Many a Twist: A County Cork Mystery

Many a Twist: A County Cork Mystery

by Sheila Connolly


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ISBN-13: 9781683314530
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Series: County Cork Mystery Series , #6
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 229,465
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Sheila Connolly is the Anthony and Agatha Award–nominated author of over thirty titles, including the Museum Mysteries, the Orchard Mysteries, and the County Cork Mysteries, in addition to the Relatively Dead paranormal romance e-series, the standalone books Once She Knew , a romantic suspense, and Reunion with Death , a traditional mystery set in Tuscany, as well as a number of short stories in various anthologies. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three cats, and visits Ireland as often as she can. This is her sixth County Cork mystery.

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Many a Twist: A County Cork Mystery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
I have read other series by Sheila Connolly and enjoyed them, however this is the first book I have read in this series. I will be going back and reading the others. The characters are very realistic and multi-dimensional. The settings (Ireland) are beautifully described. The plot is well paced and the mystery was not obvious. The relationships are what made this book so good. Mick and Maura, Maura and Bridget, Mick and Bridget, Maura and Rose, Maura and her newly discovered mother, Maura and Billy, Maura and Sean, and Maura and Gillian all have such beautifully written relationships that you feel like you are in West Cork. I hope to visit the lovely town of Leap again soon and for many years to come.
M_Murphy-Lee More than 1 year ago
I usually read a series in order, but I received the sixth book in the County Cork Mysteries in exchange for a fair and honest review. After the first chapter, I realized the main character seemed familiar. I had read the first book in this series a while ago. Even though I had some background on this book, I believe it could stand on its own. I found the characters in this book interesting and realistic. The main character, Maura, is endearing in the way she wants to help those she knows and her awkwardness connecting with others. Mick, Bridget, and Old Billy are complex and charming characters that certainly enhance the book through their interactions with Maura. I felt invested in what happens to these characters. The book is an easy read with good flow between scenes. The plot itself kept me contemplating what had happened to the deceased through to the reveal. I love that the author used rural Ireland through an authentic non-romanticized approach as the setting. At the end of the book, I didn’t want the story to end or to leave Ireland. To me this is a sign of an enjoyable book that I wouldn’t mind revisiting. I will definitely be reading the preceding books in this series.
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
Many a Twist is the first book I have read in the County Cork series, but I found that it could definitely stand on its own and didn't feel as if I was missing anything from starting so far into the series. You can sense Sheila Connolly's love for Ireland in her writing and characters, and this book left me wanting to hop on an airplane to Cork to visit her Ireland and enjoy the camaraderie of its residents. This book definitely has "many a twist" in its intriguing mystery, and left me guessing to the end. Maura Donovan is a wonderful protagonist and amateur sleuth who is drawn into a murder investigation that may or may not involve her newly found mother. With the help of Mick and her Sullivan's pub regulars, especially Billy, Maura tries to solve the mystery of the questionable death of the new owner of the Crann Mor hotel. I am definitely going back to the beginning with book number one of this series, Buried in a Bog, and immerse myself with Maura in all things Irish, with, of course, a mystery thrown in. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
Phyllis4707 More than 1 year ago
Maura Donovan is a young American woman who inherits an Irish pub and a cottage in County Cork. This is the 6th book in the series, and the first one I've read, but the author skillfully brings readers along so there is no feeling of having missed something from an earlier book. There were many things I liked about this book that set it a couple of notches above the usual cozy: the Irish setting, the authentic-sounding rhythm and word choice of the dialogue, the main characters and their relationships, and the set-up for the mystery. What was especially engaging were the personal issues of the main character. In addition to trying to solve the murder, Maura is surprised by the arrival of her mother, whom she hasn't seen in 20 years. Maura is also dealing with a possible romance (of course), as well as the responsibilities of being a business owner. I really enjoyed this book, and thank the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
Another fun visit to Old Mick's Pub in Ireland with the cast of characters that make up the family of friends that have been formed there! This addition to the series has a murder mystery and the mystery of Maura's mother wrapped together to make a plot full of interesting twists that may just lead Maura to making a monumental decision or two about her life. I've enjoyed each book in the series, but I feel like the author has taken the character development to a new depth with this addition to the series. I can't wait to see what happens next!
momelaine More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the visits to Cork County and Sullivan's Pub! This is the Ireland that I want to visit someday. I really like the small town, everyone knows your name, feel to it. It was very interesting how Maura's mother shows up after all these years. And then there is a death. Was it accidental, or was it murder? The story line about Gillian and learning to deal with a brand new baby is fun. And it is a reason we learn a little bit more about Mick. This is definitely a good addition to the County Cork mysteries.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
This is a thoroughly enjoyable series. The reader is immersed in all things County Cork: the people, the history, the food, the drink, etc. The American, Maura Donovan, is settling into the Irish culture nicely with her pub. This time around there is the unexpected appearance of Maura's mother who hasn't been anywhere in her life since she was 2! Then there is a back-history reveal about Mike that helps explain a lot about him. Add in a birth and a cranky new Garda member, and we get a fine story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading her books, always interesting plot twists. I am always sad when the book in read, I always want it to go on forever. What a polished author!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Enjoyed getting to know know all the characters. The series was fun and most enjoyable. I hope the author will continue with more books in this series.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love learning about the Irish culture and she does write a great mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bit of Irish culture and custom solved the mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, Sheila Connolly delivers! Another great County Cork Mystery! I love the way the author describes the area so that you feel you are right there. Maura and company are the kind of friends I would like to have! Please keep this series coming, Ms Connolly!
Missisue4 More than 1 year ago
Many a Twist is the sixth book in Sheila Connolly's County Cork Mystery series and the second book in this series that I have read. I just love these books !! They are set in a little town in Ireland and focus around Maura Donovan. Maura grew up in Boston but when her grandmother passed away, Maura found herself going to Ireland where she inherited a house and a pub. She decided to stay there and run the pub and see how things went. I, for one, am glad she did !! Connolly has a unique talent in taking a person sitting on their couch in Albany, New York and transporting them to a little country town in Ireland. As I read the book, I cannot help but read it with an "Ireland" accent....and how fun is that !!! While you are reading the book, you will feel like you are right there in the pub with Maura and her crew. Many a Twist brings Maura's long lost mother back into her life when the company her mom works for purchases a grand hotel in the area. But before Maura is reunited with her mom, the owner of the hotel is found dead on the grounds of the hotel. When her mother, Helen, is taken into the police station she refuses to talk to them until she talks to Maura. Maura hasn't seen or spoken to her mother in over 20 years when her mother left her with her grandmother.....before Maura can even process this, she feels she must find out how the owner of the hotel, John Bryne, died and if her mother had anything to do with it. Luckily Maura knows the gardai (police) having helped them solve cases in the past and with owning a pub she knows a lot of people.....which helps a lot !! Many a Twist is a very good title for this latest installment of this series. Not only are there twists in the case with John Bryne's death and with Maura's mother showing up in Ireland but there are some interesting twists in Maura's personal and professional lives as well. Connolly definitely knows how to keep the reader turning the pages.....After reading Many a Twist I don't know if I want to have a cuppa tea or a pint.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always a good story.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts What a story! Maura Donovan’s mother left her with her grandmother when she was just 2 years old. Now after all these years she shows up in Ireland working on the acquisition of a local hotel. When the head of the company ends up dead Maura’s mother has to tell her who she is before she reveals it to the police. The death has yet to be labeled as a murder but after Maura’s previous relationship with the local garda, she is looped right into the investigation. She also has her hands full helping her best friend get ready for the birth of her baby, and Mick reveals something about his past that Maura never expected. Family secrets play a major part in this book and as they are revealed things could get dangerous. Many A Twist is the perfect title for this story. There were twists on top of twists and a few turns thrown in as well. The main plot and the subplots twist up to create a very entertaining story. One that is very hard to put down. The character development over the span of this series is excellent. Just a year ago Maura arrived in Leap unsure of herself and unsure if she was going to stay in Ireland. Since that time she has made many friends, has expanded her business, and helped out with several police investigations. She has made herself at home in her little cottage too and learns more about the area every day. The supporting cast has also grown and changed since the beginning. Their relationships with Maura are stronger but they are also dealing with their own issues. A marriage pending, a young woman looking toward her future, a couple learning all about raising their son, and a man coming to terms with his past. Several more characters round out the cast too. I have never been to Ireland but the way this author describes the setting of the stories in this series, I can picture it very clearly. The pub, Maura’s cottage, the countryside, a bog or two, and added in this story the Crann Mor hotel and its garden paths. I have enjoyed this series from the start. I am excited when a new story comes out and sad when it ends much too soon. These literary trips to Ireland remind me of my own little bit of Irish heritage and I can’t wait for my next visit. You can’t go wrong with a story penned by Sheila Connolly. She is an awesome storyteller.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
When Maura's mom pops up out of the blue after twenty years she isn't sure how she should react. Is this a good thing or is it going to end up being a bad experience? Maura decides she wants to make a go of having a relationship with her mom but when her moms boss is found murdered things take a huge turn. Will she be able to build something with her mom and at the same time figure out who the killer is? Connolly leads you on a merry chase with so many twists and turns that you won't know if you've figured it all out until the end. Follow along and uncover all the secrets that are being kept and you just may figure it out. The telling of the mystery is wonderful and the scenery that fills the book is breath taking. I can't wait to see what happens next with Maura and the lovely village that she has made her home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Maura Donovan stories. I hope the next one is in the works and coming out soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving. Maura donovan's mom shows, body is found. Is it murder?