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Fatal Roots

(County Cork #8)

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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  287 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Some secrets are too big to stay buried...

A few months ago, Boston expat Maura Donovan was rekindled with her mother after more than twenty years of absence. Since then, Maura has been getting accustomed to Irish living, complete with an inherited house and a pub named Sullivan's. But now, her mother has returned--and she's brought Maura's half-sister in tow. To make
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Kindle Edition, 281 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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Betty
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The County Cork series has been extraordinary from the beginning and the 8th installment does not disappoint. Each story can be read as a standalone as they are complete but understanding the backstory is better, if read in order.
When Maura Donovan is alone after the death of her grandmother she heads to Cork County, Ireland. She has no friends. She is surprise to be left Sullivan's Pub and a house. Maura has a couple of problems in the book. Her Mother has return bringing with her, Maura's half
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is a very hard review for me to write because this series had so much promise. I have been really enjoying my excursions to Ireland but for the second book in a row, the protagonist has driven me crazy.

Maura Donovan inherited a pub in Leap over a year ago through an agreement her grandmother, the woman who raised her, made with the previous owner. Her inheritance also included a cottage and we learn in this book several pieces of land. When she arrived she apparently
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Barbara Rogers
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: County Cork #9
Publication Date: 1/7/2020
Number of Pages: 237

This well-written and well-plotted series brings to life the verdant countryside of Ireland. The author’s descriptions make you feel as if you are walking into that cottage or pub or are just walking along one of the quiet lanes. I had begun to despair of Maura Donovan ever actually becoming self-aware. It seems she just floated along on the surface of her life in Boston and has done the same in the year she’s been Leap, County
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Taryn
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maura is enjoying Irish living and looking towards the future when it comes to the pub. When a knock comes to her door one morning Maura is soon I introduced I to the local folklore of fairy forts. She has never heard of such things but the young student who wants to investigate her land looking for some forts has her asking the locals all about them. While at the pub later that day she gets an unexpected surprie, her mother who she just recently met is back in town and her half sister is with ...more
Eden
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
2020 bk 23. I love the title, but this is the slowest book in the series, the dead body mystery doesn't kick in until late in the book. There are continuity errors - at the beginning Maura acts as if she doesn't know about the fairy rings (when Mick took her to one in the first book) and then later the information about the first ring pours out of her mouth. A lot of time is spent worrying over the kitchen at the pub, measuring and re-measuring and blithering. Maura's mother is back, with her ...more
Lesa
Sheila Connolly's County Cork mysteries always take me to Ireland, a country I love. And, I thought her book, An Early Wake, brought the music and area to life. That's probably why I was so disappointed with the latest book in the series, Fatal Roots. Nothing really happens. No one, including most in the community, cares about the identity of the body in the book. And, it's a repetitive story that deals with three subjects over and over - remodeling of the pub kitchen, apologies by Maura ...more
Mystereity Reviews
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars, but I'm not sure where. I've been reading (and enjoying) this series since the beginning and although I liked this book, I felt like it was confused as to what it was supposed to be. There wasn't much of a mystery, so I'm going to say this is fiction with a hint of mystery and it seemed mostly to tie together a bunch of loose threads from the series so far and to connect Maura's mom and her new family to the series? I don't know.

The mystery (in a loose sense of
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Fred
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fatal Roots is the eighth book in the County Cork Mystery Series.

Maura has been in Ireland for a little over a year and has spent almost all her time learning how to run a pub and looking for ways to improve business. They have gone back to the old days and have started to offer music a few days a week. Rose who has been serving drinks and bartending has finally convinced Maura that they should start offering food. The next thing is to decide what equipment will be needed for the kitchen.

One
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Lisa Morin
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Maura is still trying to get along with her mother and step sister, while college students are asking her about the fairies living on her land.
This story seemed to drag for me and I had a hard time paying attention to the story.
Sometimes a book just doesn't appeal to me as a reader, and I think it's time for me to put this series to rest and move on.
I'm a fan of this authors other works, unfortunately, this series just doesn't do it for me.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for approving
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Cheryl
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Maura met up with her long lost mother who visited in Ireland several months ago. This time she is back with Maura’s half sister who doesn’t want to be there. Maura is redoing the kitchen on her pub so she can start serving meals. A college group comes and wants to look for fairy forts on her land. She agrees even though she has never heard of them. This is the part of the story that seems odd.Maura has lived in Ireland for over a year and she still doesn’t know how much land or where it is ...more
Linda Gustaffsen
Jan 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
I have enjoyed this series, up until this book. It almost felt like it was written by a different person. The plots and the dialogue were so repetitive and the mystery fizzled out long before it was solved. Midway I was so frustrated by the fact that the characters (particularly Maura) repeated herself over and over and over that I was ready to quit, something that has never happened to me before in this series.
Nora-adrienne
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
Maura just can't sit still when things around her are out of whack. When a strange young girl comes to her cottage asking permission to look for Fairy Forts on her property (PROPERTY????) Maura doesn't know what to say.. Well things just get out of hand as far as Maura sees it and then her world turns on its side and she's once again off and running just to stay in place.

That's all I'm gonna say about this and you'll just have to beg, borrow or steal a copy of the book for your own self to read
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Micky Cox
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learning to run an Irish pub, navigating relationships when you aren't great at "peopling," a long lost mother and a step sister you've never met, college students working on a graduate project and a long lost dead body that may or may not involve fairies! Sounds like a fantastical story line, but it just adds depth to a wonderfully woven plot with characters that you would love to sit and share a pint with! You really do need to read the entire series to get the full enjoyment, entertainment ...more
Toni
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
This is the eighth book in the County Cork mystery series by Sheila Connolly.

Maura is an American living in Ireland. She has inherited a bunch of land plus a bar from a man who was good friends with her grandmother. A bunch of students want to study fairy forts and look for them in Maura's land. What they find instead is a dead body.

In the meantime Maura's mother, who left her at birth has shown up in town with a teenager in tow. They spend a lot of the book getting to know each other,
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Jeanette
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The cover initially drew my attention to this book and upon reading the synopsis, felt that it was a book for me. There are times when a book can be read as a standalone and sometimes not. As it's the 8th book in the series, perhaps it would have been better if i had read the previous books first. That is not to say that i didn't enjoy this book, as it was good and it wouldn't stop me from reading more by this author.

My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This my honest review,
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Kenneth Funk
Maura Donovan is becoming a very whiny and unlikeable character. Her constant waffling and whining about what she doesn't know and how she hasn't had time to do this or that...Lady, you been running a pub for over a year. If it takes up so much time and you still are so clueless, then it is time to go back to Boston and forget it. Oh and if you can't figure out what is going on with you and your boyfriend by now....

I suspect that Connolly only had a certain number of books plotted, now she is
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Susan
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is the 8th book in this series and it may be my last. The main character, Maura Donovan, an American who inherited a pub and cottage in her family’s native Ireland, gets more unlikeable with each book. Her response to most questions is don’t ask me, I haven’t been here that long. She has no idea that she owns land, knows almost nothing about Ireland and reminds the reader on nearly every other page that she knows nothing about kitchens or cooking. The only interesting aspect of the story is ...more
Ann
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
Always liked Sheila Connolly books, but this one did not live up to her others. It was slow moving and VERY repetitive The main character repeated her self twice in every chapter and events were replayed over and over. It's almost as though she was trying to take a novella and turn it into a full length book. Too bad.
Wendy
Jan 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
I love Sheila Connolly and her books. This book and the one before did not hit the mark. I had to skim A LOT of the dialogue as it repeated itself often which made it difficult and frustrating to get into the story. I wanted to quit reading the book-which never happens, I finish everything, but this was a close one.
On the story: Maura throughout this whole process is stagnant. She's not growing/changing-even with all that she's been trough she is a one dimensional character. I think I would much
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Micky Cox
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Learning to run an Irish pub, navigating relationships when you aren't great at "peopling," a long lost mother and a step sister you've never met, college students working on a graduate project and a long lost dead body that may or may not involve fairies! Sounds like a fantastical story line, but it just adds depth to a wonderfully woven plot with characters that you would love to sit and share a pint with! You really do need to read the entire series to get the full enjoyment, entertainment ...more
Laurel
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Sue
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Maura is still an incredibly insecure soul. She talks about how much she doesn't know and how worried she is about everything but she never DOES ANYTHING to fix it. She just gets other people to fix it. Pick up a book already! Take a course! Learn something for godsake! After 8 books I'm tired of hearing her plead ignorance.....
Leith Devine
I've read all of the County Cork mysteries, and in my opinion, this is one of the weaker entries. The plot summary sounded better than it was executed. I still like the characters but the plot needed work.

Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Maryellen
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Sheila Connolly has successfully transplanted a young American woman, Maura Donovan into Ireland wherein each book she finds herself drawn into the lives of those around her and always into a murder mystery. Maura is surprised to see her mother back in Leap and even more surprised to meet her half-sister, a teenage girl named Susan. Both expect to be in Leap for the summer and Maura isn't quite sure what that will mean for her as business has been slow and she's still thinking on building a ...more
Colleen Maclennan
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
A body is found on fairy fort that is now owned by Maura Donovan who inherited this property in Cork , Ireland . The identification of this body is the premise of this novel. The book however becomes monotonous with mention of fairy forts too frequently , pub kitchen renovations, why Maura ‘s mother left her and other irrelevant details . I just did not feel the mystery combination and the characters were humdrum.
Cherry London
I feel like the story is being rushed along, and that’s taking the joy out of it. The romantic aspect of this book seems a bit dry and jaded. This one did not impress me much, the intrigue juices just weren’t flowing for me, all in all, it was an okay read.
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Fatal Roots” Is the 8th instalment in “A County Cork Mystery” series by Sheila Connelly. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have purchased a few of the previous books.

Some secrets are too big to stay buried...
A few months ago, Boston expat Maura Donovan was rekindled with her mother after more than twenty years of absence. Since then, Maura has been getting accustomed to Irish living, complete with an inherited house and a pub named Sullivan's. But now, her mother has returned--and she's
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Anne
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fatal Roots by Sheila Connolly is another of the Cork County Mysteries featuring transplanted Bostonian, Maura Donovan, and her pub in Leap, County Cork. She awakens earlier than normal to a knocking at her door. She had closed the pub last night and was not quite ready to awaken. At her door she discovered a young woman who inquiring about her land and requesting permission to explore her land for fairy forts or ring forts. It seems there was a good one very near. Ciara, the archeology student ...more
Jean Kolinofsky
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it

Sheila Connolly brings all of the charm of Ireland to Fatal Roots - A County Cork Mystery. Maura Donovan inherited a cottage, land and Sullivan’s Pub from Old Mick Sullivan. Raised in Boston, she has been in Ireland for almost a year and is still learning about the people and history of the area, as well as managing her pub. An early morning visit by Ciara, an archeology student, introduces her to ring forts, also known as fairy forts. These circles date back to the Middle Ages and are now
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Cozy Cat Reviews
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fatal Roots by Sheila Connolly is the 8th book in the County Cork Mystery series. This is a beloved cozy series that is better with every new release. I so enjoy returning to Ireland through Ms. Connolly's eyes and experiencing life in Ireland with this fantastic mystery series. This book can be read as a stand alone however every reader will enjoy and benefit from reading this series from the beginning. This is one of my top 5 favorite cozy series ! Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley ...more
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Sheila Connolly has 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. Now a full-time writer, she thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her ...more

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