Dead in Dublin

Dead in Dublin

by Catie Murphy

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496724182
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/31/2019
Series: The Dublin Driver Mysteries Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 92,700
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

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Dead in Dublin 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR 4 days ago
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.
AUByrd 7 days ago
The first in a new series that will be going on my list to follow. This was a thoroughly engaging mystery novel taking place in Dublin. The characters in the book are well crafted with lots of quirks and personalities that help create three dimensional people. Megan Malone is an American who moved to Ireland after retiring as an Army Medic. Now she drives a limo in Dublin which positions her perfectly to meet new people and become intrigued in their situations. In this inaugural book in the series, one of Megan’s repeat couples is dining at a restaurant owned by one of Megan’s friends when the wife drops dead. Megan is concerned, both because 1)she has developed an interest in her clients and 2) her friend is worried her restaurant might fail as a result of a death on her doorstep. Megan springs into action, trying to help her friend Fionn save her restaurant as well as offer aid to her former rider, now a widower. As Megan moves through Dublin she finds herself occasionally running into Detective Inspector Paul Burke, a ginger haired police detective. Initially he learns some information from her which has been given to her by another friend, Niamh, a beautiful woman who has a thriving career on stage and is well known to many in Ireland. Rounding out the cast of characters who might continue in the series are Megan’s uncle, Robbie and a neighbor Brian. All these characters are well developed and interesting enough to want to get to know them better. They provide a good circle of friends to round out Megan’s world with enough interesting personalities to make the reader want to know more. The author has also provided a pronunciation guide for some of the lesser known Irish names and places. This, coupled with the occasional phrase with a distinct Irish turn help create a more “Irish” atmosphere for the reader without causing them to interrupt their reading while they attempt to figure out how to say something, even if it’s just in th There may be a couple of places within the book that stretch credulity, but the mystery is so well written they are easy to gloss over. For example, it’s hard to believe someone who was visiting Ireland would trust their chauffeur so fully that they turned to them for help in solving the mystery of the murderer’s identity. It also stretches the imagination just a bit to believe that a retired Army Medic could have the computer skills to hack an account using hacking software she “Googled’ on the internet. There are two mysteries here, one is the murder and the other is some other illegal activity that is uncovered through the reseach into the woman’s death. In both instances, I was able to figure out the basic premises as to motive, which lead to suspicions of the correct people involved in the crimes. The book was so well written my suspicions only served to make me that much more interested in finishing the book to discover if I was right. I’m putting this on my lists of new series to watch, as I would love to spend more time with Megan and her friends. My thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with an Advanced Digital Read Copy in exchange for an unbiased review. I would recommend this to anyone who was looking for a new series that is basically a cozy, but with a few elements of detective/classic fiction included.
kc20083 9 days ago
This is the first book in The Dublin Driver series. I really enjoyed it, and can't wait for the next one. The premise is a nice change from the typical cozy mystery formula. Set in Dublin, the descriptions made me feel like I was right there with Megan. I also liked learning a bit about the language and customs of another country. Megan and the other characters are interesting and the pacing and twisty story line kept my attention right to the end. I highly recommend this book. I received an advance copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley and this is my honest review.
neptune75 12 days ago
I had a hard time getting into this book. The main character just did not strike a chord with me. Well, or rather she struck a negative chord with me. I did not like the main character or some of the depictions of tourists, in particular, Americans. While I have been to Ireland and Dublin, I didn't find this to be particularly inviting. The beginning of the book almost seemed to be manic to me which set the tone for me for the rest of the book.
Tangen 12 days ago
cosy-mystery, Ireland, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, law-enforcement, murder After twenty years as a US army medic, Megan relocated to the family homeland in Dublin and made a new life there. First came a job as a driver with a car hire service complete with a very cranky boss and a decent apartment at a good price. The writer makes good use of the differences and adjustments from American English to local English, and that's a very good thing. She has made numerous friends over the past three years and some of them are very important to this case. All of the characters are well done and engaging. She has been the driver for a noted restaurant critic and her husband for a time now, which is why she is on hand when the critic falls dead on the pavement in front of a friend's restaurant and meets an interesting law officer. Let the sleuthing begin! The publisher's blurb is really pretty good and spoilers are just wrong! I loved it and want more! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
Anonymous 12 days ago
Dead in Dublin is a very promising series debut featuring retired American military medic Megan Malone. When Megan, in her forties, gets out of the service, she relocates to Dublin and gets a job driving a limo for an irascible female owner who also becomes her landlady. Megan is an intelligent and appealing character. She has built a good life filled with Irish and American friends and she likes her job. Until the day she finds a client dead, poisoned. And unfortunately, the victim's last meal was at Megan's friend's restaurant. Megan feels an obligation to help both her chef friend and her client's widowed husband. But then the investigation reveals things may be pretty complicated. The husband had plenty to hide, and rumors of money laundering and gangs surface. The investigating officer tries to keep Megan from interfering but she wants to help and finds out things the Irish garda cannot. This was a great read and I look forward to the next one. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in return for my honest opinion.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Megan Malone former US Army combat medic, is now a limo driver in Dublin for Lucky Leprechaun Limousines. One of her customers, Liz, dies suddenly after dining at her friend Fionn's restaurant, but the autopsy reveals something much worse than a bad meal. Is Liz's husband really as devastated as he seems? And then there's a second murder, and Megan wonders if they are connected. I liked the Dublin setting for this cozy mystery, and Megan is an appealing protagonist. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC.
TheCozyReview 13 days ago
From Kensington Books comes the new cozy series “The Dublin Driver Mysteries” by Catie Murphy and the debut book, Dead In Dublin. It is a fun, entertaining, traditional mystery with offbeat characters with a great location. Megan is an original character, ex-military, American, and a limo driver. She cares about her passengers, her friends, and the people she works with. Having a character that is as put together as Megan is in the first book in a new cozy series, is unusual, but nothing less would be expected from a writer with Ms. Murphy’s talent. Other characters have quirks that help in aiding Megan’s progress through the story and make her a person readers will enjoy getting to know. The location of Dublin is detailed enough to make it interesting without being boring. Suspects and clues in this new cozy series abound, which keeps readers flipping the page while trying to figure out who the culprit is and maintaining a high degree of charm. The murder is not predictable, and neither is the killer or the motive. I think most people will be surprised by the unveiling of the murderer and how Megan solves the mystery. Dead In Dublin is a wonderful first book in a new cozy series, and I am happy to recommend it to readers who like adventure, exotic locations, and a murder that will keep them guessing until the final reveal.
BobbieLCLA 15 days ago
I received a free copy of DEAD IN DUBLIN (Book 1 of the Dublin Driver Mysteries) by Catie Murphy in exchange for an honest review. Megan Malone works as a driver for the Leprechaun Limo Service in Dublin, Ireland. Since she’s from the United States, she often bonds with her American clients. After driving American food critic Elizabeth Darr and her husband, Simon, around the city for awhile, Meg has formed a friendly bond with the couple. When Elizabeth collapses shortly after eating at a restaurant owned by a friend of Meg’s and when food poisoning is thought to have been the cause of death, both of Meg’s friends, Simon Darr and the restaurant owner, cajole Meg into investigating. Meg does so against the wishes of her boss, who wants to distance her business from the ghastly death. Because additional people begin to either disappear or die under mysterious circumstances, Meg knows the perpetrator has to be stopped before the devastating crimes can continue. I liked this book. I thought it was a pretty good start to a new series. I recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries involving ex-patriots, Ireland, limousines, mysterious uncles, and cranky bosses. #DeadinDublin #NetGalley
Rachel_Denise01 17 days ago
Dead in Dublin by Catie Murphy is the first in a new cozy mystery series centered in current-day Dublin. The main character is Megan (a 40 y/o woman who moved to Dublin 3 years ago from the States) and drives limos/cars for a local company. By creating this unique position, the author has thought of a way to create a lot of “avenues” for future installments and plot lines. Quite creative! I like Megan and her fiery streak of independence. I feel she is likeable, realistic, and relatable. I also enjoyed meeting the array of friends and quirky characters that will hopefully continue to evolve and grace us with their presence in the future. I enjoyed the plot line, the murder/mystery, and the surprise ending. It definitely sets up for the next book in an exciting manner. I enjoyed most of all the descriptions of the landscapes and historical landmarks that make Dublin the beauty that it is. The author did a fabulous job creating such vivid imagery for the reader. Excellent start. 4/5 stars
bluegreen91 17 days ago
I really enjoyed this first-in-series! Protagonist Megan is realistic and likeable. Her boss is less than likeable, but makes for a strong driving force for Megan to try to solve the mystery surrounding the death of one of her limo service customers. That, and her friend owns the restaurant where her dead client ate dinner right before she died from possible food poisoning. Detective Bourke is a charming character Megan meets as he investigates the death. This story moved at a good pace and kept me guessing til the big reveal. Looking forward to the second book in this series! I received an advance copy of this book. This honest review contains my own thoughts and opinions.
ArizonaJo 17 days ago
Dead in Dublin by Catie Murphy was an excellent beginning to a new cozy mystery series. Ms. Murphy is a "new to me" author who did not disappoint. Megan Malone is an American expat living in Dublin and driving limos and town cars for Leprechaun Limo Service. She loves her job and has made several friends in Dublin since moving here. She's older than most of the current cozy mystery sleuths so I enjoyed "meeting" her. The story is well crafted with a quickly paced plot, twists, turns, red herrings and few suspects for the Garda and Megan to investigate. The actual culprit was a finale shocker for me as I never guessed who might have killed the restaurant critic, Elizabeth Darr. Well done, Ms. Murphy! I look forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
CozyOnUp 17 days ago
Megan Malone has retired from the US military and moved from Texas to Dublin, Ireland. Working as a driver for the Leprechaun Limo Service she gets to meet lots of interesting people and even some Americans from back home. When one of her regular customers dies after dinner at a friend’s restaurant, Meg wants to help the American husband and her local friends clear their name and get back to business. As Meg follows the crumbs of the trail, she discovers some unsavory things about not only the husband of the deceased, but the business partner of her friend. Can Meg help her friends or will she be shipped back to the US in a box?

This is a great start to a new series. A strong female character following her own dreams and living life in her adopted home of Dublin. I look forward to the next entry in this series and spending more time in Dublin with Meg and seeing what the future holds for her and the dogs.
nataliaramlal21 17 days ago
After retiring from the US military, Megan Malone moved to Dublin, Ireland for a fresh start. She loves her new home and is enjoying her job as a driver for the Leprechaun Limo Service. When one of her regular clients, popular food blogger, Elizabeth Darr, dies after eating at her friend's restaurant, Megan does everything she can to help Elizabeth's grieving husband Simon and her chef friend. As she digs deeper into Elizabeth's life, she uncovers some shocking secrets about Simon and her friend's business partner. Dead in Dublin by Catie Murphy is a promising start to new series. The plot is unique, complex, and moves at a steady pace. Megan is an intelligent and relatable main character. I enjoyed getting to know her and found her career to be a refreshing change from the traditional cozy mysteries. I loved the chemistry between her and Detective Bourke and look forward to seeing what the author has in store for their characters. The murder mystery was a lot darker than I was expecting. It definitely kept me guessing and the culprit was a complete surprise to me. This was an enjoyable read and I look forward to spending more time in Dublin with Megan and her adorable dogs. Thank you to NetGalley, Kensington Books, and Catie Murphy for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
AMGiacomasso 17 days ago
C.E. Murphy is one of my favorite urban fantasy writer and I was more than happy to get this ARC because I was really curious to read her writing a cosy mystery. I can say it worked quite well and I read this book in one setting. The descriptions of Dublin are realistic and I loved how she described the life and the places. Megan is likeable and unusual characters, different from the average cozy characters, she's a professional driver, and well thought. The rest of the characters are well thought and likeable. The mystery was solid and the solution came as a surprise after a breathtaking ending. I can't wait to read the next instalment. Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.