Hailed as “queen of the cozy police procedural” (Publishers Weekly), USA Today bestselling author Carlene O’Connor returns to County Cork in Ireland’s lush countryside, where locals are simmering with excitement over the reality TV baking contest coming to town —until someone serves up a show-stopping murder that only Garda Siobhan O’Sullivan can solve.
In Kilbane, opinions are plentiful and rarely in alignment. But there’s one thing everyone does agree on—the bakery in the old flour mill, just outside town, is the best in County Cork, well worth the short drive and the long lines. No wonder they’re about to be featured on a reality baking show.
All six contestants in the show are coming to Kilbane to participate, and the town is simmering with excitement. Aside from munching on free samples, the locals—including Siobhan—get a chance to appear in the opening shots. As for the competitors themselves, not all are as sweet as their confections. There are shenanigans on the first day of filming that put everyone on edge, but that’s nothing compared to day two, when the first round ends and the top contestant is found face-down in her signature pie.
The producers decide to continue filming while Siobhan and her husband, Garda Macdara Flannery, sift through the suspects. Was this a case of rivalry turned lethal, or are their other motives hidden in the mix? And can they uncover the truth before another baker is eliminated—permanently . . .
About the Author
Carlene O’Connor is the USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Irish Village Mysteries, the County Kerry Novels, and the Home to Ireland Mysteries. Born into a long line of Irish storytellers, her great-grandmother emigrated from Ireland filled with tales in 1897 and the stories have been flowing ever since. Of all the places she’s wandered across the pond, she fell most in love with a walled town in County Limerick and was inspired to create the town of Kilbane, County Cork, the setting of her Irish Village Mystery series. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and currently divides her time between Southern California and the Emerald Isle. Please visit her online at CarleneOConnor.net.
Praise for the Irish Village Mystery Series
“Outstanding…O’Connor reinforces her place as the queen of the cozy police procedural.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW for Murder in An Irish Bookshop
“A fun read for those who enjoy a cosy mystery.” —Toronto.com on Murder in An Irish Bookshop
“A charming combination of Christmas cheer, Irish customs, and a mystery awash in red herrings.” —Kirkus Reviews on Murder at An Irish Christmas
“Murder at an Irish Christmas has elements of a police procedural that add more detail, atmosphere, and humor than are often found in the cozy subgenre.” —Christian Science Monitor on Murder at An Irish Christmas
“Fully realized characters enhance this skillfully plotted tale as it builds to a twist ending. This seasonal Irish treat is sure to please cozy fans.” —Publishers Weekly on Murder at An Irish Christmas
“Exceptional…Cozy readers will have a hard time putting this one down.” —Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW for Murder in An Irish Cottage
“A good-old fashioned finale in which the killer is exposed at a gathering of all the suspects closes this eerie tale with a bang.” —BookPage on Murder in An Irish Cottage
“[An] atmospheric story filled with Irish superstitions, legends, and colorful characters. Vivid descriptions of the countryside will appeal to lovers of Ireland.” —Library Journal on Murder in An Irish Cottage
“Delivered with a healthy dose of rural Irish charm…along with a lyrical narrative and a fantastic setting.” —Mystery Scene Magazine on Murder in An Irish Cottage
“Carlene O’Connor has continued to evolve the storylines of each of her characters into people that are likeable and engaging. She has done an outstanding job of crafting distraction and misdirection that is essential to any successful murder mystery. As the plot unfolds in this current tale, there are loads of twists and turns that keeps the reader riveted to their seats, guessing whodunit until the very end.” —New York Journal of Books on Murder in An Irish Pub
“Plenty of surprising twists and oodles of Irish charm make this an entertaining read.” —Kirkus Reviews on Murder in An Irish Pub
“A delightful combination of Irish village life, family dynamics, and romance.” —Booklist on Murder in An Irish Pub
“A clever twist on the locked-room mystery and the convivial village community will leave cozy readers well satisfied.” —Publishers Weekly on Murder in An Irish Pub
“The intricate puzzle and continuing Irish atmosphere make this the series’ best to date.” —Kirkus Reviews on Murder in An Irish Pub
“The main protagonist, an Irish Nancy Drew, Siobhan is an endearing, maternal woman whose love of her orphaned siblings and her man are evident and whose gut-instinct-driven, crime-solving, puzzle-unraveling mind is quite impressive. She makes an excellent star of the show and her likable fellow Garda boyfriend boss Macdara makes a perfect sidekick.” —Mystery Scene on Murder in An Irish Pub
“A delightful read that put me right into the atmosphere and locale.” —Criminal Element on Murder in An Irish Pub
“Carlene O’Connor is a wonderful storyteller.”—Newport Plain Talk on Murder in An Irish Pub