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  • Writing can be murder

    Kilbane is finally getting a bookshop and Siobhan can hardly wait for it to open. To her dismay, one of the owners is a tad snooty, only wanting to sell literary fiction and letting in only those who can quote it. But with an opening event focused on several Irish writers, the whole town is invited. Too bad one of the authors is murdered, causing the book store to be closed right after opening while the garda investigate. Now Siobhan isn’t reading a mystery, she is living it and trying to separate the clues from red herrings and find the murderer before they strike again. I adore this series and the O’Sullivan Six. The author never fails to hook me right out of the gate and keep the pages turning to find out whodunit! This is one of those series where you hope it goes on forever with new entries coming out often. Don’t miss the Irish Stew recipe at the end. You’ll be craving it with brown bread by the time you are done!

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  • I loved it

    This is the seventh book in the series and it just keeps getting better! Irish village life and its inhabitants are a pleasure to read about. The whodunit was well written and kept me guessing right until the reveal. The relationship between Siobhan and her siblings and their personalities ring true to life for me. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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  • Just Brilliant!

    Murder in an Irish Bookshop is the 7th book in the Cozy Irish Murder Mystery series by Carlene O'Connor. I picked up this series with Murder at an Irish Christmas (book 6) which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I'm very keen to read books 1 through to 5. In Murder in an Irish Bookshop, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan is being kept busy training the latest new recruit to the force Garda Aretta Dabiri, as well as trying to set a date for her wedding to fiancé, Detective Sergeant Macdara Flannery. In addition, the town of Kilbane, County Cork, is buzzing with excitement over the opening of a new shop and a number of Irish authors are scheduled to visit. Siobhán is keen to rekindle her love for reading but is disappointed to find that the owners, Padraig and Oran McCarthy, are limiting the clientele and refusing to stock romances. The day before the grand opening, while on her morning run Siobhán happens across the lifeless body of village elder Margaret O’Shea near the bookshop. When indie author Deirdre Walsh is found dead inside the store with pages from another author's book stuffed in her mouth, Siobhán and Macdara rush to solve the mystery. This is an extremely intriguing tale and protagonist Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan is a great character. She is smart and fiery and has sound reasoning for her thoughts and actions which not all main characters of cosy mysteries possess! There are suspects aplenty in this gripping mystery, the details of the plot are very well executed, and the story is amusing and easy to follow. Carlene O'Connor wowed me again with her fluid writing; I was kept guessing until the very end and really enjoyed this cleverly crafted cosy. I thoroughly enjoyed being back with the O'Sullivan crowd. Unravelling the mystery in the pockets of Siobhán was lots of fun and I found the pacing perfect for the story. Loaded with red herrings and with many humorous one-liners, Murder in an Irish Bookshop is a highly recommended five star read and a fabulous story that will be of interest to many cozy readers. Right up until the surprising conclusion, I just had to keep turning those pages and I didn’t figure out the identity of the perpetrator in this mystery, although I had them on my plausible suspect list. I’m certainly game to see what shenanigans Siobhán and the Kilbane rabble get into next. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • I'll be on the look out for the next one

    Another intriguing start to a story. You do know that the Garda will have joined all the dots by the end of the novel, but it certainly took some time. I love books and book shops so that was definitely in the story's favour.. Then there were some interesting facts to discover along the way: most enjoyable. I also appreciated the plot being directly linked to the murder mystery, it wasn't just a back drop to the story. Once again, patience and enquiring minds eventually resulted in the mystery being solved. I particularly enjoyed the relationships amongst the main characters. The complex nature of family is evident throughout and yet this dimension moved along most satisfactorily in this episode. I will be on the look out for the next one. With thanks to #Netgalley, Kensington Books and the author for my advanced reader copy.

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