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Murder at an Irish Christmas

(Irish Village Mystery #6)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  76 reviews
The O'Sullivan clan of County Cork, Ireland, are back to investigate another case of murder--this time at Christmas!

Garda Siobh�n O'Sullivan's holiday plans hit a sour note when murder rearranges the yuletide carols into unexpected eulogies...

This December in Kilbane, if you're planning to warm up with a cuppa tea at Naomi's Bistro, you may have a bit of a wait--the entire
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Carlene O'Connor The mysteries in each book always stand alone. The characters do grow and change but you will still be able to enjoy the book on its own.
Carlene O'Connor I write them so that each book can be understood on its own. Characters lives do progress book to book but I know many people have read and enjoyed th…moreI write them so that each book can be understood on its own. Characters lives do progress book to book but I know many people have read and enjoyed them out of order. Other people prefer to start at the beginning. You can always start with this and if you love it then catch up from the beginning!(less)
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This is a cozy mystery, and it is the 7th book in the Irish Village Mystery series. I really enjoyed this book, and it pulled me for the beginning. There is a lot about music. I really enjoyed the mystery part of this book, but I really enjoyed the characters. The characters where fun and felt real to me. This is a fast-paced cozy mystery with wonderful characters. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Kensington Publishing Corporation) or author (Carl
Micky Cox
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The O'Sullivan Clan are back in action and this time they've taken the mystery on the road for Christmas! It's hard enough to meet future in-laws, but finding them over a dead body and then having to suspect one of them as the murderer definitely takes things to a new level. Especially when you already have a strained relationship with your brother's future wife to be! This is an intriguing mystery as it takes the locked room type mystery and puts into a real life scenario. It's fun to attempt t ...more
Peggy R
Over the years, this series has become one of my favorite cozy mystery series and I look forward to each new book. I love the O'Sullivan siblings and it has been so entertaining watching them each grow into who they will be as an adult. Siobhan has taken on a lot of responsibility in raising her siblings after her parent's death, but she is starting to make a life separate for herself. I wasn't sure at first if I would like her becoming a member of the Garda, but I think she has a strong sense o ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Murder at an Irish Christmas by Carlene O’Connor is the 6th book in the amazing Irish Village Mystery series (not including a novella included in the equally amazing book containing a trio of novellas, Christmas Cocoa Murder 2019).

I have to admit that this is one of my favorite series, and I have read every book by Ms. O’Connor, so I was so delighted to know that I could visit the wonderful O’Sullivan six (but really is it six anymore with the wonderful additions to the family?) again in County
Carla Johnson-Hicks
The O'Sullivan Clan are back in the sixth edition of an Irish Village Mystery. This time they've left Kilbane and headed off to West Cork for Christmas with James' fiancée's family. Of course, murder seems to follow them, and shortly after arriving, they find the patriarch of the Elliot family, dead on the floor of the Old Mill where a Christmas Eve Concert is supposed to take place. At first it is ruled an accident, but as clues and facts are uncovered, it is obvious, that it was a murder. Siob ...more
Murder at an Irish Christmas is the 6th book in the Irish Village Mystery series.

This was my 1st in this series. Although it was book six, I had no difficulties keeping up with characters and events and it worked for me as an individual story. Protagonist Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan was a great character who I liked immensely from the first chapters. She was smart and fiery and had sound reasoning for her thoughts and actions which not all main characters of cosy mysteries possess!

The seaside
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The O'Sullivans are meeting the future in-laws for Christmas but a murder may put a damper on their plans as they try and solve the crime. I enjoyed this cozy mystery and if like ones set in Ireland you will enjoy this book.
Lisa Morin
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of this series, Murder at an Irish Christmas is by far my favorite book!
Siobhan and her family are spending the holidays with her older brother James and his girlfriend’s family.
Since they are a musical family, Siobhan is excited to meet the prestigious family.
Unfortunately, things go awry and what seems an accidental death sets Siobhan on her on investigation, revealing deep secrets and family skeletons.

I’m excited to see what happens next to one of my favorite fictional families.
This Christmas the O’Sullivan siblings have left Naomi’s Bistro in Kilbane to share instead with brother James’s fiancée Elise’s family which includes a famous orchestral conductor and his much younger wife who is an incredibly gifted violinist. Siobhan is in awe of the man and his wife but things go off to a bad start at once because the man is found in an open space below a broken railing and is dead under a beautiful harp. Siobhan is Garda, but this is not her patch and her partner/fiance won ...more
Barbara Rogers
Series: Irish Village Mystery #6
Publication Date: 10/27/20
Number of Pages: 304

Siobhan (shi-vawn) O’Sullivan and her family, known as the O’Sullivan Six, are in action again as they visit a colorful village in West Cork. Christmas is near and they will be spending time with the family of James’ fiancé, Elise. Siobhan is a bit apprehensive about her older brother’s engagement, but the rest of her brood of brothers and sisters, Grainne (Grawn-ya), Ann, Eoin (Owen), and Ciaran (Keeran) seem just fin
Karen Hollins-Stallman
"Murder at an Irish Christmas" is the 6th instalment in the Irish Village Mystery series by Carlene O’Connor. I love this series and was excited to be able to read an arc of it.

I really enjoyed this story, and it has made me want to catch up on the series. I have several of the earlier books in my TBR pile. I loved visiting West Cork and the remote coastal village where Elise grew up.

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and I loved the characters which are well developed. Getting to know
Sam Sigelakis-Minski
Full review at Sam's Beach Reads.

What I Loved:

The Murder Mystery. I have a tremendous amount of love for Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot series, particularly the installations that feature country house mysteries. Here, while Irish Christmas did not take place literally in the country house, it had the same closed circle, dead patriarch setup. This is a favorite of mine because it dives deep into each family members’ psyche, motives, and desires, and exposes all sorts of secrets both r
Sar Ah Horton
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s nothing like a beautifully delivered book around Christmas time! This author truly appreciates Christmas as much as I do! Ireland is officially a wonderful Christmas destination with family, except maybe for a murder...

This is the Sixth book in the Ireland Village Mystery series and the first one I’ve read. I truly enjoyed the Irish culture coming alive in front of my eyes; with the scenery, Irish names and language, all the way to Siobhan’s perfect love of tea. I was completely swept up
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. This latest installment has the O'Sullivan clan celebrating Christmas in a village in West Cork. They will be meeting the family of Elise Elliot, their brother James's fiancee. The highlight of the celebration will be an orchestra concert, led by Elise's grandfather, Enda Elliot.

The families and orchestra members are waiting outside the mill where the concert is to take place, so they can decorate and set up for the event. When the doors are finally open, they find Enda's body, appar
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, christmas, mystery, cozy
Siobhan and her family are all spending the Christmas holidays in West Cork with her brother James and his fiancée Elise and her family. It’s a bit stressful and Siobhan is missing her own fiancé, Macdara. But it gets much worse when Elise’s grandfather is found dead, possibly murdered. It’s not her jurisdiction, but Siobhan can’t help acting like a Garda. Someone in this musical family is likely involved, and she is going to find out who and why. It’s quite an intriguing tale, and made doubly s ...more
M.  [storme reads a lot]
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fun cozy mystery for the season.

The sixth book about a family during the holidays. Two older siblings raising the younger ones and it’s the season of meeting one of the oldest ones partners families. They are a famous musical bunch, but the holiday is thrown off course by a murder.

I found this to be a quick read and lots of fun. It sets the perfect tone for the holidays.

Thank you NetGalley and Kensington for the Arc. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Ryan Hoffman
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the current installment of my favorite cozy mystery series. Siobhan O'Sullivan is back with a holiday themed mystery to solve. I always like this series and even thought Siobhan is a village cop or Garda it bares resemblance to M.C. Beatons Hamish MacBeth or Rhys Bowens Constable Evan Evans. I also like the family dynamic with Siobhan's siblings.
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the sixth book in this series. I enjoyed it so much, I have purchased the earlier books as well. It can easily be read stand-alone, as I had no problem in picking up the story line. I wanted the earlier books to get the back history and because I enjoyed the author’s writing so well.

Siobhán O’Sullivan is a Garda and she is engaged to a Detective Sergeant. She is taking time off at Christmas to spend with her siblings, as she and her older brother, James, have been responsible for raising
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corp for a copy of "Murder at an Irish Christmas" in exchange for my honest review.

This is Book #6 in the Irish Village Mystery series. It's a wonderful read as a stand alone but reading it in order makes the different relationships more interesting to follow. The series follows the lives of the 'Sullivan Six' - James, Siobhán, Eoin, Gráinne, Ann and Ciarán. After their parents were killed four years ago by a drunk driver Siobhán - as the oldest dau
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Siobhan O’Sullivan is looking forward to a lovely, peaceful Christmas with her younger siblings. Although they won’t be home this year as usual, they will get to be in West Cork, close to the sea. There, they will be getting to know the family of James’ fiancee Elise Elliot and enjoying the concert put on by her grandfather. Enda Elliot is a renowned conductor, and the O’Sullivans have been invited to the big Christmas Eve concert as well as all the accompanying festivities in the days leading u ...more
Jan Fore
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Murder at an Irish Christmas
Carlene O’Connor
October 27, 2020

The O’Sullivan Six decided to head to Cork County for a holiday celebration with Elise Elliott’s family.Elise is engaged to James O’Sullivan. Most of her parentage live in the country. They are musically inclined and hope the Christmas celebration on the eve before the holiday. They will be honoring Enda Elliott the grandfather of their family. He is an orchestral genius who writes music and now leads the local symphony as a prelude to
Stanley McShane
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In this entry to the series, protagonist and Guarda Siobhán O’Sullivan is out of her element as well as district when she puts her own wedding aside to join brother James and his fiancé Elise at her family’s estate in West Cork for the Christmas holiday celebration. It’s not just a full house, but the cottages as well as they begin the task of creating their own Christmas decorations while they join with Elise in her family’s Christmas traditions, which includes a “secret Santa” style of gift-gi ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder at an Irish Christmas by Carlene O'Connor finds the O'Sullivan Six in a small village in West Cork, preparing to spend Christmas with James' new in-laws and see a concert conducted by Enda Elliot featuring his wife, Leah who was a world-famous violinist. Elliot was the grandfather of James' fiancée, Elise, but sadly on the morning of their arrival, he was found dead at the old whiskey mill, which was to be the venue for the Christmas concert. She had promised her younger siblings that thi ...more
It’s a week before Christmas and Garda Siobhán O’Sullivan and her siblings are in a small village in West Cork. The O’Sullivan clan is celebrating Christmas on the Irish coast because James O’Sullivan is engaged. Siobhán and her siblings are there to meet fiancé Elise Elliot’s family. Elsie Elliot is a member of a renowned musical family. Her grandfather is renowned conductor Enda Elliott. In addition to meeting the Elliot family, Siobhán and her brothers and sisters plan to attend a concert in ...more
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars

This sixth Irish Village Mystery would probably be fine as a standalone, however having read the previous books and gotten the family history is bound to enhance enjoyment of the book.

Siobhan O'Sullivan became both mother and father to her five brothers and sisters after the death of her parents in a car crash. They are a close-knit bunch, lively and loyal to each other but with the usual sibling tussles. Siobhan is a very appealing heroine: smart, protective of her family, strong, and
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great cozy mystery with wonderful Christmas accents. Great way to get in the mood for the holidays-even if there is a murder!

I've not read earlier books in this series (this is the sixth) but other than being slightly confused at the beginning on the O'Sullivan family structure, it was completely fine as a standalone. But it was such an enjoyable story, I've already got the first two books on hold at the library.

Our protagonist, Siobhan O'Sullivan is a garda (police officer in the Rep
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am an avid follower of Carlene O'Connor's "Irish Village Mystery" series, so imagine my huge grin and prompt "grabbing" of the hardcover titled MURDER AT AN IRISH CHRISTMAS (Iris Village Mystery #6) when I discovered it on the shelf in Barnes & Noble! As far as I could see, there was only one copy in the store, and I hadn't seen it on the Christmas Books table either. I had no idea that this novel was coming out, and I didn't care that I would be paying hardcover price! (I had found all the ot ...more
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siobhan and the rest of the O’Sullivan family head to West Cork to spend Christmas with her brother James’ fiancée Elise and her family. While there, they’re going to witness a performance from by the famous orchestra conductor Enda Elliot, and a whole orchestra of others including the violin virtuoso Leah Elliott (Enda’s third wife) who will be having a Christmas Eve performance. But when everyone finally is able to get into the locked mill to decorate and practice, they discover the body of En ...more
Lynn Hayward-Bisbee
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore these cozy mysteries by Carlene O'Connor set in Ireland. Each one is better than the last and this one is no exception.

Cozy mysteries always take place in small towns and one often wonders how a town or village can be so idyllic when murders keep occurring. I'm glad to see Ms. O'Connor take Siobhán and her brood out of her village visiting another. It gives the reader a whole new place to read about and to envision the lovely countryside by the descriptions the author gives.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is always fun to spend time with Siobhan and her siblings! For Christmas, Siobhan O'Sullivan and her family are spending time in West Cork with her brother James' fiance's family, which includes her grandfather, a famous orchestra conductor, his much younger concert violinist wife, Elise's siblings, her mother and grandfather's second wife and a few other non-blood relatives! Siobhan is not happy about spending Christmas away from home and from her fiance Macdara Flannery, but she ...more
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