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Friday, March 18, 2011

Review - The Matchmaker of Kenmare by Frank Delaney

If Maeve Binchy is the Queen of the Irish novel, then that makes Frank Delaney the King.

Delaney’s newest novel, “The Matchmaker of Kenmare,” is a sequel to his bestselling book, “Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show,” and promises to be just as popular as its predecessor.

Ben McCarthy is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his beloved wife, Venetia Kelly. His work as a researcher for the Irish government's folklore department not only keeps him traveling throughout the country in search of myths and legends, but it provides him with the cover to make his own inquiries about Venetia's disappearance. His travels soon take him to the town of Kenmare to interview a matchmaker named Kate Begley.

Kate, who has recently married Captain Charles Miller, an American, on a secret mission behind enemy lines in war-torn Europe and who has been reported dead, believes that her husband is still alive. She convinces Ben to accompany her on a journey looking for their respective spouses, a journey that not only spans years, but takes them into the heart of German camps in Europe and across the ocean to America.

In a novel full of adventure and drama, and the always fascinating charm of the Irish, Frank Delaney once again proves why his books are so anxiously looked forward to. “The Matchmaker of Kenmare” can be read as a stand-alone story, but treat yourself to “Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show” for a wonderful experience as well.

About The Author:

The handsome Irishman himself - Photo by Jerry Bauer

In the current phase of his own work, Frank Delaney is writing a series of novels exploring his native Ireland's history in the twentieth century, one decade at a time. Like all his books, they are multi-layered and aim to be read (say those who teach them) on a number of levels.

Frank Delaney was born in Tipperary, Ireland, and after a fledgling career in banking became a broadcaster with RTE radio and television, the Irish state network, working on documentaries, music programmes and finally as a newsreader. In the mid 1970's he joined the Northern Ireland region of the BBC in Belfast as their current affairs man in Dublin and covered an intense period of the virtual war known as the Irish 'Troubles.' Later, after half a decade of reporting bombings, shootings kidnappings, sieges, he moved to London where, perhaps as an antidote, he began to work in arts broadcasting. Bookshelf, which he inaugurated for BBC Radio Four, became an award winner; on television he wrote films for Omnibus and other arts programmes and in the early 1980's hosted his own talk show, Frank Delaney, featuring an array of cultural and literary personalities.

In 1979, his first book, James Joyce's Odyssey was published to critical acclaim and best-seller status. Since then, Delaney has written six books of non-fiction, twelve novels, one novella, two anthologies, and a smattering of short stories published in both magazines and collections. He has edited compilations of essays and poetry, written theatrical plays for the stage, radio plays for broadcast screenplays for films, a number of which have been produced.

Frank Delaney has three sons, Francis, Bryan, and Owen and a granddaughter, Poppy Beatrice. He lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut, with his wife, Diane Meier. 
Check out his website at www.frankdelaney.com for more information on this charming author!

Check out this delightful trailer for the book!


Laura Fabiani said...

This in one of the best book trailers I have seen to date. The author is charming and his obvious love for the story he has written makes me want to read the book. My review partner, Sandra, has read it and raved about it.

Misha said...

I have not seen the trailer before. So thanks for sharing! I need to buy The Matchmaker of Kenmare soon. Thanks for the review!

mel u said...

I really wanted you to have this when I saw your great side bars

I would like to invite you to consider participating in

Irish Short Story Week-3/14 to 3/20
Now extended until March 23