for her empathy for those around her and scorning Althea for her bad attitude. The mystery was clever, with many interesting twists. I appreciated the way it incorporated both the Irish culture and the art world in its approach.

Amy Rubinate performs the audio edition of this book. She especially does a good job of working with the various accents required for this role, including many old and young Irish characters, the Bostonian Maura, and the New Yorker Althea. Rubinate gives a strong performance of this book and makes the book all the more effective.

<strong>Scandal in Skibbereen</strong> turned out to be a fantastic listening experience. The book was creative and exciting, and it kept me eagerly awaiting the rest of the book. Now I am eagerly awaiting my chance to listen to the next book. I give it five stars.