Kilmoon, a County Clare Mystery

Kilmoon, a County Clare Mystery

by Lisa Alber


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ISBN-13: 9780989544603
Publisher: Muskrat Press, LLC
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 1,117,636
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

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Kilmoon, A County Clare Mystery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
kayek1 More than 1 year ago
Lisa Alber's debut novel. Wow. This was a intriguing read. I had trouble putting it down, and stayed up far too late at night reading it. I started out not particularly liking the characters, they had lots of baggage and personal conflicts. However, as I read along, I started to like them and care abut them. I also found a lot of interest in Ireland and found the descriptions fascinating.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Two things first attracted me to Kilmoon—(1) I love Ireland and hope very much to go back some day but books will have to do until then and (2) I’m fond of the Janeane Garofalo movie, “The Matchmaker” which just happens to be about a matchmaking festival in Ireland. Kilmoon was going to give me both so how could I go wrong? LOL, we don’t always get what we wish for, do we? I knew, of course, that this wasn’t going to be a lighthearted romance but, really, the only points of comparison are the setting in Ireland and the matchmaking festival. Ah, well, I’m still glad I took a chance on this book. It wasn’t easy in the beginning but I pushed on and was soon engaged in the story. To be honest, I came close to putting this down in the early chapters because the characters just weren’t appealing to me. They were mostly self-absorbed unpleasant people, all with their own agendas that cared little for the effect their actions would have on others. I pushed on, though, and I’m glad I did. At the end, I still didn’t care much for the main players, including Merrit, but the look into how secrets and choices can have such profound consequences even many years later was well worth the read and, in fact, some of the residents of Lisfenora grew on me after all. Kirkus refers to this book as a “moody debut” and that’s a perfect description. Ms. Alber has crafted a story that is neither plot-driven nor character-driven but, rather, builds on atmosphere and makes good use of the melancholy that can be found in Ireland beneath the happy-go-lucky charm we also expect. Along the way, the reader is also served a good bit of murder and mayhem and now I wonder, what lies in store for us next in County Clare? I can only hope Ms. Alber won’t make us wait too long to find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, I would call this novel a literary mystery with its lovely detailing and simmering suspense. I really enjoyed the way the narrative unfolded, alternating points of view to give us a more complete picture of what was happening in the mythical town of Lisfenora. Throughout the book you feel there's a sense of some larger truth about Merrit and all of the characters, lurking below the surface. A good mystery, in my opinion, does this well and Ms. Alber nailed it.
LRaderDay More than 1 year ago
I was lucky to receive an advanced copy of this book. Just in time for St. Patty's Day, Lisa Alber's KILMOON is broody, moody Irish fun. Merrit Chase arrives in the small Irish village where her mother and biological father met. Her mother dead, her stepfather finally dispatched to the great beyond, Merrit decides it's time to get to the bottom of who she really is. She's hoping her real father is the love of her life. She has a lot of surprises awaiting her, but Merrit's hope in the face of adversity and her own morally complex actions pulls the reader through this twisty, turny, moody mystery.
Susan725 More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of KILMOON. I don't read many mysteries, but I do enjoy a good one now and again, and this one did not disappoint. It takes place in the tiny, fictional Irish village of Lisfenora surrounding the annual matchmaking festival. Considering that it's a small town, you'd think it would be relatively easy to solve the murder of one of the village residents. Not so. Alber keeps you guessing, slowly revealing details about each of her wide, colorful cast of characters in a way that keeps you turning the pages, clamoring for more. KILMOON is a very satisfying read and really transported me to the pubs and cobblestone streets of rural Ireland. I look forward to seeing more from this debut author!