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Buried in a Bog

(County Cork #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  3,914 ratings  ·  604 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
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Berkley
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Mar 05, 2013 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
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're of Irish descent as I am, this cozy mystery is an extra delight to read. There's lots of Irish culture, lore, and history along with a nifty mystery. Throw in a plucky heroine, and what's there not to like?
Mar 06, 2013 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 ...more
Jeff Dickison
This is the first entry in a new cozy mysteries series. I liked the set up: young Irish-American visits her grandmother's area in Ireland and gets to know the locals quickly. The problem with the book was that it was just too cozy, there wasn't enough action. Hopefully, this will be corrected in future books. I would read the next entry.
Last book for Halloween bingo. Not much to say except that this book ended up aggravating me the whole time. The lead in the book, Maura, is nasty to pretty much everyone and sits around judging how small town the village of Leap is and how one of the villagers, a teenager named Rose, needs to do more with her life instead of working in a pub. Throw in a mystery of a young man who seems out to get Maura for no good reason and a body found in a bog, I was just ready to be done with this one. The ...more
Jul 13, 2013 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
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.
Jan 20, 2013 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
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.
Chris Conley
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun new series set in County Cork in Ireland. I love the whole ex-pat undertheme. I am looking forward to seeing where things go.
Feb 15, 2013 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
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
Norma Huss
Mar 10, 2013 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 ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Honoring her granmother’s last wish, Maura journeys to Ireland for a week’s visit. But plans change, and she becomes ensnared in the little community and its friendly people. Trying to figure why Gran would send her to Ireland, Maura researches her roots, as well as looking into the discovery of a body recovered from a bog. Rich in descriptions of the countryside and full of Irish history, this tale is enchanting as well as entertaining, and a good beginning to a promising series.
Sue Em
Mar 06, 2013 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.
Nov 13, 2012 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,
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'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
Josephine (Jo)
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 ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Much better than her Orchard series. I really cared about Maura, Mick, Bridget, Rose, and the others I met in the wee township of Leap.

Maura Donovan has just arrived in the village that her Gran had lived. She's honored Gran's wishes. But, now what? She has no family, home, or job in Boston. Her Gran's death took care of those. She's offered a job at the local pub, found a room, and has seen Bridget Nolan - a friend of her Gran's. As she goes back to Leap, she sees a police car blocking the
Feb 23, 2017 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
Mar 29, 2017 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.
Likeable characters, and the police were reasonably competent, so the main character didn't have to do everything herself.
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
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, mystery
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Sep 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed it!

This was a great story about Maura finding herself in Ireland after her Grandma died in Boston.

Maura's gran told her to go to Ireland after her death to the place where she originally came from County Cork, Ireland. So Maura sold everything she could to get the money she needed to go on her trip so she could see for herself what her Gran wanted her to see.

When she gets there everyone in Leap a small town where Gram lived when she was first married, knows who she is and knows all
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Maura Donovan is slightly adrift in the world, her dad died when she was young (and her mother had already upped and left) and so she had been brought up by her Grandmother who had left Ireland for America when Maura's father was young (after the death of Maura's Grandfather), the one thing that her Grandmother had asked of her was to go and visit the area where she came from in Ireland and so Maura finds herself in Leap, County Cork. After visiting an old friend of her Gran's Maura finds ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
The only mystery here was why I trudged through such a boring book. This really is not an actual mystery story but more of an attempt for the author to disguise a mix of confusing genealogy and scattered Irish historical data into a premise that would be of interest to mystery book readers. The characters are so uninteresting, I found I could not care less about who was unearthed in the bog nor how they were related to the main character. Sorry I bought more books of this series before reading ...more
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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 ...more

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“Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine. People live in one another’s shadows. —IRISH PROVERB” 1 likes
“Feeling obscurely reassured, she turned over and fell asleep. Chapter 6 The next morning Maura was awakened by the tapping of rain against the glass sliding doors. It came as a surprise, but Maura realized it shouldn’t have: it must rain all the time in Ireland, to keep all those fields so green. Still, she was glad she’d had a day of sunshine first. If it had stayed cold and grey, like the day she’d arrived, she might have turned tail and run. She lay listening to the sounds: the rain, of course, but also the clinking of pans and plates in the kitchen above, and the young voices as the Keohane children pounded down the hall and out the door. She thought she heard the rumble of a male voice as well—Ellen’s husband? She didn’t want to move, but she knew Ellen would probably be waiting breakfast on her, and surely her landlady had other things to do today. She checked the clock: 8:00. That meant she’d had no more than six hours of sleep, after a long day yesterday. The night before, Jimmy and Mick had offered her a job at the pub. And by the light of day she still thought she wanted it. She could stay longer. It wouldn’t be much of a vacation, working all the time, but she’d never had any vacations anyway, so nothing new there. She wouldn’t be seeing much of Ireland, but she’d never been a fan of touristy things back home in Boston, and she didn’t plan to join groups of gawping tourists here. And she’d get to know some real people. But there were a lot of things that were murky, starting with how long Jimmy” 0 likes
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