3.5/5 Irish Villages
On The Back:
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 had bought this book quite awhile ago and had started reading it but found my interest waning at page 40 so I put it back down, however I recently picked it back up and I’m glad to say that this was a very entertaining book that I enjoyed reading!
I really liked Maura and for awhile I was groaning because I thought Ms. Connolly was setting up a love triangle, however by the end of the book that doesn’t happen and in fact I was pleasantly surprised and happy that Maura didn’t have a love interest in this book.
The setting was vivid and perfect, I could perfectly picture Leap and the Irish countryside without ever being there.
The murder plot was well-thought out, however the MC, Maura, did very little sleuthing, in fact the mystery just kind of came out and Maura happened to be in the room. It wasn’t really suspenseful or riveting, but it was pleasant. Also, by the end of the book there’s a huge surprise that blew me away and really had me shaking my head. I don’t want to say it here because it’s a huge spoiler, but it’s really too convenient, in my opinion. I feel like Ms. Connolly could have done a better job with the reveal.
Overall a very pleasant book. I hope to see Maura sleuthing more soon but I’ll be reading the next book!