Irish Village Mystery #4
When competing card sharps stir up Siobhán O’Sullivan’s quiet Irish village, a poker tournament turns into a game of Hangman . . .
Kilbane is a small village in County Cork. Hardly a place one would hold an International Poker Tournament, but the people of Kilbane will take the tourists and players if it brings business to the town.
Siobhan O’Sullivan, now a Garda, and her off the record boyfriend, Macdara Flannery and their small force are going to be very busy. As are Siobhan’s brothers and sisters working the tent for their own Naomi’s Bistro.
With the tournament barely started, one of the most popular players is accused of cheating. And winning with the dead man’s hand. As things get rowdy they all are kicked out of the pub and continue their drinking and gambling at Sharkey’s. With the understanding that a decision on the cheating will be delivered in the morning.
Early the next morning finds Siobhan walking to work and noticing Sharkey’s door is ajar. What she sees through the storage room window will shock everyone.
This is the fourth in this series and the characters are so real they could be your neighbors. All the earmarks of a great cozy series are here! Great characters, even the sketchy ones, a real mystery and a surprise ending!
Very Well Done!
Netgalley/ February 26th 2019 by Kensington
Reverend Mother Mystery #6
A rare shopping trip for the Reverend Mother ends in brutal murder in this absorbing historical mystery.
While the castle is no longer a castle, it is still in use. As a very low-end department store in Cork. The goods are shabby at best and the place itself is in deplorable condition. It is not a place we would normally find our good Reverend Mother. And yet due to a recent flood she is offered whatever she would like from the damaged goods. With money always in short supply she ventures out to the old place.
In all these years she has had no reason to go there and very little has changed since she has been there. With an apprentice who was a former student carrying her basket she sets about finding what she can for the girls at school and the other nuns.
At about the same time she smells gas, the owner comes out of his office and falls to his death at her feet. Putting her right in the thick of what looks like murder.
All of our favorite characters are here. Eileen, Patrick and the good Doctor, who is acting rather odd and solicitous to the man’s wife. Mr. Fitzwilliams was not a popular man, even within his own family, but could someone have finally had enough of him?
I enjoyed this one. I have enjoyed them all. The Reverend Mother is a wonderful character and this series keeps getting better.
Very Well Done!
Netgalley/Severn House January 01,2019
Reverend Mother Aquinas must discover who murdered a much-loved priest in the third of this compelling new Irish historical mystery series.
Ireland. 1925. Pierced through to the brain, the dead body of the priest was found wedged into the small, dark confessional cubicle. Loved by all, Father Dominic had lent a listening ear to sinners of all kinds: gunmen and policemen; prostitutes and nuns; prosperous businessmen and petty swindlers; tradesmen and thieves. But who knelt behind the metal grid and inserted a deadly weapon into that listening ear?
The Reverend Mother Aquinas can do nothing for Father Dominic, but for the sake of his brother, her old friend Father Lawrence, she is determined to find out who killed him, and why.
Ireland in the 1920’s was an interesting time in history. With six counties still belonging to the UK, and most of Ireland wanting them back, you had all kinds of groups causing trouble and meting out justice as they see fit.
When a normal Saturday confession at Holy Trinity Church in Cork ends with the discovery of Father Dominic’s body in the confessional. Stabbed through the ear and murdered. Reverend Mother grew up with Dominic and his brother Lawrence and she is determined to find out who did this horrible crime and why.
As she gathers information and passes it on to Inspector Patrick Cashman who is working this case and was a student of Reverend Mothers long ago.
There is a little bit of everything in this story. Reverend Mother is a wonderfully imagined character. Each character in the book had his or her own story and it made the story very real. Even the ending I appreciated.
Another really good read from Ms. Harrison and Severn House! Release Date is August 1, 2017.
“A highly unusual tale set in a highly unusual Irish village full of dark secrets…Lushly imagined, delightfully original, and very, very funny, it hurtles along from the very first page” (M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans).
Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother’s disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened twenty-six years ago.
From the moment he sets foot in Mulderrig, Mahony’s presence turns the village upside down. His uncannily familiar face and outsider ways cause a stir among the locals, who receive him with a mixture of excitement (the women), curiosity (the men), and suspicion (the pious).
Determined to uncover the truth about what happened to his mother, Mahony solicits the help of brash anarchist and retired theater actress Mrs. Cauley. This improbable duo concocts an ingenious plan to get the town talking about the day Mahony’s mother disappeared and are aided and abetted by a cast of eccentric characters, both living and dead.
Himself is a simmering mixture—a blend of the natural everyday and the supernatural, folklore and mystery, and a healthy dose of quintessentially Irish humor. The result is a darkly comic crime story in the tradition of a classic Irish trickster tale, complete with a twisting and turning plot, a small-town rife with secrets, and an infectious love of language and storytelling that is a hallmark of the finest Irish writers.
What an absolutely wonderful story! A tale of Ireland, magic, secrets and murder!
Mahony and Mrs. Cauley are a delight as they join forces to dig into the past and expose some pretty juicy secrets as well as what happened to Mahony’s mother and just who is his father.
In this tale the dead are as active as the living and as the dead tend to be, they aren’t always dependable, but they can stir things up or point one in the right direction.
I laughed, I cried and I loved this story! The lush descriptions of the land and the characters was perfect. A real joy to read!
Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for this book. It will out in March of 2017.
Until a local man is found hanging in Joe Boyd’s barn. Officially listed as a suicide but Fr Regan senses something isn’t right about it and begins to emulate Detective Bourbon, asking questions and checking stories as well as the barn. As things heat up he may well be in danger himself.
Somewhere in Ballygorm the citizens are harboring a killer. And it looks like everyone in the village is keeping their own secrets.
Will Fr.Regan figure out who is telling the truth and find out what evil is lurking in the village? When it comes to murder,no one is exempt. Even a priest. It all came together in the end in a way that left me saying What??
Good character in Regan. Looking forward to more from Mr. Reid.
The Book Blurb for Bury the Living:
Rebellion has always been in the O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country’s freedom. Now, more than a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and vivid dreams of a man she has never met.
When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back eighty years—to the height of Ireland’s brutal civil war. Here she meets the alluring stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets—and agenda. Taken out of her own time, Nora has the chance to alter the fortunes of Ireland and maybe even save the ones she loves. In this captivating and adventurous novel from Jodi McIsaac, history belongs to those with the courage to change it.
Our story begins in 1990 Belfast with a 15 year old Nora O’Reilly. The British may have pulled out but the war continues. A Civil War that has turned countryman against countryman. Trying to help her mother and brother, Nora agrees to do some shady things and gets in trouble with the wrong people. The same people who soon get her brother killed.
14 years later, we find Nora in Darfur,Sudan, working in a Refugee Camp. Planning a much needed bit of R & R. But she ends up back in Ireland. Having dreams of a man and an urgent need to find him. To do that she will have to suspend reality for a while. Will she find him? Can she really travel back in time and try to find this man and end the wars in her home country?
As a History buff, I enjoyed this book very much. The Irish Wars have always been a complicated subject, and difficult to understand what exactly happened and who is now fighting who.
One of my favorite types of stories are those that combine fact and fiction. There are plenty of facts and obviously some fiction, and it works wonderfully well.
Coming from an Irish family, I loved this book. Parts of it broke my heart. War is never easy to read about. But Nora is a girl after my own heart. Standing her ground and fighting for her country as well as any man.
Since this is book one in this series we know there will be more, which is a good thing.
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jodi McIsaac is the author of the Irish contemporary fantasy series The Thin Veil (47North) the thriller A Cure for Madness (Thomas & Mercer) and the forthcoming historical Revolutionary series, starting with Bury the Living (47North).
She grew up in New Brunswick, on Canada’s east coast. After abandoning her Olympic speed skating dream, she wrote speeches for a politician, volunteered in a refugee camp, waited tables in Belfast, earned a couple of university degrees, and started a boutique copywriting agency. She loves geek culture, running, and whiskey.
Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by 47North