In this enchanting new read in the fan-favorite series from a USA Today bestselling author, garda of County Cork, Ireland, Siobhán O’Sullivan and Macdaras Flannery, are about to get married at last. But just as the rowdy O’Sullivan brood and all the regulars of the local bistro have gathered at the church, the nuptials come to an abrupt halt when the discovery of an unidentified skeleton puts the wedding on pause…
If only her mother could be here! The entire O’Sullivan brood—not to mention the regulars from Naomi’s Bistro—have gathered at St. Mary’s Church for the wedding of Siobhán and Macdara. It’s not every day you see two garda marrying each other. Only Siobhán’s brother James is missing. They can’t start without him.
But when James finally comes racing in, he’s covered in dirt and babbling he’s found a human skeleton in the old slurry pit at the farmhouse. What farmhouse? Macdara sheepishly admits he was saving it as a wedding surprise: he purchased an abandoned dairy farm. Duty calls, so the engaged garda decide to put the wedding on hold to investigate.
James leads them to a skeleton clothed in rags that resemble a tattered tuxedo. As an elderly neighbor approaches, she cries out that these must be the remains of her one true love who never showed up on their wedding day, fifty years ago. The garda have a cold case on their hands, which heats up the following day when a fresh corpse appears on top of the bridegroom’s bones. With a killer at large, they need to watch their backs—or the nearly wedded couple may be parted by death before they’ve even taken their vows. . .
“Fans of charming Irish mysteries will delight in the ways this convoluted case ensnares the heroine and her supporting cast.”
O'Connor's solid eighth Irish Village mystery (after 2020's Murder at an Irish Christmas) finds garda Siobhán O'Sullivan and her fiancé, Det. Sgt. Macdara Flannery, about to say their "I Do's" when Siobhán's eldest brother bursts into the church in Kilbane, County Cork, to announce he's discovered a skeleton in a slurry pit. The couple postpone their wedding as investigating the case soon takes priority after Siobhán's new neighbor, Gladys Burns, realizes the body is that of Tommy Caffrey, her fiancé, who stood her up at the altar 50 years earlier. Siobhán and Macdara discover that Gladys as well as her family members had many bones to pick with the deceased ne'er-do-well. Each clue leads to more revelations from the past, and the family's complex relationships seem to hold the key to the crime. When a second body appears, and suspects begin pointing fingers at each other, Siobhán and Macdara realize no one's telling the truth. The quaint Irish setting and facts about falconry boost the well-paced plot, though the ending requires some willing suspension of disbelief. Cozy fans will be well satisfied.
I love this family and their drama. What’s next for them?