bel-of-the-brawlWe were supposed to go back to normal here at Shamrock Manor after a wedding guest found himself upside down over a balcony but as my mother likes to say “You plan, God laughs.” Why, oh why, did I have to find that dead groom in the ladies room after our latest wedding? That, coupled with the disappearance of one of our long-time servers, Pauline, and a ten-thousand dollar tip, drags me back into a new mystery.

The good news? I’m back on track with the adorable Brendan Joyce, the only eligible bachelor in Foster’s Landing but a guy for whom the greatest mystery he’ll ever ponder is “Who shot J.R.?” The bad news? My sleuthing has put a damper on our relationship in that I’m not what you would call “available” a lot of time both physically or emotionally.

I do get to spend some time with my brother, Cargan, though, and that’s a positive. Turns out he has a nose for this mystery stuff as well as an unrequited crush on the gorgeous Pauline; that makes him a perfect partner for my almost-daily and nightly excursions to uncover the truth.

I didn’t bank on running around town chasing after gangsters or driving a speeding car but when life hands you lemons, well, put the pedal to the metal and hope for the best, as the old saying definitely does not go.

I’m still missing my best friend, Amy, gone from Foster’s Landing after our high-school graduation, never to be seen again. In my bones, I feel as if I’m getting closer to finding out the truth about her but I wonder: What does that mean? If she’s alive and I can find her, who will she be all these years later and all this life lived? I know I’m different. Will she be?

I don’t know where I’m going but I hope along the way, I find the truth.


You can read more about Bel in Bel of the Brawl, the second book in the “Belfast McGrath” mystery series.

Bel McGrath loves her work as a wedding chef. But with her latest event set to take place at Shamrock Manor, she just can’t seem to catch a break. The Casey wedding has left her with ten thousand greenbacks in the hole, a missing staff member, and a dead groom. Now, in between Guinness beers and pub brawls, Bel must find a way to crack the case―even though what she should be cracking are eggs into the batter of the wedding cake. A good Irish girl’s work is never done. . .

What begins as local town fodder for an episode of “Wedding Gone Wild” is turning into “Gangsters with Guns.” With the Casey family spiraling out of control, and billable McGrath hours being lost by the minute, Bel is definitely in too deep. With all these shenanigans, she barely has time to obsess over her new boyfriend and her own unsolved mystery from years ago! Time is running out on getting the next couple down the aisle before the so-called luck of the Irish takes a deadly turn. . . Bel of the Brawl will keep Maggie McConnon’s fans, new and old, guessing.

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About the author
Maggie McConnon grew up in New York immersed in Irish culture and tradition. A former Irish step dancer, she was surrounded by a family of Irish musicians who still play at family gatherings. She credits her Irish grandparents with providing the stories of their homeland and their extended families as the basis for the stories she tells in her Belfast McGrath novels. Maggie also writes two series under the name Maggie Barbieri – The Murder 101 series and the Maeve Conlon series.

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