Many a Twist
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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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
In this one, a huge conglomerate from America has bought a local manor house t ...more
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 ...more
She was a member of Sisters in Crime-New England (president 2011), the national Sisters in C ...more