an Irish mystery

Murder in an Irish Churchyard by Carlene O’Connor

With St. Patrick’s Day sneaking up on us, now is the time to grab a copy of Carlene O’Connor’s cozy mystery, Murder in an Irish Churchyard.

The setting of this delightful Irish entrée is the village of Kilbane in County Cork, Ireland.  I immediately fell in love with this book…

The lifestyles in Ireland are quite different than here in the United States, giving you an extra breath of fresh air and a true appreciation for village life in Ireland.  The lingo added even more appeal.  For example, “garda” refers to the national police of the Republic of Ireland.  O’Connor also uses the word “biro” throughout the book – “biro” being an ink dispensing pen.   It’s these interesting little things and an intricately woven plot that make this a winner!

Garda Siobhan O’Sullivan is new on the force.  She’s a young go-getter who spent years working hard to become a full-fledged garda.  But now that’s she officially in the police department, it’s taking a bit of getting used to.  Rules are strict and must be adhered to – no matter what.  This is challenging for Siobhan O’Sullivan.  She’s had some experience with amateur sleuthing and has always done things “her way.”  That just isn’t going to fly anymore!

It doesn’t help that her fellow officers present her with a laughable first case … an old geezer who has lost his wooly socks!  It’s tough being the new kid on the block, but she grits her teeth, stands up straight and manages to take it all in stride.  But things are going to get even more challenging as Siobhan is about to find out!

Little does she know that her old flame, Detective Sergeant Macdara Flannery is about to reappear in her life.  Seems there’s a dead body in the local graveyard – no big deal, except for the fact that the body’s laying on TOP of a grave — and yeah, he’s been murdered!  Murder in the village of Kilbane is a rare occurrence and Detective Macdara is being dispatched from Dublin to help solve the case.

The deceased is an American visiting Ireland along with his family members.  He’s here to trace his family tree.  But his family’s past has so many long buried secrets that the plot is like an endless cavern.  There are so many twists and turns and plenty of dead ends that you’ll begin to wonder if you can ever find your way out and find the real killer.

Macdara and O’Sullivan are pairing up once again – this time, not as lovers, but as two strong willed, determined gardas out to uncover the ugly truth behind the dead man’s family history.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – settle in with some good strong Irish tea and soda bread (warmed up with orange marmalade).  Then pick up a copy of Murder in an Irish Churchyard – it’s a REAL pot of gold!