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Buried in a Bog (County Cork #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  2,286 Ratings  ·  399 Reviews
National bestselling and Agatha Award-nominated author Sheila Connolly introduces a brand-new series set in a small village in County Cork, Ireland, where buried secrets are about to rise to the surface...

Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder
ebook, 304 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Berkley Books
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Mar 05, 2013 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like the main character in this new series, an American girl transplanted to Ireland. To fulfill her beloved grandmother last wishes, she goes to learn about her family's roots and of course has some purely Irish excitement along the way. But I just couldn't get past her constantly negative attitude. Can you really spend your entire life thinking that everyone has an ulterior motive? And I have a feeling that even someone who grew up on the rough streets of South Boston might ...more
Jul 13, 2013 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in this book. I thought it went overboard in the extensive descriptions of the Irish countryside, so much so that it seemed to take over the book. This book should not be called a mystery because it is so incidental to the plot as to almost be non-existent. The author goes into great detail about how Irish farmlands and towns were created and the oppression that the people felt back then and the depression they feel now because of poor economics, that it left me with a feeling ...more
Mar 06, 2013 Ali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A horribly unlikeable protagonist ruins the sometimes lively secondary characters, setting, and mostly engaging though somewhat repetitive and slow plot. At one point Maura, our constantly negative main character, ponders on whether or not she is bitter. The answer is unequivocally yes. The book's narration would have you believe that Boston is a veritable hell on Earth filled with shallow and selfish people prone to criminal acts. Maura would have you believe that she has had the hardest of har ...more
Mary  (Biblophile)
I found this book exceptionally boring. The characters just didn't invite you to care about them. Not much of a mystery. It seemed more a book on introspection of the main character who couldn't seem to see the good things in life.
Feb 15, 2013 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I did not like this at all. Very slow moving and did not get the main characters at all
Jan 20, 2013 Ronna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Sheila Connolly's apple orchard cozies, so I was interested in reading her Irish County Cork Mysteries to see how she would do with an Irish cozy. Well, I'm hooked!

Book one introduces Maura Donovan, who has just come to Ireland to seek out her family after her last relative, her beloved Gran, has died in Boston. Planning to stay a week, she soon gets drawn into the local life when she takes a temporary job in a local pub. Before she can even get oriented, she's part of the local
Norma Huss
Mar 10, 2013 Norma Huss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, favorites
This is the first of Sheila Connolly's third mystery series, and my favorite. Buried in a Bog is far more than a mystery--it's the story of a young woman from Boston dealing with loss and finding her way as well as a story of a small village in Ireland where she goes because that was her grandmother's last wish. It's a story of relationships, generations, and above all, real--actually fictional, but for sure real people. Sure it's a mystery too, dealing with murder. This new book satisfies on ev ...more
Maura Donovan's grandmother Nell is left to raise Maura after her father dies and her mother abandons Maura. Her gran decides to emigrate to Boston where she hopes to make a better life for her granddaughter. Life is very hard for them both and when her gran dies Maura is left completely alone in the world. Whilst going through her gran's possessions she discovers an envelope with Maura's Irish passport and enough money to buy a ticket to Ireland. Nell had made Maura promise that she would go ba ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buried In A bog is the first book in the A County Cork Mystery series by Sheila Connolly.

Sheila Connolly is a wonderful story teller and this is an excellent example of her talent.

Maura Donovan's gran has recently passed and Gran's last request was for Maura's promise to visit the small community of Leap in County Cork. Maura has never been out of Boston is her 20 some years but is off to Ireland to fulfill her Gran's dying wish.

Maura arrives at Sullivan's Pub where she is to meet Bridget Nolan,
Feb 18, 2013 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
Honoring her late grandmother’s wish, Maura Donovan sets off on an adventure that could change her life. She travels to the small Irish village where her grandmother was born to connect with one of her grandmother’s friends and maybe learn a bit about her ancestors. The small community welcomes her with open arms and she even start to work in the local pub.

The pub is bursting at the seams as people gather to talk about the body found in a nearby bog. They speculate he may have been in there for
I picked this up because I was in the mood for a cozy mystery and this was available among my library's sparse audio book offerings. It features 20-something Maura, who travels to Ireland to fulfill her grandmother's dying wish for her. When she shows up, bad things start happening as if she were Angela Lansbury.

There's nothing too deep going on here, which was expected and part of the reason I chose it. Unfortunately, it wasn't the fun, light read that I was looking for either. Maura is condesc
Really 3.5 stars, but I rounded up.

I had bought this book quite awhile ago and had started reading it but found my interest waning at page 40 so I put it back down, however I recently picked it back up and I'm glad to say that this was a very entertaining book that I enjoyed reading!

I really liked Maura and for awhile I was groaning because I thought Ms. Connolly was setting up a love triangle, however by the end of the book that doesn't happen and in fact I was pleasantly surprised and happy th
Sue Em
Mar 06, 2013 Sue Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed two other series by Sheila Connolly -- the orchard and the museum series -- so my expectations were high for this one. The heroine is a young American of Irish heritage who goes back to Ireland after the death of her grandmother who raised her. Her fresh perspective on the Irish village and village life was what really drove this story, not so much the mystery. Hopefully, if she continues this series there will be a little more of a mystery to it.
Feb 23, 2017 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 75-books-in-2017
This is Ireland in a box..excuse me, Ireland in a book!
I could feel, taste, smell, hear it all in this awesomely written book about a woman with Irish roots, moving to a very small village in Ireland. Pubs await! I have never went through a cozy this fast, I was so entranced with it all. I just want to hop a plane and hang out with the sheep, watching the harbor, sitting inside a dimly lit, cozy fire, while old men talk, pub.

I like how the author brought the main character to her ancestral count
I'm a little torn on the rating & review for this. I should probably mention I spent two weeks in Ireland on vacation several years ago. We traveled over a good portion on the island, staying at Bed & Breakfast places. My vacation was fantastic, and the reason I picked up Buried in a bog.

I recognized a number of things Connolly highlighted, like the narrow roads. I also recognized the social nature of pubs and I found most of the Irish I met to be friendly, welcoming, very much a part of
May 18, 2013 Grey853 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
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Mar 05, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buried in a Bog is the first book I have read by Sheila Connolly. It is the first book in her new County Cork Mystery series. I will definitely continue reading this series since I enjoyed the first book and all the characters.

Maura Donovan leaves her hometown of Boston to visit Ireland to keep a promise to her late grandmother who raised her. Maura has no idea what she will find when visiting the area her grandmother came from many years ago. She meets a lot of people within a week of arriving
Mystereity Reviews
Buried In A Bog (and my To Read shelf) I'm sorry I took so long to start this book, I really enjoyed it.  I can see how some people might be put off by Maura, but I found it easy to relate to her.  Who hasn't been at a point in their life where everything changes and you're anxious and confused at what to do? Her actions and thoughts were realistic and, although she's not the most optimistic person in the world, she's not negative and angry. 
Beautiful setting (who doesn't like Ireland?) and the
Allison Miller
I thoroughly enjoy cozy mysteries, and was looking forward to this series, as I love Sheila Connelly's orchard series and liked the idea of a series set in Ireland. I had trouble delving into the story, though. I agree with some of the other reviews; Maura, the main character, isn't all that likeable. The Irish naming patterns were an integral part of the plot, but they made it difficult to keep up with who's who throughout the book.
I'll probably try the second book in this series, with the hope
Mar 19, 2017 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable read, goes at a steady pace, and is a gentle murder mystery, beginning with Maura's visit to Ireland, by way of a pilgrimage, after her grandmother's death. She is anxious to trace members of her family and find out about her family history.

The plot thickens, as she finds herself working in a bar, Sullivans. She is able to find accommodation with a local family. Before long a body is discovered in the nearby peat bog. Maura herself becomes a target for a mystery man, someone who
Mar 29, 2017 SueEllen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More like 2 1/2 stars.

Reasons I selected the book:
- first in new series
- recognized the author
- set in Ireland

Reasons for my rating
- little action or intrigue
- no "spark" between characters
- too much driving around on narrow, rutted, rural roads

No, I will probably not read the next in the series.
I loved the setting of this novel. A small village in Ireland was so much fun, I love how everyone knew everyone and news spread very quickly. The mystery was a good one and I'm interested in reading more in this series.
May 24, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice cozy mystery. I will probably read the next in the series if my library has it.
Micky Cox
Jan 10, 2017 Micky Cox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently won a book from this series, but it is set later in the series. I've found I don't enjoy series books as well when I read them out of order as each book typically builds upon the characters personality foundations and makes each book more enjoyable than the last. If the book I won, is as good as this first book, I'm going to be a happy, happy reader! This cozy mystery series is set in Cork County, Ireland. Maura was born and raised in Boston, MA and finds herself at loose ends after t ...more
Elise Stone
My low rating for this book is primarily because this is not a mystery. It is Sheila Connolly's personal love letter to Ireland and more reminiscent of Debbie Macomber than Agatha Christie. If you're looking for women's fiction or like long descriptions of the Irish countryside, you might like this a lot more than I did.

I won't recap the plot because I'm sure other reviewers have done a much better job at that than I could. I will say that it was almost like this was two different books. Novella
Cathy Cole
May 22, 2013 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be completely honest, I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed this book. Buried in a Bog has an unexpected depth that warmed the cockles of my heart and has me wanting to pick up the next book in the County Cork series as fast as I can.

It relies on a strong sense of place, and Connolly delivers. I truly got the sense of village life in Ireland, of how the people interact, and even of some of the history-- such as how children are traditionally named-- and absolutely none of this is convey
When Maura Donovan's grandmother dies, Maura makes an effort to fulfill her grandmother's last wishes, that she go to Ireland, her grandmother's mother country, visit the land she comes from and say a prayer for her grandmother in the church where her grandmother was married. With little money and no real direction in life, Maura goes to the small town of Leap in County Cork, the area where her grandmother lived, the area where her father was born, the area where her grandfather died and was bur ...more
It might be due to my Irish heritage but regardless, I loved this book.

The story is of a woman from Boston who goes to Ireland at her grandmother's dying request, to learn more about her family and the area. Since her gran raised her she felt obliged to honor the request.

Maura Donovan comes to Leap, in County Cork and makes contact with a woman her gran was corresponding with. She goes to Sullivan's Pub at the request of her gran's friend, Bridget Nolan and gets directions from there.

The pub is
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
'Buried in a Bog' is the debut novel in a new series, 'A County Cork Mystery' written by an excellent author that continues to amaze me with her depth of writing.

Ms. Connolly not only entices the reader with an 'Acknowledgments' page that gives us readers the history that compelled her to pen this interesting, fact filled, suspenseful mystery, then she proceeds to give a full and complete tale within the first book. There was a complete background on our reluctant sleuth, Maura Donovan and we fe
Apr 24, 2016 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Maura Donovan leaves her Boston home following her Grandmother Nora’s death, she is on a mission to connect with family in Ireland. It was her grandmother’s last request, and after her death, Maura found an envelope with just enough money set aside for the trip, along with her passport.

Nora Donovan’s family home was in Leap, by way of Dublin and then Cork, where Maura would meet up with her grandmother’s oldest friend, Bridget Nolan.

But what Maura finds there is not just her grandmother’s o
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Sheila Connolly has taught art history, structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities, worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns, and served as a fundraiser for several non-profit organizations. She also managed her own consulting company providing genealogical research services. Now a full-time writer, she thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her p ...more
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