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Murder In Galway

(Home to Ireland Mystery #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  440 ratings  ·  68 reviews
New Yorker Tara Meehan's first trip to Galway may be her last . . .

Tara never imagined her introduction to Ireland like this—carrying her mam’s ashes to honor her final request: “Tell Johnny I’m sorry . . . Take me home.” She’s never met her mam's estranged brother, Johnny Meehan, who owns an architectural salvage business in Galway. Although Tara is immediately charmed by
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder in Galway by Carlene O'Connor was an engaging introduction to this new cozy mystery series. I liked Tara Meehan at first but her pushy attitude toward people she had barely met began to feel forced to me. I can understand why many of the Galway inhabitants and the guards wanted her to go home. The mystery was good and swiftly paced with just enough twists to keep me guessing until the reveal. I loved the descriptive writing of Galway and the surrounding area as it made Ireland come to lif ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I'm a big fan of Carlene O'Connor's Irish Village series, so I was looking forward to starting this new series of hers. Unfortunately I didn't like it as much.

Tara Meehan, a New Yorker, has traveled to Ireland with her mother's ashes to honor her mother's request to "take me home" and find her mother's estranged brother to tell him "I'm sorry." Tara finds her uncle's cottage only to discover a body over the threshold. She has never met her uncle, so she assumes the body is his. After sounding th
2020 bk 275. Another American in Ireland mystery. While I've enjoyed O'Connor's other Irish mystery series, this did not hold the same enchantment for me. It is a good cozy for a rainy day, but there were sections that just bogged down for me. This was an okay read for one time, but not for re-reads. I was just disappointed.
I do not want to visit Ireland anymore! Perhaps I'm too sensitive, and this is only just one book, but the constant feed of "American, go home, we don't want you here," really got to me. I am, however, taking this as a sign of what a gifted storyteller Carlene O'Connor is. I'd never read one of her books before. She really sucked me in to this world, keeping me up way too late just to finish the story. Well, the inhabitants of O'Connor's Galway may not have wanted Tara Meehan there, but they don ...more
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eeeeepppp!! Just discovered a new-to-me mystery writer in this first book of a new series. Happily I have some catching up to do on her previous books so I'll be a contented listener for a while yet.

This mystery is spellbinding. Love the Irish locale and the way O'Connor brings it to life with her words. I felt like I could see every scene playing out before me. So many suspects among the intriguing characters Tara gets to know. At one point I figured the whole town had to be in on the murder.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Not quite as good a read as O'Connor's first series.
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a GREAT start for a series !!! Murder in Galway by Carlene O'Connor is the first book in her Galway Ireland Mystery series and it is an amazing story !!!

Sadly we travel with Tara Meehan to Galway Ireland where she is going to meet her uncle for the first time while she is honoring her recently deceased mothers final wishes. Her mother grew up in Galway but left before Tara was born and never returned. Along with having her ashes released over the Galway Bay, her mother also wanted Tara to a
Anita Johnson
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who knew so much evil could lurk in beautiful, welcoming, peaceful, little Ireland? This is the first in a new series by the author of the Irish Village Mystery series which I have thoroughly enjoyed and am grateful there will be more of them. I was skeptical that the events in Galway could hold a candle to the murders in Kilbane but this is afire with excitement, fun and surprises.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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Murder in Galway
Galway Ireland Mystery #1
By Carlene O’Connor
ISBN13 9781496719843
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Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele


New Yorker Tara Meehan’s first trip to Galway may be her last . . .

Tara never imagined her introduction to Ireland like this—carrying her mam’s ashes to honor her final request: “Tell Johnny I’m sorry . . . Take me home.” She’s never met her mam’s estranged brother, Johnny Meehan, who owns an ar
Becky Tatar
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Tara is taking her mom's ashes to her birthplace, Galway, Ireland. She has hardly arrived, when the urn with the ashes is opened, she receives a warning to leave, and finds a dead body in the home of her Uncle John. With her uncle's assistant, Danny O'Donnell, Tara tries to find out where her uncle is, why someone would kill a person at her uncle's house, and her growing feelings for Danny.

Not so great. It took me forever to get into the story, and most of the action was in the last 1/3rd of the
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by this author, but it definitely won't be the last, since I've been wanting to read her other Irish series. I've never been to Ireland, but her descriptions are done so well that I was actually able to picture the cottage and all the different places that Tara went. She definitely had her work cut out for her with her uncle missing and walking in on a dead body. When she found another body later, Tara was determined to clear her uncle's name.

There were a lot of
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
A fun easy read with lots of Ireland lore. But, there are many gaps in the book, whether from editing or writing. In one part three people are on a ledge then the author says, "the crowd backed away". Where did the crowd come from? It wouldn't bother me much except it happened several times in the book leaving me lost.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
I just couldn't get into this book...
Wendy Moluf
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Can't recommend this one. The main character was ditzy and the "mystery" was all over the place. I doubt I would try any of this author's other books after reading this.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
2.5 stars
I liked this first in the series well enough, but I did not love it. With the exception of Danny, I did not warm to the characters. The Ireland setting is lovely.
Amy Lilly
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A cozy mystery set in the beautiful location of Galway, Ireland, Murder in Galway by Carlene O’Connor delivers a strong sense of place and character. This is a first in a new series by the author of the Irish Village Mystery series.

Tara Meehan arrives in Galway to complete a sad mission – spread her mother’s ashes and meet her uncle, Johnny, to break the news of his sister’s passing. Right from the start, things go awry. Her mother’s ashes are spilled, a g
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosy-mysteries
Carlene O'Connor's "Murder in Galway" is a good start in her new series. I enjoyed the book but it took me a couple of pages to get into the story.

Tara, the main character, goes to Galway, Ireland, to return her mother's ashes to the place of her birth and to meet her mother's brother, Johnny. Brother and sister had a very bad misunderstanding years ago and Tara's mother wanted Tara to find him and tell him that his sister was sorry. Tara arrives in Galway and almost immediately falls in love w
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, cozy
When Tara Meehan goes to Ireland, it's to spread her mam's ashes in the sea and meet her Uncle Johnny for the first time. But when she arrives at her uncle's cottage, she finds a dead body, and assumes it's him. When she's later informed that it's instead a wealthy man who was her uncle's client, and that he's suspected of the murder, she doesn't want to believe it.

So she sets about trying to find her uncle and discover who is framing him for murder. But after a dire warning from a local gypsy,
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy, mystery
This is the first book in a new series by Carlene O’Connor. I’ve read her Irish Village series with Siôbhan O’Sullivan and the activities in Kilbane and enjoyed them.

This also takes place in Ireland and the lead character is female and independent. Tara Meehan has come to Galway to spread her mother’s ashes, per her mother’s wish. Tara also comes to meet her uncle Johnny Meehan and deliver her mother’s message to him. Tara and her uncle have never had contact, as her mother left Galway before T
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this fish out of water type mystery.

Tara is not returning to her home but to her mother's. She knows that her mother's estranged brother Johnny Meehan was in Galway last they knew and she is interested in meeting him and to spread her mother's ashes somewhere appropriate.

Before she knows what is happening, the box with her mom's ashes is in a juggler's street performance. Next thing she knows he has returned it to her but she has juggled it and it opens and spews the contents al
Amber Sauer
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tara Meehan travels to Galway Ireland as part of her as part of her mother’s dying wish to have her ashes scattered in Galway Bay. Tara also looks for her estranged uncle whom she has never met. Her uncle is unpopular in the town and she is tainted by association so does not receive a warm welcome.

What I liked: this story has a compelling plot and shows grief in a way that most cozy mysteries do not which makes it relatable. The description of scenery and s
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Murder in Galway by Carlene O’Connor is the first in a new series focussing on Tara Meehan, an early 30s interior designer from NYC that is returning to her recently passed mother’s home in Galway, Ireland to meet her uncle whom she has never seen before. After her arrival, she is ensnared into a complicated murder/mystery all the while trying to find her place and a second chance on happiness after a complicated past.

I loved Tara. She is strong, smart, stubborn, independent, passionate, and car
A. Lieberson
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first in the series. Tara lives in NY city but promised her mother that she would take her ashes to Ireland where she grew up. Tara knew nothing about her mother's family but her mother requested that she tell her brother that she is sorry.
Tara arrives in Galway where her mother grew up but the locals are not very friendly. She gets directions for her uncles shop. She only knows his name is Thomas and that he has a salvage business. When she approaches the shop she sees a dead man l
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads giveaways, I was not required to give a favorable review. This was the first book I have read from Carlene and I enjoyed it so. Tara as coming to Galway to bring her mother's ashes home. She has never met her Uncle Johnny, her mother's brother but when she gets their no one knows where he is. When she shows up at his cottage she finds a murdered man, and no uncle, but it just seems to give a little tricky after that, she wants to know what happen to her u ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I highly enjoyed this book! An excellent mystery, fab characters and setting and premise. And armchair travel to Ireland. If I'd had the time, I would have read this in one sitting. It was my purse book and went to work with me, so it was slower going.
I really liked Tara, the main character. She takes on a trip to Galway Ireland per the wishes of her deceased mother. There are plenty of roadblocks and less than welcoming vibes when she arrives, but she forges ahead. She's had heartache in her l
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
I thoroughly enjoyed this first installment in this new series. Brought me right back to my trip to Galway and the Aran Islands three years ago; great memories! The author certainly chose a beautiful setting for her story! I really liked meeting these characters, too. Tara is delightful and I look forward to seeing her further adventures and how her relationship with Danny grows. My only criticism is that the author introduced too many characters and I was confused trying to keep track of a few ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting start to another wonderful series set in Ireland. I love the setting as much as the story itself. Which centers around a young woman who has brought her mother's ashes back to Ireland to be scattered where she was from. She also asks Tara to tell her brother who she hasn't seen in years that she is sorry. She finds the body of a man at her uncle's cottage thinking that it's her uncle she is intrigued to investigate despite warning from everyone to stay out of it. Then finding out it ...more
Gregory Mattia
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review may be a bit late in coming for a free copy (thanks Co-vid 19), but I definitely enjoyed Murder in Galway. This was the second series that I have tried from Carlene O'Connor and although I was not impressed with my first venture into her writings, I was very impressed with this one. The main character, Tara, was a fun (but protagonist who definitely has her own issues to deal with. The cast of surrounding characters will be interesting to watch develop as this seri ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I am a big fan of O’Connor’s Irish Village Mystery Series, so I was excited for this new series. So excited, in fact, that I bought the actual book from Barnes and Noble because they have the exclusive rights for a year! Slightly annoying, but I got over that and was immediately lost in the idyllic Galway environment and characters. The mystery was predictable, yet well developed and full of action. I would definitely read more books in this series. Not sure if I like it quite as well as the Iri ...more
Maggies Daisy
I so want to so walk some day in Ireland and walk where my ancestors did. But in the mean time reading stories that bring a little of that Irish whimsical land into focus will suffice for now. There was just the right amount of intriguing characters that were all possible suspects to the murder that landed literally on Tara's doorstep. With so many suspects and being new to the area Tara finds herself in some tense situations. It was a great read and I will keep my eye on the new books coming ou ...more
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