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Bel of the Brawl

(Belfast McGrath Mystery #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Bel McGrath loves her work as a wedding chef. But with her latest event set to take place at Shamrock Manor, she just can't seem to catch a break. The Casey wedding has left her with ten thousand greenbacks in the hole, a missing staff member, and a dead groom. Now, in between Guinness beers and pub brawls, Bel must find a way to crack the case--even though what she should ...more
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Published March 7th 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
When I first saw the blurb for Bel of the Brawl, I knew I had to read it. It's a cozy mystery, set in a small town. It focuses on Bel and her family who owns the Shamrock Manor (seriously, I love the name) the family is also very Irish. I didn't read book one, but I kind of get the feel for it in the second book. There has been a murder and Shamrock Manor is suffering a little because it's a wedding place, so the brides and grooms have a bit of reservation when it comes to booking their wedding. ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
The second book in the series and a new author for me. I found a first-class story and a couple of mysterIes. Shamrock Manor is a wedding venue. Bel McGrath is now the mayor's chef. At this wedding, the bridegroom is found dead in a restroom. His death is ruled a heart attack. The ten thousand dollar tip is missing along with a waitress. Bel and her brother, Cargen start looking for the waitress. The trail is convoluted and takes numerous turns. The waitress is located at times and she claims th ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the second book in the Belfast McGrath Mysteries. I have enjoyed both of them, although you do not have to have read the first to enjoy this one.

Belfast (Bel) is the chef at her family's banquet/wedding venue as well as their home, Shamrock Manor. The Manor is just beginning to get back in the black following a murder in the last book. The wedding that opens the story is Pegeen Casey, whose family is involved in import/export and quite well off to Gerrard, a retired police detective and
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This volume of a Western New York murder mystery finds 'Bel'fast McGrath, chef and family member of the Shamrock Manor getting ready for a new wedding dinner. Everyone loves the couple soon to be married. The wedding goes off without a hitch, until, the Groom is found dead in the Ladies room, the sizable 'tip' is missing along with a popular waitress, and Bel's beet salad comes under the Police gaze...

Along with this murder is the under-current of Bel's High School Best Friend, Amy. Amy went 'mi
Virginia Winfield
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this series with Bel. This is the second book in the series and both have been very fun. There is always a dead body at the manor but it is never in a gory way. I also like the underlying mystery that is included. I received this book from St. Martins's Press for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will. ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Rather shallow and tedious.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Setting: Foster's Landing, a small river town


Belfast (Bel) McGrath, only daughter, sister to four, professional chef
Kevin Hanson, Bel's ex-boyfriend, police detective
Cargan, Arney, Derry, and Feeney, Bel's brothers
Plot: It's been years since Bel's best friend disappeared. Bel, Amy, Kevin, and others were having a party on Eden Island. Bel can't quite remember what happened, but she woke up alone on the island and, after wading to shore, found that her brothers and boyfriend had been s
K.A. Davis
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Last year I heard a lot of buzz about the new Bel MacGrath Mystery series by Maggie McConnon and was intrigued. My great-grandmother immigrated from Ireland to America so I’m drawn to everything Irish and loved the premise of the story. When I had a chance to read BEL OF THE BRAWL, the second book in the series, I jumped at the chance! Even though I still haven’t read the first book (I need to correct that soon!), this second book was easily read as a stand-alone. There is just enough backstory ...more
DelAnne Frazee
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Bel of the Brawl - Belfast McGrath Mystery Book 2
Author: Maggie McConnon
Publisher: St Martin Press
Published: 3-7-2017
Pages: 320
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub-Genre: Women Sleuths; Cozy Mystery;Amateur Sleuths
ISBN: 9781250077295
Reviewed For NetGalley and St Martin Press
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.75 Stars

Bel and her family continues to renovate Shamrock Manor both in design as Bel continues to improve the culinary offerings. All of this is done while Bel is pulling
Bel of the Brawl is a fantastic sophomore book in Maggie McConnon's Belfast McGrath Mystery Series.

The past has a funny way of sneaking up on people living in the present. In the most recent past, the drought conditions have cause the rivers, lakes, and streams to dry up. As such, items that belonged to Bel's long lost best friend from high school appear. Amy's disappearance still hasn't been solved, she hasn't been found, and everyone hopes that additional items at the scene can't be traced ba
Barbara Hackel
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful book about an Irish family that owns and runs the Shamrock Manor which is primarily a Banquet Hall known for it's wedding receptions. Belfast has returned to the Manor after leaving a fancy New York restaurant and an ex-fiance behind. Now she is the chef, and the only girl in the family with four brothers. The brothers are the house musicians, the mom and dad run the business, and there are 3 servers (all illegals from Ireland) and a bartender. It is a group that works well together ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Bel of the Brawl by Maggie McConnon is the second book in A Belfast McGrath Mystery series. Bel McGrath lives in Foster’s Landing and is the chef for Shamrock Manor. Shamrock Manor is run by her parents and is the go to venue for wedding receptions in their area. Every member of the family helps out in some way (her brothers are in the band). Their current client is Pegeen Casey and her fiancé, Gerry Mason. Bel is intrigued with she finds out that Gerry is a private investigator. She wants to di ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I did not read the first book in the Belfast McGrath Mysteries, so I was a bit hesitant to begin with book two, but I'm so happy I did! It is such a great book with a great cast of characters! It is a cozy mystery, but is has suspense and and romance.

Bel comes home to work as a Chef in Shamrock Manor. It is owned by her family, and it is where many of the Island's weddings are held. Unfortunately, there is a murder during a wedding reception, which seems to point to a heart attack, but not ever
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A mystery within a mystery. Bel of the Brawl is the 2nd installment of the Bel McGrath mystery series. Bel who has returned to Foster's Landing after a very public firing at a hot New York restaurant in the last installment. She has settled in and is working for the family business as the Chef at Shamrock Manor. Bel has drama. The story starts with a flashback to the night her best friend Amy went missing. They have found Amy's backpack in the water and there are some bones -- are they Amy's? On ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book; this is the second book in the Bel McGrath series written by Maggie McConnon. Bel McGrath loves her work as a wedding chef. But with her latest event set to take place at Shamrock Manor, she just can’t seem to catch a break. The Casey wedding has left her with ten thousand greenbacks in the hole, a missing staff member, and a dead groom. Now, in between Guinness beers and pub brawls, Bel must find a way to crack the case even though what she should be cracking are eggs into ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve got to stop picking up cozies where everyone picks on the main character. At least Bel having four older brothers makes it feel more realistic. Central mystery was well-structured and interesting and Bel herself is an engaging character (as is the supporting cast). Recurring mystery of her friend’s disappearance is an interesting undercurrent throughout but I do hope it’s not one of those narrative threads that add intrigue but never get resolved.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Loved the Irish setting...I thot this plot was a little week...still not sure abt the groom...
Susan Moxley
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. But that cliff hanger at the end is going to drive me crazy.
Nora Brosseau
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. Nothing is more fun to read than a good family who-done-it! I loved the cast of characters and wish my family was half as crazy as the McGraths! I empathize with Bel. I can't wait for the next because I have MANY questions Maggie Barbieri! You don't have to read the first book to understand the storyline. ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bel of the Brawl, written by Maggie McConnon, is the second book in the Bel McGrath Mystery series. This book can be read as a stand-alone, however, I highly recommend reading the first book in the series, Wedding Bel Blues.

The story is about Bel McGrath, a wedding chef at her family owned Shamrock Manor. The McGrath family is a large Irish family that all work at the family hotel/restaurant in one way or another. In the beginning of the story, you will learn about Bel's best friend, Amy, who di
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy, mystery

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.

Bel is a chef for weddings at her family's estate, but murders keep happening around the happy events. This time, its the groom who has died, and a waitress and ten thousand dollar tip that have gone missing. And remains have been found on the island where Bel's best friend disappeared many years ago.

This was a great cozy mystery. The characters are v
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bel of the Brawl is the second book in a series featuring Belfast McGrath, daughter of a large Irish family who works as a chef at Shamrock Manor. Shamrock Manor being a very large hotel/restaurant on a sprawling piece of land near the Hudson river.
Belfast (Bel for short) has three brothers, who all have their own careers but are also the ‘house band’ of Shamrock Manor, especially when there is a big wedding booked.
In this second book of the series we read how Bel’s best friend Amy Mitchell di
Lisa Morin
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read in this series and I'm hooked.
The style of writing flowed smoothly and the author kept me interested all the way through.
Working in the family business, Bel McGrath loves her work, catering weddings allows her to create the foods she loves.
The Casey wedding is set to go, but with a death on scene, missing money and possible illegal waitresses is enough to cause Bel a whole lot of trouble.

I voluntarily read an Arc of the book provided by the publisher and NetGalle
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Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imagine plucky Nancy Drew had grown up in an Irish-American family of step-dancers and musicians and became a world-class chef who solved murders in her spare time. That’s Bel McGrath, the nosy, persistent heroine of Maggie McConnon’s “Bel of the Brawl,” the second in a series about an amateur detective who seems to keep tripping over dead bodies where she works.
Some might classify this page-turner as a “cozy” mystery, set as it is in a small town New York’s Hudson Valley. But there i
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