Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Murder in an Irish Village

Are feeling frantic, worried, upset?  Don't panic!  Oh, wait!  Go ahead.  Today is Panic Day!  On March 9 in 1959 the Barbie Doll made its debut at the International Toy Fair in New York!  Barbie is still a hit with children (and adults) around the world.  The Space Shuttle Discovery made its final landing in 2011 after 39 flights. The first documented discovery of gold in California was at Rancho San Francisco in 1842 (six years before the gold rush). The last tidbit is my daughter, Lucinda Elizabeth Noel Anderson was born on this day in 1988.  She was born at 8:27 p.m. (I kept hoping she would wait until Growing Pains was over to be born).

Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor is set in Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland (and first book in a new series).  Siobhan O’Sullivan (twenty-two) is part of the O’Sullivan six.  Siobhan run her family restaurant called Naomi’s Bistro and takes care of her younger siblings (the eldest is James, but he has a drinking problem).  Niall Murphy has returned to town and is not receiving a warm welcome.  Niall is the brother of Billy who killed the O’Sullivan’s parents (auto accident).  Niall claims to have proof of his brother’s innocence.  To get his brother a decent attorney, Niall needs money.  One morning the O’Sullivan’s wake up to find a dead man in their dining room (they live over Naomi’s Bistro).   James O’Sullivan is the number one suspect (he was drunk).  It does not help his case that he got into an argument with Niall the previous evening.  Siobhan sets out to prove her brother’s innocence (and their restaurant).  Will Siobhan be able to find the killer?  Also, can she find out if Billy did or did not kill her parents?

Murder in an Irish Village is an interesting book, but it had too many Irish phrases and slang (which made it difficult to read).  There is a dictionary at the beginning, but I do not wish to continually refer to a dictionary (disturbs the flow when reading and difficult when reading on an e-reader).  I found that some information was repeated frequently throughout the book (the suspects and facts surrounding the murder).  I did not understand why the writer felt the need to keep repeating the same information multiple times. Siobhan was not the most likeable character.  She ran around alienating every friend the family had with her investigation (and wild accusations).   I give Murder in an Irish Village 3.5 out of 5 stars.  

You can follow Carlene O'Connor on Facebook to get updates on her latest releases, contests, etc. I received a complimentary copy of Murder in an Irish Village from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!  It is a beautiful spring day outside.  Make sure to take time for yourself today. Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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