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Monday, March 11, 2013

Irish-Themed Book Recommendation - Buried In A Bog: A County Cork Mystery by Sheila Connolly

In honor of St. Patrick's Day Week, I'll be featuring several books with Irish-themes that I have found interesting! Hope you will too!

The first book I highly recommend is "Buried In A Bog: A County Cork Mystery" by cozy mystery author Sheila Connolly! This debut series, set in and around Cork, Ireland, is a true joy to read!

Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran. 

In the pub, she’s swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly one-hundred-year-old body in a nearby bog. When Maura realizes she may know something about the dead man—and that the body’s connected to another, more recent, death—she fears she’s about to become mired in a homicide investigation. After she discovers the death is connected to another from almost a century earlier, Maura has a sinking feeling she may really be getting in over her head...

 I was so impressed with this book!  Sheila has delivered a charming story, set in the beautiful countryside of County Cork, Ireland, that is full of mystery, intrigue, and, best of all, fun!

I loved the characters in this book, especially spunky Maura Donovan, the American girl who has come to honor her late grandmother's wishes to visit the old homeland. Maura takes a while to adapt to the Irish way of living, but she is soon caught up in the big happenings around the tiny town of Leap, where odd occurrences seem to have followed her on her quest! But, with the help of her new friends, Maura soon makes a place for herself as she delves to solve the mysteries that have everyone befuddled!

I'm a big fan of Sheila Connolly's Orchard mysteries, and now I'm a big fan of her County Cork mysteries!  I look forward to more of her wonderful storytelling in both of these series!

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Sheila Connolly is an Agatha Award– nominated author, and has taught art history, structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities, worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns, and served as a fundraiser for several nonprofit organizations. She also managed her own consulting company, providing genealogical research services. In addition to genealogy, Sheila loves restoring old houses, visiting cemeteries, and traveling. Now a full-time writer, she thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her previous occupations. She is married and has one daughter and three cats.  

Check out her website at www.sheilaconnolly.com

My thanks to Penguin Books/Berkley Prime Crime for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Coreena McBurnie said...

Thanks for this, I haven't heard of this author before but love Irish books. I'm going to add this to my TBR list right now.

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Stay tuned this week - I'll have more Irish-themed books to recommend!