Top positive review
“Murder at an Irish Wedding” earns 5/5 Shillelaghs!
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2018
The Irish countryside may be quaint, but watch out for the dead bodies! Following up her success with “Murder in an Irish Village,” O’Connor brings us “Murder at an Irish Wedding” (February 2017). The bistro is finding great popularity with villagers and tourists including getting a catering opportunity for the wedding of a celebrity couple. It's a three-day affair which along with being in front and behind-the-scenes to the nuptials of a famous model their business’s bottom line could greatly improve. But the best man gets booted for his drunken tirade, and Garda Macdara Flannery, Siobhán love interest, steps in because he knows the groom. However, he becomes a “person of interest” when the best man is found murdered, and evidence points in his direction. Siobhán uses her close connection to Macdara to insinuate herself into the investigation…isn't it illegal to impersonate yourself as an officer of the law? Well, if she didn't, there might be another miscarriage of justice.
Good follow up book. I continue to be a big fan! Carlene O’Connor has thrown in a wide range of suspects and motives, and like most cozies, it's the amateur that takes the lead, but she doesn't circumvent the Garda (Irish police); she helps boyfriend/Garda Macdara clear his name and finds she has a knack, if not a desire to be less amateur and more official. The suspects and motives seem to be plenty with a slow enough reveal to keep me engaged. I enjoy the Irish references and language, but disappointingly the Guide in book one is not available in book two. Although I enjoyed the mystery with its twists and turns, it is the characters in which I am invested. The close knit nature of the “O’Sullivan Six” adds a bit of reality, enough quirky humor, and although residents of Killbane may be portrayed with some stereotypes, I still enjoyed it all. Great series to enjoy during St. Patrick’s Day with a cup of tea, green beer, or a shot of whiskey! Enjoy the Emerald Isle!