Featured: Murder at an Irish Christmas by Carlene O’Connor
Review: “It’s been a long time since I’ve read anything with so many dizzying, devilish, delightful plot twists. A terrific read.”
This December in Kilbane, if you’re planning to warm up with a cuppa tea at Naomi’s Bistro, you may have a bit of a wait—the entire O’Sullivan brood has gone off to West Cork to spend the holidays with brother James’s fiancée Elise’s family, including her grandfather, the famous orchestral conductor Enda Elliot.
Siobhán is so happy for James and Elise but also quietly disappointed that she must put her own wedding to fellow garda Macdara Flannery on hold.
Mac will have to join them later, so he can spend part of the holidays with his mam.
When the O’Sullivans learn everyone will choose a name from a hat to buy a music-related Christmas gift for someone else at the gathering, it seems like their greatest concern—until the cantankerous conductor is discovered crushed under a ninety-pound harp in a local concert hall.
With the extended family—including Enda’s much-younger new wife Leah, a virtuoso violinist—suspected in his murder, it’s up to Siobhán to ensure the guilty party faces the music before the killer orchestrates another untimely demise . . .
Meet Carlene O’Connor:
USA Today bestselling author Carlene O’Connor comes from a long line of Irish storytellers. Her great-grandmother emigrated from Ireland to America and the stories have been flowing ever since.
Of all the places across the pond she’s wandered, she fell most in love with a walled town in County Limerick and was inspired to create the town of Kilbane, County Cork. She writes the bestselling IRISH VILLAGE MYSTERIES, the HOME TO IRELAND series, and the new COUNTY KERRY MYSTERIES.
Her books have been translated into numerous languages, and optioned for television. Readers can find her through her website: http://www.carleneoconnor.net
Review by Tantalizing Tome:
Well let’s be honest Murder is the last thing you want to think about at Christmas! Well in this book it’s lucky there is only one murder. I give the main character major props for not only holding her tongue in certain situations but for not out a few people in this particular story.
Though this book is well written and keeps you guessing throughout the whole story with enough suspects that it’s hard to keep them straight, this is NOT my favorite of the series.
Now I know that it is probably meant to show that not all families are perfect, but Siobhan O’Sullivan (even though fictional) is a Saint for not taking out her brother’s fiance. T
The woman that is to marry her brother is one that reminds me of my ex-sister-in-law in a lot of ways, which is probably way I am having such a hard time liking her. With that said and probably because of that character I can only give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
This book has murder, affairs, a Guarda that is blind to who the killer might be, some moments that get your adrenaline pumping, and the family vibe that you have come to expect from the O’Sullivan Six. But don’t expect any hot and heavy scenes, keeping this book at a Bell Pepper like the other books in the series.
I recommend this book if you like a holiday mystery, can handle family drama and very selfish people. This book is one I recomend on a cold winter’s night with a cup of tea or hot chocolate, and a roaring fire. It will keep you on your toes and I don’t think that you will see the killer coming.
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