Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Book Review: Murder at an Irish Wedding by Carlene O'Connor

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from Kensington Books, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.



All this month I'll br bringing book perfect for reading next month, as part of your Irish reading list!
This new mystery comes out at the end of this month, so you can get it in time for some pre- St Patrick's reading!



Synopsis:


The O’Sullivan clan of County Cork, Ireland, are thrilled to be catering the matrimonial affairs of a celebrity couple—until a cunning killer turns an Irish wedding into an Irish wake . . .


Any wedding is a big deal in the small village of Kilbane—even more so when the bride is a famous fashion model. It’s also good for business. Not only has customer traffic picked up at Naomi’s Bistro, Siobhán O’Sullivan and her five siblings have a full plate catering for the three-day affair. And Siobhán’s own beau, local garda Macdara Flannery, gladly steps in as best man after the groom’s first choice makes a drunken arse out of himself.



Even if he hadn’t been disinvited to the wedding, the original best man wouldn’t have been able to show. He’s been found murdered in the woods, casting a pall over the nuptials. And when a second member of the wedding party is poisoned by a champagne flute engraved with Macdara’s name, the garda goes from being best man to prime suspect.



With a killer at large and a string of robberies plaguing Kilbane, Siobhán feels more than a little protective of her village. She vows to clear Macdara’s name, but the suspect list is as long as the guest list. Like the bride walking down the aisle, Siobhán needs to watch her step. For as she gets closer to unveiling the truth, the murderer is planning a very chilly reception for her . . .



Review:

This is the second Irish Village Mystery (the first being Murder in an Irish Villageand the first I have read, but I will definitely be going back to read the first book! The book holds great charm, as it takes you to a real Irish village, full of characters any small town will know and love. Carlene does a superb job in bringing in Irish history, folklore, superstitions and culture, using the wedding as a backdrop for them. But then there is a decent little mystery too, that will keep the reader re-guessing who the suspect might be, as more information comes out. Add in a little romance between Siobhán and Macdara conflicted with the presence of his mother (!!) and you have a charming you that you just can't put down!

About the Author:

Carlene O’Connor comes from a long line of Irish storytellers. Her great-grandmother emigrated from Ireland filled with tales 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. Carlene currently divides her time between New York and the Emerald Isle. She is currently at work on the next book in the Irish Village Mystery series.

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