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Buried in a Bog (County Cork Mystery Series #1)

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National bestselling and Agatha Award-nominated author Sheila Connolly introduces a brand-new series set in a small village in County Cork, Ireland, where buried secrets are about to rise to the surface...

Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but ...

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Overview

National bestselling and Agatha Award-nominated author Sheila Connolly introduces a brand-new series set in a small village in County Cork, Ireland, where buried secrets are about to rise to the surface...

Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran.  

In the pub, she’s swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly one-hundred-year-old body in a nearby bog. When Maura realizes she may know something about the dead man—and that the body’s connected to another, more recent, death—she fears she’s about to become mired in a homicide investigation. After she discovers the death is connected to another from almost a century earlier, Maura has a sinking feeling she may really be getting in over her head...

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"Connolly's latest is a captivating tale—-sweet, nostalgic, and full of Irish charm, but also tightly plotted and full of twists, turns, and shocking reveals . . . Connolly's County Cork Mysteries have a ton of promise." —-The Maine Suspect
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425251898
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Series: County Cork Mystery Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 106,992
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Connolly is an Agatha Award–nominated author, and has taught art history, structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities, worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns, and served as a fundraiser for several nonprofit organizations. She also managed her own consulting company, providing genealogical research services. In addition to genealogy, Sheila loves restoring old houses, visiting cemeteries, and traveling. Now a full-time writer, she thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her previous occupations. She is married and has one daughter and three cats.  

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    Buried In A bog is the first book in the A County Cork Mystery s

    Buried In A bog is the first book in the A County Cork Mystery series by Sheila Connolly.

    Sheila Connolly is a wonderful story teller and this is an excellent example of her talent.

    Maura Donovan's gran has recently passed and Gran's last request was for Maura's promise to visit the small community of Leap in County Cork. Maura has never been out of Boston is her 20 some years but is off to Ireland to fulfill her Gran's dying wish.

    Maura arrives at Sullivan's Pub where she is to meet Bridget Nolan, an old friend of Gran's. Needless to say, there is a big culture difference for Maura. To borrow a line from a TV show set in a bar in Boston, everyone seems to know her name and her family, going back several generations. The next day she visits with Bridget for a little while. Upon leaving from her visit, Maura is told by Bridget's grandson that she wants Maura to use her car while she is visiting.

    As she is driving back to the village, she notices some police activity near a bog and soon learns that a body has been discovered. Returning to the village, Maura stop by Sullivan's and business is rather brisk. Since she had bartended, she offers to give Rose, the barmaid a hand serving the customers, which in return becomes a job for as long as she decides to stay in Leap. In the process of cleaning up the pub, Maura finds a letter to Old Mick seeking information about the McCarthy's in the area. The writer of the letter had an uncle go missing in the 1930's. Maura thinks it might be the man found in the bog, but with so many McCarthy's in the area, the locals don't give it second thought.

    When another murder happens and then someone attempts to push her car off the road and verbal threats, Maura is beside herself. Soon these things become clearer to her and she is able to present to the police a possible scenario to the police.

    Connolly present the reader with well plotted story, interesting character and little history and understanding of Ireland.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Recommend

    This book has a different twist to my usual choice of crime drama/murder mystery selections that I enjoy; however, it surprisingly turned out to be a good read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    A Good Irish Yarn!

    Got a little lost with all people to keep tabs on. An interesting read and a quick one. If one likes things Irish, as I do, then read the book. I will definitely read another of Connolly's books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

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    Honoring her late grandmother¿s wish, Maura Donovan sets off on

    Honoring her late grandmother’s wish, Maura Donovan sets off on an adventure that could change her life. She travels to the small Irish village where her grandmother was born to connect with one of her grandmother’s friends and maybe learn a bit about her ancestors. The small community welcomes her with open arms and she even start to work in the local pub. 

    The pub is bursting at the seams as people gather to talk about the body found in a nearby bog. They speculate he may have been in there for more than 50 years. Maura realizes she man know something about the dead man but before she can talk to the authorities her own life is put in jeopardy. She starts to get that sinking feeling she just may be getting in over her head.


    With an Irish grandfather myself that I never was able to meet I was so excited to read this book. It is a delightful debut to a series that I know I will love.

    The author lets us escape to the beautiful countrysides of County Cork. Even when it is raining or foggy it sounds like charming place. She also gives us the history of the townlands and the people. She takes the time to explain the traditional naming patterns found in Ireland like the first born son is named for the father’s father. This custom could get quite confusing in large families. It gives an interesting twist to the story.

    We are with Maura just as she starts on her journey to discover Ireland and its people. I am really looking forward to getting to know all the characters better in the next installments, especially Rose. She seems to have led a life very similar to Maura’s. Life runs at a much faster speed in Boston than it does in Leap but both stuck pretty close to home and put family needs ahead of their own. I look forward to a time of awakening for both young ladies. 


    Maura’s adventure to Ireland was quite a treat, the mysteries added were just icing on the cake. I am ready for my trip back to County Cork today. I can’t wait for book #2.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    Excellent book with the right amount of suspense... can't wait t

    Excellent book with the right amount of suspense... can't wait to read the next book in the series!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

    Good descriptions of the Irish countryside, small villages and p

    Good descriptions of the Irish countryside, small villages and pubs are perfect.  She accurately describes the wonderful people that live there -- that part of the book is dead on
    but the plot is slow...really slow and the main character isn't interesting enough to follow her progress for over 100 pages before the plot starts to develop -- and even then the progress is still very slow and the main character is very stilted.  Basically the same story line
    is repeated chapter after chapter,  she is there in Ireland, honoring her deceased grandmother, her view of the world is myopic and that gets a little old after a while...I would pass on this one -- if you are a real mystery fan that likes an Agatha Christie type mystery, which is what some of the reviews inside the book hinted at with some of her other novels, I would skip this one, because it doesn't come close.  It's a basically a nice travelog that gives you a good insight into the people and places of Ireland, but no plot or storyline that makes you want to keep reading.  Had to force my way to the end. 

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Fun new series!

    Enjoyable light reading. Would gladly purchase purchase future books in this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Okay

    Very descriptive of Irish countryside....with a bit of a mystery thrown in. I had to make myself read this. I wish there was a bit more action, mystery, even a little romance.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book because of Irish countryside descript

    I really enjoyed this book because of Irish countryside descriptions, characters and other real life tid-bits of information.. Interesting information about the Irish naming patterns which can get very confusing as to relationships. Usually cozy mysteries aren't this good. I look forward to the next one in the series. I wish other reviewers would have made some recommendations of other books that might be this good for a cozy mystery with an Irish or Scottish background.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Sheila Connolly has done it again with this OUTSTANDING BOOK! Bu

    Sheila Connolly has done it again with this OUTSTANDING BOOK! Buried in a Bog is the first in this amazing new series and it is a must read for those who have ever wanted to visit Ireland.

    Sheila is an amazing author and she really hit it with this book! The characters are loveable, the story has some twist and keeps you reading wanting to know more!


    Maura Donovan leaves her life in Boston to Honor the wishes of her Gran and take a trip to Cork County Ireland. After arriving in Ireland Maura is greeted by many that already know who she is and what she is doing there. Sullivan’s pub is one of her stops, where she meets Rose Sweeny. Maura is not convinced she is old enough to work there but maybe things are different in Ireland. Then she meets Mick, who takes her to meet her Gran’s friend Bridget Nolan. Bridget has known her Gran a long time and after there visit tells Maura there is a car for her so she can get around on her own. She meets Ellen who becomes her landlady, where she has a room in her house.

    What she doesn’t expect is coming upon a murder. She sees the police bring a body out of the bog. And that sends her into a whole new adventure in Ireland. Who is the person from the bog? How did they get there? Who killed them? All things and more that she wanted answers too. Then another murder takes place and someone tries to Kill Maura, she is really not sure what to do. Why would someone want to kill her? Find out the answer to these and more in Buried in a bog by Sheila Connolly!


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    I loved this book.  Can't wait for next in the series.  I have l

    I loved this book.  Can't wait for next in the series.  I have liked every book of sheila I have read!!!!  I am always looking forward to which ever series next book comes out, and have them all on my nook so I can read them again!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Very good

    Very good story with great development of characterss . I hope more Maura Donovan mystery's are written

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Learned some Irish history

    Although the family relationships were confusing at times, and there were a few too many "coincidences", this is a well-constructed and interesting book. Looking forward to the next in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Thoughtfully and well written

    Keeping a promise to her grandmother led to the main character finding a home and the importance of family. The past and present lives of the people in the story line was well woven into a cohesive whole. The ending of the book was just the beginning for Maura. It left you with a feeling of hope and promise.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Very enjoyable series beginning

    I thought this was a very well written book. Good characters, good plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    Great read

    Enjoyale characters and setting add to this delightful mystery.

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Fantastic Read

    Fantastic first book of a series. This one kept me up until 3:00 a.m.to get to the conclusion, I couldn't put it down. Can hardly wait for the next one. Great characters with colorful Irish countryside.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    I'm hooked!!

    Loved this book and have read the next plus prebought the #3. In fact, so glad to know Sheila Connolly. I have started the orchard series and love them, too. Anxious to read the museum series. Love a book mystery with likable people.

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

    I really enjoy Sheila Connolly's apple orchard cozies, so I was

    I really enjoy Sheila Connolly's apple orchard cozies, so I was interested in reading her Irish County Cork Mysteries to see how she would do with an Irish cozy.  Well, I'm hooked!  




    Book one introduces Maura Donovan, who has just come to Ireland to seek out her family after her last relative, her beloved Gran, has died in Boston.  Planning to stay a week, she soon gets drawn into the local life when she takes a temporary job in a local pub.  Before she can even get oriented,  she's part of the local gossip and involved in the mysterious finding of a very old body pulled from the local bog.  But why is someone trying to hurt her and run her out of town?




    I'm really impressed with Connolly's ability to explain Irish customs, describe the local countryside, and create a distinctly Irish community within a fun cozy.  Many people seek to know their past relatives but sometimes that search can be dull.  Our heroine's search is anything but dull, as her life is endangered at the same time as most of the community is taking her into their hearts and lives.  Perhaps it's the luck of the Irish, but Connolly has definitely created an atmosphere and characters that transported me to the Irish countryside! Mystery was done very well too!




     

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

    Easy read

    I enjoyed this book. It was not great literature, in my opinion, but I still liked it.

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