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National bestselling and Agatha Award-nominated author Sheila Connolly introduces a brand-new series set in a small village in County Cork, Ireland, where buried secrets are about to rise to the surface...

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...

Mysteries & Thrillers
February 5
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Carol M Smith ,

Sheila Connolly’s Buried In a Bog

Come along with Maura Donovan as she
embarks on a trip to the Irish countryside.
She is going to seek out her family after her
last relative, her Grandmother passed.
Maura plans to stay for one week in Leap,
County Cork but once she is there she takes
a job at the local pub whose owner just passed.
She finds that the pub is a busy place at
certain times and her experience from working
bars in the United States lets her fit in right
The description of the Irish countryside will
put the reader right there. It is beautifully
During her first week, a dead man is found in
a bog. The body had been there for years. He
is unidentifiable. Next a man who stopped by
the pub is found robbed and murdered.
Maura finds a letter written to Old Mick, the
deceased owner looking for a relative in the
area. Could this be the man who went missing
years ago in the bog??
Maura finds herself having attempts made on
her life. Having only being in Leap for several
days, who could possibly want to harm her??
An interesting, informative and intriguing read.

tb350 ,

Interesting read but predictable.

Well written with fleshed out main characters. Good scenic descriptions and a definite feel of love for the land

Marina Ariadne ,

A sweet ending to a hard beginning

Maura Donovan, with no relatives but her Gran, lives with her in the Boston Southside, barely scraping by. Gran dies, leaving money enough for her burial and a round trip to Cork, Ireland, so that she might visit an old friend of Gran’s and maybe visit her husband’s grave.

She gets to Leap (pronounced lepp), where everyone seems to know who she is. A man of about a hundred years buried in a bog suddenly surfaces, identity unknown. Maura passes by while the Gardaí are processing the scene—while she gas a driver’s license, she’s never had a car, nor driven on a left-lane system, nor driven a manual shift car, and she’s been given her Gran’s friend’s car to use during the visit. Oops. In a couple of days, all she needs is a local map.

She finds the pub across from her lodgings in need of another bartender one night, and finds herself a job—she’d worked in enough bars in Boston to tend bar.

Then Odd Things begin happening to her. She is introduced to the local Gardaí, due to some of those Odd Things, and a letter from a possible relative of the pub’s late owner, who had no relatives nearby, nor any known elsewhere.

At this point, the plot summary is over—but extended family is showing up all over the place.

Let’s just say all seems to work out in the end. It’s a grand introduction to this series. I am left with one question: is she ever going to change her ticket back to Boston?

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