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Scandal in Skibbereen
County Cork Mystery #2
Sheila Connolly

February 4, 2014 / ISBN 0425252507
Cozy Mystery / Ireland

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


“Is maith an scealai an aimsir”
Time is a good storyteller.

American Maura Donovan is settling down as a Pub owner in County Cork, Ireland. Life is quiet compared to Boston. That is, until an American from New York arrives in search of an undiscovered life-size Van Dyck portrait. And then a murder occurs at the very manor where the painting might be hanging.

When Althea Melville walks in to Sullivan’s Pub Maura knows she’s a force to be reckoned with – a rude New Yorker force. Althea needs a major discovery to keep her position at a New York museum. And she is determined to push her way into finding that painting. Maura takes on Althea’s cause and includes the manor family’s heir. She also includes some locals who are generous enough to share past history with her. But will it all lead to a discovery that brings a family out of the poor house? Or will it all turn into a tragedy, leaving bodies and hard feelings in its path?

Scandal in Skibbereen is the second installment in Cork County series. The locals continue to calmly entertain (compared to Hamish Mcbeth Scottish series). And the Irish countryside continues to enchant, with the exception of those narrow, bumpy roads. Maura is a strong lead character, near perfect. The secondary characters are interesting but we’ve yet to hear their stories. I can’t wait to see what Connolly has in store for them. Also, in this mystery readers learn about Irish social class and how it still resonates in current generations.

I recommend finding a comfortable spot and letting this story unfold in the time that is needed. You won’t regret it.

Buried in a Bog #1
Scandal in Skibbereen #2
An Early Wake #3
A Turn for the Bad (no review) #4
Cruel Winter #5
Many a Twist #6

Reviewed 2014