Friday, January 17, 2020

Dead in Dublin by Caite Murphy: Review and Giveaway!

 Dead in Dublin

The Dublin Driver Mysteries

by Catie Murphy

About Dead in Dublin

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (December 31, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496724186
ISBN-13: 978-1496724182
Digital ASIN: B07Q3NPNFB
In Dublin’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty, murder occurs at the feet of sweet Molly Malone . . .

Ferrying tourists around Dublin for the Leprechaun Limo Service makes quite a change after years in the military. Still, Megan Malone is enjoying her life in Ireland. She likes the scenery, the easy pace, the quirky, quick-witted locals. Everything—except having one of her clients drop dead at the statue of fabled fishmonger, Molly Malone.

Most restaurant critics notch up their share of enemies. Elizabeth Darr, however, was a well-loved international star. She and her husband, Simon, had just had dinner when Elizabeth collapsed, and spoiled seafood is the first suspect. The restaurant’s owner, worried her business is doomed, begs Megan to look into it. Between her irate boss and a handsome Garda who’s both amused and annoyed by her persistence, Megan has her hands full even before she’s cajoled into taking care of two adorable Jack Russell puppies (which she is almost definitely not keeping). But if cockles and mussels aren’t to blame, can Megan find the real culprit . . .before another fishy death occurs?
8 of the World’s Most Iconic Hotels   Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin An Irish institution, the famed hotel was established in 1824 by Martin Burke. Throughout its nearly 200-year history, it has been the venue for historic events, such as the signing of the Irish Constitution in 1922, and has hosted a slew of cultural icons, including Elizabeth Taylor, Bill Clinton, Julia Roberts, and Woody Allen. From $217/night;
Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin where Elizabeth & Simon Darr were residing

About Catie Murphy

Catie Murphy, who has written numerous award-winning fantasy and Sci-fi books under the pseudonym C. E. Murphy, began writing around age six, when she submitted three poems to a school publication. The teacher producing the magazine selected (inevitably) the one she thought was by far the worst, but also told her—a six-year-old kid—to keep writing, which she has. She has also held the usual grab-bag of jobs often seen in an authorial biography, including public library volunteer (at ages 9 and 10; it’s clear she was doomed to a career involving books), archival assistant, cannery worker, and web designer. Writing books is better. She was born and raised in Alaska, and now lives with her family in her ancestral homeland of Ireland.  You can find out more about the author my visiting her website.  
Molly Malone statue where victim collapses

My Thoughts

Dead in Dublin by Catie Murphy is the beginning of A Dublin Driver Mystery series.  Megan Malone retired from the military after twenty years and relocated to Dublin, Ireland where she works as a driver for Leprechaun Limo Service.  Megan is shocked when Elizabeth “Liz” Darr collapses at the base of the Molly Malone statue and passes away.  Liz Darr was a renowned restaurant critic and food blogger who had been traveling for the last year around Europe with her husband Simon.  Megan had been ferrying them around the last three months whenever they were in town.  When food poisoning is suspected, Megan’s friend, Fionnuala Canan comes under suspicion as the chef from Canan’s where Liz had her last meal.  Both Fionnuala and her boss, Orla Keegan ask (beg) Megan to investigate.  Detective Paul Bourke admires Megan’s tenacity, but he would rather she keep her nose out of the investigation and stick to driving.  Megan has no intention of giving up especially after the victim’s parents also ask her to get them answers.  Megan has her hands full between her driving duties, sleuthing and taking care of a Jack Russell terrier along with her two pups that were discovered in the kitchen of Canan’s.  When another death occurs at Canan’s, Megan is sure they are connected.  Can Megan steer the investigation towards the killer?  Dead in Dublin takes readers to Dublin, Ireland with her vivid descriptions of this charming city.  Megan lives just outside Dublin in an apartment in Rathmines where she must make sure her landlord and boss, Orla does not discover the mama dog and her two puppies (which Megan keeps saying she has no intention of keeping).  I appreciated the pronunciation guide at the beginning of the book for the various characters names (Niamh is pronounced Neev).  It was very helpful.  Megan is a Houston native who wanted a fresh start after retiring from a twenty year career in the military.  She enjoys ferrying people around the city, though, she is not fond of her boss, Orla Keegan.  I like that Megan is intelligent as well as friendly with a unique profession for a cozy mystery.  Detective Paul Bourke is in charge of the case, and he likes that Megan is determined (though he does wish she will quit meddling).  There is definite chemistry between them.  There are a variety of eccentric characters from Niamh O’Sullivan who is an actress and activist to Megan’s Uncle Rabbie with his varied connections.  The mystery was multifaceted and suited the Irish setting.  We follow Megan as she questions various people searching for answers.  I believe readers will enjoy this challenging whodunit.  I was surprised by the foul language present in Dead in Dublin since it is not normal for it to be present in cozy mysteries.  Dead in Dublin is a stimulating new cozy mystery with darling dogs, ineffable Irish charm, a dashing detective, a rash of rumors, and one determined driver.  
Where’s your favourite area in Dublin?  Rathmines, picture taken by @dublindailycolour  For your chance to be featured please follow…
Rathmines where Meg lives (outside Dublin)
Dead in Dublin is available at Amazon*, B&NKobo, and Kensington.  There is a preview of Death on the Green which is the second A Dublin Driver Mystery at the end of the book.  Death on the Green comes out in September 2020.  As part of the tour, there is a giveaway for three (3) print copies of Dead in Dublin (Sorry--U.S. Only).  You can enter via the Rafflecopter form below or click here.  Leave a comment for an extra entry.  Good Luck!  Thank you for dropping in today.  I appreciate it.  I am sharing my review of Moral Compass by Danielle Steel next time.  I hope that you have a jubilant day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

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