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Murder in an Irish Cottage

(Irish Village Mystery #5)

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In a remoteand superstitiousvillage in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies . . .
 
Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi's Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Barbara Rogers
Series: Irish Village Mystery #5
Publication Date: 2/25/2020
Number of Pages: 304
** 4.5 Stars Rounded Up **

I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent addition to the Irish Village Mystery series. In this series, we have watched Siobhan (shi-vawn) OSullivan grow from a harried caregiver for her five siblings after they were orphaned to a confident garda (police). Shes now engaged to fellow garda Macdara Flannery and the OSullivan Six, as they are known in their village of Kilbane, are finally settling
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Karen Hollins-Stallman
Murder in an Irish Cottage is the 5th instalment in the Irish Village Mysteries by Carlene O'Connor.

In a remoteand superstitiousvillage in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies . . .

Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi's Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to keep it just between the two
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Peggy R
This is the fifth book in the Irish Village Mystery series and I can say that I have enjoyed each one of them. Ms. O'Connor has done a wonderful job of creating the O'Sullivan siblings, led by Siobhan, who as readers will recall is now Garda O'Sullivan. This is a family of siblings that are well crafted, diverse and characters that readers can come to care about. Siobhan and Dara's romance is progressing, albeit slowly, but for me that is okay. I don't particularly want the romance in a cozy to ...more
Stanley McShane
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Book 5 has the reader thoroughly enthralled with all things fairies--the little people themselves, fairy rings, fairy trees, and all the lore, fables, tales, and ballyhoo that goes with those unique legends in the Emerald Isle.

Siobhan O'Sullivan is now Garda O'Sullivan, engaged to fellow Garda Macdara Flannery (Dara). Siobhan (shi-vawn) has been part of the O'Sullivan Six managing Naomi's Bistro since the death of their parents. Looking forward to some private time with Dara, however, is
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Tracy Clark
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an advance copy of Irish Cottage. Get this. There's this remote Irish village inhabited by these weird folks who believe in fairies, and not the harmless Disney kind, but the kind that get really upset when you cross their fairy path or build your house on one. By the end, O'Connor even had me believing in them too. Maybe I was a little creeped out, checking over my shoulder, overly concerned about my own property line and whether fairies travel internationally. I won't say. Who knew ...more
Lesa
If I hadn't read Carlene O'Connor's short story, "Christmas Cocoa Murder", I might have felt a little overwhelmed diving into the fifth book in her Irish Village Mystery series. That's really because Siobhan O'Sullivan is one of six siblings who run Naomi's Bistro, and it's not easy to keep the O'Sullivans straight. Although Garda O'Sullivan is supposed to be on a summer break, when her garda fiancé needs support, Siobhan is there in Murder in an Irish Cottage.

Siobhan planned to spend the ten
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Kathleen
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed-2020
Murder in an Irish Cottage earns 5/5 Fairy Paths...Engaging Cozy!

The fairies did it! Charlene OConnor once again has penned a marvelous, entertaining cozy mystery set on the Emerald Isle. Siobhán OSullivan is looking forward to a break from her garda duties, but obligations with family and the familys bistro wont make it much of a vacation. However, her fiancé Macdara Flannery has received a frantic call from his cousin. The two rush to the remote village of Ballysiogdun only to find his aunt
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Brenda
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Irish folklore and local Irish vernacular are major features of this series. When Siobhan O''Sullivan, now a police officer (garda), finds herself investigating fairies as murder suspects in a remote village you can count on an interesting reading experience.

An eclectic collection of characters, plot twists and Irish law provided aspects to this cozy mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Newly engaged Siobhan and Macdara Flannery, both garda in her local village, find themselves personally involved
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Jan
It's bad enough that the victim is family and the locals appear to believe that she was murdered by faeries, but finding the victim staged was really just the last straw. Although Siobhan and Dara are Garda, it happened in another district so they can't officially be involved. All of the characters certainly are and that's a good thing! The killer is devious and the whole story is filled with misdirections. Excellent!
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via
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Teresa
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved returning to Ireland with Siobhan, Dara, and the O'Sullivan Six. This one was full of the legends and folklore of Ireland and plenty of twists and turns. This is one of the better "cozy" mystery series out there. It feels like so much more. It always makes me so happy to be back in this world!
Susan Lindemulder
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Always a fun, quick read.
Jill
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, giveaways
Garda Siobhan OSullivan has big news to share with her family, but before she can figure out how to break the news of her engagement, she gets a call from Macdara Flannery, also a Garda officer. His cousin Jane Delaney had called him very upset, and he asked Siobhan to join him on a trip to the tiny village of Ballysiogdun to collect Jane and find out what happened.

Although Jane is an adult, she is legally blind, so she was still living at home with her mother. Shed been out of town for a
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Jan Fore
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Murder in an Irish Cottage
Carlene OConnor
February 25, 2020


Carlene OConnor has now written six books in the Irish Murder series. I now have read them all and enjoyed reading each of them. They each have different stories when it comes to the murder intrege. This last book, Murder in an Irish Cottage had a different spin to it. The plot was not humorous as it has been in the past. Siobhon and Dara stayed with their garda duties when it came to solving the killing of his Aunt in the cottage. The
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Karen Hollins-Stallman
Mar 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
Murder in an Irish Cottage is the 5th instalment in the Irish Village Mysteries by Carlene O'Connor.

In a remoteand superstitiousvillage in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies . . .

Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi's Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to keep it just between the two
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Susan
This is a series that has never let me down. Siobhan O'Sullivan has been head of her family since the loss of their parents and she also keeps things going with the family pub. While this entry works as a standalone, starting with the first book, Murder in a Irish Village, will show just how strong this young woman is. She has joined the Garda and is engaged to another Garda officer, Macdara flannery, a joy she keeps hidden so as not to spoil any of it. They will have to tell their superiors at ...more
Anne
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder in an Irish Cottage by Carlene O'Connor is the latest in the series of Irish mysteries featuring Siobhan O'Sullivan, Irish garda (police officer) and her fiancé Macdara Flannery, also a garda. They have yet to announce their engagement at Siobhan's request. No one is really sure why, although she has her reasons. All of a sudden they are called to a nearby village. Dara's aunt has been killed. It is not their jurisdiction, but it is family. They arrived to hear quite a story. It was ...more
Rachel
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Murder in an Irish Cottage by Carlene OConnor is the 5th book in the Irish Village Mystery Series.

I honestly think that this series gets better with each book I read. I have to confess that I have read a few out of order, but honestly the reader can actually dive right in at any spot and still enjoy the book. I will be reading the 4th book next (as I have read 1-3 already). However I love this series so much, that I have purchased the first 4 books. (As of note, there is a novella that squeezes
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Rachel
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder in an Irish Cottage by Carlene OConnor is the 5th book in the Irish Village Mystery Series.

I honestly think that this series gets better with each book I read. I have to confess that I have read a few out of order, but honestly the reader can actually dive right in at any spot and still enjoy the book. I will be reading the 4th book next (as I have read 1-3 already). However I love this series so much, that I have purchased the first 4 books. (As of note, there is a novella that squeezes
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Homerun2
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish
3.5 stars

Siobhan O'Sullivan and her five lively sibling are back for another adventure in County Cork. Siobhan is a garda now, and very determined to succeed. This time the murder hits close to home: the victim is the estranged aunt of her fiancee Macdara Flannery. Dara and Siobhan are both police but have no jurisdiction in this case, but that doesn't stop them from trying to get to the bottom of things.

And it's no easy puzzle. Dara's aunt was not particularly likable, nor is her blind daughter
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Susan
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Siobhán and her fiance Macdara, both members of the Gardaí, the Irish police, are called to a small village by Macdara's cousin Jane, who seems to be in a panic. When they arrive at the cottage, Jane shares with her mother Ellen; they find Ellen is dead. Has she been poisoned? According to Jane, everyone in the village disliked Ellen. The cottage itself seemed to be the problem. The villagers wanted to tear it down, fearing fairies haunted it. But Ellen wasn't prepared to move. Siobhán and ...more
Tracy
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fiancés, Family, and Fairies, and all at the same time. Oh my! Macdara is called in by his blind cousin to investigate the death of her Mom. That same death is being blamed on the fair folk rather than a person of flesh and bone easily found in the village near where the incident took place. Such superstitious beliefs are why cousin Jane does not even trust the local police force to get to the bottom of this mystery. Shiobhan, being the excellent guarda that she is will not hesitate to help ...more
dnsyl57
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carlene O'Connor weaves a wonderfully complex tale of murder and Irish folklore in "Murder In An Irish Cottage. Siobhan O'Sullivan and Macdara Flannery head off to a remote village after he receives a frantic call from his cousin Jane. They arrive to find that her mother (Macdara's Aunt Ellen) has been murdered. The superstitious residents of the remote village believe it was the fairies who did it! Whether or not you believe in the fairies, this is a tale of murder and sussing out the lies from ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
This is the 5th "Irish Village" Mystery by author Carlene O'Connor. I have read the entire series and highly recommend this charming cozy mystery series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinions are my own.

In this next in series our intripd protagonist is off on a journey with her fiancee Macdara to a nearby village after he receives a concerning call from a relative. Upon arrival in Ballysiogdun they discover his aunt dead in her cottage and Jane,
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Mary Hawkes
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 5th in one of my favorite series. Here, Siobhan's fiance Macdara has received a frantic phone call from his cousin Jane, because she has found her mother dead.

Jane and her mother lived in a cottage that has been built on a fairy path between two fairy trees, each circled by a fairy ring. The last 5 inhabitants of the cottage have died, and the local villagers believe it is cursed and want it bulldozed.

I enjoyed reading about the Irish folklore, and visiting again with the
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Mary
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 5th book in the Irish Village series. This one finds Siobhan and her Macdara heading out of town as Dara receives a frantic call from his cousin Jane to say his Aunt Ellen has been killed. The local townspeople and perhaps the local Garda (police) think is related to Fairies. This book will give you insight into Irish folklore. Apparently Daras Aunt Ellen is renting a cottage that is built on fairy lines and the fairies are none too happy about it. Aunt Ellen was going to prove them ...more
Sarah
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies-mysteries
Book 5 in the series.

I'd read the first two books, and the novella in Christmas Cocoa Murder and man, there's a huge jump in relationships from 4.5 to book 5! To the point where I was a bit baffled, because I'm obviously missing a whole heck of a lot of the story.

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The story itself was fun, and I enjoyed
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Karren Hodgkins
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The opening chapter drew me in and really piqued my curiousity. There were times when I really didn't want to put it down.

The story leans into Irish folklore while the mystery is solved by asking and answering many questions. Patience and enquiring minds eventually result in the mystery being solved. As with every well-written murder mystery, the characters are complex and no-one and nothing is quite what it seems.

I particularly enjoyed the relationships amongst
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Kathleen Gray
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Siobhan and Dara, both Garda, find themselves ensnared in a complicated case involving murder and, wait for it- fairies! This is series is more one of gentle procedurals than cozies and this latest installment (fine as a standalone) is the same. Ellen moved into a cottage that was built along fairy lines (I learned something) and was not respectful to them or to anyone in the village for that matter. The local Garda doesn't want Siobhan and Dara's help (and Siobhan's big family would like her ...more
Katie  Cunningham
This is the first book in the series I've read but had no trouble following along, although understanding some of the family dynamics would be easier having read a previous book. I love books set in Ireland and this one didn't disappoint, especially because some folklore was woven all through the story. The characters and how they interacted was interesting, particularly as it related to their beliefs regarding fairies. Siobhan is clever at putting disparate and seemingly insignificant clues ...more
Laura Salas
Maybe this would have been 5 stars if I had read others in the series. The plot is fine as a stand-alone, but I did feel a little at sea with some of the personal/family relationships. No matter--I'll just have to go back and start from book one, as I enjoyed this one a lot. Fairies, an unlikeable victim, a future sister-in-law as a suspect, a treasure horde, a superstitious village, and all the emotions, jealousies, and desires of human beings--along with a smart main character working to solve ...more
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