Murder in an Irish Cottage

Kensington. (Irish Village, Bk. 5). Feb. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781496719058. $26. M
In the fifth “Irish Village” mystery (after Murder in an Irish Pub), Garda Siobhán O’Sullivan plans to spend her summer break with her five siblings in Kilbane, County Cork, where they run a bistro. Instead, she becomes involved in a murder investigation when Jane, the cousin of her fiancé Macdara Flannery, places a frantic call. She doesn’t tell Macdara that she found her mother dead in their cottage. But Siobhán and Macdara immediately suspect murder when there’s foam at her mouth. The superstitious villagers knew there would be a death—they warned Jane and her mother, Ellen, that the cottage was on a fairy path, where fairy rings, dancing lights, and unearthly screams have been reported. The villagers want the cottage bulldozed. But, it wasn’t fairies that poisoned Ellen, dressed her in a red dress, and laid her on her bed. Siobhán went to the academy with one of the guards assigned to the case, and she’s not afraid to ask questions.
VERDICT Fans of this series and other Irish cozy mysteries, such as Sheila Connolly’s “County Cork” books, will appreciate this atmospheric story filled with Irish superstitions, legends, and colorful characters. Vivid descriptions of the countryside will appeal to lovers of Ireland.
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