Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Book Review: An Early Wake by Sheila Connelly

  Title: An Early Wake
  Author: Sheila Connelly
  Series:  Book 3 A County Cork Mystery
  Publisher: Berkley
  Format: Paperback
  Genre: Cozy Mystery
  Source: Received for review from Publisher
  Star review: 3.75
  Reviewed by: Marlene Patterson

   When Mick Sullivan's distant relative Maura Donavan took over his pub, Sullivan's in Cork County, Ireland six months ago after his passing she didn't know what she was getting into. A young woman from Boston, a serial waitress and generally guarded with no ties to family now has to manuver herself through the customs of a small village in a country the size of Maine.

 Still not understanding if she has won over her patrons as well as some of her staff who believe they should have had a righted share to the pub he takes on a new challenge of trying to bring back life to the worn and withered pub. When a young man from Dublin University comes looking to learn firsthand about the music scene back in the nineties Maura is baffled as well as clueless which starts her done the path of trying to bring the pub back into the black.

Within twenty-four hours the word has spread that Naill Cronin has come back to Sullivan's and with that comes one amazing night of music that changes Maura's view on her life in Ireland as well as what can be. Unfortunately by morning the discovery of one the musicians dead in the back room may cast a shadow over Maura's new endeavor.

 I really enjoyed Maura, I could relate to her feelings of being lost and unprepared for a drastic change in life. I liked the book, it was a good story not only about the solving a death but about community and how it should be.

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  1. I really enjoyed the first two and can't wait to read this one.

  2. Thanks for the nice review. I don't so much do research as go to Ireland and talk to people--and stories fall into my lap. Like this one--there really was music at the pub (which, BTW, was and is called Connolly's) and they're hoping to bring it back this year.



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