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Murder in an Irish Village

(Irish Village Mystery #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  3,042 ratings  ·  447 reviews
A little slice of Heaven on the Emerald Isle…
In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie’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, after th
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Published February 23rd 2016 by Dreamscape Media LLC
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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.
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
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
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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.
Barbara Rogers
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: Irish Village Mystery #1
Publication Date: 2/23/16
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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
Cathy Daniel
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!
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
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
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
Lindsay Nixon
This was a lovely audible to listen to! The thick Irish accents are definitely what kept me tuned in!

The story was a 3-3.5 “okay” for me. I enjoyed it but it’s not particularly memorable or different.

I had picked this up thinking it was a cozy mystery (similar to the Lady Hardcastle series—recommend!) and it isn’t but it’s also not the usual detective / police procedure murder investigation book. Early into it I described it to a friend as the book version of the game “Clue” and think that’s ve
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
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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
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
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stelle piene.

Un buon libro. La protagonista tende a essere un po' testarda e ad accusare un po' tutti di omicidio, ma la storia si fa leggere. E c'è anche un po' di domande.
Mi sono piaciute le descrizioni dei monumenti storici del villaggio e i resoconti sulla sua storia. Peccato che sia fittizio perché avrei voluto visitarlo... Stranamente entrambe le serie cozy mystery irlandesi sono ambientate nella contea di Cork: ci devo proprio andare!
Lis Carey
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a year since the O'Sullivan parents died in a terrible car crash, and their six children are still struggling a bit, both emotionally, and in keeping their restaurant, Naomi's Bistro, open and running. Siobhan, the eldest daughter, is guardian of the four younger children, and manager of the bistro, putting aside for now her plans to attend university. The eldest O'Sullivan, James, is not doing these jobs because he slipped into alcoholism after his parents' deaths. At six months sober ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish
I enjoyed this cute little mystery. The description of small village life in Ireland was interesting and one of the reasons I liked the book. My book had a glossary with words meanings and name pronunciations which helped me like it more. The story took a while to develop but when the mystery itself finally presented I thought it well done. I also thought it was believable that a family of kids would be inexperienced and sort of bumbling when trying to solve a mystery and this added to the cuten ...more
"I'm not trying to protect you.....I'm doing my best to protect you everyone else in town from the likes of you."

This is a delightful cozy! I adored Siobhan and the all the O'Sullivan's. The banter and quirkiness reminded me a lot of the early days of Stephanie Plum. I can't wait to read the next installment.
A cute cozy mystery set in Ireland with a fabulous narrator. Just what I needed!
A cozy mystery with a touch of Irish, and a great audio to listen to. I Love the slang, the culture, the unique amateur sleuthing, and all the characters involved. I was more interested in the small community than I was finding out who did it. I honestly couldn't see any of them as the killer. I rooted for an outside reason for the killings and cheered when clues didn't fit. I must see how the series plays out, I hope Overdrive has the rest on audio. Delightful, so glad I listen to this audio du ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Siobhan O’Sullivan lives with her five brothers and sisters in the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland. She and her brother, James, have been in charge of their younger underage two brothers and two sisters since their parents were killed by a drunk driver a year before. Natalie’s Bistro, the family restaurant, barely makes enough money to keep the family going, and Siobhan has turned down a scholarship to a college in Dublin to stay in town with her family. One day, Niall Murphy, the ...more
Lorraine Kraft
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siobhan O'Sullivans parents were killed in an automobile accident and her plans of going off to Trinity College in Dublin with her two friends were cancelled. Instead, as the eldest daughter of what the village of Kilbane fondly refers to as "the six", she stays home to take care of her younger siblings and to run the family bistro.

Niall Murphy, the brother of the man who was found responsible for the death of Siobhan's parents, comes to Siobhan stating he has proof that someone else is responsi
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irlanda
This is the perfect book to read during this period that we are preparing to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. It was a pleasant trip to Ireland, a wonderful country that I love so much but I have not had the luck to visit. The setting of this story is truly amazing, a little, quiet and friendly town in County Cork. The author was very good at recreating the atmosphere of those magical places, even more realistic thanks to the use of Irish slang (there is a glossary that explains their meaning)
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