Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan’s holiday plans hit a sour note when murder rearranges the yuletide carols into unexpected eulogies . . .
This December in Kilbane, if you’re planning to warm up with a cuppa tea at Naomi’s Bistro, you may have a bit of a wait—the entire O’Sullivan brood has gone off to West Cork to spend the holidays with brother James’s fiancée Elise’s family, including her grandfather, the famous orchestral conductor Enda Elliot. Siobhán is so happy for James and Elise but also quietly disappointed that she must put her own wedding to fellow garda Macdara Flannery on hold. Mac will have to join them later, so he can spend part of the holidays with his mam.
When the O’Sullivans learn everyone will choose a name from a hat to buy a music-related Christmas gift for someone else at the gathering, it seems like their greatest concern—until the cantankerous conductor is discovered crushed under a ninety-pound harp in a local concert hall.
With the extended family—including Enda’s much-younger new wife Leah, a virtuoso violinist—suspected in his murder, it's up to Siobhán to ensure the guilty party faces the music. But as a snowstorm strands both families in a lavish farmhouse on a cliff, Siobhán had better pick up the tempo—before the killer orchestrates another untimely demise . . .
O'Connor's solid sixth Irish Village mystery (after Murder in an Irish Cottage) finds levelheaded garda Siobh n O'Sullivan off duty for the holidays, or so she thinks. The six O'Sullivan siblings are spending a snowy Christmas with their oldest brother James's fianc e, violinist Elise Elliot, and her family in a rustic West Cork village, where everyone is looking forward to a sold-out concert by Elise's grandfather, conductor Enda Elliot, and his orchestra. Then Enda is found dead underneath a harp in the concert hall. A broken railing in the second-floor gallery above suggests he may have taken an accidental fall with the harp, but Siobh n suspects foul play. She immediately catches Elise in a lie about Enda, and wonders what else the Elliot family and their friends are hiding. The astute Siobh n wants to learn all she can about Enda's scorned second wife, the much younger violin virtuoso widow, and the adult kids awaiting an inheritance. Fully realized characters enhance this skillfully plotted tale as it builds to a twist ending. This seasonal Irish treat is sure to please cozy fans.
Chocolates & Crisps
There’s nothing like a beautifully delivered book around Christmas time! This author truly appreciates Christmas as much as I do! Ireland is officially a wonderful Christmas destination with family, except maybe for a murder...
This is the Sixth book in the Ireland Village Mystery series and the first one I’ve read. I truly enjoyed the Irish culture coming alive in front of my eyes; with the scenery, Irish names and language, all the way to Siobhan’s perfect love of tea. I was completely swept up in this book. I didn’t want to put it down! The twists and turns made it thrilling. I’m excited to get ahold of the rest of the series and catch up with the O’Sullivan Clan. I’m marking this one, a must read.
‘“Never underestimate the power of chocolates and crisps,” Siobhán said.’ (Chapter 6)