KILMOON is gripping mystery set in an Irish village famous for its matchmaking festival. Californian Merrit Chase travels to Ireland to meet her father, a celebrated matchmaker, in hopes that she can mend her troubled past. Instead, her arrival triggers a rising tide of violence, and Merrit finds herself both suspect and victim, accomplice and pawn, in a manipulative game that began thirty years previously. When she discovers that the matchmaker's treacherous past is at the heart of the chaos, she must decide how far she will go to save him from himself-and to get what she wants, a family.
Lisa Alber evokes a world in which ancient tradition collides with modern village life and ageless motivators such as greed and love still wield their power. Kilmoon appeals to mystery lovers for its intricate and surprising plot, fans of Ireland for its evocative setting, and women's fiction readers for its portrayal of a troubled woman's journey toward reconciliation. KILMOON captures the moodiness of the Irish landscape in a character-driven mystery that explores family secrets, betrayal, vengeance, and murder.
"This first in Alber's new County Clare Mystery series is utterly poetic ... The author's prose and lush descriptions of the Irish countryside nicely complement this dark, broody and very intricate mystery."
-RT Books Reviews (four stars)
"In her moody debut, Alber skillfully uses many shades of gray to draw complex characters who discover how cruel love can be."
"In the captivating KILMOON, Lisa Alber serves up a haunting tale of Merrit Chase, a woman who travels to Ireland to sift through her family's dark past in search of a future seemingly fated to elude her. With exquisite craft and a striking sense of place, Alber serves up a rich cast of unforgettable characters and an intricate, pull-no-punches plot. Raw with grief and painful honesty, KILMOON is a soulful and beautifully told tale that never lets up, and never lets go."
-Bill Cameron, author of the Spotted Owl Award-winning COUNTY LINE
Lisa Alber's assured debut paints Lisfenora, County Clare, at the height of the local matchmaking festival, when the ordinarily sleepy village is crammed with revelers, cadgers, and con men galore. Amid mysteries and mayhem, Alber captures the heartfelt ache in all of us, the deep need for connection, and a true sense of purpose.
-Erin Hart, Anthony and Agatha-nominated author of THE BOOK OF KILLOWEN
|Publisher:||Muskrat Press, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!