six months later and Bostonian Maura Donovan is still running
the pub in Ireland that she inherited. Maura has Mick and
Rose to help with the pub, Bridget to confide in, and then
there is Sean and their possible or not so possible relationship.
Sullivan's Pub is just breaking even, but Maura wants to do
better. Lucky for her a student named Tim shows up researching
the old days of music and tells her Sullivan's was the place
to be back in the day. That unassuming dark room at the back
of the pub, now packed with stuff, once held many late night
impromptu gatherings with both professional and amateur musicians.
word gets out about Sullivan's and the infamous musician who
just showed up, a night of music is expected. Maura agrees
because she needs the money. One thing she doesn't need is
a dead body in the back room, which is what she gets the night
after the party. There's plenty of suspects, since the pub
was full the night of the murder but there's very little evidence
for Sean and Maura follow. The
two work diligently to solve the murder and get a little help
in the end. It's a complex mystery with plenty of false leads.
Early Wake is centered around the pub and the village.
Leap is a peaceful Irish village holding on to the old ways
while the world changes around them. It's a place where everyone
still looks out for each other, even newcomers. It's during
this case that Maura realizes this is where she belongs. Her
little cottage is more than enough, and she doesn't need a
computer or cell. Reading this series makes me want to jump
on a plane and runaway to Ireland!
in a Bog #1
in Skibbereen #2
Early Wake #3
A Turn for the Bad (no review) #4
a Twist #6