I’ve had a fascination with and love of all things Irish for quite some time, so I was excited to join this tour and to have the opportunity to read Murder in an Irish Village. Set in the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Siobhán O’Sullivan is trying to focus on raising her five siblings and keeping the family bistro in business. It has only been a short time since the accidental death of Siobhan’s parents, when everything changed for the entire family. Siobhan, who was once looking ahead to university in Dublin, has stayed to care for her family, especially given her older brother’s troubles with drinking. The O’Sullivan family tries their best to steer clear of Niall, the brother of the man who caused the fatal car accident that took their parents’ lives, but he isn’t making it easy, cornering Siobhan and attempting to extort money from her. Infuriated by the attempt, and even more so by Niall’s claims that his brother is innocent, Siobhan would have been thrilled to never see Niall ever again. Unfortunately, not only does he continue to turn up, Niall’s final visit to the family bistro ends in his death. Siobhan and her siblings find the young man sitting at a bistro table with a pair of scissors stuck in his chest. Suspicion is immediately cast on Siobhan’s eldest brother, but she knows that he couldn’t have committed the crime. Against the advice of the local authorities, Siobhan sets out to clear her family name and find the real murderer.
I enjoyed this story and the mystery. It seemed to get off to a slow start, then pick up speed quickly before slowing down again. There were times when the sheer number of characters and how they were connected felt a little overwhelming and confusing, but the story was compelling enough to keep me reading. The writing felt authentic and I liked the bits and pieces of Irish dialogue throughout. I’m not sure if Murder in an Irish Village is the start of a series, or simply a stand alone story, but it’s a fun, fast read for fans of cozy mysteries.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review and the opinions and thoughts are my own.
Murder in an Irish Village
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (February 23, 2016)
E-Book ASIN: B00Y6RC1SC
In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Naomi’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.
About the Author
Carlene O’Connor comes from a long line of Irish storytellers, or professional liars as she prefers to call herself. Her great grandmother emigrated from Ireland to America during The Troubles, and the stories have been flowing ever since. She has dual citizenship and divides her time between New York and the Emerald Isle. Of all the places across the pond she’s wandered, she fell most in love with a walled town in County Limerick and was inspired by the town to create Kilbane, County Cork.
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