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Many a Twist

(County Cork #6)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,405 ratings  ·  185 reviews
Pub owner Maura Donovan hasn’t seen her mother for over twenty years, so when she suddenly shows up in Maura’s pub, Maura’s not sure what to expect. Her mother is trying to find a life for herself back home and has taken up a position working with the new owners of the Crann Mor hotel just outside Skibbereen. Until her new boss is found dead in the gardens, dumped down the
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Published January 9th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books
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I give this book 4 out of 5 Stars! I really enjoyed this book and its charming setting. I love how they portrayed Ireland in this story with the nice Irish Countryside setting. I thought the plot was well structured and the characters were charming like the setting. I loved the writing style of this story and the mystery. I wish I would have read this series in order because I felt I missed out just a tad but it still makes a good standalone. I will definitely be checking out the previous books ...more

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Many A Twist is the sixth installment in The County Cork Mystery Series and my first read of author Sheila Connolly. The author has written other series such as The Orchard Mysteries, The Museum Mysteries, The Relatively Dead Mysteries, and The Glassblowing Mysteries. This book was hard to rate because there were things that I really liked about it but then there were things that I didn’t like

Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

What a story! Maura Donovan’s mother left her with her grandmother when she was just 2 years old. Now after all these years she shows up in Ireland working on the acquisition of a local hotel. When the head of the company ends up dead Maura’s mother has to tell her who she is before she reveals it to the police. The death has yet to be labeled as a murder but after Maura’s previous relationship with the local garda, she is looped right into the investigation. She also has her
Susan Johnson
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
3.5 stars

Maura has inherited a pub in Leap, County of Cork, that she now runs. An American from Boston has been in Ireland about a year now. She has settled in and made friends. Her business is a moderate success and life is cooking along until a nearby hotel owner is found dead. And his associate, visiting from America, turns out to be her long lost mother who she hasn't seen since she was 2.

If that is not enough, her best friend has a baby and is woefully unprepared. She starts a relationsh
Kendrea Parsons
Many a Twist is the sixth County Cork mystery. When this series first began, I really loved it. And I love the author's Orchard mystery series. However, the County Cork mystery series has gotten a bit stale. Six books in, the main character, Maura, has not changed all that much (no matter what the characters in the book say). She's very two-dimensional. And she's boring. It seems like all she does is work in the pub. Even when she's doing something else, she either thinks or says that she needs ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a delight and refreshing treat it was to have Many a Twist by Sheila Connolly on my table this week. A few years back I learned of my own Irish heritage and shortly after, I found this series. I quickly fell in love with the series and found connections to main character Maura right from book one. The title Many A Twist does this book justice in so many ways. I loved the many twists, all of them in the most simplest of ways satisfied and added special elements to this story. This is an incr ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maura Donavan stare at the woman in shock. Did she hear correctly? The woman said, "I'm your Mother." She hadn't seen her Mother since she was 2 years old. Maura feelings were mixed. They were sitting in the Gardai station as her Helen Jenkins, her Mother is waiting to be interviewed about the unexplained death of her Mother's employer. Maura was having problems getting her emotions under control. Maura works with the Gardai to find answers to the death. Will Maura be able to clear her Mother's ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this unique cozy series set I Ireland. The characters seem authentic and well developed and with each book I look forward to seeing the progression of relationships between the characters. This book had a major twist in the beginning as well as the end which kept me guessing. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading this series, County Cork. This is book 6 set in the lovely Irish village of Skibbereen and Maura's pub. When a rundown hotel is bought and plans to refinish and make it a tourist destination the town is talking. The owner is soon found dead and the main suspect is Maura's mother who is the dead owner's assistant. They haven't seen each other since Maura was dropped off at her grandmother's when she was two years old. All the regulars of the pub have opinions and Maura and Mick ne ...more
Liking the several relational steps forward along with inherent mysteries solved. I'll definitely keep my eye on this series for new releases and plot developments.
Chris Conley
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now I am caught up on all the doings in Leap with Maura and her motley assortment of friends, family, neighbors and customers. The problem with terrific series books is that I always am ahead of the author! This one has so many wonderful elements and they all work.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy the visits to Cork County and Sullivan's Pub! This is the Ireland that I want to visit someday. I really like the small town, everyone knows your name, feel to it.
It was very interesting how Maura's mother shows up after all these years. And then there is a death. Was it accidental, or was it murder?
The story line about Gillian and learning to deal with a brand new baby is fun. And it is a reason we learn a little bit more about Mick.
This is definitely a good addition to the Cou
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
“Many a Twist” earns 5/5 Pints of Green Ale…Delightfully Entertaining!

I am a newbie turned fan of Sheila Connolly’s County Cork series. First, we have my favorite setting…Ireland and a pub! Just perfect for my St. Patrick’s Day weekend entertainment. I started with the most recent book number six, “Many a Twist,” and yes, there has to have been the natural evolvement of situations (some resolved, some ongoing) and characters (some that come and some that go), so I'm eager to go back and read how
Lucy Burdette
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series set in a bar in Country Cork has an endearing cast of characters, a wonderful Irish setting, and a strong sense of small town community. Many a Twist has the added attraction of interesting family complications and welcome character growth.
Clare O'Beara
This is an okay read but I really think anyone who has read earlier instalments will enjoy it more.
The main character is running a pub in County Cork although she is American. A business proposal to provide a music and entertainment venue for a newly developed hotel gives her more pause than we'd expect. Why not? I really did not get an answer except that she would have to go to all the trouble of smartening up the place and getting reliable performers.

Similarly an unexpected death at the new
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many A Twist is the sixth book in the A County Cork Mystery series.

This was another wonderful visit with the enjoyable folks that imbibe at Sullivan’s Pun in County Cork.

Maura Donovan is becoming more settled, the pub is doing well and they have been getting better crowds since resuming having music like the old days when Old Mick ran the pub.

One day Maura get a phone call from John Byrne, his company represents a group of investors who have recently purchased the Crann Mor Hotel in nearby Skibb
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok

Why do I keep reading this series? Pretty much told in dialogue, the author always omits describing this beautiful area of Ireland, which I've come to know. It's told entirely through the mind of Maura, the American who's inherited a pub, who is boooorrrrrring. She has no life, just runs the pub, pours the pints, noses around mysterious deaths, and talks, talks talks. The woman has no interests. I want to know what her little 100 year old bungalow looks like. After 6 books, I haven't a clue. Mau
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many a Twist by Sheila Connolly is the sixth book in the County Cork Mystery series from this very prolific author. I first started reading these books as a way to put myself somewhere I would like to visit, a place from which my ancestors hailed. I quickly became enthralled by the characters, the pub, and the small town atmosphere, not so different from our own.

Maura Donovan inherited a pub and a cottage. Her grandmother had died and she had come to Ireland to dispose of ghost and because her
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
When Maura's mom pops up out of the blue after twenty years she isn't sure how she should react. Is this a good thing or is it going to end up being a bad experience? Maura decides she wants to make a go of having a relationship with her mom but when her moms boss is found murdered things take a huge turn. Will she be able to build something with her mom and at the same time figure out who the killer is? Connolly leads you on a merry chase with so many twists and turns that you won't know if you ...more
2020 bk 22. Maura has a mother. This is a tricky one. Maura has a mother, one who abandoned her when she was two years of age. Now suddenly, Mum is back - not looking for a handout, a bed for the night, or even forgiveness. Maura has very mixed emotions. There is a dead body, but as in the previous novel, it takes a backseat to the question of 'who really is my family?' If you like high tension and screaming fits - this isn't the book for you.
Nancy Bradford
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Ms. Connolly
Barbara Rogers
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: iblog, netgalley, mystery
Series: County Cork #6
Publication Date: 1/9/2018

WOW! I think I want to move to County Cork. This author’s descriptions just immerse you in the countryside and lifestyle. What a wonderful place to live – a slower pace of life, a totally involved populace and scenic beauty beyond compare. Sullivan’s pub is like the Cheer’s TV show – where everybody knows your name and they’re all glad you came. The books are well written, the plots are well thought out, the book stays on-point and the character de
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This sixth entry in the County Cork mystery series might be the best yet. The author does a good job with supplying the back story, so it works as a stand alone, but I think once you meet Maura Donovan you'll want to start at the beginning.

Maura is an endearingly prickly character. Life hasn't been gentle on her so she's wary, and unusually straightforward. She is the owner of an old pub in a small Irish village, bequeathed in a roundabout way to her upon her Irish grandmother's death. Maura is
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the sixth book in the County Cork Mystery series and Maura is still trying to figure out if she wants to stay in Ireland and run the pub. Is she going to update and serve food, does she need an internet presence and what about Mick? In this story, a large company has bought the local hotel and is trying to get local businesses on board as other experiences for their guests. Maura is not sure about whether she wants to do this as they are trying to change them. She does not really like th ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the County Cork Mysteries that I have read and I really, really enjoyed this one. I would love to visit Ireland, and Ms. Connolly’s writing gives a very good glimpse of what the real Ireland is like. I also like the characters in this series. They are well developed and I can tell from reading the first in the series till this one, they have developed even more over the course of the series.
In this one, a huge conglomerate from America has bought a local manor house t
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
I started reading this mystery after a long, crazy day at work, and it was the perfect antidote to my high stress level. Even though I have not yet read the earlier books in the series, I was able to immediately catch up without feeling as though I was missing too much background information. The main character, Maura, is a fairly recent transplant from the United States to Ireland, where she is running an inherited pub. Maura’s mother, who abandoned her as a child, shows up unexpectedly as part ...more
Susan Johnston
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princess Fuzzypants here:
I have enjoyed the adventures of Maura as she rebuilds the business she unexpectedly was bequeathed and learns to live in the small Irish village where everyone either knows or is related to everybody else. The characters are colourful and rich and the reader can well understand why Maura is still there and likely to remain so.
When she is approached with a business proposition by a hotel chain, she does not know what to make of it. Then when the head of that chain is mur
Marie Lee
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually read a series in order, but I received the sixth book in the Cork County Mysteries in exchange for a fair and honest review. After the first chapter, I realized the main character seemed familiar. I had read the first book in this series a while ago. Even though I had some background on this book, I believe it could stand on its own. I found the characters in this book interesting and realistic. The main character, Maura, is endearing in the way she wants to help those she knows and he ...more
Deborah Almada
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
There is nothing like a good storyteller, what I really enjoy about this series is that I feel I am being told an interesting Irish tale. While there is tons of action in this book, the sixth in the series, Maura is still learning to be a Pub owner, how to bring in enough money to support herself and her staff, helping her friend Gillian who has a baby due any moment, now she has "outsiders" interested in possibly interfering with her plans for the Pub, and of course murder. While we have lots o ...more
Lori D'angelo
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the sixth book in a series. I will always read the new books in this series the week they are released because I love these books so much. This one does not disappoint. I know people are always concerned with picking up a book in the middle of a series. I certainly think that it would be easily understood as the author does a good job of getting the reader up to date on the necessary background. However, to truly appreciate the depth of Maura’s internal conflict in meeting her mother, re ...more
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Sheila Connolly 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.

She was a member of Sisters in Crime-New England (president 2011), the national Sisters in C

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