Hot Best Seller

Murder in an Irish Village

Availability: Ready to download

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 th 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.


Compare

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 th 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.

30 review for Murder in an Irish Village

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor is a 2016 Kensington publication. Siobhán O’Sullivan is left in charge of the family bistro, and her siblings, after the death of her parents in a tragic drunk driving accident. The man responsible is in prison, but now his brother is back in town, and is trying to extort various people in the village- Including Siobhan- claiming he has evidence that his brother was not, in fact, responsible for the accident that killed her parents. When the man is Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor is a 2016 Kensington publication. Siobhán O’Sullivan is left in charge of the family bistro, and her siblings, after the death of her parents in a tragic drunk driving accident. The man responsible is in prison, but now his brother is back in town, and is trying to extort various people in the village- Including Siobhan- claiming he has evidence that his brother was not, in fact, responsible for the accident that killed her parents. When the man is found dead inside her bistro, evidence points to her brother, James. Determined to save her brother, Siobhan launches her own investigation… There is always something magical and charming about a small Irish village… well, unless a murder cast suspicion all the residents. Siobhan, and her adorable family, is going to be a big hit with me. I loved the village, the quirky characters, and the authentic Irish vernacular. Because this is the first book in the series, some time was spent on introducing the characters and setting the stage for future installments. While this may have initially slowed the momentum, the mystery stays in the forefront and kept me guessing, with a surprise revelation that I never saw coming. I had a feeling I would like this series and it looks as though my instincts paid off! Looking forward to the next chapter in the series!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Murder in an Irish Village gets off to a slow start; you’ll need to scale a huge Wall of boring but necessary info dumping and exposition for context’s sake. In many ways, this is your average cozy in that it obeys many of the conventions of the genre. 1. The town itself is a major character. 2. You’ve got quirky characters you come to like, and suspect, nearly as much as the protagonist. 3. You’ve got the requisite simmering attraction between the intrepid protagonist and the watchful, overprotec Murder in an Irish Village gets off to a slow start; you’ll need to scale a huge Wall of boring but necessary info dumping and exposition for context’s sake. In many ways, this is your average cozy in that it obeys many of the conventions of the genre. 1. The town itself is a major character. 2. You’ve got quirky characters you come to like, and suspect, nearly as much as the protagonist. 3. You’ve got the requisite simmering attraction between the intrepid protagonist and the watchful, overprotective alpha-cop; I could do without this. 4. You’ve got the family-owned community fixture where the townsfolk go to congrigate and gossip . 5. You’ve got Siobhán O’Sullivan, the selfless protagonist who chokes off her future in the name of family. She is similar to most other cozy mystery heroines in that, but for her illegal, investigatory activities, she's a squeaky-clean emblem of morality; said morality is rooted primarily in her Catholic upbringing. What distinguishes Murder in an Irish Village from some of the other cozies I’ve tried is the rock solid and nesting doll-like mystery, compelling subplots that tie into rather than digress from said mystery, and intense, nail-biting moments that belong in a thriller or horror movie. I also find the involvement of the younger members of the O’Sullivan six rather cute, if unusual. More importantly, fearing for their safety, as well as for their adult sister’s, addedan intriguing layer to the book. I also got to be outraged that they (they’re teens aging from 13 to 16) were suspects, though I’d have probably jumped all over their not being accused. The other thing I found interesting was the body count. Nearly all of the cozies I’ve read center on a single murder. Again, this plot device isn’t necessarily unique to this particular cozy, but it was a shocking and refreshing aspect I enjoyed. The audible edition features music designed to enhance the listening experience. I won’t say that all of the music fits every single scene, but I can tell you that the “You did *WHAT* in the act of budding into a police investigation?!” scenes and the intense, horror movie like moments were all the more entertaining for the ominous music in the background. Ultimately, Murder in an Irish Village gets the series off to a great start, and I can’t wait to tear through everything that comes next.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    The setting for the story is Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland. Our protagonist is Siobhan O’Sullivan. Siobhan was about to leave Kilbane to attend university in Dublin when her parents were killed in an auto accident. She is the oldest of six children so she stayed to take care of her siblings. The next oldest is James, but he is an alcoholic. They all work in the family bistro called Naomi’s Bistro. One morning on opening the café they discover a murdered man sitting at a table. James is arrested The setting for the story is Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland. Our protagonist is Siobhan O’Sullivan. Siobhan was about to leave Kilbane to attend university in Dublin when her parents were killed in an auto accident. She is the oldest of six children so she stayed to take care of her siblings. The next oldest is James, but he is an alcoholic. They all work in the family bistro called Naomi’s Bistro. One morning on opening the café they discover a murdered man sitting at a table. James is arrested for the murder and Siobhan is off to solve the crime. This is a new author and narrator for me. I believe the story is what is being called a cozy murder. The book is well written and most engaging. This is a charming story set in a quaint village that adds charm to the story along with some interesting characters. My only complaint is some information was repeated during the story. A good editor should have cleaned that up. I read this book as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. It is the narrator, Caroline Lennon, that makes this book such a pleasure to listen too. This is a book that should only be read as an audiobook to fully enjoy the story. Her lilting Irish brogue was a delight to listen too. The book is about ten hours long. I am going to be looking for books narrated by Caroline Lennon; she is a great narrator.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    A man has been murdered and with all the evidence pointing to her brother, it's up to Siobhán to solve the crime. Well this is really very good. It's a cozy mystery set in a small Irish town. To be honest, it feels like it was written 50 years ago and that's the best thing about it. It's a lot like those great BBC crime shows they broadcast on Saturday nights. Not the greatest book ever written but charming and well worth the effort. A man has been murdered and with all the evidence pointing to her brother, it's up to Siobhán to solve the crime. Well this is really very good. It's a cozy mystery set in a small Irish town. To be honest, it feels like it was written 50 years ago and that's the best thing about it. It's a lot like those great BBC crime shows they broadcast on Saturday nights. Not the greatest book ever written but charming and well worth the effort.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    I thank NetGalley.com and the publisher for sending me this free ebook in return for an honest review. I enjoyed reading this book and give it 3.5 stars out of five. Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro, serving breakfast and lunch with the help of five siblings. Then her brother James is arrested for murder. This book is set in a small town in County Cork, Ireland. Siobhan sets out to find the real murderer. The author is Irish American, but has done a good job incorporating Irish speech p I thank NetGalley.com and the publisher for sending me this free ebook in return for an honest review. I enjoyed reading this book and give it 3.5 stars out of five. Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro, serving breakfast and lunch with the help of five siblings. Then her brother James is arrested for murder. This book is set in a small town in County Cork, Ireland. Siobhan sets out to find the real murderer. The author is Irish American, but has done a good job incorporating Irish speech patterns and slang.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

    Unfortunately this book just wasn’t for me. It didn’t feel like a cozy despite the attempt at a charming Irish village. And the pacing was just too slow. The dialogue was awkward and overall it just felt as if the author was trying too hard.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Murder in an Irish Village by carlene O'Connor is the first book in the Irish Village Mystery series. Siobhan O'Sullivan runs her family's cafe with her five siblings after the death of her parents in a car accident. The brother of the convicted drunk driver tries to extort money from Siobhan claiming he had evidence of his brothers innocence and then is found dead in the cafe the next morning. I loved meeting Siobhan and her family and enjoyed this mystery very much. The audio book narrator was Murder in an Irish Village by carlene O'Connor is the first book in the Irish Village Mystery series. Siobhan O'Sullivan runs her family's cafe with her five siblings after the death of her parents in a car accident. The brother of the convicted drunk driver tries to extort money from Siobhan claiming he had evidence of his brothers innocence and then is found dead in the cafe the next morning. I loved meeting Siobhan and her family and enjoyed this mystery very much. The audio book narrator was terrific and I loved the accent which added to my enjoyment of the story. A nice, charming cozy mystery.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    I enjoyed this mystery about a small Irish village. The book made it easy for me to visualize the scenes! I liked how the author added a name/word Pronunciation and Glossary in the front of the book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Thanks to Net Galley for letting me read this so I could review it. 3.5 stars This is a nice cozy mystery read set in the small town of Kilbane in the County Cork of Ireland. Siobhan O'Sulllivan has been having a terrible year. Her parents were killed by a drunk driver and her plans of going to University of Dublin have been put on hold. She has 4 younger siblings and an older brother, James, to take care of. She also runs the family bistro so they have income. She has a full plate. Then the brot Thanks to Net Galley for letting me read this so I could review it. 3.5 stars This is a nice cozy mystery read set in the small town of Kilbane in the County Cork of Ireland. Siobhan O'Sulllivan has been having a terrible year. Her parents were killed by a drunk driver and her plans of going to University of Dublin have been put on hold. She has 4 younger siblings and an older brother, James, to take care of. She also runs the family bistro so they have income. She has a full plate. Then the brother of the man in prison for killing her parents ends up dead in the bistro. James is arrested. Nothing will stop Siobhan until she finds the real murderer and frees her brother. She starts questioning people she's known her life and turns the town upside down. If cozy mysteries are your thing, then you'll enjoy this little romp.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chantel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The idea of a cozy mystery which takes place in a small Irish town, somewhat distanced from any larger community; filled to the brim with people who each own a business, who like each other & who care about the well-being of one another, does, on the surface translate as something I would be interested in reading. I had spotted this book at random while wandering the book store & thought that it couldn't hurt to expand my mystery literature; what better way to cultivate some atmosphere than in a The idea of a cozy mystery which takes place in a small Irish town, somewhat distanced from any larger community; filled to the brim with people who each own a business, who like each other & who care about the well-being of one another, does, on the surface translate as something I would be interested in reading. I had spotted this book at random while wandering the book store & thought that it couldn't hurt to expand my mystery literature; what better way to cultivate some atmosphere than in a quaint Irish village? Most unfortunately, none of what I had hoped to encounter in this story came through in the actual plot, the writing nor any of the characters. Please note this book is riddled with sensitive subject matters: This leads me to the main reason why I wasn't able to appreciate the story or any of the quirks I'm sure we as the reader were meant to enjoy. The fact that we are introduced to a family of six (6) children who are now charged / left the full weight of responsibility of this bistro, after their parents were killed in an automobile accident (substances involved) was rotten to read about. Then, we very quickly are introduced to the murder plot aspect of the book & everything went downhill. It wasn't enough that siblings, all of which were under 25, were left orphaned after a brutally tragic event that lead them to have to work in their parents bistro for any hope of survival? We now had to read about a murder plot in which the murderer was a long-time family friend & well-respected member of the community. Seamus was now also rampaging around town trying to kill-off other members of the community & the siblings? It just felt like too much. We could have focused on the car crash as the mystery & had we been introduced to the family before the death of the parents we might have had something less dreadful to read. I really have no desire to read about orphaned kids labouring in a restaurant for survival, while they mourn the sudden & devastating killing of their parents, to then have to fight for their lives while a killer singles them out from their group, one by one, to murder them. The plot was heavy-duty while not ever offering much in terms of intrigue or reason for a reader to continue. Everything felt somewhat superfluous. We had the obvious tragedy that these siblings were living through, then we have a bunch of random secondary & tertiary characters whom we don't ever get to know that well as to ever form a bond with them. We also have scenery which is briefly explored but never in so much detail as to place a reader inside the village; save for the vocabulary & names, this story could have taken place anywhere. Had the main characters offered anything like intelligence or depth, some of my points of contention might be ignored. However, I found so many of the choices made, the inner-dialogue & the overall essence of these characters to be irredeemably annoying. Tell me what in your mind, as a 22-year-old would prompt you to wander around town trying to solve a very violent murder? Nothing in your character build-up to date had demonstrated you as being anything close to good with details, calm, collected or observant so, what would have made you chose to corner people to inquire about a violent crime? Perhaps, being someone who lives in North America I have been acclimated to the 'safer' way to approach criminal activity (i.e. not to think myself a member of the Scooby-Doo Gang & to leave well-enough alone for fear of dying myself). Perhaps this is a communal approach? Perhaps because these characters lived in such a rural part of Ireland they had no qualms about investigating things themselves, putting themselves in danger & interrupting a police investigation because they had nothing better to do? I can't say for sure, but that whole part really peeved me. All in all, not a book I would count as being memorable, enjoyable or worth the read. There are other quaint mystery type books out there which host an array of well-written characters, plots & scenery.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tim Gordon

    When I was looking for a new audiobook for my commute, I chose this book in the hopes of hearing a little lilting Irish brogue. On that note, I was not at all disappointed. The narrator was absolutely fantastic. I could have listened to her read an Irish phone book and been satisfied. As for the book itself, it was okay. Not amazing by any means but decent. On the good side, it really seems to capture the small town Irish mentality (as far as I know it, which admittedly is mostly from watching Moo When I was looking for a new audiobook for my commute, I chose this book in the hopes of hearing a little lilting Irish brogue. On that note, I was not at all disappointed. The narrator was absolutely fantastic. I could have listened to her read an Irish phone book and been satisfied. As for the book itself, it was okay. Not amazing by any means but decent. On the good side, it really seems to capture the small town Irish mentality (as far as I know it, which admittedly is mostly from watching Moone Boy). Things move just a little bit different than what I'm familiar with here or from the many British novels I've read. The characters, at least most of them, were also pretty decently well rounded. Siobhan was, at least. The author has definitely put a decent amount of time considering who Siobhan is and how she'd interact with the world. On the not as good side, the pacing wasn't quite right. Not that it was terrible, but there's a bit too long of a stretch in the middle where there's a lot of investigating but not quite enough happening. Siobhan is constantly considering new clues based on the original event (sometimes considering a bit too much, rather than letting the reader consider for themselves), but what it really needed was another twist or new development earlier on. We get one towards the end, but if it had been moved up slightly, it would have gone a long way toward helping the pacing. The ending also drops off a little too quickly, tying up the murder, but leaving us before really resolving how things move with the rest of the town. Maybe that's on purpose. Maybe there will be a sequel, though if more people get killed in that town, it'll have a higher crime rate than a season of Law & Order. There were also a couple of cringe inducing points. A lot of "Oh Siobhan, you shouldn't be doing that. That's not your place. You're place is in the kitchen," said by multiple people multiple times. Plus she did a few things that were just, well, dumb. The worst was one scene where she and her family accidentally set the drapes on fire at a wake, right next to the dead body. Maybe good for an episode of I Love Lucy, but a bit out of place for a murder mystery. Still, a pretty decent, if rather typical, murder mystery. Well, except for the fantastic accent. Would definitely recommend the audio book, even if you don't care much for the story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    3.5 stars This was a fun, cozy mystery. I loved the Irish slang that is peppered throughout, and don't know enough to know how accurate it is. It certainly helped that I listened to the story. I didn't find myself drawn to the characters as much as I was hoping, but it was a fun story. The heroine seemed like quite the town busybody. I'm surprised that people would still give her the time of day. The language was another problem for me. I never did figure out if they were swearing, or just using 3.5 stars This was a fun, cozy mystery. I loved the Irish slang that is peppered throughout, and don't know enough to know how accurate it is. It certainly helped that I listened to the story. I didn't find myself drawn to the characters as much as I was hoping, but it was a fun story. The heroine seemed like quite the town busybody. I'm surprised that people would still give her the time of day. The language was another problem for me. I never did figure out if they were swearing, or just using Irish cant. Not one I'll reread, but I don't feel like it was a waste of time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    An enjoyable comfort read. It was like the book version of a hot cup of good tea.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Aranda

    The real rating of this book is between a 2.5 to 2.75. Throughout this book I wasn't sure if this was supposed to be a true murder mystery or a cozy murder mystery. I think it's the first one since they had young people in danger and most cozy mysteries I've read haven't done that, but arguments for either could be done. As a murder mystery the story wasn't as well developed as I would have liked but the characters were developed enough to not be boring. In the beginning, I was interested in seei The real rating of this book is between a 2.5 to 2.75. Throughout this book I wasn't sure if this was supposed to be a true murder mystery or a cozy murder mystery. I think it's the first one since they had young people in danger and most cozy mysteries I've read haven't done that, but arguments for either could be done. As a murder mystery the story wasn't as well developed as I would have liked but the characters were developed enough to not be boring. In the beginning, I was interested in seeing how this book ended and who was the killer. Sadly the more I read, I found myself becoming less interested in the killer as the book seemed to drag on. It was so easy for me to put this book down for long periods. I even considered putting this book down and starting a new book. All these reasons are why my rating is on the low side. I could see some people enjoying this book but true fans of the mystery genre would be disappointed in this book. If this story is a murder mystery in it's true sense it's a 2.5 rating. In case this is a cozy mystery, I gave it a second rating. I'm bit more lenient with cozy murder mysteries so that's where my 2.75 rating came from.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    This was a bit of a slow start but overall an excellent first volume in a cozy mystery series. I liked the fictitious but realistic town of Kilbane County Cork. I also like the heavy dose of Irish lingo and culture it brought me back to my own all too brief vacation in Ireland. The characters both in the narrator’s family but the whole town were well done and the narrator’s siblings were hilarious. The mystery was interesting and I liked the twist with the specific murder weapon. I will definite This was a bit of a slow start but overall an excellent first volume in a cozy mystery series. I liked the fictitious but realistic town of Kilbane County Cork. I also like the heavy dose of Irish lingo and culture it brought me back to my own all too brief vacation in Ireland. The characters both in the narrator’s family but the whole town were well done and the narrator’s siblings were hilarious. The mystery was interesting and I liked the twist with the specific murder weapon. I will definitely be continuing this series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Natalie's Bistro is the most popular place to eat in this small Irish village. It is very important to the six O'Sullivan's because it is their home as well as the business which supports them. Siobhan O'Sullivan makes wonderful brown bread and she has become the guardian of the four younger children. She is the manager of the Bistro even though her brother James is older. He is trying to over come an alcohol addiction. He helps when he can but he is not always able. All of life changed several m Natalie's Bistro is the most popular place to eat in this small Irish village. It is very important to the six O'Sullivan's because it is their home as well as the business which supports them. Siobhan O'Sullivan makes wonderful brown bread and she has become the guardian of the four younger children. She is the manager of the Bistro even though her brother James is older. He is trying to over come an alcohol addiction. He helps when he can but he is not always able. All of life changed several months ago when their parents were killed in a head on collision. Since then not only has Siobhan taken over the guardianship of her younger sisters and brothers, but she has also given up her dreams of Dublin and university. The family's situation becomes even worse when a young man is found murdered in the Bistro. He somehow got in in the middle of the night. Worst of all, he is the brother of the young man who killed their parents in that terrible automobile accident. He was not someone who is welcome in the Bistro at any time. When James becomes the prime suspect, Siobhan becomes an investigator. She is familiar with the village and everyone who lives there and she is not afraid to ask hard questions. It is unthinkable that anyone in their well loved community could have committed this murder. But, if someone is a murderer Siobhan is determined to find them. This village is typical of a small town. Everyone knows everyone's business. But as she investigates, Siobhan finds that there are secrets. At times she is nearly heart sick because the people she has loved since childhood are not always who they have appeared. This plot is interesting. As each new fact is uncovered the reader is carried right along with Siobhan and her siblings. As she gets nearer to the actual villain, it appears there may be more danger than anyone expected. The youngsters in the family help with the detecting by helping with much of the work in the Bistro and even creating a list of possible suspects. Siobhan is a terrific heroine. She is so focused on clearing James that she nearly misses the fact that there is someone in the village who is attracted to her. She is a woman of humor and wit as well as intelligence. Her knowledge of the personalities of the people around her gives her an advantage but also may put her in harm's way. The secondary characters are actually not very secondary. Each of them adds so much to the story that it seems impossible to believe the book would have been as well done without every single one of them. We have the younger children in the O'Sullivan family, neighbors who have been there to help through all the troubles, a young policeman who arrests James because the evidence points to him and each of these people are important to the story. The feelings of family, love, frustration and the character of the villagers are important textural assets to the story. If I were to find any fault, it would be that at times I felt things became too wordy. But, I also recognize that wordiness provides the atmosphere and true Irish character to the book. This is Ms O'Connor's first book and it seems she has started off at the top of her game. She has created a hard act to follow for herself. She has give us an interesting mystery with characters who are terrific. There will be great expectations of Ms O'Connor's next book. I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in the hope that I would write a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    I loved this book so much!! This is one of those rare cozies / authors who make me feel like I'm spoiled for most cozies. High standards. I loved the characters and the complex mystery. I also felt very swoony over the love interest and something simple but romantic he said (can't say it but if you read this book, you'll know) it's a mystery but that was the most romantic line. Ahhhh!!! Great reading! I loved this book so much!! This is one of those rare cozies / authors who make me feel like I'm spoiled for most cozies. High standards. I loved the characters and the complex mystery. I also felt very swoony over the love interest and something simple but romantic he said (can't say it but if you read this book, you'll know) it's a mystery but that was the most romantic line. Ahhhh!!! Great reading!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kellene

    Just didn't really enjoy the book. I've had it for a while but just got around to listening to it. The characters didn't pull me in and I had a hard time following the narration (I did the audiobook). Not sure if I will give the series another try or not. Just didn't really enjoy the book. I've had it for a while but just got around to listening to it. The characters didn't pull me in and I had a hard time following the narration (I did the audiobook). Not sure if I will give the series another try or not.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Super Fun Fast Paced Irish Mystery I love the characters in this book. The O'Sullivan 6 keeps our mind racing especially at the end when it all falls together. Had to look up how to pronounce a few Irish names but that is fun Super Fun Fast Paced Irish Mystery I love the characters in this book. The O'Sullivan 6 keeps our mind racing especially at the end when it all falls together. Had to look up how to pronounce a few Irish names but that is fun

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anna Bendewald

    I enjoyed this book via Audio and found myself quickly absorbed in small town Irish life! Lots of details. A terrific book to read if you've got lots of time to get lost in a good mystery. I enjoyed this book via Audio and found myself quickly absorbed in small town Irish life! Lots of details. A terrific book to read if you've got lots of time to get lost in a good mystery.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nancie Lafferty

    Cozy Irish murder mystery, pink shears and terrific characters. Budding series to devour.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Surprisingly good - I liked the characters and enjoyed looking up how to pronounce the names correctly. It kept my attention, was clever, and nothing was over the top. Will read more in this series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Irish Village Mystery #1 Publication Date: 2/23/16 Audiobook Format The narrator, Caroline Lennon, makes this audiobook an absolute delight to listen to. Her enchanting Irish lilt draws you into the story and makes you feel as if you are right there in Kilbane chatting with and listening to the citizens. I tried to look up Lennon’s biography to see if she was truly Irish or if her affectation of the Irish lilt was just very believable, but I couldn’t find anything much on her. Her pacing i Series: Irish Village Mystery #1 Publication Date: 2/23/16 Audiobook Format The narrator, Caroline Lennon, makes this audiobook an absolute delight to listen to. Her enchanting Irish lilt draws you into the story and makes you feel as if you are right there in Kilbane chatting with and listening to the citizens. I tried to look up Lennon’s biography to see if she was truly Irish or if her affectation of the Irish lilt was just very believable, but I couldn’t find anything much on her. Her pacing is perfect and you can hear all of the emotions – fear, concern, love, etc. in her voice. I’ll definitely look for more books narrated by Caroline Lennon. Carlene O'Connor is a new-to-me author, but I’ll definitely look for more from her. Since her great-grandmother emigrated to the US from Ireland and the author herself splits her time between the US and Ireland, her representations of Ireland should be spot-on. The story is well-plotted, excellently written and the characters are lovely to meet. The prose is so descriptive that you can see the beauty of the Emerald Isle and commiserate with Kilbane’s inhabitants over the frequent rains. Siobhan (shi-vawn) O’Sullivan and her family, known as the O’Sullivan Six, have had a very, very, very bad year. Almost exactly a year ago her parents were killed in a car accident, she had to give up her college plans and now, she’s responsible for running the family Bistro and caring for her four younger siblings – Grainne (Grawn-ya) who is sixteen, Ann, Eoin (Owen) and Ciaran (Keeran) as well as her older, by two years, brother James who had taken to drinking. The anniversary of her parent's deaths is just a few days away when the nasty brother of the man who was convicted in the drunk-driving accident. That stirs up all of Kilbane, but especially the O’Sullivans and James in particular. James has been alcohol-free for six months, but the appearance of Niall Murphy sends him out on a temper-fueled bender. The next morning, when Niall is found in the bistro, stabbed through the heart with a pair of scissors, James is the Gardai’s (police) prime suspect. When James cannot remember any of the events from the previous evening and splatters of Niall’s blood are found on James’ clothing, he is arrested. Siobhan believes that the Gardai, including their local Garda, Macdara Flannery have focused on James and aren’t looking any further, so it is up to her to find the real killer. She starts awkwardly questioning her friends and neighbors and ends up with most of the village angry with her. That doesn’t stop her though, she has to save James. Garda Macdara, who is sweet on her, keeps asking her to back off and let the Gardai handle it, but she doesn’t trust them to really look for anyone else. There are red herrings galore, but I was pretty sure I knew who the villain was from the first or second time he/she was mentioned. It was fun to read and find out if I was right or not! Add in an American visitor to put a wrench in the budding romance and you have an interesting read! Please check out my reviews at: Blog: https://flippinpages.blog/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/flippinpages... Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlippinPagesRev Twitter: https://twitter.com/BarbBookReview

  24. 4 out of 5

    Crittermom

    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. Li 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. 5/5 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. --Crittermom

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    This is the first book in a new series and I found it very enjoyable. I enjoyed the characters and setting of the story. Siobhan and her brother, James have been taking care of their younger siblings since their parents death by a drunk driver. The family has a bistro that makes just enough money for the family to get by. One day the brother of the person accused of killing Siobhan's parents in the drunk driving accident comes back to town saying his brother didn't do it. This man ends up dead i This is the first book in a new series and I found it very enjoyable. I enjoyed the characters and setting of the story. Siobhan and her brother, James have been taking care of their younger siblings since their parents death by a drunk driver. The family has a bistro that makes just enough money for the family to get by. One day the brother of the person accused of killing Siobhan's parents in the drunk driving accident comes back to town saying his brother didn't do it. This man ends up dead in the famly bistro and the Guarda, the local police suspect Siobhan's family. The plucky redhead is determined to solve the murder before her family ends up in jail and the family business gets shut down. I enjoyed this story very much. The first few chapters set up the backstory for the family and that was a little slow moving but once past that, the story moved at a brisk pace. I enjoyed the characters and the small town in County Cork they live in. I also enjoyed getting to know the whole family by their involvement with solving the mystery. There were some twists to the story that helped make it interesting. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I received an advanced reader's copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    I read this one for the r/CozyMystery Discord book club read, and I thought it was just....okay. A lot of the book was laying out the backstory for the characters, which is appreciated but rather than being woven into the story, it was more or less all dumped in the first 10 chapters or so before getting into the mystery part of the plot. The downside is that the mystery part of the plot was overshadowed by the plethora of intimate details of the family, making this feel less like a mystery and I read this one for the r/CozyMystery Discord book club read, and I thought it was just....okay. A lot of the book was laying out the backstory for the characters, which is appreciated but rather than being woven into the story, it was more or less all dumped in the first 10 chapters or so before getting into the mystery part of the plot. The downside is that the mystery part of the plot was overshadowed by the plethora of intimate details of the family, making this feel less like a mystery and more like just plain fiction. Other reviewers commented that they felt the pace was too slow in the book and I agree completely. I skipped several chapters here and there when the story wasn't advancing and didn't miss much. Overall, not a bad read but not good enough to want to continue in the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I've been in the mood for a cozy mystery for several months, but I seem to start and stop them quickly. Many were just difficult to get into. But this one was exactly what I needed. I loved Siobhan and her family. Their history and the connection to this mystery made her involvement plausible. It was even more in depth than I expected. I look forward to continuing! I've been in the mood for a cozy mystery for several months, but I seem to start and stop them quickly. Many were just difficult to get into. But this one was exactly what I needed. I loved Siobhan and her family. Their history and the connection to this mystery made her involvement plausible. It was even more in depth than I expected. I look forward to continuing!

  28. 4 out of 5

    MaryAnn (EmilyD1037)

    Enjoyed this new author to me. Also enjoyed reading about Ireland. I thought the book was well written and well staged. I plan to read more from her.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Such a delightful cozy mystery! I loved the small village setting, quirky characters, and the "O'Sullivan Six" with Siobhán as protector of her five siblings. The O'Sullivans literally stole my heart and I look forward to watching them grow through the series. The mystery is well crafted and there's gentle humor and a budding romance sprinkled throughout. The only negative for me is the use of profanity, hence 4 stars instead of 5. Such a delightful cozy mystery! I loved the small village setting, quirky characters, and the "O'Sullivan Six" with Siobhán as protector of her five siblings. The O'Sullivans literally stole my heart and I look forward to watching them grow through the series. The mystery is well crafted and there's gentle humor and a budding romance sprinkled throughout. The only negative for me is the use of profanity, hence 4 stars instead of 5.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is the first book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed the adventure. I normally read USA based books, but I took the plunge to go to Ireland and it was a fun trip. I'm moving on with this series. This is the first book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed the adventure. I normally read USA based books, but I took the plunge to go to Ireland and it was a fun trip. I'm moving on with this series.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...