Murder in an Irish Cottage by Carlene O Connor is the 5th book in the Irish Village Mystery Series I honestly think that this series gets better with each book I read I have to confess that I have read a few out of order, but honestly the reader can actually dive right in at any spot and still enjoy the book I will be reading the 4th book next as I have read 1 3 already However I love this series so much, that I have purchased the first 4 books As of note, there is a novella that squeezes in between books by Ms O Connor that is beyond excellent as part of the Christmas Cocoa Murder trio by Kensington that was out late last year and it should definitely be read I love Siobhan and Dara They have great chemistry and compliment each other well I also like learning about his family through this book and I feel even invested into these characters now that I have been learning of their backgrounds I enjoyed the murder mystery component and actually did not know who did it until the end It was complex with some nice puzzles and twists I even liked the Irish lore and fairy aspect and it definitely gave the mystery an eerie vibe which was fantastic.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read 5 5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Kensington for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my and BN accounts upon publication. It s bad enough that the victim is family and the locals appear to believe that she was murdered by faeries, but finding the victim staged was really just the last straw Although Siobhan and Dara are Garda, it happened in another district so they can t officially be involved All of the characters certainly are and that s a good thing The killer is devious and the whole story is filled with misdirections Excellent I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley Thank you In A Remote And Superstitious Village In County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobh N O Sullivan Must Solve A Murder Where The Prime Suspects Are Fairies Family Is Everything To Siobh N Her Five Siblings Her Dear Departed Mother For Whom The Family Business, Naomi S Bistro, Is Named And Now Her Fianc , Macdara Flannery So Precious Is Her Engagement That Siobh N Wants To Keep It Just Between The Two Of Them For A Little Longer But Macdara Is Her Family, Which Is Why When His Cousin Susan Frantically Calls For His Help, Siobh N Is At His Side As The Two Garda Rush From Kilbane To The Rural Village Where Susan And Her Mother Have Recently Moved Unfortunately, Tragedy Awaits Them They Find Susan, Who Is Blind, Outside The Cottage, In A State Inside, Aunt Ellen Lies On Her Bed In A Fancy Red Dress, No Longer Breathing A Pillow On The Floor And A Nearby Teacup Suggest The Mode Of Death To Their Trained Eyes The Woman Has Been Poisoned And Smothered Someone Wanted To Make Sure She Was Dead But Who Devout Believers In Irish Folklore, The Villagers Insist The Cottage Is Cursed Built On A Fairy Path It Turns Out Ellen Delaney Was Not The First To Die Mysteriously In This Cottage Although The Townsfolk Blame Malevolent Fairies, Siobh N And Macdara Must Follow The Path Of A Murderer All Too Human But Just As Evil Irish folklore and local Irish vernacular are major features of this series When Siobhan O Sullivan, now a police officer garda , finds herself investigating fairies as murder suspects in a remote village you can count on an interesting reading experience.An eclectic collection of characters, plot twists and Irish law provided aspects to this cozy mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed.Newly engaged Siobhan and Macdara Flannery, both garda in her local village, find themselves personally involved in a murder investigation where they are the unwelcome outsiders The O Sullivan Six keep Siobhan busy with her family commitments, Naomi s Bistro staffing, and juggling wedding plans.To say would spoil the plot I volunteered to read an ARC through Net Galley. If I hadn t read Carlene O Connor s short story, Christmas Cocoa Murder , I might have felt a little overwhelmed diving into the fifth book in her Irish Village Mystery series That s really because Siobhan O Sullivan is one of six siblings who run Naomi s Bistro, and it s not easy to keep the O Sullivans straight Although Garda O Sullivan is supposed to be on a summer break, when her garda fianc needs support, Siobhan is there in Murder in an Irish Cottage.Siobhan planned to spend the ten days with her siblings and Macdara Flannery, but Macdara receives a frantic call from his cousin, Jane She doesn t tell him she found her mother, Ellen, dead in their cottage Because Jane is blind, Siobhan and Macdara aren t sure if she noticed the foam at Ellen s mother, an indication she died of poisoning And, Jane doesn t really give them proof she was out of a town at a conference Between Jane s secrets and the villagers superstitions and stories, there are all kind of suppositions going around.The villagers claim they knew there would be a death in the cottage because there had been previous ones They told Ellen and Jane it stood in a fairy path, and they wanted to bulldoze the cottage But, the women wouldn t listen They tell stories of fairy rings, dancing lights and unearthly screams the night before Ellen was found But, it wasn t fairies who poisoned Ellen, and dressed her in a red dress to lay her on her bed.It s a tangled web to Siobhan and Macdara, and it isn t even their murder investigation But, Siobhan went to the academy with one of the garda who is investigating, and she doesn t mind asking questions She s also going to worry at the problem until the answers become clear There s a killer on the loose, and Siobhan suspects one of the villagers.Murder in an Irish Cottage is an atmospheric story, filled with descriptions of the countryside The superstitions and stories just add to the atmosphere I would have liked a little character development of the O Sullivans, but it s quite possible that occurred in earlier books I haven t read them, so I m just catching up However, now that I ve discovered Carlene O Connor s Garda Siobhan O Sullivan and the Irish Village Mysteries, I ll continue to uncover the secrets of this patch of Ireland. Murder in an Irish CottageCarlene O ConnorFebruary 25, 2020Carlene O Connor has now written six books in the Irish Murder series I now have read them all and enjoyed reading each of them They each have different stories when it comes to the murder intrege This last book, Murder in an Irish Cottage had a different spin to it The plot was not humorous as it has been in the past Siobhon and Dara stayed with their garda duties when it came to solving the killing of his Aunt in the cottage The garda from Ellen s village of Ballysiogdun were the police on duty so Siobhon and Dara were not supposed to be investigating the case This thriller gives us a view of Irish mythology The villagers views still display a fear of what the fairies can do to them They were quick to point out that past residents of the cottage had come to an unfortunate demise Dara s Aunt Ellen and cousin Jane moved into the cottage Ellen had lied about the purchase but rented the cottage and spent her first days in the cottage while Jane went to a conference in Dublin Ellen was bound to prove the townsfolk and local historian Dylan Kelly wrong about the presence of fairies living in the hills and under the Hawthorn tree Fairies were claimed to try to prevent locals from building on their ground Once a cottage was built, mythology has it that nasty, evil ways come to those who live on the premises Ellen had no belief in the ways of the spirited creatures but heard that gold had been buried somewhere on the grounds The government states that if residents find gold that it must be given back to the Irish People She was bound to find the treasure, keep it for herself and Jane, then move on elsewhere Other townsfolk had heard the same tales of the buried hoard and each had thoughts of discovering it for themselves This plot was filled with twists and turns Siobhan s tricks as a detective surpassed other garda and she is always able to outthink the case and bring a solution with an arrest of the perpetrator O Connor s book was a good read until the upcoming conclusion It seemed that there were too many conversations about who may or may not be guilty I had to stop reading for awhile as the ultimate ending was difficult to invision Perhaps it was the lateness of the hour that caused me trouble I do enjoy O Connor s writing style and will certainly pick up a new title when available Murder in an Irish Cottage will be published on February 25, 2020 by Kensington Books I appreciate their confidence in allowing me to read and review Carlene O Connor s newest title Please pick up a copy and enjoy. Murder in an Irish Cottage earns 5 5 Fairy PathsEngaging Cozy The fairies did it Charlene O Connor once again has penned a marvelous, entertaining cozy mystery set on the Emerald Isle Siobh n O Sullivan is looking forward to a break from her garda duties, but obligations with family and the family s bistro won t make it much of a vacation However, her fianc Macdara Flannery has received a frantic call from his cousin The two rush to the remote village of Ballysiogdun only to find his aunt murdered and his cousin, who is blind, standing nearby They re out of jurisdiction, but that doesn t stop them from taking crime scene photos, gathering clues, and unofficially asking questions, but answers don t come easy The victim had her own issues, there seemed no love lost between the victim and the villagers, and sergeant in charge does not want their assistance But of course, it doesn t stop Siobh n Greed Infidelity Malice Murder Fairies Brilliant O Connor s writing style is entertaining, and I m an eager fan of this Irish Village Mystery series This fifth book may be my favorite Using a third person narrative to create the marvelous lush setting and likable, solemn, and suspicious characters with descriptive language and varies personalities and tone through expressive dialogue kept me entertained and totally engaged Incorporating fascinating Irish folklore and legends about the fairies was unique and sent me exploring outside sources for information Lots of misdirection, twists, and dead ends challenged my ability to figure out the mystery, but the reveal, murderer, and motive made a satisfying conclusion Siobh n and Dara continue their romance, slowly, but they do work well as a team I loved it No bonuses included in this cozy No recipes sharing Irish cuisine or additional information on the folklore used in the mystery However, it didn t effect my total enjoyment Disclosure I received an ARC from NetGalley and Kensington My review is voluntary with honest insights and comments. Murder in an Irish Cottage by Carlene O Connor is the 5th book in the Irish Village Mystery Series I honestly think that this series gets better with each book I read I have to confess that I have read a few out of order, but honestly the reader can actually dive right in at any spot and still enjoy the book I will be reading the 4th book next as I have read 1 3 already However I love this series so much, that I have purchased the first 4 books As of note, there is a novella that squeezes in between books by Ms O Connor that is beyond excellent as part of the Christmas Cocoa Murder trio by Kensington that was out late last year and it should definitely be read I love Siobhan and Dara They have great chemistry and compliment each other well I also like learning about his family through this book and I feel even invested into these characters now that I have been learning of their backgrounds I enjoyed the murder mystery component and actually did not know who did it until the end It was complex with some nice puzzles and twists I even liked the Irish lore and fairy aspect and it definitely gave the mystery an eerie vibe which was fantastic.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read 5 5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Kensington for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my and BN accounts upon publication. This is the fifth book in the Irish Village Mystery series and I can say that I have enjoyed each one of them Ms O Connor has done a wonderful job of creating the O Sullivan siblings, led by Siobhan, who as readers will recall is now Garda O Sullivan This is a family of siblings that are well crafted, diverse and characters that readers can come to care about Siobhan and Dara s romance is progressing, albeit slowly, but for me that is okay I don t particularly want the romance in a cozy to overshadow the mystery In this installment, Dara is called by his cousin in a panic and when he and Siobhan arrive at her home they discover his aunt has been murdered While the murder occurs outside their jurisdiction, fans of this series know that that will not stop Siobhan.I enjoyed the mystery It is woven together with Irish folklore and legends about fairies and their ways It was also interesting because as the story unfolded, Dara s aunt Ellen becomes less of a sympathetic victim However, by that point, I was hooked and wanted to unravel the riddles and follow the clues to uncover the identity of the victim O Connor does a nice job of distracting readers with irrelevant clues and tidbits and succeeded in misdirecting this reader That said, I always love it when I can t figure out the killer s identity, or at least if I do not until the end.This is a fun series for me It has a cast of extremely likable characters in the O Sullivan siblings and it is set in a quaint Irish village The mysteries are engaging and make me think in a good way I will definitely be back for of this series.I read a digital ARC of this book which was provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley This book is scheduled for release at the end of February. I read an advance copy of Irish Cottage Get this There s this remote Irish village inhabited by these weird folks who believe in fairies, and not the harmless Disney kind, but the kind that get really upset when you cross their fairy path or build your house on one By the end, O Connor even had me believing in them too Maybe I was a little creeped out, checking over my shoulder, overly concerned about my own property line and whether fairies travel internationally I won t say Who knew about fairy paths The O Sullivan clan returns, the Macdara and Siobhan love match progresses not fast enough to suit me, but that s a personal thing , and devilish clues abound confounding everyone, except our eagle eyed protagonist Siobhan O Sullivan I love the books I love the O Sullivans I m waiting anxiously for the next installment Just hoping there are no leprechauns in that one Those guys really scare the bejeesuz out of me.
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