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In a remote—and superstitious—village in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies . . .   Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi's Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to k In a remote—and superstitious—village in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies . . .   Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi's Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to keep it just between the two of them for a little longer.   But Macdara is her family, which is why when his cousin Susan frantically calls for his help, Siobhán is at his side as the two garda rush from Kilbane to the rural village where Susan and her mother have recently moved. Unfortunately, tragedy awaits them. They find Susan, who is blind, outside the cottage, in a state. Inside, Aunt Ellen lies on her bed in a fancy red dress, no longer breathing. A pillow on the floor and a nearby teacup suggest the mode of death to their trained eyes: the woman has been poisoned and smothered. Someone wanted to make sure she was dead. But who?   Devout believers in Irish folklore, the villagers insist the cottage is cursed—built on a fairy path. It turns out Ellen Delaney was not the first to die mysteriously in this cottage. Although the townsfolk blame malevolent fairies, Siobhán and Macdara must follow the path of a murderer all too human—but just as evil . . .


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In a remote—and superstitious—village in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies . . .   Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi's Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to k In a remote—and superstitious—village in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies . . .   Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi's Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to keep it just between the two of them for a little longer.   But Macdara is her family, which is why when his cousin Susan frantically calls for his help, Siobhán is at his side as the two garda rush from Kilbane to the rural village where Susan and her mother have recently moved. Unfortunately, tragedy awaits them. They find Susan, who is blind, outside the cottage, in a state. Inside, Aunt Ellen lies on her bed in a fancy red dress, no longer breathing. A pillow on the floor and a nearby teacup suggest the mode of death to their trained eyes: the woman has been poisoned and smothered. Someone wanted to make sure she was dead. But who?   Devout believers in Irish folklore, the villagers insist the cottage is cursed—built on a fairy path. It turns out Ellen Delaney was not the first to die mysteriously in this cottage. Although the townsfolk blame malevolent fairies, Siobhán and Macdara must follow the path of a murderer all too human—but just as evil . . .

30 review for Murder in an Irish Cottage

  1. 5 out of 5

    Allison Keith

    Carlene O’Connor weaves together a murder mystery and folklore in this fifth book of the Irish Village Mysteries. The characters in this series are wonderful, and it has been a delight to see the O’Sullivan siblings grow over the course of the books. Siobhán in particular, now a garda, is thoughtfully drawn, and the relationship between her and Macdara is lovely. The writing style is eloquent and descriptive, and the tale is filled with Irish charm, superstition, and red herrings. This is a quai Carlene O’Connor weaves together a murder mystery and folklore in this fifth book of the Irish Village Mysteries. The characters in this series are wonderful, and it has been a delight to see the O’Sullivan siblings grow over the course of the books. Siobhán in particular, now a garda, is thoughtfully drawn, and the relationship between her and Macdara is lovely. The writing style is eloquent and descriptive, and the tale is filled with Irish charm, superstition, and red herrings. This is a quaint, engaging tale that is a clever, intelligent romp.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate Baxter

    3.5 / 5.0 stars Don't we all love a good fairy tale. That is until, it causes someone to wind up dead! Our beloved protagonist, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan, has just started her much deserved 10-day vacation. She and detective Macdara have recently become secretly engaged. Secretly! - lest the family and the entire village get hold of that information, plan the nuptials, and push them down the aisle before they're good and ready. While they're chatting, Macdara gets a distressed call from his blind c 3.5 / 5.0 stars Don't we all love a good fairy tale. That is until, it causes someone to wind up dead! Our beloved protagonist, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan, has just started her much deserved 10-day vacation. She and detective Macdara have recently become secretly engaged. Secretly! - lest the family and the entire village get hold of that information, plan the nuptials, and push them down the aisle before they're good and ready. While they're chatting, Macdara gets a distressed call from his blind cousin Jane and would he please come to their small cottage in Ballysiogdun to help sort matters out. (So much for Siobhán's well-deserved rest.) When Macdara and Siobhán arrive at Ballysiogdun, they're affronted by a crowd demanding the bulldozing of the cottage in which his aunt and cousin reside. The cottage had been erected between two fairy rings on the edge of town. The superstitious townsfolk believe that the "Good Folk" (fairies) have shown their displeasure by causing the deaths of the cottage's residents and the townsfolk now want the building razed and the curse on their village lifted. When Siobhán and Macdara finally make it to the cottage, they find Jane unsettled, the front window smashed and a corpse in the cottage. Even though, they have no jurisdiction in this village, you can bet that they'll get to the bottom of this mystery. It does involve family, after all. This fifth book of the Irish Village Mystery series, is a charming cozy mystery, set in and drawing upon the rich cultural folk heritage of Ireland. Author Carlene O'Connor has done her folk tale research well and carefully incorporated it into this delightful story. The writing flows well; the dialogue is at times amusing yet also endearing; and the characters are well developed -each with their own demons and virtues. The best character of them all is that of Siobhán. She's bright, intelligent, plucky, caring and highly intuitive. Nothing gets past her. There are also a fair number of red herrings planted throughout. It's a well spun yarn which all comes to a satisfying conclusion. It's definitely among the better cozies I've read. Although this fifth book in series can stand on its own, the series is perhaps best enjoyed starting from the beginning as each book builds upon the last. If you enjoy a good cozy mystery, then this is a series which I commend to you. It's an excellent palate cleanser after heavy reading yet it still has meat on its bones and brings "edutainment" to the reader. I am grateful to author Carlene O'Connor and her publisher Kensington Books for having provided a free e-copy of this book through NetGalley. Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review - the words of which are mine alone. Synopsis (from publisher's website): In a remote—and superstitious—village in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies... Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi's Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to keep it just between the two of them for a little longer. But Macdara is her family, which is why when his cousin Jane frantically calls for his help, Siobhán is at his side as the two garda rush from Kilbane to the rural village where Jane and her mother have recently moved. Unfortunately, tragedy awaits them. They find Jane, who is blind, outside the cottage, in a state. Inside, Aunt Ellen lies on her bed in a fancy red dress, no longer breathing. A pillow on the floor and a nearby teacup suggest the mode of death to their trained eyes: the woman has been poisoned and smothered. Someone wanted to make sure she was dead. But who? Devout believers in Irish folklore, the villagers insist the cottage is cursed—built on a fairy path. It turns out Ellen Delaney was not the first to die mysteriously in this cottage. Although the townsfolk blame malevolent fairies, Siobhán and Macdara must follow the path of a murderer all too human—but just as evil . . .

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Irish Village Mystery #5 Publication Date: 2/25/2020 Number of Pages: 304 ** 4.5 Stars Rounded Up ** I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent addition to the Irish Village Mystery series. In this series, we have watched Siobhan (shi-vawn) O’Sullivan grow from a harried caregiver for her five siblings after they were orphaned to a confident garda (police). She’s now engaged to fellow garda Macdara Flannery and the O’Sullivan Six, as they are known in their village of Kilbane, are finally settling Series: Irish Village Mystery #5 Publication Date: 2/25/2020 Number of Pages: 304 ** 4.5 Stars Rounded Up ** I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent addition to the Irish Village Mystery series. In this series, we have watched Siobhan (shi-vawn) O’Sullivan grow from a harried caregiver for her five siblings after they were orphaned to a confident garda (police). She’s now engaged to fellow garda Macdara Flannery and the O’Sullivan Six, as they are known in their village of Kilbane, are finally settling and coming into their own. This book is well-written, well-paced and the mystery will keep you guessing right until the last. Siobahn is on her summer leave and is looking forward to spending time with her siblings when her fiancée arrives at her bistro, Naomi’s, and asks her to accompany him to Ballysiogdun. He received a frantic call from his cousin, Jane, who wouldn’t tell him what was wrong – she only said he had to get there. When they arrive, it is to discover Macdara’s aunt dead in her cottage and Jane, who is blind, standing stoically in the front. Macdara and Siobhan quickly determine that it is murder. Since they probably won’t be able to officially work the case, they quickly take pictures of the scene and the inside of the cottage. It seems that almost everyone in the village should be a suspect because neither Macdara’s aunt Ellen nor her daughter Jane is liked at all. You can’t find anyone who has a good word to say about them and several had a true dislike for them. Where can they begin when the case has been assigned to a sergeant from Cork and he doesn’t want their involvement? In a village that is very insular, where most are holding secrets, and all believe in the Good People (fairies) it is almost impossible to get anyone to tell what they know. Working around the official garda investigation and managing to ferret out the information they need to solve the case is almost impossible. Siobhan is like a dog with a bone and just won’t let it go. She’s determined to find the real murderer and not let an innocent person be blamed just because they are an easy solution. This was a great mystery with infidelity, fairies, greed, and malice aplenty. I’m not sure there was a good person in that entire village. The villain will surprise you and you’ll be on the edge of your seat the entire time you are reading. You’ll love your visit to lush, green, beautiful Ireland and all of their lore. It is a fun read and a delight to watch Macdara and Siobhan progress in their relationship. I hope you will enjoy the book as much as I did. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    I absolutely adore this cozy mystery series and once again I was thoroughly delighted by this book! Siobhan is character that you can really get behind and cheer for. She took her amateur sleuth status and moved it to professional by going to school and becoming a garda (police officer) so she could solve the mysteries that she discovers. This one hits a bit close to home as her beau's cousin looks like she might just be guilty of murdering her mom so Siobhan and her inquisitive crew of siblings I absolutely adore this cozy mystery series and once again I was thoroughly delighted by this book! Siobhan is character that you can really get behind and cheer for. She took her amateur sleuth status and moved it to professional by going to school and becoming a garda (police officer) so she could solve the mysteries that she discovers. This one hits a bit close to home as her beau's cousin looks like she might just be guilty of murdering her mom so Siobhan and her inquisitive crew of siblings stick their noses into the case! Excellent characters, fantastic plot and great interpersonal relationships to really make this an delightfully entertaining read or listen if you desire as it is also available in audio.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    Murder in an Irish Cottage is the 5th instalment in the Irish Village Mysteries by Carlene O'Connor. In a remote—and superstitious—village in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies . . . Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi's Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to keep it just between the t Murder in an Irish Cottage is the 5th instalment in the Irish Village Mysteries by Carlene O'Connor. In a remote—and superstitious—village in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies . . . Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi's Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to keep it just between the two of them for a little longer. But Macdara is her family, which is why when his cousin Jane frantically calls for his help, Siobhán is at his side as the two garda rush from Kilbane to the rural village where Jane and her mother have recently moved. Unfortunately, tragedy awaits them. They find Jane, who is blind, outside the cottage, in a state. Inside, Aunt Ellen lies on her bed in a fancy red dress, no longer breathing. A pillow on the floor and a nearby teacup suggest the mode of death to their trained eyes: the woman has been poisoned and smothered. Someone wanted to make sure she was dead. But who? Devout believers in Irish folklore, the villagers insist the cottage is cursed—built on a fairy path. It turns out Ellen Delaney was not the first to die mysteriously in this cottage. Although the townsfolk blame malevolent fairies, Siobhán and Macdara must follow the path of a murderer all too human—but just as evil . . . I really enjoy books set in Ireland and this doesn’t disappoint with the setting and descriptions drawing you in (making you want to fly off to the Emerald Isle). The story was well written and I really liked the main character, Siobhán. She's smart, easy to relate to, and I enjoyed getting to know her and her siblings along with Dara and his family. The mystery was entertaining with all the fairy lore and full of twists, turns and red herrings galore that I found I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this series to all my friends who love cozies set in Ireland. I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from Kensington Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the fifth book in the Irish Village Mystery series and I can say that I have enjoyed each one of them. Ms. O'Connor has done a wonderful job of creating the O'Sullivan siblings, led by Siobhan, who as readers will recall is now Garda O'Sullivan. This is a family of siblings that are well crafted, diverse and characters that readers can come to care about. Siobhan and Dara's romance is progressing, albeit slowly, but for me that is okay. I don't particularly want the romance in a cozy to This is the fifth book in the Irish Village Mystery series and I can say that I have enjoyed each one of them. Ms. O'Connor has done a wonderful job of creating the O'Sullivan siblings, led by Siobhan, who as readers will recall is now Garda O'Sullivan. This is a family of siblings that are well crafted, diverse and characters that readers can come to care about. Siobhan and Dara's romance is progressing, albeit slowly, but for me that is okay. I don't particularly want the romance in a cozy to overshadow the mystery. In this installment, Dara is called by his cousin in a panic and when he and Siobhan arrive at her home they discover his aunt has been murdered. While the murder occurs outside their jurisdiction, fans of this series know that that will not stop Siobhan. I enjoyed the mystery. It is woven together with Irish folklore and legends about fairies and their ways. It was also interesting because as the story unfolded, Dara's aunt Ellen becomes less of a sympathetic victim. However, by that point, I was hooked and wanted to unravel the riddles and follow the clues to uncover the identity of the victim. O'Connor does a nice job of distracting readers with irrelevant clues and tidbits and succeeded in misdirecting this reader. That said, I always love it when I can't figure out the killer's identity, or at least if I do not until the end. This is a fun series for me. It has a cast of extremely likable characters in the O'Sullivan siblings and it is set in a quaint Irish village. The mysteries are engaging and make me think in a good way. I will definitely be back for more of this series. I read a digital ARC of this book which was provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley. This book is scheduled for release at the end of February.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Found a Great New Mystery Series I won this book on Goodreads. So I started with this book instead of book one of the series and it was no problem so you can read them as stand alone books if you want. I plan to read the rest in order so I can follow the great characters a bit better. And they are interesting characters! I love that this mystery was set in Ireland making it fun for me as I would like to visit there someday.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Kline

    I have really enjoyed this series. I love the mystery, the humor, the characters, and the descriptions of Ireland. And I especially appreciate hearing it read to me by Caroline Lennon. Hearing the Irish words and phrases in the Irish brogue makes it so much more enjoyable. I always "read" the audio version of this series. I have really enjoyed this series. I love the mystery, the humor, the characters, and the descriptions of Ireland. And I especially appreciate hearing it read to me by Caroline Lennon. Hearing the Irish words and phrases in the Irish brogue makes it so much more enjoyable. I always "read" the audio version of this series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stanley McShane

    Book 5 has the reader thoroughly enthralled with all things fairies--the little people themselves, fairy rings, fairy trees, and all the lore, fables, tales, and ballyhoo that goes with those unique legends in the Emerald Isle. Siobhan O'Sullivan is now Garda O'Sullivan, engaged to fellow Garda Macdara Flannery (Dara). Siobhan (shi-vawn) has been part of the O'Sullivan Six managing Naomi's Bistro since the death of their parents. Looking forward to some private time with Dara, however, is interr Book 5 has the reader thoroughly enthralled with all things fairies--the little people themselves, fairy rings, fairy trees, and all the lore, fables, tales, and ballyhoo that goes with those unique legends in the Emerald Isle. Siobhan O'Sullivan is now Garda O'Sullivan, engaged to fellow Garda Macdara Flannery (Dara). Siobhan (shi-vawn) has been part of the O'Sullivan Six managing Naomi's Bistro since the death of their parents. Looking forward to some private time with Dara, however, is interrupted when he informs her plans have changed as he got an urgent call from his cousin Jane in Ballysiogdun regarding his aunt. Jane, although blind, discovered her mother deceased, obviously not a natural death. Having no shortages of people who actively disliked his aunt Ellen, it appears the local garda wants to zero in on Jane being the most obvious as she won't produce evidence of her whereabouts. In this tiny but quaint, quintessential Irish village, the superstitions run rampant. It's not the first time this cottage has been the location of mysterious deaths--all attributed to it's being in a fairy path between two fairy rings. So much shared folklore here, fascinating history dating centuries, and attributable supernatural events. The author has a beautiful writing style invoking unusual descriptions with an easy swing into the clue that naturally leads to the next revelation. There is enough here to delight most cozy readers: a great mystery, a touch of romance, family relationships, intelligent dialogue. The well-plotted storyline slips into a conclusion that neatly satisfies the loose threads. While I suspected the perp (and was correct), there was more to the ending and, in the meantime, provided a delightful literary romp. I received this digital ebook download from the publisher through NetGalley and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review. A series I look forward to giving me the Irish experience albeit vicariously. Looking forward to Book 6. Totally recommended. See my full review at https://rosepointpublishing.com/2020/...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This is the 5th in one of my favorite series. Here, Siobhan's fiance Macdara has received a frantic phone call from his cousin Jane, because she has found her mother dead. Jane and her mother lived in a cottage that has been built on a fairy path between two fairy trees, each circled by a fairy ring. The last 5 inhabitants of the cottage have died, and the local villagers believe it is cursed and want it bulldozed. I enjoyed reading about the Irish folklore, and visiting again with the O'Sullivan' This is the 5th in one of my favorite series. Here, Siobhan's fiance Macdara has received a frantic phone call from his cousin Jane, because she has found her mother dead. Jane and her mother lived in a cottage that has been built on a fairy path between two fairy trees, each circled by a fairy ring. The last 5 inhabitants of the cottage have died, and the local villagers believe it is cursed and want it bulldozed. I enjoyed reading about the Irish folklore, and visiting again with the O'Sullivan's. Even though Siobhan and Macdara are members of the local Garda (police), they do not have jurisdiction in this case, but it is a family member, even though they weren't close, so of course they do their own investigating. A couple of things puzzled me, such as discoveries that should have been made sooner than they were, but it was a good mystery. I caught some of the clues, but I didn't guess the killer. I wouldn't recommend starting the series with this book. This series is probably best read in order, starting with Murder in an Irish Village.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Lugo

    So far I've read all of the books published in this series. I've loved every single one of them. They are a great cozy murder mystery series. I have fallen in love with the characters and the story line and I feel like I know everyone in the story on a deeper level. Carlene has a way with words and descriptions that just make you fall in love with Ireland. Even though these books deal with murder in Ireland I still want to visit thanks to her very detailed descriptions. I will definitely read mo So far I've read all of the books published in this series. I've loved every single one of them. They are a great cozy murder mystery series. I have fallen in love with the characters and the story line and I feel like I know everyone in the story on a deeper level. Carlene has a way with words and descriptions that just make you fall in love with Ireland. Even though these books deal with murder in Ireland I still want to visit thanks to her very detailed descriptions. I will definitely read more books in this series when they are published and I will be checking out some more of Carlene O'Connor's work.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I loved returning to Ireland with Siobhan, Dara, and the O'Sullivan Six. This one was full of the legends and folklore of Ireland and plenty of twists and turns. This is one of the better "cozy" mystery series out there. It feels like so much more. It always makes me so happy to be back in this world! I loved returning to Ireland with Siobhan, Dara, and the O'Sullivan Six. This one was full of the legends and folklore of Ireland and plenty of twists and turns. This is one of the better "cozy" mystery series out there. It feels like so much more. It always makes me so happy to be back in this world!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    This is truly a very enjoyable cozy series with this mystery being book #5 in the series. This story invokes Irish folklore concerning fairies and fairy rings with a treasure hunt for a pot of gold to add to the intrigue along with a whole village of deception and secrets. My thanks to Goodreads for winning this book in their Giveaway.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Clark

    I read an advance copy of Irish Cottage. Get this. There's this remote Irish village inhabited by these weird folks who believe in fairies, and not the harmless Disney kind, but the kind that get really upset when you cross their fairy path or build your house on one. By the end, O'Connor even had me believing in them too. Maybe I was a little creeped out, checking over my shoulder, overly concerned about my own property line and whether fairies travel internationally. I won't say. Who knew abou I read an advance copy of Irish Cottage. Get this. There's this remote Irish village inhabited by these weird folks who believe in fairies, and not the harmless Disney kind, but the kind that get really upset when you cross their fairy path or build your house on one. By the end, O'Connor even had me believing in them too. Maybe I was a little creeped out, checking over my shoulder, overly concerned about my own property line and whether fairies travel internationally. I won't say. Who knew about fairy paths? The O'Sullivan clan returns, the Macdara and Siobhan love match progresses (not fast enough to suit me, but that's a personal thing), and devilish clues abound confounding everyone, except our eagle-eyed protagonist Siobhan O'Sullivan. I love the books. I love the O'Sullivans. I'm waiting anxiously for the next installment. Just hoping there are no leprechauns in that one. Those guys really scare the bejeesuz out of me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Murder in an Irish Cottage earns 5/5 Fairy Paths...Engaging Cozy! The fairies did it! Charlene O’Connor once again has penned a marvelous, entertaining cozy mystery set on the Emerald Isle. Siobhán O’Sullivan is looking forward to a break from her garda duties, but obligations with family and the family’s bistro won’t make it much of a vacation. However, her fiancé Macdara Flannery has received a frantic call from his cousin. The two rush to the remote village of Ballysiogdun only to find his aun Murder in an Irish Cottage earns 5/5 Fairy Paths...Engaging Cozy! The fairies did it! Charlene O’Connor once again has penned a marvelous, entertaining cozy mystery set on the Emerald Isle. Siobhán O’Sullivan is looking forward to a break from her garda duties, but obligations with family and the family’s bistro won’t make it much of a vacation. However, her fiancé Macdara Flannery has received a frantic call from his cousin. The two rush to the remote village of Ballysiogdun only to find his aunt murdered and his cousin, who is blind, standing nearby. They’re out of jurisdiction, but that doesn’t stop them from taking crime scene photos, gathering clues, and unofficially asking questions, but answers don’t come easy. The victim had her own issues, there seemed no love lost between the victim and the villagers, and sergeant in charge does not want their assistance. But of course, it doesn’t stop Siobhán. Greed. Infidelity. Malice. Murder. Fairies. Brilliant! O’Connor’s writing style is entertaining, and I’m an eager fan of this Irish Village Mystery series. This fifth book may be my favorite. Using a third-person narrative to create the marvelous lush setting and likable, solemn, and suspicious characters with descriptive language and varies personalities and tone through expressive dialogue kept me entertained and totally engaged. Incorporating fascinating Irish folklore and legends about the fairies was unique and sent me exploring outside sources for more information. Lots of misdirection, twists, and dead ends challenged my ability to figure out the mystery, but the reveal, murderer, and motive made a satisfying conclusion. Siobhán and Dara continue their romance, slowly, but they do work well as a team. I loved it! No bonuses included in this cozy. No recipes sharing Irish cuisine or additional information on the folklore used in the mystery. However, it didn’t effect my total enjoyment! Disclosure: I received an ARC from NetGalley and Kensington. My review is voluntary with honest insights and comments.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    If I hadn't read Carlene O'Connor's short story, "Christmas Cocoa Murder", I might have felt a little overwhelmed diving into the fifth book in her Irish Village Mystery series. That's really because Siobhan O'Sullivan is one of six siblings who run Naomi's Bistro, and it's not easy to keep the O'Sullivans straight. Although Garda O'Sullivan is supposed to be on a summer break, when her garda fiancé needs support, Siobhan is there in Murder in an Irish Cottage. Siobhan planned to spend the ten da If I hadn't read Carlene O'Connor's short story, "Christmas Cocoa Murder", I might have felt a little overwhelmed diving into the fifth book in her Irish Village Mystery series. That's really because Siobhan O'Sullivan is one of six siblings who run Naomi's Bistro, and it's not easy to keep the O'Sullivans straight. Although Garda O'Sullivan is supposed to be on a summer break, when her garda fiancé needs support, Siobhan is there in Murder in an Irish Cottage. Siobhan planned to spend the ten days with her siblings and Macdara Flannery, but Macdara receives a frantic call from his cousin, Jane. She doesn't tell him she found her mother, Ellen, dead in their cottage. Because Jane is blind, Siobhan and Macdara aren't sure if she noticed the foam at Ellen's mother, an indication she died of poisoning. And, Jane doesn't really give them proof she was out of a town at a conference. Between Jane's secrets and the villagers' superstitions and stories, there are all kind of suppositions going around. The villagers claim they knew there would be a death in the cottage because there had been previous ones. They told Ellen and Jane it stood in a fairy path, and they wanted to bulldoze the cottage. But, the women wouldn't listen. They tell stories of fairy rings, dancing lights and unearthly screams the night before Ellen was found. But, it wasn't fairies who poisoned Ellen, and dressed her in a red dress to lay her on her bed. It's a tangled web to Siobhan and Macdara, and it isn't even their murder investigation. But, Siobhan went to the academy with one of the garda who is investigating, and she doesn't mind asking questions. She's also going to worry at the problem until the answers become clear. There's a killer on the loose, and Siobhan suspects one of the villagers. Murder in an Irish Cottage is an atmospheric story, filled with descriptions of the countryside. The superstitions and stories just add to the atmosphere. I would have liked a little more character development of the O'Sullivans, but it's quite possible that occurred in earlier books. I haven't read them, so I"m just catching up. However, now that I've discovered Carlene O'Connor's Garda Siobhan O'Sullivan and the Irish Village Mysteries, I'll continue to uncover the secrets of this patch of Ireland.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Murder in an Irish Cottage is the 5th book in the Irish Village Mystery and I am still enjoying this series. Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan is the oldest of 6 siblings and took over raising them when their parents were killed. There is a lot that has happened since the first book, so I do recommend that you read them in order, but if you want to start with this one, the mystery is self-contained. Siobhán has just started her much deserved 10-day vacation. Siobhán and her secret fiance, Macdara Flanner Murder in an Irish Cottage is the 5th book in the Irish Village Mystery and I am still enjoying this series. Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan is the oldest of 6 siblings and took over raising them when their parents were killed. There is a lot that has happened since the first book, so I do recommend that you read them in order, but if you want to start with this one, the mystery is self-contained. Siobhán has just started her much deserved 10-day vacation. Siobhán and her secret fiance, Macdara Flannery (Dara) also a Garda, end up in a small village where his aunt and cousin live. She calls with an emergency, so they all, including Siobhán's siblings, head off. When they arrive they find that Dara's aunt is dead and his cousin is the prime suspect, that is if you ignore the locals who are adamant that it is the fairies. With this series set in Ireland, I was not surprised to find a book that is full of superstition and the belief that the cottage is cursed and that the fairies are angry. Of course Siobhán and Macdara follow the clues to prove that it was a human that was responsible, and it wasn't Susan. There are many suspects, clues and red herrings to sort out and even some misdirection. The mystery is well-written and drives the story. I really enjoy Siobhán's character and how much she has grown since the first book. She is one smart cookie and is able to put things together. Her skills of deduction would make Sherlock Holmes proud. Of course they are not the official investigators, but are able to ferret out information and assist the local Garda in sorting this one out. I did not know who the culprit was, nor the motivation until just before the reveal, but it was a good ending and fit the story well. If you are looking for a light story set in the beautiful countryside of Ireland with some Irish lore included, then this mystery is for you.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura Edwards

    Another enjoyable read in the series. A lot of questioning of suspects, so not much action which knocks the rating down a bit. Other entries in this series have had me hanging on the edge of my seat, but not this one. The mystery itself was pretty good, lots of suspects, plenty of motive and kept me guessing until the end. I love Siobhan and her siblings, known as the O'Sullivan six, but in "Murder in an Irish Cottage", I felt the insertion of Siobhan's siblings into the mystery was a tad bit fo Another enjoyable read in the series. A lot of questioning of suspects, so not much action which knocks the rating down a bit. Other entries in this series have had me hanging on the edge of my seat, but not this one. The mystery itself was pretty good, lots of suspects, plenty of motive and kept me guessing until the end. I love Siobhan and her siblings, known as the O'Sullivan six, but in "Murder in an Irish Cottage", I felt the insertion of Siobhan's siblings into the mystery was a tad bit forced. I do like how they all are distinctive characters, however. I was also glad to get more of a peek at Macdara's family. It will be interesting to see how the two families blend together. Spoiler ahead. A bit of a disappointment to have Elise back. I was hoping James would find someone else.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Irish folklore and local Irish vernacular are major features of this series. When Siobhan O''Sullivan, now a police officer (garda), finds herself investigating fairies as murder suspects in a remote village you can count on an interesting reading experience. An eclectic collection of characters, plot twists and Irish law provided aspects to this cozy mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed. Newly engaged Siobhan and Macdara Flannery, both garda in her local village, find themselves personally involved Irish folklore and local Irish vernacular are major features of this series. When Siobhan O''Sullivan, now a police officer (garda), finds herself investigating fairies as murder suspects in a remote village you can count on an interesting reading experience. An eclectic collection of characters, plot twists and Irish law provided aspects to this cozy mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed. Newly engaged Siobhan and Macdara Flannery, both garda in her local village, find themselves personally involved in a murder investigation where they are the unwelcome outsiders. The O'Sullivan Six keep Siobhan busy with her family commitments, Naomi's Bistro staffing, and juggling wedding plans. To say more would spoil the plot! I volunteered to read an ARC through Net Galley.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Another excellent installment in this series! My local library system did not have this one, but I was so happy to find that the state library commission had this one in large print. I didn't want to skip a single adventure with Siobhan, MacDara, the rest of the O'Sullivans and anyone else who is included. This one takes place in a different village (not our normal Kilbane, where the O'Sullivans operate Naomi's Bistro), and deals quite a bit with Irish folklore, fairies, fairy rings, and such. I Another excellent installment in this series! My local library system did not have this one, but I was so happy to find that the state library commission had this one in large print. I didn't want to skip a single adventure with Siobhan, MacDara, the rest of the O'Sullivans and anyone else who is included. This one takes place in a different village (not our normal Kilbane, where the O'Sullivans operate Naomi's Bistro), and deals quite a bit with Irish folklore, fairies, fairy rings, and such. I really enjoyed the plot (I never quite figured out the mystery), the characters and the dialogue. Siobhan and MacDara are progressing, her siblings are growing up, and I'm enjoying these immensely :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    The setting for Murder in an Irish Cottage felt authentic and I did like the lore that was included with the story. I enjoyed Siobhan O'Sullivan as a character and I also liked her siblings very much. The mystery in this story starts when Siobhan joins Dara after he received a phone call regarding his estranged aunt. Together they travel to another town to find answers to what happened to his aunt. Despite not being welcomed into the actual investigation, that doesn't stop them from jumping in a The setting for Murder in an Irish Cottage felt authentic and I did like the lore that was included with the story. I enjoyed Siobhan O'Sullivan as a character and I also liked her siblings very much. The mystery in this story starts when Siobhan joins Dara after he received a phone call regarding his estranged aunt. Together they travel to another town to find answers to what happened to his aunt. Despite not being welcomed into the actual investigation, that doesn't stop them from jumping in and doing whatever they can to piece together the clues of what happened to Dara's aunt. Along the way secrets are revealed and sinister intentions put loved ones in the path of danger.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    It's bad enough that the victim is family and the locals appear to believe that she was murdered by faeries, but finding the victim staged was really just the last straw. Although Siobhan and Dara are Garda, it happened in another district so they can't officially be involved. All of the characters certainly are and that's a good thing! The killer is devious and the whole story is filled with misdirections. Excellent! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley It's bad enough that the victim is family and the locals appear to believe that she was murdered by faeries, but finding the victim staged was really just the last straw. Although Siobhan and Dara are Garda, it happened in another district so they can't officially be involved. All of the characters certainly are and that's a good thing! The killer is devious and the whole story is filled with misdirections. Excellent! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nora-adrienne

    An amazing series that gets better with each new book. Multiple suspects with multiple reasons to lie. Just grab a copy and see if you can figure out "who dunnit" before the end of the book. Without cheating! An amazing series that gets better with each new book. Multiple suspects with multiple reasons to lie. Just grab a copy and see if you can figure out "who dunnit" before the end of the book. Without cheating!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan Lindemulder

    Always a fun, quick read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    John

    This series is improving as O'Conner develops her characters. This has murder and intrigue and a dose of Irish fairies and lore. Very enjoyable. This series is improving as O'Conner develops her characters. This has murder and intrigue and a dose of Irish fairies and lore. Very enjoyable.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    Fantastic. Series just gets better and better. An Irish cottage out in a meadow set upon a fairy ring...awesome!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    Enjoyable read. I didn't read the 1st 4 in the series, but I didn't have to. I'll look them up in the future. I think I'll cook up some rashers now! Enjoyable read. I didn't read the 1st 4 in the series, but I didn't have to. I'll look them up in the future. I think I'll cook up some rashers now!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This installment in the series is good: Siobhan, MacDara, and Siobhan's siblings are like old friends. But the action in this one takes us to a small village where we meet MacDara's cousin, whose mother has been murdered. Neither the aunt nor the cousin are especially likable. Neither is anyone else in the village, for that matter. The hostility of the village was palpable, and the much-needed comic relief never came to the rescue. This installment in the series is good: Siobhan, MacDara, and Siobhan's siblings are like old friends. But the action in this one takes us to a small village where we meet MacDara's cousin, whose mother has been murdered. Neither the aunt nor the cousin are especially likable. Neither is anyone else in the village, for that matter. The hostility of the village was palpable, and the much-needed comic relief never came to the rescue.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Lynx

    Interesting but I still didn’t understand the motive

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sally Lindsay-briggs

    Interesting Cozy Murder Mystery This ebook was won through Goodreads for an unbiased review. It was interesting, very Irish flavored, and although I tried to discern the murderer the author was tricky. I liked all the characters even though I couldn't pronounce or spell the main lady cop or guard's name. The only criticism was that the story seemed a bit short, making room for the next book in the series. Interesting Cozy Murder Mystery This ebook was won through Goodreads for an unbiased review. It was interesting, very Irish flavored, and although I tried to discern the murderer the author was tricky. I liked all the characters even though I couldn't pronounce or spell the main lady cop or guard's name. The only criticism was that the story seemed a bit short, making room for the next book in the series.

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