The luck of the Irish is about to run out for someone in Kilbane...
The small village of Kilbane is hosting a poker tournament at the local pub, and card sharp Eamon Foley, a tinker out of Dublin, is set to win the tournament. But when Foley is found at the end of a rope, it’s time for the garda to take matters into their own hands.
Macdara Flannery would lay odds it’s a simple suicide, but Siobhán suspects foul play, as does Foley’s pregnant widow. Perhaps one of Foley’s fellow finalists just raised the stakes to life and death. With conflicting theories on the crime, tensions are running high. Soon it’s up to Siobhán to call a killer’s bluff, but if she doesn’t play her cards right, she may be the next one taken out of the game.
A gripping Irish cosy mystery, perfect for fans of Clare Chase and Dee Macdonald.
O'Connor's pleasing fourth Irish Village mystery (after 2018's Murder in an Irish Churchyard) finds officer Siobh n O'Sullivan and her significant other, Det. Sgt. Macdara Flannery, coping with crowds, gambling, and excessive drinking during a high-stakes poker tournament in Kilbane, County Cork. When cheating occurs, followed by the death of the renowned player dubbed the Octopus in a pub's locked storeroom, Siobh n is skeptical about the verdict of suicide, though a note was found with the body. Suspects include the Octopus's two rivals, a mysterious blond waitress who may have been in cahoots with the Octopus, and townspeople who bet far more than they could afford to lose. Siobh n also worries about the potential involvement of her many siblings, a reputed jewel thief in town, the state of her relationship with Macdara, and the well-being of the waitress and the Octopus's pregnant wife. A clever twist on the locked-room mystery and the convivial village community will leave cozy readers well satisfied.