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Friday, February 8, 2019

Recipe Weekend: Murder in an Irish Pub by Carlene O'Connor

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Kensington Books, via Netgalley,  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.

And now for another of our Irish books, 
leading up to St. Patrick's Day!

murder in an irish pub cover


When competing card sharps stir up Siobhán O'Sullivan’s quiet Irish village, a poker tournament turns into a game of Hangman . . .

In the small village of Kilbane in County Cork, for a cuppa tea or a slice of brown bread, you go to Naomi’s Bistro, managed by the many siblings of the lively O'Sullivan brood. For a pint or a game of darts—or for the poker tournament that's just come to town—it’s the pub you want. 

One player’s reputation precedes him: Eamon Foley, a tinker out of Dublin, called the Octopus for playing like he has eight hands under the table. But when Foley is found at the end of a rope, swinging from the rafters of Rory Mack’s pub, it’s time for the garda to take matters into their own hands. Macdara Flannery would lay odds it’s a simple suicide—after all, there’s a note and the room was locked. But Siobhán suspects foul play, as does Foley’s very pregnant widow. Perhaps one of Foley’s fellow finalists just raised the stakes to life and death.
With conflicting theories on the crime—not to mention the possibility of a proposal—tensions are running high between Siobhán and Macdara. Soon it’s up to Siobhán to call a killer’s bluff, but if she doesn’t play her cards right, she may be the next one taken out of the game . 


What a FUN mystery! Not only do you have a neat 'locked room' mystery, that Agatha would have approved of, you have a little chick lit romance! This is a fun, quick read (I read it in 2 days), and perfect for ushering in Spring (yes, I KNOW some of you are still landlocked in snow, but the rest of us are in balmy Spring already!), and St Patrick's Day! You may find yourself sidetracked with all the food mentioned, so be warned to not read hungry! This is the 4th book in the An Irish Village Mystery series, and I can't wait to go back and read the previous three, to see how Siobhán  went from running the family bistro to be a Garda! 


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Since Brown bread is mentioned over and over in this book (!!) I figured it only fitting to share a recipe, for it, with you, so you can get good at it before St Patrick's Day! LOL

This is the 'Americanized' version, without yeast, that requires no rising, just a few kneads. This bread is perfect for breakfast with warm butter and jam. 

Irish Brown Bread

4 cups whole wheat flour- best to use a stone ground, or 'Irish style'
2 cups white flour- 
(if you can't find the stone ground wheat, then you may want to reduce by half a cup, 
and add oats to make up the half cup- this gives it a heartier texture)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups buttermilk or sour milk, plus extra
2 tbsp butter

1. Mix the whole wheat flour thoroughly with the white flour (or white flour/oats). 
2. Add butter, then baking soda and salt.
3. Make a well in the center of your mixture, and gradually mix in the buttermilk. Stir with a wooden spoon. 
Note: You may need less or more liquid, depends on which flour/mix you are using, and its absorbency- your dough should be manageable.
4. Butter a non-stick loaf pan and place bottom parchment paper on bottom, preheat oven to 425 degrees.
5. Knead the dough into a ball, in your mixing bowl, about 10 times, then turn out into your pan.
6. Bake for 25 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and remove your loaf from the pan and put it back in the oven (sans pan), and bake a further 10-15 minutes. This gives it a crustier taste all the way around. It should sound hollow on the bottom, when done.

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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