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Murder in an Irish Village is as delectable as a slice of authentic Irish brown bread
February 5, 2016
Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor
Kensington Books Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date: February 23, 2016
Carlene O'Connor's charming new cozy Murder in an Irish Village is as delectable as a slice of the authentic Irish brown bread Siobhan is known for.
From the authentic dialect to the lush description of village life, Carlene O’Connor brings the village of Kilbane to life. I was thrilled by the deft inclusion of appropriate Irish slang, and the glossary that accompanied the novel.
Since the death of their parents, Siobhan O’Sullivan has been managing the family restaurant and her five siblings. Life isn't easy, but she's making a go of it. Things get a lot harder when Niall, the brother of the man responsible for their parents' death asks for 10,000 EU in exchange for proof that his brother wasn't responsible - especially when he shows up dead in their bistro a few days later. The local garda suspect Siobhan's older brother, James, and are looking no further, despite the fact that Niall argued frequently with many in the village. With her older brother and their livelihood at risk, Siobhan and her siblings start their own murder investigation.
One of the things that makes this novel uniquely enjoyable is the interplay between the O'Sullivans. Although the siblings frequently disagree, they are a loving family who work well together. Their at times clumsy investigation turns up clues sometimes relevant, sometimes not. But the village on the whole is tolerant, even when Siobhan uncovers some embarrassing facts.
The touch of romance between Siobhan and local garda Macdara is sweet.
This colorful, richly detailed and lively cozy mystery is certain to please fans of the genre. I anxiously await the next book in Carlene O'Connor's series.
Murder in an Irish Village is available for preorder and will be released February 23, 2016.
I received a copy of Murder in an Irish Village from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
A little slice of Heaven on the Emerald Isle…
In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie's Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors, enjoy some brown bread and tea, and get the local gossip. Nowadays twenty-two-year-old Siobhán O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago.
It's been a rough year for the O'Sullivans, but it's about to get rougher. One morning, as they're opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table, dressed in a suit as if for his own funeral, a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.
With the local garda suspecting the O'Sullivans, and their business in danger of being shunned--murder tends to spoil the appetite--it's up to feisty redheaded Siobhán to solve the crime and save her beloved brood.