Murder in an Irish Pub

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 01 Mar 2019

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Thank you Netgalley, publisher, and author for an e-galley of this book. 

My first cozy mystery is officially in the books! That being said, I’m not sure how much weight my opinion can hold, but I’ll do my best. 

The only real negative I can give, which is totally a personal opinion, is that it was too “clean” for my personal preference. Which I think is a theme in this genre, and it didn’t necessarily take away from the story, I just tend to find no swearing or sex unrealistic in life. 
I really enjoyed Siobhan’s character. I actually enjoyed all the characters. Carlene O’Connor did a great job of maintaining plenty of characters without it being overwhelming, and also while forming some sort of bond with each character. Often you don’t get to know a lot of the supporting characters, but I feel like I could easily describe any in this book. 
3.5 stars from me!
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What a pleasure to read another book in the Irish Village mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone but it's even better when read in order. Siobhan O'Sullivan comes from a large, close knit family and her life now is divided between the pub and her new position as Garda. She is a natural investigator, knowing what questions to ask that others never thought to ask. At the same time she is a young woman in love, a forbidden one because her lover is also her superior officer, Macdara Flannery.
The village of Kilbane is the site of opening rounds of the International Poker Tournament. There is a happy festival atmosphere in the air because, along with the Poker Tournament, the medieval village is also full of arts, crafts and music. The place to be, for many, is watching the poker games - a very big deal with a winning purse of a million euros. That equals $1,133,529 US dollars. The stakes are high and things take a dangerous turn when a player is accused of cheating. Known by his nickname The Octopus, his reputation is not just as a poker player. His hands handle more than playing cards. When he is found strung from the rafters of another local pub, in a locked room, the conclusion is suicide despite his reputation. The Garda are ready to close the case but Siobhan has questions leading her to call it murder. If she investigates she may just put her life on the line or at least put her (only three month old) job on the line.
I would so like to quote whole lines from this mystery, to read those parts aloud to others but I will refrain because I don't want to spoil anything for the other readers. This series is part cozy, part police procedural and full of humor, family, puzzles, red herrings - it has everything I love in a mystery. It's like visiting friends, a literary vacation I don't want to end. I'm looking forward to book #5.
My thanks to the publisher, Kensington and to NetGalley, for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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I finished Murder in an Irish Pub by Carlene O'Connor yesterday and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was surprised that I actually had this one figured out! I was pleased with myself as there were so many great plot twists and details in this wonderful cozy mystery and series. I love the main character Siobhan, a new Guarda (Irish Police Officer) and her family. A tiny Irish village overrun with excitement of a spring fair and a professional poker tournament, dealing with a surprising locked room death/murder. It was rather impressive how this one unfolded. I truly enjoyed the story and the ending blew me away. This is a must read cozy series especially if you love a good Irish tale.
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I really enjoyed this cozy mystery I received via Netgalley. I thought the MC Siobhan was great, and really liked the mystery surrounding the death of the #1 rated poker player.
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I love this series that mixes police procedural and cozy elements.
This was an enjoyable and entertaining reads.
The mystery was good and it kept me guessing till the end.
I loved to meet again the cast of characters and see what was going on.
I look forward to reading the next installment.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC
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Despite the cover, this is more a procedural than a cozy, but it's got strong cozy elements.  Siobhan O'Sullivan is a member of the Garda (Irish police).  Her family runs Naomi's Bistro in the small town of Kilbane.  They've got a poker tournament going but- eek- one of the big players- Eamon- is found hanging, in a locked room.  Siobhan, and Eamon's widow, both think this is murder even though Siobahn's love interest Macdara does not.  The investigation reveals more than who was cheating at cards.  The charm of this series lies in Siobhan's relationship with her siblings and others in town- this is not exception.  Don't worry if you haven't read the earlier books, this is fine as a standalone. Thanks to net galley for the ARC.
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This cozy had some good twists and turns that kept me riveted. A lovely read for a very cold day. 


I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
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Book four in the Irish Village Mystery series brings us back into the lives of Siobhán O' Sullivan, her brood and the other inhabitants of Kilbane.   The events take place in Kilbane during the International Poker Tournament and annual Arts and Music Festival.  A great backdrop which brought a lot of people into town, providing lots of space for the author to weave us a great story.

Siobhán is now a rookie garda (police officer).  After the Octopus dies, an entertaining mystery unfolds as she and her beau/superior officer, Macdara, try to figure out how and why the poker player died.  Was it suicide or murder?  There are many twists and turns in unraveling this question.  

From the beginning of the poker tournament, where we are introduced to the top three poker players who have huge personalities, the drama never slows down.  So many good suspects with great motives - and - good reasons why the Octopus may have committed suicide.     

As always, Siobhán and her brood were delightful.  They do not always see eye-to-eye but you can always sense the love and caring going on between them all. 

I wasn't sure I would enjoy Siobhán as an official garda, but it was brilliant.  I thought the interplay between her, Macdara and the rest of the officers was well done.  It added another layer of believe-ability to their investigating for me as well as a new level of depth into her and Macdara's relationship.  

This was a wonderful locked-room mystery that was very entertaining.  I read until late into the early morning and very reluctantly put it down with an hour left to go.  I couldn't wait to get up to finish it.  

I received an advanced digital copy of Murder in an Irish Pub by Carlene O'Connor from NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review.
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Thanks Netgalley and the Publisher.  A really good cosy mystery story.  Must be honest did not realise it was a series but it can be read as a standalone.
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What a FUN mystery! Not only do you have a neat 'locked room' mystery, that Agatha would have approved of, you have a little chick lit romance! This is a fun, quick read (I read it in 2 days), and perfect for ushering in Spring (yes, I KNOW some of you are still landlocked in snow, but the rest of us are in balmy Spring already!), and St Patrick's Day! You may find yourself sidetracked with all the food mentioned, so be warned to not read hungry! This is the 4th book in the An Irish Village Mystery series, and I can't wait to go back and read the previous three, to see how Siobhán  went from running the family bistro to be a Garda!
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This is the 4th installment of the Irish Village Mystery series.  Siobhán O’Sullivan is an Irish police offer (Garda) as is her boyfriend Macdara Flannery.  In this installment, the village is having a festival and part of that is a poker tournament.   One of the players Eamon Foley (aka the Octopus for supposedly 8 arms under the table) wins the first round and is accursed of cheating.  The tournament has to decide if he will be allowed to continue or be kicked out.  The players move to the pub where they play poker with many locals with them losing in the process.  Eamon sleeps it off in the storage room of the pub and is found dead the next day hanging from the rafters.  He was found in a locked room.  Must be a suicide right?  Siobhan does not think so.  Engaging tale with lots of suspects and red herrings along the way.   Love the O’Sullivan clan and the entire village of Kilbane.
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I received this book for free from Netgalley for an honest review in return! I don't often read books like this but when I do it reminds me on why I like them. This is the 4th book in this series. I have not read the previous ones but was still able to enjoy this book on its own!
Garda O'Sullivan (Siobhán) is a new member of the Kilbane police force. Kilbane is hosting a poker tournament where the winner will take home a quarter of a million euro's!
However when one of the main players is accused of cheating the game is stopped until a review of the tapes can be made and a decision on whether the player should be tossed from the tournament. 
Things take a turn for the worse when the player (octopus) is found dead in sharkey's pub. Through the book we follow the investigation to find out whether he was murdered or whether it was suicide.
There is so many twists and turns in this book that it keeps you guessing to who the suspect is the whole book. Meanwhile following Siobhán's love and connection with her sibling and the senior detective of he kilbane police D.S. Flannery
It's such a lovely story. Siobhán is the mother figure for her siblings and does what she can to keep them in-line and safe all the while doing her job. I'm happy to say there is a good outcome at the end of the book and I love that I didn't see who the murder was until the end. It kept me guessing the whole time.
I would recommend this book to anyone that likes cosy mysteries and love stories all rolled into one! This book is due for publication on 26th Feb 2019! Thankyou again Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book!
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I am new to this series and was hesitant to not start at the beginning, but Murder in an Irish Pub stands alone!  Some history was eluded to in the book, but it did not distract from the current story - it did make me want to go back and read the first 3 books!  

Murder in an Irish Pub draws you in from the start with the small Irish village setting, colorful, likable and believable characters combined with a unique mystery.   While reading the book I felt that I was in the town of Kilbane and could experience the settings described -- the dialogue immerses you in this little town!   Siobhan is an admirable character - trying to raise her siblings, keep the family pub afloat while working her relatively new job as a garda.  The poker tournament set in the small village is a great setting and you are occupied with solving the locked door mystery to the very end!  This was one book I hated to see end - I will anxiously await the next.
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Thank you to net galley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book it was a great experience I love this Author and her cozy mysterys
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The O'Sullivan family is at it again planning for a celebration within the towne of Kilbane in County Cork. The people are set to welcome the participants of an International Poker Tournament.  The best players in all of Ireland are in Kilbane.  Townsfolk are setting up tents to offer food, music, and arts to help with the celebration and hopefully make money to support their incomes.  
Siobha'n, eldest daughter of the O'Sullivan clan is prepared to  help her family in the baking and cooking in Naomi's Bistro, the family business.  She is also working as a Garda along side of boyfriend and boss, MacDara Flannery.  Her first day out, all decked out her in Garda uniform she enters the pub only to find all the other Garda in undercover attire; too late she decides she goes on to deal with it by walking amongst the townsfolk and visitors through the streets.  
The mystery comes to play when the master cardshark, Eamon Foley, AKA 'The Octopus' is dealt the infamous Deadman's Hand.  He makes jokes of it but the next day is discovered hanging in the storage room.  This takes place in the first part of the book so most of the balance of the book is set on finding out if his death is a murder or a suicide. 
I enjoyed reading this 4th chapter in the Irish Mystery Series although I think some of it was a bit long.  One of the most enjoyable parts of reading this series is Ms. O"Connor's method of using the Irish dialect throughout the books.  It requires the reader to adapt to this new dialect. The character's names are also tough to pronounce and since I am one to play out the journey in my mind, I like to know the correct pronunciations.  
I recommend this series to all those readers who enjoy a good mystery. I wish to thank Kensington Publishing Corporation for the opportunity to read and review Murder in an Irish Pub by Carlene O'Connor set to hit the shelves Feb. 26, 2019.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Ms O'Connor has written a delightful and engaging mystery with a family at the heart of it. Siobhan O'Sullivan, a fairly new Garda comes upon a suicide or was it a murder in Rory Mack's pub after a night of drinking and high stakes card playing.  The top three ranked card players are in the tiny Irish village of Kilbane playing for the pot, possibly a race horse and a pub as well. When Eamon Foley is found swinging from the rafters in the storage room of the pub, his fellow players and the widow Foley are the top suspects. 

Siobhan and Macdara Flannery have different views on what might have happened to Eamon. Siobhan may very well have gone in to  all a killer's bluff in this very dangerous card game.

Looking forward to reading more from Ms O'Connor.
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'Murder in an Irish Pub', the latest in Carlene O'Connor' An Irish Village Mystery series was perfect!  I love going to Ireland and visiting with all of these people.  The characters are so rich and appealing, the culture lessons are abundant and the mystery is expert.  This ending was both surprising and satisfying in the extreme for me.  I want more now.  Please get the entire series, you will be richly rewarded. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.  The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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A poker tournament comes to Kilbane, but where there are poker players there are sharks. When the Eamon Foley, nicknamed the Octopus, is found hanging in the bar’s storeroom, it’s thought to be a suicide, but Siobhan O’Sullivan thinks it was murder. Another entertaining entry into the Irish Village Mystery series
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By book 4 you know you are going to love the characters and the Irish idioms and culture.  The O'Sullivan family are a blessing and a burden to their eldest sister Siobhan especially now that she has joined the Garda (Police).  If you are new to this series I suggest you start at book 1 to understand the background of this family and their village.

Hosting a poker tournament is supposed to be beneficial for tourism, not murder.  When Eamon is found hanging from the rafters in a room locked from the inside the initial ruling is suicide, but Siobhan is sure he was murdered.  Being a new garda and female, she has a lot of prejudicial overcoming to tackle.   Macdara Flannery is not only her supervisor but also her boyfriend and being both is against the rules.

Constantly changing theories and a multitude of suspects kept this reader turning pages in a who-done-it that kept up a fast pace with lots of action.

Irish idioms & speech patterns are plentiful.    I give this a 4 1/2 or of 5 stars.
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This fourth book in the series as always, did not disappoint. 
The Irish village and its inhabitants are described in such a way, that you can vividly imagine them.
Siobhán's career, family and romance are written in a contemporary and realistic way.
The whodunit as always, was well written and kept me guessing right until the reveal.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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