Murder in an Irish Cottage

Murder in an Irish Cottage

by Carlene O'Connor

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Overview

In a remote—and superstitious—village in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies . . .
 
Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi's Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to keep it just between the two of them for a little longer.
 
But Macdara is her family, which is why when his cousin Jane frantically calls for his help, Siobhán is at his side as the two garda rush from Kilbane to the rural village where Jane and her mother have recently moved. Unfortunately, tragedy awaits them. They find Jane, who is blind, outside the cottage, in a state. Inside, Aunt Ellen lies on her bed in a fancy red dress, no longer breathing. A pillow on the floor and a nearby teacup suggest the mode of death to their trained eyes: the woman has been poisoned and smothered. Someone wanted to make sure she was dead. But who?
 
Devout believers in Irish folklore, the villagers insist the cottage is cursed—built on a fairy path. It turns out Ellen Delaney was not the first to die mysteriously in this cottage. Although the townsfolk blame malevolent fairies, Siobhán and Macdara must follow the path of a murderer all too human—but just as evil . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496719058
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Series: Irish Village Mystery Series , #5
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 28,876
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Carlene O’Connor comes from a long line of Irish storytellers. Her great-grandmother emigrated from Ireland filled with tales and the stories have been flowing ever since. Of all the places across the pond she’s wandered, she fell most in love with a walled town in County Limerick and was inspired to create the town of Kilbane, County Cork. Carlene currently divides her time between New York and the Emerald Isle. She is currently at work on the next book in the Irish Village Mystery series.

Customer Reviews

Murder in an Irish Cottage 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
TastefullyTracy 10 days ago
Fiancés, Family, and Fairies, and all at the same time. Oh my! Macdara is called in by his blind cousin to investigate the death of her Mom. That same death is being blamed on the fair folk rather than a person of flesh and bone easily found in the village near where the incident took place. Such superstitious beliefs are why cousin Jane does not even trust the local police force to get to the bottom of this mystery. Shiobhan, being the excellent guarda that she is will not hesitate to help Macdara as well as keeping an open mind about who or why the killing took place regardless of the ties that bind and sometimes blind. One does not have to be familiar with this storyline to be able to enjoin this next installment. I have only read the previous book in the series and it has no bearing on this one other than the engagement proposal. In addition to giving this Yank a look into the country Irish ways it also inspired me to make several Irish dishes to enjoy while reading the book. There are several possible suspects from the neighbors to a town councilman. Was it unhappy fairies or a greedy horde hunter?
Peggy Underwood 16 days ago
Full of surprises and lovely relationships
Karen-Hollins 21 days ago
Murder in an Irish Cottage is the 5th instalment in the Irish Village Mysteries by Carlene O'Connor. In a remote—and superstitious—village in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies . . . Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi's Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to keep it just between the two of them for a little longer. But Macdara is her family, which is why when his cousin Jane frantically calls for his help, Siobhán is at his side as the two garda rush from Kilbane to the rural village where Jane and her mother have recently moved. Unfortunately, tragedy awaits them. They find Jane, who is blind, outside the cottage, in a state. Inside, Aunt Ellen lies on her bed in a fancy red dress, no longer breathing. A pillow on the floor and a nearby teacup suggest the mode of death to their trained eyes: the woman has been poisoned and smothered. Someone wanted to make sure she was dead. But who? Devout believers in Irish folklore, the villagers insist the cottage is cursed—built on a fairy path. It turns out Ellen Delaney was not the first to die mysteriously in this cottage. Although the townsfolk blame malevolent fairies, Siobhán and Macdara must follow the path of a murderer all too human—but just as evil . . . I really enjoy books set in Ireland and this doesn’t disappoint with the setting and descriptions drawing you in (making you want to fly off to the Emerald Isle). The story was well written and I really liked the main character, Siobhán. She's smart, easy to relate to, and I enjoyed getting to know her and her siblings along with Dara and his family. The mystery was entertaining with all the fairy lore and full of twists, turns and red herrings galore that I found I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this series to all my friends who love cozies set in Ireland. I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from Kensington Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
April P. Kane-Warnke 22 days ago
I've read all the books in this series, thus far. This one is my new favorite. Great characters and a very inventive mystery.
VWilliams 22 days ago
Book 5 has the reader thoroughly enthralled with all things fairies--the little people themselves, fairy rings, fairy trees, and all the lore, fables, tales, and ballyhoo that goes with those unique legends in the Emerald Isle. Siobhan O'Sullivan is now Garda O'Sullivan, engaged to fellow Garda Macdara Flannery (Dara). Siobhan (shi-vawn) has been part of the O'Sullivan Six managing Naomi's Bistro since the death of their parents. Looking forward to some private time with Dara, however, is interrupted when he informs her plans have changed as he got an urgent call from his cousin Jane in Ballysiogdun regarding his aunt. Jane, although blind, discovered her mother deceased, obviously not a natural death. Having no shortages of people who actively disliked his aunt Ellen, it appears the local garda wants to zero in on Jane being the most obvious as she won't produce evidence of her whereabouts. In this tiny but quaint, quintessential Irish village, the superstitions run rampant. It's not the first time this cottage has been the location of mysterious deaths--all attributed to it's being in a fairy path between two fairy rings. So much shared folklore here, fascinating history dating centuries, and attributable supernatural events. The author has a beautiful writing style invoking unusual descriptions with an easy swing into the clue that naturally leads to the next revelation. There is enough here to delight most cozy readers: a great mystery, a touch of romance, family relationships, intelligent dialogue. The well-plotted storyline slips into a conclusion that neatly satisfies the loose threads. While I suspected the perp (and was correct), there was more to the ending and, in the meantime, provided a delightful literary romp. I received this digital ebook download from the publisher through NetGalley and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review. A series I look forward to giving me the Irish experience albeit vicariously. Looking forward to Book 6. Totally recommended.
wordsandbooksandthings 25 days ago
Garda Siobhan O’Sullivan has big news to share with her family, but before she can figure out how to break the news of her engagement, she gets a call from Macdara Flannery, also a Garda officer. His cousin Jane Delaney had called him very upset, and he asked Siobhan to join him on a trip to the tiny village of Ballysiogdun to collect Jane and find out what happened. Although Jane is an adult, she is legally blind, so she was still living at home with her mother. She’d been out of town for a conference, and when she’d returned home she knew immediately that something was wrong. That was when she’d called Macdara. When Siobhan and Macdara make their way to the cottage where Jane and her mother Ellen lived, it didn’t take them long to see the signs of foul play. A broken window, the posed body of Macdara’s aunt, and a single gold coin on the floor. But all the villagers could talk about was what had happened overnight. Some had seen bright lights. Some had heard a banshee scream. Some saw a lone figure running. But they all know exactly what had happened: the nearby fairies had expressed their unhappiness once again by taking the life of a resident of the cottage. The cottage Ellen and Jane had lived in was right between two fairy trees, and everyone knows how the Good People (the fairies) didn’t like for anyone to be in their way. But Siobhan doesn’t believe that. While she has respect for the stories of Irish elders, she knows that whatever it was that people had heard that night, or what they thought they had seen, it was a flesh and blood human being who murdered Ellen. And that killer was still in their midst. Murder in an Irish Cottage is the fifth book in the Irish Village Mystery series by Carlene O’Connor, adn anyone who’s had the good fortune to read any of the wonderful books in this series knows that Garda Siobhan O’Sullivan will not be stopped until she gets her man. I love the Irish Village Mysteries. I have long been a fan of Siobhan and her fiery Irish determination to set things right. I love that she works as a police officer while also helping her siblings run their late mother’s cafe, especially with her being the one to go in every morning and bake their signature brown bread. There is so much love in this series for family and for truth, each book is completely charming to me from the first page to the last. I especially loved Murder in an Irish Village for its talk of the legend of the fairies. The fairy trees and rings, the beauty of the countryside, the storytelling—it made me want to take a trip there more than ever. But until I can make that happen, I can read the books in this series and feel for a few hours that I’ve gotten a taste of Ireland and its people. Galleys for Murder in an Irish Cottage were provided by Kensington Books through NetGalley, with many thanks, but I was also lucky enough to win a copy through a Goodreads giveaway.
Anonymous 28 days ago
3.5 stars Siobhan O'Sullivan and her five lively sibling are back for another adventure in County Cork. Siobhan is a garda now, and very determined to succeed. This time the murder hits close to home: the victim is the estranged aunt of her fiancee Macdara Flannery. Dara and Siobhan are both police but have no jurisdiction in this case, but that doesn't stop them from trying to get to the bottom of things. And it's no easy puzzle. Dara's aunt was not particularly likable, nor is her blind daughter Jane. Both women are/were caustic, sarcastic and often unpleasant. And the murder has the whiff of the supernatural about it: Dara's aunt lived in a cottage near a fairy ring, a much revered and feared thing in Ireland, and some townspeople wanted the home torn down after its unhappy history. Suspects abound including the possibly mental man who stalked the aunt in another city, the neighbors who hated the cottage, a local councilman, and an obnoxious author working on a book about the fairies. This clan is fun to spend time with, and if the plot gets a little convoluted toward the end, it doesn't spoil the enjoyment. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Cozy Cat Reviews 3 months ago
This is the 5th "Irish Village" Mystery by author Carlene O'Connor. I have read the entire series and highly recommend this charming cozy mystery series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinions are my own. In this next in series our intripd protagonist is off on a journey with her fiancee Macdara to a nearby village after he receives a concerning call from a relative. Upon arrival in Ballysiogdun they discover his aunt dead in her cottage and Jane, who is blind in the front. Macdara and Siobhan realize this was a murder and begin to investigate together piecing together clues and testimony from Jane even though Macdara cannot officially be on the case. As they interview the townspeople they find hostilities run deeply side by side with superstition . I loved the well crafted mystery here amid the townspeople. The clues abound and the sleuth was pleasing to conclusion. The supporting charcters as always are fun and add to the narrative. The charming aspect of this series as always is the Irish folklore and culture. A outstanding next in series . I look forward to the next in series.
Pompie1999 3 months ago
** 4.5 Stars Rounded Up ** I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent addition to the Irish Village Mystery series. In this series, we have watched Siobhan (shi-vawn) O’Sullivan grow from a harried caregiver for her five siblings after they were orphaned to a confident garda (police). She’s now engaged to fellow garda Macdara Flannery and the O’Sullivan Six, as they are known in their village of Kilbane, are finally settling and coming into their own. This book is well-written, well-paced and the mystery will keep you guessing right until the last. Siobahn is on her summer leave and is looking forward to spending time with her siblings when her fiancée arrives at her bistro, Naomi’s, and asks her to accompany him to Ballysiogdun. He received a frantic call from his cousin, Jane, who wouldn’t tell him what was wrong – she only said he had to get there. When they arrive, it is to discover Macdara’s aunt dead in her cottage and Jane, who is blind, standing stoically in the front. Macdara and Siobhan quickly determine that it is murder. Since they probably won’t be able to officially work the case, they quickly take pictures of the scene and the inside of the cottage. It seems that almost everyone in the village should be a suspect because neither Macdara’s aunt Ellen nor her daughter Jane is liked at all. You can’t find anyone who has a good word to say about them and several had a true dislike for them. Where can they begin when the case has been assigned to a sergeant from Cork and he doesn’t want their involvement? In a village that is very insular, where most are holding secrets, and all believe in the Good People (fairies) it is almost impossible to get anyone to tell what they know. Working around the official garda investigation and managing to ferret out the information they need to solve the case is almost impossible. Siobhan is like a dog with a bone and just won’t let it go. She’s determined to find the real murderer and not let an innocent person be blamed just because they are an easy solution. This was a great mystery with infidelity, fairies, greed, and malice aplenty. I’m not sure there was a good person in that entire village. The villain will surprise you and you’ll be on the edge of your seat the entire time you are reading. You’ll love your visit to lush, green, beautiful Ireland and all of their lore. It is a fun read and a delight to watch Macdara and Siobhan progress in their relationship. I hope you will enjoy the book as much as I did. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Tangen 3 months ago
Ireland, law-enforcement, cosy-mystery It's bad enough that the victim is family and the locals appear to believe that she was murdered by faeries, but finding the victim staged was really just the last straw. Although Siobhan and Dara are Garda, it happened in another district so they can't officially be involved. All of the characters certainly are and that's a good thing! The killer is devious and the whole story is filled with misdirections. Excellent! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
Rachel_Denise01 3 months ago
Murder in an Irish Cottage by Carlene O’Connor is the 5th book in the Irish Village Mystery Series. I honestly think that this series gets better with each book I read. I have to confess that I have read a few out of order, but honestly the reader can actually dive right in at any spot and still enjoy the book. I will be reading the 4th book next (as I have read 1-3 already). However I love this series so much, that I have purchased the first 4 books. (As of note, there is a novella that squeezes in between books by Ms O’Connor that is beyond excellent as part of the Christmas Cocoa Murder trio by Kensington that was out late last year and it should definitely be read.) I love Siobhan and Dara. They have great chemistry and compliment each other well. I also like learning more about his family through this book and I feel even more invested into these characters now that I have been learning more of their backgrounds. I enjoyed the murder/mystery component and actually did not know who did it until the end! It was complex with some nice puzzles and twists. I even liked the Irish lore and fairy aspect and it definitely gave the mystery an eerie vibe which was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read more! 5/5 stars.