Excerpt from Murder in an Irish Village

standalone v3I hope you will join me this week for the Brain to Books 2016 Cyber Convention on Facebook and Goodreads this weekend! Lots of authors showing off their wares, running contests and giveaways, and putting books on special! I have Stand Alone on sale for the Cyber Conventions already, and lots more excitement to come.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules at Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along!

I am currently just finishing Murder in an Irish Village. This debut novel by Carlene O’Connor is a mystery set in a modern-day Irish village.  Orphaned Siobhan O’Sullivan and her five siblings are out to solve a murder and prevent one of them from going to prison for it. It has been a fun book so far, lots of twists and turns and humor. And, of course, Irish lingo. My teaser:

How one’s destiny could change in the blink of an eye. Niall Murphy knew why she wasn’t in Dublin better than anyone. Her da’s favorite Sean O’Casey quote rose up in her: It’s my rule never to lose me temper till it would be detrimental to keep it. “I could say the same thing about you,” she said. “Why aren’t you still in Dublin?”

Carlene O’Connor, Murder in an Irish Village

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A little slice of Heaven on the Emerald Isle…

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Naomi’s Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors, enjoy some brown bread and tea, and get the local gossip. Nowadays twenty-two-year-old Siobhán O’Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago.

It’s been a rough year for the O’Sullivans, but it’s about to get rougher. One morning, as they’re opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table, dressed in a suit as if for his own funeral, a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

With the local garda suspecting the O’Sullivans, and their business in danger of being shunned—murder tends to spoil the appetite—it’s up to feisty redheaded Siobhán to solve the crime and save her beloved brood.


  1. I enjoy a cozy mystery with humor and think this book would be right up my alley. I tend to also be drawn to books set in Ireland. I’ve visited there twice and loved every miniute. Thanks for sharing. It sounds a bit like my teaser this week that is from the first in a mystery series by Nancy Atherton. It also has humor intertwined! http://abookaddictsview.blogspot.com/2016/04/teaser-tuesday.html

  2. Sounds like a fun cozy. I like the small-town Irish setting.
    My Tuesday post features a mystery thriller: THE SHADOW CARTEL.

  3. I think this looks like a fun book, and I’ve seen good reviews. Nice one- and good luck with the convention!

  4. I like an Irish setting and a good mystery. I”ll have to look into this.

  5. This looks like the kind of mystery I would enjoy – love the setting!

    Here’s my Teaser: http://justasecondblog.blogspot.com/2016/04/teaser-tuesdayfirst-chapter-first.html

  6. Kathy Martin says

    This does sound like an interesting mystery. This week it is an historical romance – Luck Is No Lady by Amy Sandas – on my adult blog. Happy reading!

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