Buried in a BogBuried In A Bog by Sheila Connolly is the first book in the new “County Cork” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, February 2013

National bestselling and Agatha Award-nominated author Sheila Connolly introduces a brand-new series set in a small village in County Cork, Ireland, where buried secrets are about to rise to the surface.

Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran.

In the pub, she’s swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly one-hundred-year-old body in a nearby bog. When Maura realizes she may know something about the dead man—and that the body’s connected to another, more recent, death—she fears she’s about to become mired in a homicide investigation. After she discovers the death is connected to another from almost a century earlier, Maura has a sinking feeling she may really be getting in over her head.

I was hesitant to read this book only because I like my stories to take place in America, but I have to tell you that I’m so happy I did because this is a fantastic story. A long buried body suddenly appears as Maura arrives in Ireland. When she discovers a possible clue to his identity, she is later threatened, but that doesn’t deter her from helping the gardai put a name to the body and catching a killer.

The mystery was good as I had to know what happens from chapter to chapter and enjoyed the surprising twists that concluded this wonderfully crafted story. Maura is a great heroine and I was rooting for as she embraces her new surroundings. What I liked best about this story is that Maura didn’t actively pursue being an amateur sleuth, rather the clues came to her in the many conversations she was having with the people in her newly adopted town. The author did a great job of pulling me into this story that boasts a great secondary cast that surrounds Maura, from the village itself, to Mrs. Nolan, from Mick to Rose to everyone she meets along the way. I’m so excited for this series and I can’t wait to read what awaits our Maura in her next adventures. This is a great beginning to what I hope will be a long-running series.

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book, in hopes I would review it.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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