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New Yorker Tara Meehan's first trip to Galway may be her last . . . Tara never imagined her introduction to Ireland like this—carrying her mam’s ashes to honor her final request: “Tell Johnny I’m sorry . . . Take me home.” She’s never met her mam's estranged brother, Johnny Meehan, who owns an architectural salvage business in Galway. Although Tara is immediately charmed by New Yorker Tara Meehan's first trip to Galway may be her last . . . Tara never imagined her introduction to Ireland like this—carrying her mam’s ashes to honor her final request: “Tell Johnny I’m sorry . . . Take me home.” She’s never met her mam's estranged brother, Johnny Meehan, who owns an architectural salvage business in Galway. Although Tara is immediately charmed by the medieval city, the locals seem wary of strangers and a gypsy warns her that death is all around. When Tara arrives at her uncle’s stone cottage, the prophesy seems true. A dead man lies sprawled over the threshold in a pool of blood. The victim turns out to be Johnny’s wealthiest client, and her missing uncle is the garda’s number-one suspect. In trying to find Johnny and solve the crime, Tara uncovers her mam and uncle’s troubled past. But with a desperate killer about, she had better mind herself, or they’ll be tossing her ashes in Galway Bay . . .


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New Yorker Tara Meehan's first trip to Galway may be her last . . . Tara never imagined her introduction to Ireland like this—carrying her mam’s ashes to honor her final request: “Tell Johnny I’m sorry . . . Take me home.” She’s never met her mam's estranged brother, Johnny Meehan, who owns an architectural salvage business in Galway. Although Tara is immediately charmed by New Yorker Tara Meehan's first trip to Galway may be her last . . . Tara never imagined her introduction to Ireland like this—carrying her mam’s ashes to honor her final request: “Tell Johnny I’m sorry . . . Take me home.” She’s never met her mam's estranged brother, Johnny Meehan, who owns an architectural salvage business in Galway. Although Tara is immediately charmed by the medieval city, the locals seem wary of strangers and a gypsy warns her that death is all around. When Tara arrives at her uncle’s stone cottage, the prophesy seems true. A dead man lies sprawled over the threshold in a pool of blood. The victim turns out to be Johnny’s wealthiest client, and her missing uncle is the garda’s number-one suspect. In trying to find Johnny and solve the crime, Tara uncovers her mam and uncle’s troubled past. But with a desperate killer about, she had better mind herself, or they’ll be tossing her ashes in Galway Bay . . .

59 review for Murder in Galway

  1. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Murder in Galway by Carlene O'Connor was an engaging introduction to this new cozy mystery series. I liked Tara Meehan at first but her pushy attitude toward people she had barely met began to feel forced to me. I can understand why many of the Galway inhabitants and the guards wanted her to go home. The mystery was good and swiftly paced with just enough twists to keep me guessing until the reveal. I loved the descriptive writing of Galway and the surrounding area as it made Ireland come to lif Murder in Galway by Carlene O'Connor was an engaging introduction to this new cozy mystery series. I liked Tara Meehan at first but her pushy attitude toward people she had barely met began to feel forced to me. I can understand why many of the Galway inhabitants and the guards wanted her to go home. The mystery was good and swiftly paced with just enough twists to keep me guessing until the reveal. I loved the descriptive writing of Galway and the surrounding area as it made Ireland come to life throughout the book. I received a copy of this book from my local library.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Home to Ireland Mystery #1 Publication Date: 4/28/20 Period: Contemporary – Galway, Ireland Number of Pages:336 ** Maybe 3.5 Stars ** I am an avid reader of this author’s Irish Village Mystery series and was very excited to see she has started this new series – also based in Ireland. I believe the author splits her year between living in Ireland and living in the United States. Tara Meehan has come to Galway, Ireland to spread her mother’s ashes and to carry a message from her mother to Johnny Series: Home to Ireland Mystery #1 Publication Date: 4/28/20 Period: Contemporary – Galway, Ireland Number of Pages:336 ** Maybe 3.5 Stars ** I am an avid reader of this author’s Irish Village Mystery series and was very excited to see she has started this new series – also based in Ireland. I believe the author splits her year between living in Ireland and living in the United States. Tara Meehan has come to Galway, Ireland to spread her mother’s ashes and to carry a message from her mother to Johnny Meehan, her mother’s estranged brother. Tara doesn’t even know if her uncle Johnny is alive. She’s never met him, never corresponded with him – no contact, ever. She has no idea what caused the rift between her mother and her uncle, so she has no idea what kind of reception she’ll get from him. Almost as soon as she arrived, the box containing her mother’s ashes was ripped from her hand by a street juggler and ended up opened and covering a stranger who had tried to retrieve it for her – then, directly on the heels of that, she discovered a dead body in the doorway of her uncle’s cottage. What a way to begin her stay in Galway! Believing the body belonged to her uncle Johnny, she called the Garda (Irish police) and told them she’d found the body of Johnny Meehan. She also told others that she’d found Johnny’s body and nobody seemed surprised. Evidently, her uncle wasn’t an esteemed member of the community. When the body is officially identified, it isn’t Johnny Meehan but his best customer, Emmett Walsh, and her uncle Johnny is the suspect in the murder. With Uncle Johnny missing and the police not looking for other suspects, Tara believes it is her family duty to show that her uncle isn’t guilty – or – if he is, to help find him and turn him in. The mystery is a good one with lots of potential suspects and victims. I was pretty sure who the culprit was almost as soon as they graced the page, but I certainly had no clue why that would be the case. There are many red herrings, many possible scenarios for the murder to have happened, and some really strange happenings going on in Johnny’s life. Tara finds yet another body, and this one had her uncle’s business card lying right there in the blood. Goodness wasn’t that convenient. The Garda doubles down on Johnny as the prime suspect and tells Tara to leave Ireland immediately – for her own safety of course. Can Tara and her uncle’s employee, Danny O’Donnell, solve the mystery before Detective Sergeant Gable finds and arrests her uncle? Danny is not a willing participant in the investigation, but he does what he can to help Tara. This book just didn’t reach right out and pull me into the story. I didn’t care for any of the characters other than perhaps Danny. I also didn’t care for the anti-American sentiments which seemed to be espoused by the residents of Galway. I’m sure there are probably those with the anti-American sentiments in the real Galway, but I’d wager it isn’t as prevalent as the author intimated it was. With so many suspects, red-herrings, and things going on I would have thought the book would be fast-paced and suspenseful, but I actually found parts of it a bit dull. While I wasn’t in love with this first offering, I’ll definitely try the next book in the series to see where things go. The first book in a series often isn’t the best the series has to offer because it has to fill so many functions – such as introducing us to the characters, setting up the series's premise, etc., and providing a compelling story. If the second book is like this one, I’ll probably not follow the series, but I’m sure I’ll become a series fan if it picks up the pace.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I'm a big fan of Carlene O'Connor's Irish Village series, so I was looking forward to starting this new series of hers. Unfortunately I didn't like it as much. Tara Meehan, a New Yorker, has traveled to Ireland with her mother's ashes to honor her mother's request to "take me home" and find her mother's estranged brother to tell him "I'm sorry." Tara finds her uncle's cottage only to discover a body over the threshold. She has never met her uncle, so she assumes the body is his. After sounding th I'm a big fan of Carlene O'Connor's Irish Village series, so I was looking forward to starting this new series of hers. Unfortunately I didn't like it as much. Tara Meehan, a New Yorker, has traveled to Ireland with her mother's ashes to honor her mother's request to "take me home" and find her mother's estranged brother to tell him "I'm sorry." Tara finds her uncle's cottage only to discover a body over the threshold. She has never met her uncle, so she assumes the body is his. After sounding the alarm, she finds that it is actually the body of his best client, and her uncle is missing, presumed by almost everyone to be the killer. Tara doesn't believe her uncle, Johnny Meehan, to be guilty, so she sets out to find the real murderer. There is no shortage of suspects, and almost everyone in town is shown in a bad light. This made me find very few characters to like, including Tara herself. I realize that it is unfair of me to judge one series by comparing it to another, but I like the warmth and light humor of the Irish Village series, and I didn't feel that with this book. Nevertheless, I do plan to continue the series, with the hope that I will warm up to the continuing characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 STARS I am a huge fan of O'Connor's Irish Village Mysteries and couldn't wait to start her new series. While I liked this first installment, it was not quite what I had anticipated. This book had a more serious tone, and lacked the wit and humor of Siobhán and the crazy O'Sullivans from IVM. However, there was plenty of Irish culture/settings that I loved. It was difficult not to constantly compare the two series, and I will definitely read the next installment. 3.5 STARS I am a huge fan of O'Connor's Irish Village Mysteries and couldn't wait to start her new series. While I liked this first installment, it was not quite what I had anticipated. This book had a more serious tone, and lacked the wit and humor of Siobhán and the crazy O'Sullivans from IVM. However, there was plenty of Irish culture/settings that I loved. It was difficult not to constantly compare the two series, and I will definitely read the next installment.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Outstanding audio! Tara has come to Galway to spread her mother's ashes and deliver a message to an Uncle she didn't even know that she had. However, upon arriving she stumbles into a mess of lies and secrets that is leading the local police to think that her Uncle is a murderer. Not knowing who she can trust, she sets out to unravel the mysteries that surround her family and in the process will either lose her life or find it! An excellent plot with a fabulous strong female sleuth who navigates Outstanding audio! Tara has come to Galway to spread her mother's ashes and deliver a message to an Uncle she didn't even know that she had. However, upon arriving she stumbles into a mess of lies and secrets that is leading the local police to think that her Uncle is a murderer. Not knowing who she can trust, she sets out to unravel the mysteries that surround her family and in the process will either lose her life or find it! An excellent plot with a fabulous strong female sleuth who navigates life in a foreign country as well as untangling a web of lies in an intelligent albeit imperfect way. I really can't wait for the next book to be available as I can't wait to see what path Tara takes in the next book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    Eeeeepppp!! Just discovered a new-to-me mystery writer in this first book of a new series. Happily I have some catching up to do on her previous books so I'll be a contented listener for a while yet. This mystery is spellbinding. Love the Irish locale and the way O'Connor brings it to life with her words. I felt like I could see every scene playing out before me. So many suspects among the intriguing characters Tara gets to know. At one point I figured the whole town had to be in on the murder. Eeeeepppp!! Just discovered a new-to-me mystery writer in this first book of a new series. Happily I have some catching up to do on her previous books so I'll be a contented listener for a while yet. This mystery is spellbinding. Love the Irish locale and the way O'Connor brings it to life with her words. I felt like I could see every scene playing out before me. So many suspects among the intriguing characters Tara gets to know. At one point I figured the whole town had to be in on the murder. lol There's the beginning of a romance, I think, which I always love to see in a mystery. And so many clues to chase down that I was on the edge of my seat the right to the very end. Brilliantly done. Heather O'Niell's narration enhanced my 'reading' pleasure. Totally captivating.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Becky Tatar

    Tara is taking her mom's ashes to her birthplace, Galway, Ireland. She has hardly arrived, when the urn with the ashes is opened, she receives a warning to leave, and finds a dead body in the home of her Uncle John. With her uncle's assistant, Danny O'Donnell, Tara tries to find out where her uncle is, why someone would kill a person at her uncle's house, and her growing feelings for Danny. Not so great. It took me forever to get into the story, and most of the action was in the last 1/3rd of the Tara is taking her mom's ashes to her birthplace, Galway, Ireland. She has hardly arrived, when the urn with the ashes is opened, she receives a warning to leave, and finds a dead body in the home of her Uncle John. With her uncle's assistant, Danny O'Donnell, Tara tries to find out where her uncle is, why someone would kill a person at her uncle's house, and her growing feelings for Danny. Not so great. It took me forever to get into the story, and most of the action was in the last 1/3rd of the book. Not anywhere near as good as her other series, Irish Village Mysteries.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 275. Another American in Ireland mystery. While I've enjoyed O'Connor's other Irish mystery series, this did not hold the same enchantment for me. It is a good cozy for a rainy day, but there were sections that just bogged down for me. This was an okay read for one time, but not for re-reads. I was just disappointed. 2020 bk 275. Another American in Ireland mystery. While I've enjoyed O'Connor's other Irish mystery series, this did not hold the same enchantment for me. It is a good cozy for a rainy day, but there were sections that just bogged down for me. This was an okay read for one time, but not for re-reads. I was just disappointed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Moondance

    Emmet Walsh never thought he's find himself in the middle of a fairy tale, but if Johnny Meehan didn't answer his door and produce Emmet's prized pig, he was going to huff, and puff, and most definitely blow something down. Tara arrives in Galway with her mother's ashes to meet the uncle she never knew. Upon arriving at his cottage she discovers a body which she assumes is her uncle and creates quite a stir in the town of Galway. I don't know why it took me so long to read this book. The character Emmet Walsh never thought he's find himself in the middle of a fairy tale, but if Johnny Meehan didn't answer his door and produce Emmet's prized pig, he was going to huff, and puff, and most definitely blow something down. Tara arrives in Galway with her mother's ashes to meet the uncle she never knew. Upon arriving at his cottage she discovers a body which she assumes is her uncle and creates quite a stir in the town of Galway. I don't know why it took me so long to read this book. The characters were engaging and I loved the setting. There was just something that was a little off about it. I put it down several times before I was able to finish it. I think one thing that bothered me was the number of people that kept telling Tara to leave Ireland and go back to the US. I have not been to Galway but I did visit Larne years ago and found the people to be very friendly and welcoming. There was an array of odd characters including a troupe of female Shakespearean actors. This was just one of the twists to the mystery. The plot was good. I enjoyed learning a bit about the salvage business and how important provenance. I found it interesting that Tara stepped right into her uncle's business without knowing a lot about it. I knew who the culprit was early on in the story. It seemed like it took quite a bit to reveal the identity. Perhaps I need to go back and read the previous series by this author. I'm not sure I will continue with this one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    This made me want to hop on a plane and see Galway, Ireland. New Yorker Tara Meehan, 33, is taking her mother's ashes home to Galway, Ireland to be scattered into the Bay waters. When she arrives to meet the Uncle she's never known she stumbles across a body in the doorway of his cottage. The cast of characters is quite an varied collection. The descriptions of the city of Galway is a lovely travelogue of the area. Solving the 'who-done-it' is full of plot twists and redirections coming to a happ This made me want to hop on a plane and see Galway, Ireland. New Yorker Tara Meehan, 33, is taking her mother's ashes home to Galway, Ireland to be scattered into the Bay waters. When she arrives to meet the Uncle she's never known she stumbles across a body in the doorway of his cottage. The cast of characters is quite an varied collection. The descriptions of the city of Galway is a lovely travelogue of the area. Solving the 'who-done-it' is full of plot twists and redirections coming to a happy conclusion. Book 2 in this series is due to be released July 27, 2021 (Murder in Connemara)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patrizia

    Un'altra serie ambientata in Irlanda... Le descrizione dei posti sono meravigliose, mi è venuta voglia di salire sul primo aereo! Il giallo da risolvere è complicato, con tanti possibili colpevoli: praticamente tutti i personaggi incontrati, o quasi, potevano esserlo e forse questo è un po' troppo esagerato, come anche il fatto che tutti mentissero o avessero qualcosa da nascondere prima o poi. Comunque, alla fine avevo capito chi fosse l'assassino, ma ormai mancavano pochi capitoli alla fine de Un'altra serie ambientata in Irlanda... Le descrizione dei posti sono meravigliose, mi è venuta voglia di salire sul primo aereo! Il giallo da risolvere è complicato, con tanti possibili colpevoli: praticamente tutti i personaggi incontrati, o quasi, potevano esserlo e forse questo è un po' troppo esagerato, come anche il fatto che tutti mentissero o avessero qualcosa da nascondere prima o poi. Comunque, alla fine avevo capito chi fosse l'assassino, ma ormai mancavano pochi capitoli alla fine del libro. Non so cosa pensare della protagonista: a volte mi è piaciuta, altre volte non sono stata d'accordo con il suo modo di agire... vedremo come evolverà col proseguo della serie.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    3.5 stars. As a big fan of Carlene O'Connor's other Irish murder series, I went into this one hoping for the perfect easy cozy mystery that transported me to Ireland. And it did just that. I liked the characters, though it was lacking for the vibrancy of the O'Sullivan clan, it was still enjoyable nonetheless. I look forward to seeing how the series progresses. 3.5 stars. As a big fan of Carlene O'Connor's other Irish murder series, I went into this one hoping for the perfect easy cozy mystery that transported me to Ireland. And it did just that. I liked the characters, though it was lacking for the vibrancy of the O'Sullivan clan, it was still enjoyable nonetheless. I look forward to seeing how the series progresses.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anna Vasiento

    Great little mystery I enjoyed the story line, the characters, and the great description of the town in Ireland. Fun read with a mystery twist at the end. Great storytelling. Look forward to the next Galway mystery by Ms. O'Conner. Great little mystery I enjoyed the story line, the characters, and the great description of the town in Ireland. Fun read with a mystery twist at the end. Great storytelling. Look forward to the next Galway mystery by Ms. O'Conner.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jan Fore

    Reminded me of an Irish version of an Aurora Teagarden mystery. Fun, interesting...

  15. 5 out of 5

    KarnagesMistress

    I do not want to visit Ireland anymore! Perhaps I'm too sensitive, and this is only just one book, but the constant feed of "American, go home, we don't want you here," really got to me. I am, however, taking this as a sign of what a gifted storyteller Carlene O'Connor is. I'd never read one of her books before. She really sucked me in to this world, keeping me up way too late just to finish the story. Well, the inhabitants of O'Connor's Galway may not have wanted Tara Meehan there, but they don I do not want to visit Ireland anymore! Perhaps I'm too sensitive, and this is only just one book, but the constant feed of "American, go home, we don't want you here," really got to me. I am, however, taking this as a sign of what a gifted storyteller Carlene O'Connor is. I'd never read one of her books before. She really sucked me in to this world, keeping me up way too late just to finish the story. Well, the inhabitants of O'Connor's Galway may not have wanted Tara Meehan there, but they don't have a choice with me! I do plan on going back, because, luckily, this is the first book in a planned new cozy mystery series. This book will also satisfy the 2019 Watauga County Public Library Reading Challenge categories: A Book Published in 2019; A Book By An Author You've Never Heard of Before; The First Book In a Series. I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways on Thursday, April 18, 2019. It is a Barnes&Noble Exclusive Edition.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Not quite as good a read as O'Connor's first series. Not quite as good a read as O'Connor's first series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Daniele

    2.5 stars I liked this first in the series well enough, but I did not love it. With the exception of Danny, I did not warm to the characters. The Ireland setting is lovely.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Missi Martin (Stockwell)

    What a GREAT start for a series !!! Murder in Galway by Carlene O'Connor is the first book in her Galway Ireland Mystery series and it is an amazing story !!! Sadly we travel with Tara Meehan to Galway Ireland where she is going to meet her uncle for the first time while she is honoring her recently deceased mothers final wishes. Her mother grew up in Galway but left before Tara was born and never returned. Along with having her ashes released over the Galway Bay, her mother also wanted Tara to a What a GREAT start for a series !!! Murder in Galway by Carlene O'Connor is the first book in her Galway Ireland Mystery series and it is an amazing story !!! Sadly we travel with Tara Meehan to Galway Ireland where she is going to meet her uncle for the first time while she is honoring her recently deceased mothers final wishes. Her mother grew up in Galway but left before Tara was born and never returned. Along with having her ashes released over the Galway Bay, her mother also wanted Tara to apologize to her uncle......unfortunately Tara doesn't know why. Another unfortunate thing is that when Tara arrives at her uncle's cottage there is a dead man in the doorway !!! Seeing as Tara as no clue what her uncle looks like, she assumes that the dead man is her uncle. As it turns out the deceased man is not Tara's uncle but it is his most wealthiest client and he was murdered and Tara's uncle is missing !! Everyone in town is saying that her uncle had recently been acting weird and they believe that he was capable of murdering the client. Even though Tara has never met her uncle, she is most certain that he did not murder the man and she will do whatever it takes to prove that. While Tara travels around town getting to know the people and the town as well as her uncle's business, she is also doing her own investigating......even though the local police, guard as they are called in Ireland, are telling her to stop and to basically go back to America. It will come as no surprise that Tara does not listen to the guard and along with her uncle's one employee, Danny, she solves not one, but two murders and brings her uncle out of hiding !!! I just love stories centered around Ireland, even if they are fictitious. And the way that O'Connor writes Murder in Galway, the reader will feel like they are there !! I love when an author can send the reader away on a journey without having to pack or deal with jet lag......and O'Connor has that amazing ability !!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chaitra

    a. There was a constant "go back to New York, you Yankee" refrain that was so tiresome. b. But I couldn't blame anybody, because Tara kept getting in people's faces and asking for their alibis when random bloke was offed. Umm, Tara, who died and made you inquisitor? c. She refuses to believe that her uncle could have murdered anyone, even though she didn't know the man, just that her mother was so estranged that Tara didn't even know what the man looked like. But, he couldn't have killed anyone, a. There was a constant "go back to New York, you Yankee" refrain that was so tiresome. b. But I couldn't blame anybody, because Tara kept getting in people's faces and asking for their alibis when random bloke was offed. Umm, Tara, who died and made you inquisitor? c. She refuses to believe that her uncle could have murdered anyone, even though she didn't know the man, just that her mother was so estranged that Tara didn't even know what the man looked like. But, he couldn't have killed anyone, because "family!!" d. There's a woman who seems psychotically in love with this one guy who seems oblivious. (view spoiler)[It ends up being exactly the kind of tired bullshit reason to commit murder that I was hoping it wouldn't be. (hide spoiler)] I have the next one on my TBR but I don't know if I really want to read it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eliza March

    Mystery and an Irish Experience A lovely suspense story in the midst an American view of the Irish in Galway. A little romance, a few murders, and plenty of suspects in this character driven cozy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Entertaining cozy mystery.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anita Johnson

    Who knew so much evil could lurk in beautiful, welcoming, peaceful, little Ireland? This is the first in a new series by the author of the Irish Village Mystery series which I have thoroughly enjoyed and am grateful there will be more of them. I was skeptical that the events in Galway could hold a candle to the murders in Kilbane but this is afire with excitement, fun and surprises.

  23. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/m... Murder in Galway Galway Ireland Mystery #1 By Carlene O’Connor ISBN13 9781496719843 Author’s website: carleneoconnor.net Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: New Yorker Tara Meehan’s first trip to Galway may be her last . . . Tara never imagined her introduction to Ireland like this—carrying her mam’s ashes to honor her final request: “Tell Johnny I’m sorry . . . Take me home.” She’s never met her mam’s estranged brother, Johnny Meehan, who owns an ar https://openbooksociety.com/article/m... Murder in Galway Galway Ireland Mystery #1 By Carlene O’Connor ISBN13 9781496719843 Author’s website: carleneoconnor.net Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: New Yorker Tara Meehan’s first trip to Galway may be her last . . . Tara never imagined her introduction to Ireland like this—carrying her mam’s ashes to honor her final request: “Tell Johnny I’m sorry . . . Take me home.” She’s never met her mam’s estranged brother, Johnny Meehan, who owns an architectural salvage business in Galway. Although Tara is immediately charmed by the medieval city, the locals seem wary of strangers and a gypsy warns her that death is all around. When Tara arrives at her uncle’s stone cottage, the prophesy seems true. A dead man lies sprawled over the threshold in a pool of blood. The victim turns out to be Johnny’s wealthiest client, and her missing uncle is the garda’s number-one suspect. In trying to find Johnny and solve the crime, Tara uncovers her mam and uncle’s troubled past. But with a desperate killer about, she had better mind herself, or they’ll be tossing her ashes in Galway Bay. Review Full of Irish charm, Murder in Galway lays a firm foundation on which to build the new Galway Irish Mystery Series by Carlene O’Connor. Things get off to a mournful yet auspicious start for Tara as she travels to Galway to fulfill her deceased mother’s requests to scatter her ashes and make amends with an uncle Tara has never met. Things quickly go downhill when there is a mishap with the ashes and Tara finds a dead body at her Uncle Johnny’s cottage with Johnny nowhere to be fund. Even though locals and law enforcement deter her from investigating, Tara cannot help but want to solve more than one murder and find her uncle, and clear his name. I really wanted to love this book, and the Irish setting, in spite of Tara’s less than hospitable welcome, delivers, making for perfect armchair travel. There are a variety of characters, but none are particularly compelling with the exception of Johnny’s employee/Tara’s potential love interest Danny. Tara seems nice enough, and nosy enough to be a good sleuth, but I do not understand why she made herself at home so quickly in Johnny’s home and business without knowing what was really going on. And, as so many amateur sleuths do, Tara falls victim to the tendency to dive in without thinking and jumping to conclusions. I am interested in the locals, but their unwelcoming attitude toward Tara is unappealing. The mystery surrounding Emmett Walsh’s death, and the subsequent events and a second death, provide a nice puzzle that is complex enough that I was slow to pick out whodunit from the suspects. The resolution feels a bit haphazard but still satisfying. I will give the next book in the series a go when it is released with hopes that the rough edges of the characters are smoothed out. Recommended to cozy fans who enjoy an Irish locale *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    This is the first book I've read by this author, but it definitely won't be the last, since I've been wanting to read her other Irish series. I've never been to Ireland, but her descriptions are done so well that I was actually able to picture the cottage and all the different places that Tara went. She definitely had her work cut out for her with her uncle missing and walking in on a dead body. When she found another body later, Tara was determined to clear her uncle's name. There were a lot of This is the first book I've read by this author, but it definitely won't be the last, since I've been wanting to read her other Irish series. I've never been to Ireland, but her descriptions are done so well that I was actually able to picture the cottage and all the different places that Tara went. She definitely had her work cut out for her with her uncle missing and walking in on a dead body. When she found another body later, Tara was determined to clear her uncle's name. There were a lot of great suspects, clues and suspense. I had no idea who the killer was, and the showdown was great, even though it was a bit tense. I like Tara's possible love interest and will be interested in reading the next book and seeing her uncle shop become a reality. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC paperback copy of this book provided by the publisher, and my opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    A fun easy read with lots of Ireland lore. But, there are many gaps in the book, whether from editing or writing. In one part three people are on a ledge then the author says, "the crowd backed away". Where did the crowd come from? It wouldn't bother me much except it happened several times in the book leaving me lost. A fun easy read with lots of Ireland lore. But, there are many gaps in the book, whether from editing or writing. In one part three people are on a ledge then the author says, "the crowd backed away". Where did the crowd come from? It wouldn't bother me much except it happened several times in the book leaving me lost.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sugarrr

    I just couldn't get into this book... I just couldn't get into this book...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Moluf

    Can't recommend this one. The main character was ditzy and the "mystery" was all over the place. I doubt I would try any of this author's other books after reading this. Can't recommend this one. The main character was ditzy and the "mystery" was all over the place. I doubt I would try any of this author's other books after reading this.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy Lilly

    https://mysteryprose.com/2020/05/10/m... A cozy mystery set in the beautiful location of Galway, Ireland, Murder in Galway by Carlene O’Connor delivers a strong sense of place and character. This is a first in a new series by the author of the Irish Village Mystery series. Tara Meehan arrives in Galway to complete a sad mission – spread her mother’s ashes and meet her uncle, Johnny, to break the news of his sister’s passing. Right from the start, things go awry. Her mother’s ashes are spilled, a g https://mysteryprose.com/2020/05/10/m... A cozy mystery set in the beautiful location of Galway, Ireland, Murder in Galway by Carlene O’Connor delivers a strong sense of place and character. This is a first in a new series by the author of the Irish Village Mystery series. Tara Meehan arrives in Galway to complete a sad mission – spread her mother’s ashes and meet her uncle, Johnny, to break the news of his sister’s passing. Right from the start, things go awry. Her mother’s ashes are spilled, a gypsy delivers a warning that Tara is surrounded by death, and she discovers a body in her uncle’s cottage. Written in the victim’s blood is a name – Tara. Initially, Tara believes the dead body is her uncle. It was an honest mistake, and one the villagers should forgive her for making. After all, she had never met Johnny Meehan and the body was in his cottage. She soon learns it is a wealthy client of her uncle’s architectural salvage business, Emmet, who was bludgeoned to death by a cast iron pig. Even worse, Johnny Meehan is the primary suspect. Tara soon learns not everyone in town was a fan of her uncle. In fact, villagers think Johnny had acted erratically in the weeks leading up to Emmet’s murder. Tara, however, doesn’t believe her uncle could be a killer, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and she is determined to solve the crime. By her side is the enigmatic and utterly handsome, Danny, and her uncle’s Irish wolfhound, Hound. Too bad Tara can’t allow herself to fall for Danny. She hasn’t cleared him from her list of suspects! It took me a chapter or two to immerse myself in the mystery. I didn’t initially “bond” with Tara as a character. Her voice and personality seemed “older” than her described age of early 30s. This slight bump in my reading was worth ignoring because it didn’t detract from the mystery. She was a little naive for someone from New York City, but part of the charm of cozy mysteries is the innocent nature of their amateur sleuths. The clues tie together nicely at the end, and there were a few that I didn’t pick up on that the author expertly weaved in at the conclusion. The villain was one I fingered earlier on in the novel, but then dismissed as a possible suspect which left me still satisfied once Tara confronted them at the end. I would recommend this book for readers who like cozy mysteries set in charming villages with a hint of romance. I would certainly buy the next book in the series from this author. I’m also excited to add Carlene O’Connor to my list of “to read” authors.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    Let’s face it. If the series says, “A Home To Ireland Mystery”, and the title is Murder in Galway, I’ll at least try the book. Carlene O’Connor doesn’t disappoint in this descriptive mystery that takes an American to Galway, Ireland. Although Tara Meehan had never been there before, Galway feels like home when she arrives with her mother’s ashes and the intention to scatter them in Galway Bay. That plan doesn’t quite work out as she’d hoped, despite the fact that a handsome Irishman tried to save Let’s face it. If the series says, “A Home To Ireland Mystery”, and the title is Murder in Galway, I’ll at least try the book. Carlene O’Connor doesn’t disappoint in this descriptive mystery that takes an American to Galway, Ireland. Although Tara Meehan had never been there before, Galway feels like home when she arrives with her mother’s ashes and the intention to scatter them in Galway Bay. That plan doesn’t quite work out as she’d hoped, despite the fact that a handsome Irishman tried to save the box with the ashes. No one knew she was coming, but none of the residents seem happy she’s there once she says she ‘s related to Johnny Meehan. But, she’s determined. Her mother said, “Tell Johnny I’m sorry…Take me home.” A friendly bartender draws her a map to Johnny’s business and cottage, but warns her his architectural salvage business, Irish Revivals, hasn’t been open for a week. So, when Tara finds a man’s body, she informs the Garda that her uncle was murdered. She’s not quite right. Emmet Walsh, Johnny’s wealthiest client, was murdered. The letters in his blood in the cottage say, “Tara”. And, Tara’s uncle, Johnny Meehan, is missing. Everyone in town seems to assume Johnny killed the victim because Johnny hadn’t been right lately. Tara’s determined to find her uncle, with the help of Danny O’Donnell, Johnny’s former employee. She isn’t sure she can trust Danny, but she doesn’t really trust all the other people who blame Johnny either. And, the guards only seem to care about Johnny’s whereabouts. But, warnings, and even another body won’t prevent Tara from learning the truth. I liked this American dropped into a crime scene. Even as she investigates, she feels a little guilty. “She had been dropped in the middle of all these lives, each brimming with drama, and she was stirring things up.” Tara is an amateur sleuth on a mission. And, of course, I loved the setting in Galway. I’ve walked the touristy streets, and seen the Spanish Gate and Galway Bay. The mystery brings back wonderful memories. It’s an excellent beginning to the series. And, if you’ve been to Galway, that’s one more plus.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kensington Books

  31. 5 out of 5

    Sally Livingston

  32. 4 out of 5

    Doris Losey

  33. 5 out of 5

    Mary Carter

  34. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  35. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  36. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

  37. 4 out of 5

    Fleet Sparrow

  38. 5 out of 5

    Michele

  39. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  40. 5 out of 5

    Ginger Frizzell

  41. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  42. 5 out of 5

    Margo

  43. 5 out of 5

    Cathyann

  44. 5 out of 5

    Douglass Abramson

  45. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Senteney

  46. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Wallace

  47. 5 out of 5

    ROY Law

  48. 4 out of 5

    LAWonder10

  49. 5 out of 5

    Alesha Lenard

  50. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  51. 4 out of 5

    Pam Parker

  52. 4 out of 5

    Pam

  53. 4 out of 5

    Patti Shaughnessy

  54. 5 out of 5

    Jeanna Massman

  55. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Kuchera

  56. 4 out of 5

    Brad Powell

  57. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  58. 4 out of 5

    Becky Richardson

  59. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

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