“Murder in an Irish Village,” by Carlene O’Connor. Copyright 2016, Kensington Books (334 pages, $25.00).
If you’re looking for a bit of Irish charm to accompany your St. Patrick Day’s festivities then look no further than Carlene O’Connor’s newest book, Murder in an Irish Village. Picture the quiet town of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland; the rolling hills of green and a town so small that everyone knows one another. O’Connor focuses on Siobhán O’Sullivan and her five siblings. Now the matriarch of her family, Siobhán seeks to be everything for her siblings; a mother-like figure to Ciarán and Ann, a best friend to Gráinne and Eoin, and a confidant for James.
Things become more complicated for Siobhán when Niall Murphy comes back into town. Niall seeks out Siobhán telling her that Billy, his brother, didn’t actually drink and drive and have an accident which caused the O’Sullivan Six to lose their parents. But before Niall tells Siobhán who did cause the accident, Niall demands a ransom for the information of ten thousand euros.
While Siobhán is thinking on what Niall has told her one morning while opening Naomi’s Bistro (named after their deceased mother) she finds Niall murdered in the front of the dining room. With James as the main suspect, Siobhán takes it upon herself to investigate the truth and clear her family’s name, and the bistro’s, while always stepping on the toes of Garda Macdara Flannery. Everyone becomes a suspect to amateur sleuth Siobhán as she investigates the whole village; was it the American transplant Chris Gorden, or Shelia, the local hairdresser, or someone else that Siobhán hasn’t thought of yet?
If you are hoping to be whisked away to Ireland then this might be a good book for you! Having picked up O’Connor’s book about this quaint Irish town this reader was reminded of her time in Ireland and she was instantly transported back to the rolling hills of green.
If you like Janet Evanovich or M.C. Beaton then you’ll love Carlene O’Connor’s new series Irish Village Mysteries and all the shenanigans that Siobhán and her siblings get into. Pick up Murder in an Irish Village and find out the truth along with Siobhán and look for more Irish Village Mysteries to check out from Alamance County Public Libraries.
Kayleigh Dyer is a Library Assistant at Graham Library. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (336) 570-6730.