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Murder in an Irish Village

(Irish Village Mystery #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  5,518 ratings  ·  745 reviews
A little slice of Heaven on the Emerald Isle…

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Naomi’s Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors, enjoy some brown bread and tea, and get the local gossip. Nowadays twenty-two-year-old Siobhán O’Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings,
Kindle Edition, 369 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Kensington
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Holland Rhoads no, i randomly stumbled across this as an audiobook and started listening just for the narrator’s voice, lol. i’m unsure whether the author wrote sequ…moreno, i randomly stumbled across this as an audiobook and started listening just for the narrator’s voice, lol. i’m unsure whether the author wrote sequels, but definitely doesn’t need to be read in sequence. hope that answered your question!(less)
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Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder in an Irish Village gets off to a slow start; you’ll need to scale a huge Wall of boring but necessary info dumping and exposition for context’s sake.

In many ways, this is your average cozy in that it obeys many of the conventions of the genre.

1. The town itself is a major character.

2. You’ve got quirky characters you come to like, and suspect, nearly as much as the protagonist.

3. You’ve got the requisite simmering attraction between the intrepid protagonist and the watchful, overprotec
The setting for the story is Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland. Our protagonist is Siobhan O’Sullivan. Siobhan was about to leave Kilbane to attend university in Dublin when her parents were killed in an auto accident. She is the oldest of six children so she stayed to take care of her siblings. The next oldest is James, but he is an alcoholic. They all work in the family bistro called Naomi’s Bistro. One morning on opening the café they discover a murdered man sitting at a table. James is arrested ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A man has been murdered and with all the evidence pointing to her brother, it's up to Siobhán to solve the crime.

Well this is really very good.
It's a cozy mystery set in a small Irish town. To be honest, it feels like it was written 50 years ago and that's the best thing about it. It's a lot like those great BBC crime shows they broadcast on Saturday nights. Not the greatest book ever written but charming and well worth the effort.
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I thank and the publisher for sending me this free ebook in return for an honest review. I enjoyed reading this book and give it 3.5 stars out of five. Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro, serving breakfast and lunch with the help of five siblings. Then her brother James is arrested for murder. This book is set in a small town in County Cork, Ireland. Siobhan sets out to find the real murderer. The author is Irish American, but has done a good job incorporating Irish speech p ...more
Murder in an Irish Village by carlene O'Connor is the first book in the Irish Village Mystery series. Siobhan O'Sullivan runs her family's cafe with her five siblings after the death of her parents in a car accident. The brother of the convicted drunk driver tries to extort money from Siobhan claiming he had evidence of his brothers innocence and then is found dead in the cafe the next morning. I loved meeting Siobhan and her family and enjoyed this mystery very much. The audio book narrator was ...more
Susan Johnson
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Thanks to Net Galley for letting me read this so I could review it.

3.5 stars

This is a nice cozy mystery read set in the small town of Kilbane in the County Cork of Ireland. Siobhan O'Sulllivan has been having a terrible year. Her parents were killed by a drunk driver and her plans of going to University of Dublin have been put on hold. She has 4 younger siblings and an older brother, James, to take care of. She also runs the family bistro so they have income. She has a full plate.

Then the brot
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who like Ireland, cozy mysteries, books about large families, or grieving
I enjoyed this mystery about a small Irish village. The book made it easy for me to visualize the scenes! I liked how the author added a name/word Pronunciation and Glossary in the front of the book!
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This was a fun, cozy mystery. I loved the Irish slang that is peppered throughout, and don't know enough to know how accurate it is. It certainly helped that I listened to the story. I didn't find myself drawn to the characters as much as I was hoping, but it was a fun story. The heroine seemed like quite the town busybody. I'm surprised that people would still give her the time of day. The language was another problem for me. I never did figure out if they were swearing, or just using
Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
Unfortunately this book just wasn’t for me. It didn’t feel like a cozy despite the attempt at a charming Irish village. And the pacing was just too slow. The dialogue was awkward and overall it just felt as if the author was trying too hard.
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
An enjoyable comfort read. It was like the book version of a hot cup of good tea.
Tim Gordon
When I was looking for a new audiobook for my commute, I chose this book in the hopes of hearing a little lilting Irish brogue. On that note, I was not at all disappointed. The narrator was absolutely fantastic. I could have listened to her read an Irish phone book and been satisfied.

As for the book itself, it was okay. Not amazing by any means but decent.

On the good side, it really seems to capture the small town Irish mentality (as far as I know it, which admittedly is mostly from watching Moo
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a bit of a slow start but overall an excellent first volume in a cozy mystery series. I liked the fictitious but realistic town of Kilbane County Cork. I also like the heavy dose of Irish lingo and culture it brought me back to my own all too brief vacation in Ireland. The characters both in the narrator’s family but the whole town were well done and the narrator’s siblings were hilarious. The mystery was interesting and I liked the twist with the specific murder weapon. I will definite ...more
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Natalie's Bistro is the most popular place to eat in this small Irish village. It is very important to the six O'Sullivan's because it is their home as well as the business which supports them.

Siobhan O'Sullivan makes wonderful brown bread and she has become the guardian of the four younger children. She is the manager of the Bistro even though her brother James is older. He is trying to over come an alcohol addiction. He helps when he can but he is not always able.

All of life changed several m
Anna Bendewald
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book via Audio and found myself quickly absorbed in small town Irish life! Lots of details. A terrific book to read if you've got lots of time to get lost in a good mystery. ...more
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly good - I liked the characters and enjoyed looking up how to pronounce the names correctly. It kept my attention, was clever, and nothing was over the top. Will read more in this series.
Barbara Rogers
Series: Irish Village Mystery #1
Publication Date: 2/23/16
Audiobook Format

The narrator, Caroline Lennon, makes this audiobook an absolute delight to listen to. Her enchanting Irish lilt draws you into the story and makes you feel as if you are right there in Kilbane chatting with and listening to the citizens. I tried to look up Lennon’s biography to see if she was truly Irish or if her affectation of the Irish lilt was just very believable, but I couldn’t find anything much on her. Her pacing i
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carlene O'Connor's charming new cozy Murder in an Irish Village is as delectable as a slice of the authentic Irish brown bread Siobhan is known for.

From the authentic dialect to the lush description of village life, Carlene O’Connor brings the village of Kilbane to life. I was thrilled by the deft inclusion of appropriate Irish slang, and the glossary that accompanied the novel.

Since the death of their parents, Siobhan O’Sullivan has been managing the family restaurant and her five siblings. Li
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2016
This is the first book in a new series and I found it very enjoyable. I enjoyed the characters and setting of the story. Siobhan and her brother, James have been taking care of their younger siblings since their parents death by a drunk driver. The family has a bistro that makes just enough money for the family to get by. One day the brother of the person accused of killing Siobhan's parents in the drunk driving accident comes back to town saying his brother didn't do it. This man ends up dead i ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much!! This is one of those rare cozies / authors who make me feel like I'm spoiled for most cozies. High standards. I loved the characters and the complex mystery. I also felt very swoony over the love interest and something simple but romantic he said (can't say it but if you read this book, you'll know) it's a mystery but that was the most romantic line. Ahhhh!!! Great reading! ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
I've been in the mood for a cozy mystery for several months, but I seem to start and stop them quickly. Many were just difficult to get into. But this one was exactly what I needed. I loved Siobhan and her family. Their history and the connection to this mystery made her involvement plausible. It was even more in depth than I expected. I look forward to continuing! ...more
MaryAnn (EmilyD1037)
Enjoyed this new author to me.
Also enjoyed reading about Ireland.

I thought the book was well written and well staged.
I plan to read more from her.
I've had a fascination with and love of all things Irish for quite some time, so I was excited to join this tour and to have the opportunity to read Murder in an Irish Village. Set in the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Siobhán O’Sullivan is trying to focus on raising her five siblings and keeping the family bistro in business. It has only been a short time since the accidental death of Siobhan's parents, when everything changed for the entire family. Siobhan, who was once lookin ...more
Murder in an Irish Village centers around Siobhan O'Sullivan and her five siblings. The family resides in Kilbane, a small village in Ireland and operates their family business, Natalie's Bistro. The O'Sullivan Six as the children are fondly known, lost their parents in a car accident involving a drunk driver.

Siobhan as the oldest girl has taken over the responsibility for keeping the business open, and has been awarded guardianship of her four younger siblings. Older brother James should be sho
Lisa Morin
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Siobhan O'Sullivan has had a rough year. She has lost her parents to a horrible auto accident, her chance to go to school is put on hold and she is responsible for taking care of her siblings as well as running the family bistro. When Niall, the brother of the man who was convicted of killing her parents shows up, demanding money and spouting his brothers innocence, Siobhan doesn't know what to think. Is it possible that someone else was responsible for the accident? Not only is the landlord try ...more
Rachel Aranda
The real rating of this book is between a 2.5 to 2.75. Throughout this book I wasn't sure if this was supposed to be a true murder mystery or a cozy murder mystery. I think it's the first one since they had young people in danger and most cozy mysteries I've read haven't done that, but arguments for either could be done.

As a murder mystery the story wasn't as well developed as I would have liked but the characters were developed enough to not be boring. In the beginning, I was interested in seei
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Murder in an Irish Village is book one of an Irish Village mystery series by Carlene O'Connor. Siobhan O'Sullivan had an uneventful life of looking after her five siblings and small Bistro in the village of Kilbane, County Cork Ireland. However, this all changed for Siobhan O'Sullivan when a body found inside her Bistro she became the number one suspect. To clear her name, Siobhan O'Sullivan started to investigate to find the killer. The readers of Murder in an Irish Village will continue to fol ...more
Peggy R
This was an enjoyable mystery. For me, it started out a little slow setting up the backstory for the main characters but once the murder occurred the paced picked up nicely. The mystery had plenty of twists and turns with a surprise (at least for me) as to the identity of the killer. I like that the whole O'Sullivan family was involved throughout and we got to know each of them as the story unfolded. Siobhan is a likable character. She is independent and complex as she struggles with her new rol ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so very excited to get an advanced reading copy of Murder in an Irish Village by Charlene O'Connor. I sat down to read the first few chapters and those first two turned into the last one before I knew it. There is something so wonderful about a book that can literally make the world disappear. Murder in an Irish Village did just that for me. A story of family, responsibility, romance and mystery. This is a cozy you are going to want to order, tuck up on the couch and read with a big mug of ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun audiobook.
Nancy Bradford
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great start for a series, will be reading the rest.
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