maith an scealai an aimsir”
Time is a good storyteller.
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.
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?
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
finding a comfortable spot and letting this story unfold in
the time that is needed. You won’t regret it.
in a Bog #1
in Skibbereen #2
Early Wake #3
A Turn for the Bad (no review) #4
a Twist #6