Buried in a Bog by Sheila Connolly
This book is part murder mystery but what keeps you fascinated is finding more about the main character.
Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born – though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran.
In the pub, she’s swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly 100-year-old body in a nearby bog. When Maura realizes she may know something about the dead man – and that the body’s connected to another, more recent, death – she fears she’s about to become mired in a homicide investigation.
After she discovers the death is connected to another from almost a century earlier, Maura has a sinking feeling she may really be getting in over her head…
Review by Sara:
I liked this book and its strong feeling and portrayal of rural Ireland. I was slow to warm up to the narrator as the Boston accent of the main character was a bit strange and almost sounded electronic in a way.
This small flaw was more than made up for by the Irish accents which were beautifully done. The outcome of the book was a bit predictable–meaning I solved it early– but the story was carefully worked out.
While the book was not what I would call cosy– it was comfortable. A pleasant armchair trip to Ireland. I will look into the next book in the series as I am interested in what happens next. To me, a good sign in a mystery series.
Review by Judith:
I highly recommend this book and it’s author. The characters keep you interested and the story is compelling. This book is part murder mystery but what keeps you fascinated is finding more about the main character, Maura.
She is seeking a place in her world and finding Ireland in the process. The narrator is perfect and does an amazing job.