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Monday, March 1, 2021

Murder in an Irish Bookshop (Irish Village Mystery #7) by Carlene O'Connor


Murder in an Irish Bookshop

(Irish Village Mystery #7)

by Carlene O'Connor

Kindle Edition, 258 pages

Published February 23rd 2021

Goodreads synopsis: 

Between training the new town garda and trying to set a wedding date with her fiancé, Macdara Flannery, Siobhán O’Sullivan is feeling a bit overwhelmed. She’s looking forward to visiting the new bookshop and curling up with an exciting novel—only to discover the shelves contain nothing but Literature with a capital L. The owner not only refuses to stock romances, mysteries, and science fiction, but won’t even let customers enter his store unless they can quote James Joyce or Sean Hennessey.

Despite the owner deliberately limiting his clientele, he’s hosting a reading and autographing event featuring up and coming Irish writers who will be taking up residency in Kilbane for a month. Among them is indie author Deirdre Walsh, who spends more time complaining about the unfairness of the publishing industry and megastar bestsellers instead of her own creative works, causing a heated debate among the writers. She seems to have a particular distaste for the novels of Nessa Lamb.

Then Deirdre’s body is found the next day in the back of the store—with pages torn from Nessa’s books stuffed in her mouth. Now, Siobhán must uncover which of Kilbane’s literary guests took Deirdre’s criticisms so personally they’d engage in foul play . . .


3.5 stars

This is the seventh book in the Irish Village Mystery series by Carlene O’Connor.

I thought this book was pretty good. I wasn’t as captivated by the mystery as I usually am in a book of this type. But it was well plotted. I guess I just couldn’t connect with the characters and that effected my enjoyment of the book.

I felt like it was just going through the motions. I wish they would have focused more on character building and then this book would have knocked it out of the park.

I am definitely not giving up on this author. I want to check out more books and see what I think to round out my opinion. 

If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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