Review: Murder in an Irish Churchyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The village of Kilbane in County Cork, Ireland, has a new garda–and her first case is a grave matter indeed . . .

It’s official! Siobhán is now Garda O’Sullivan, and her five siblings couldn’t be prouder. While brother James runs Naomi’s Bistro, Siobhán is doing her part to keep the village safe. Of course, Kilbane is pretty quiet compared to a place like Dublin, where Macdara Flannery has gone to be a detective sergeant.

Then one night the local priest summons Siobhán to the church cemetery. There’s a dead man in the graveyard–aboveground. He lies shot on a blanket of freshly fallen snow, hand stretched out toward a nearby headstone. He’s a stranger, but the priest has heard talk of an American tourist in town, searching for his Irish ancestor.

A detective sergeant is dispatched from Dublin to assist with the case, and as fate would have it, it’s Macdara. After his parting, things are awkward between them, but they have to work together. They learn the victim was from Dublin–Dublin, Ohio, that is. And when his family members are located and told of his murder, the plot thickens. Siobhán begins to dig for a motive among the gnarled roots of the family tree. But as long-buried secrets are unearthed, she and Macdara will need to stay two steps ahead of the killer or end up with more than one foot in the grave.

Rating: 4-.5-stars

Review:

Murder in an Irish Churchyard by Carlene O’Connor is the third installment to this enjoyable cozy mystery series. Humor, family drama, and an Irish heritage are woven into this book. Siobhán is the leading protagonist and sleuthing detective. I really like her personality. She’s reliable and well-known for solving crimes. This time, an unknown person ends up dead in the church yard. No one knows who he is. Siobhán gets called in by the priest to check it out. She hasn’t even started her new career officially and yet Father wants her to head this murder case. Father is also another likable character. Easy to love him. Carlene O’Connor heats up the story as Siobhán takes the case. I was hooked. The plot is intriguing and the who done it theme kept going through my mind until the mystery was solved. I had to keep reading! It was fun getting lost within this third novel. I would love to see more of these wonderful characters…overall, I highly recommend this mystery to all readers.

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Review: Murder at an Irish Wedding (book 2)

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The O Sullivan clan of County Cork, Ireland, are thrilled to be catering the matrimonial affairs of a celebrity couple until a cunning killer turns an Irish wedding into an Irish wake . . .

“Any wedding is a big deal in the small village of Kilbane even more so when the bride is a famous fashion model. It s also good for business. Not only has customer traffic picked up at Naomi s Bistro, Siobhan O Sullivan and her five siblings have a full plate catering for the three-day affair. And Siobhan s own beau, local garda Macdara Flannery, gladly steps in as best man after the groom s first choice makes a drunken arse out of himself.

Even if he hadn t been disinvited to the wedding, the original best man wouldn t have been able to show. He s been found murdered in the woods, casting a pall over the nuptials. And when a second member of the wedding party is poisoned by a champagne flute engraved with Macdara s name, the garda goes from being best man to prime suspect.

With a killer at large and a string of robberies plaguing Kilbane, Siobhan feels more than a little protective of her village. She vows to clear Macdara s name, but the suspect list is as long as the guest list. Like the bride walking down the aisle, Siobhan needs to watch her step. For as she gets closer to unveiling the truth, the murderer is planning a very chilly reception for her . . .

 

 

 

 

PRAISE FOR “MURDER IN AN IRISH VILLAGE”

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If Janet Evanovich and Maeve Binchy wrote a book together, “Murder in an Irish Village”would be the result. This one isdelicious fun. Laurien Berenson, author of”Live and Let Growl”

A lively debut . . . The cheeky and close-knit O Sullivans are sure to appeal to cozy fans, who will also appreciate the warmth and spirit of the people of Kilbane. “Publishers Weekly”

A smart whodunnit in an idyllic locale. I dare you not to be charmed by sleuth Siobhan and her siblings, the O Sullivan Six. Barbara Ross, author of “Fogged Inn”

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This entertaining combination of Maeve Binchy s old-world Irish charm and Janet Evanovich s roguish humor is a smart, fast-paced read. Devotees of the Hibernian mysteries of Dicey Deere and M.C. Beaton will toast this debut with a pint of Guinness. Slainte! “Library Journal”

 

 

 

 

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Murder at an Irish Wedding by Carlene O’Connor is rich in the Irish culture. I felt like I was transplanted in Ireland. The focus is strong on the Irish roots of the characters. Sometimes, it is a bit overwhelming. The plot was steady with enough action to keep me guessing. The groom, his father-in-law and Kevin were acted a bit strange. Their behavior put me on edge as I dug further into the book. Then, a mysterious note appears to Kevin and my curiosity explodes. Drama, mayhem, and murder are found here. The big Irish clan has more drama than any set of characters I’ve meet. The more drama exposed, the more interesting the scenes grew. Lady sleuth, Siobhan, is the easiest character to like. I’m happy that she’s the main protagonist in this novel. Her personality sparkles. Tempers flare, arguments break out, and all chaos breaks the happy wedding environment. This, was the first book I have read by Carlene O’Connor and yet I felt as though I’ve been reading her books for a long time. This one kept me on my toes with the characters. Overall, I enjoyed reading this murder mystery. I recommend to readers everywhere.

Book Review: No One Like You by Kate Angell

No One Like You by Kate Angell is one fantastic romantic read that readers will instantly love. One super hot famous baseball player hires a personal assistant to keep him and his four dogs organized. That’s right fours dogs! Two dachshunds, his golden retriever, and a Great Dane named Atlas. Apparently the Great Dane, Atlas, has it in him to force both Beth Avery and his owner Ryan Cates together every time he can. Who would have know that a Great Dane who play match maker. Beth is doing this personal assistant job for the money before moving on but with Atlas trying to force her and his owner to confess their feelings her job just got hotter and harder by the minute. Can Beth and Ryan admit their undeniable attraction towards one another? Or will the Great Dane’s attempts fail in match making?

Kate Angell’s novel is funny, sweet, and addictive. A story whose pages are worth every turn and keep readers lured in forever. A heart melting and hilarious read. I enjoyed reading the tension between both Beth as she struggled to fight her feeling for Ryan. And how Ryan also struggled with his feelings towards his personal assistant. The build of romantic frustration and the help of one huge and adorable dog this is a must read novel for all. Animal lovers will love the four amazing creatures and the two stunning characters. It’s no surprise to find out that Kate is on the National Best-selling list. Her work will dazzle readers everywhere. Overall, I highly recommend this story and rate it a five out of five stars. A perfect romance.

Book Review: Stiff Penalty by Annelise Ryan

Stiff Penalty by Annelise Ryan is  must read mystery thriller. This story is highly unusual for its kind making it the number one novel that readers will want to read. The story is about a pregnant woman who is a deputy coroner is out on the prowl as to who stabbed a math teacher with a barbecue fork. The weapon was straight in the heart. Why would someone want to kill a high school math teacher? And who had any motives to do so? Mattie also has her own problems. One being pregnant and having her estranged father following her around. Can Mattie solve the murder case before someone decides to kill and her unborn child? And even with all the evidence pointing to the dead teacher’s son as the killer, will Mattie be able to clear him or find him guilty? I highly recommend readers to pick up this brilliantly yet stunning novel to find out what happens next. Mattie Winston is no ordinary sleuth. Overall, I rate Still Penalty a five out of five stars.

Book Review: Santa’s Secret by Serenity Woods

Santa’s Secret by Serenity Woods is a charming, sensual, and a heart melting novel. Eva  and her son are spending Christmas in Santa’s Secret Village where they meet Rudy and his daughter Isabel. Eva and Rudi feel the attraction towards each other instantly and their kids enjoy spending time together. Isabel teaches Eva’s four-year old son manners and learns how to enjoy Christmas spirit more. Rudi and his ex-wife are separated. They argued a lot and then having seen his wife in their bed with another man was the last straw.  Eva and her husband ended up spending less and less time together. Soon, after drinking Eva’s husband dies in a car accident when their son was still just a baby. Will both Rudi and Eva find love this Christmas in each other’s arms? Or will they just have a one time fling and go about the own ways? And will Rudi’s daughter Isabel learn how to enjoy Christmas’s magic like Eva’s son does? Or will she not be able to enjoy Christmas after all?

I fell in love with Serenity Woods’s amazing book! I could not put this novel down. Hot, sexy, and irresistibly stunning, Santa’s Secret is the best novel that I have read in a long time. The character’s are realistic. They children make the novel interesting and funny. It will be very hard for readers everywhere to not fall in love with this incredible story! A story about family, love, and Christmas magic will leave your holidays glowing with warmth.  I would recommend this novel to those who love a cozy romance that will heat up their night and melt their hearts. Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.