Murder in an Irish Pub

Murder in an Irish Pub

by Carlene O'Connor

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When competing card sharps stir up Siobhán O'Sullivan’s quiet Irish village, a poker tournament turns into a game of Hangman . . .
In the small village of Kilbane in County Cork, for a cuppa tea or a slice of brown bread, you go to Naomi’s Bistro, managed by the many siblings of the lively O'Sullivan brood. For a pint or a game of darts—or for the poker tournament that's just come to town—it’s the pub you want. 
One player’s reputation precedes him: Eamon Foley, a tinker out of Dublin, called the Octopus for playing like he has eight hands under the table. But when Foley is found at the end of a rope, swinging from the rafters of Rory Mack’s pub, it’s time for the garda to take matters into their own hands. Macdara Flannery would lay odds it’s a simple suicide—after all, there’s a note and the room was locked. But Siobhán suspects foul play, as does Foley’s very pregnant widow. Perhaps one of Foley’s fellow finalists just raised the stakes to life and death.
With conflicting theories on the crime—not to mention the possibility of a proposal—tensions are running high between Siobhán and Macdara. 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 . . .

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ISBN-13: 9781496719102
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Series: Irish Village Mystery Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 7,424
File size: 833 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Carlene O’Connor comes from a long line of Irish storytellers. Her great-grandmother emigrated from Ireland filled with tales and the stories have been flowing ever since. Of all the places across the pond she’s wandered, she fell most in love with a walled town in County Limerick and was inspired to create the town of Kilbane, County Cork. Carlene currently divides her time between New York and the Emerald Isle. She is currently at work on the next book in the Irish Village Mystery series.

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Murder in an Irish Pub (Irish Village Mystery Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Lulu1992 More than 1 year ago
A week ago, a buddy sent me a few videos from the pubs he was visiting while traveling in Ireland. As someone born and raised in Southern California, I’m not familiar with Irish pubs at all (though my mom was half Irish!), but the minute I opened that first video, I was swept away with the joyous atmosphere of those legendary Irish institutions. Lots of laughter, singing, and dancing, with a spirited rowdiness that made me want to grab my passport and visit my ancestor’s homeland. In Murder in an Irish Pub, the fourth installment of her Irish Village mysteries, Carlene O’Connor weaves a tale that is as captivating as that camaraderie I viewed in those pub videos. I couldn’t put down the book and was able to read it in one sitting. Ms. O’Connor’s words not only made me feel a part of this charming Irish family and community, but she also made me like I was an integral part of the crime-solving team. The book centers on twenty-something Siobhán O'Sullivan and the many responsibilities and duties in her life. Since her parents have passed away, she’s now the matriarch of the O’Sullivan family and is trying to nurture and/or raise her five brothers and sisters while also running the family bistro. And, she’s also a village police officer with an adorable boyfriend. Siobhán’s life is beyond full, and with the latest murder in her village, her life has become even busier. I loved the vivid descriptions of the setting, and the mystery was one of the best I’ve read in a very long time. I felt I was right there with Siobhán and crew as they searched for clues, interviewed suspects, and sorted through all the red herrings thrown at them during the investigation. The romance was fun, but the family interactions were probably my favorite parts of the story. These siblings, the youngest of whom is 12 years old, are all dealing with the tragic deaths of their parents. Each one is processing it in their own way, but they are all fiercely devoted to one another. They’re human, they make mistakes, but their love shines through. Murder in an Irish Pub is a wonderful read and can definitely be read as a stand-alone. It is the first book in the series that I have read, and I completely understood the background of the characters and series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy.
BookLover1029617521 More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth installment in this series, however it was my first opportunity to read this series. I was initially concerned about being able to follow the characters and their development as I typically read a series in chronological order, I was a pleasantly surprised that the characters were easy to follow and I enjoyed the great story line that this cozy mystery offered. There were a couple of times I was sure I had it figured out, and yet time and time I was incorrect. Love books that keep me guessing until the end. Will happily read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series makes me feel like i am in Ireland
VWilliams More than 1 year ago
Protagonist Siobhán O'Sullivan is a rookie garda, member of the Irish police force, along with her favorite fella Macdara (Dara) Flannery. The merchants have set up craft tents for the annual Arts and Music Festival and there is a celebratory air with a great deal of excitement over the world-class poker players expected to compete right in their little village. Unfortunately, the poker venue is moved to a late night, more raucous site, and the booze and competition gets a tad out of hand. The number one player is found hung in a locked storage closet the following morning with what appears as an air-tight argument for suicide--door bolted from the inside. Siobhán and Dara don't particularly rush into investigative details. There are a large number of characters to clear, red herrings, and twists, and somewhere in all that becomes apparent who the antagonist would prove to be. In the meantime, the reader enjoys a tourist's eye view of the countryside and the Irish people. Siobhán may have been well developed in the previous three of the series, so is not totally fleshed in this novel other than the snarky dialogue she exchanges with herself. It might be of benefit to begin with the first in the series, although I read easily as a standalone. My first entry to the series and the author and I did enjoy the author's writing style. The villagers and Siobhán's own family are brought into the well-plotted narrative often and creates a pleasing atmosphere of people you'd like to meet. The dialogue runs very natural, easy candid conversation. The suicide versus murder business kept an even pace and provided enough suspense to propel the reader through to conclusion. It's a light and fast read with a unique plot device (poker tournament) and a location-driven empathetic protagonist. I was given the ebook download by the publisher and NetGalley and appreciate the opportunity to read and review. Recommended for any who enjoy a clean cozy read.
ABCollins More than 1 year ago
Murder in a locked room… Murder in an Irish Pub is the first I’ve read in An Irish Village series, and I’m hooked. I am going back to start at the beginning of the series to read all about the O’Sullivan family. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author has a great voice, and the way she describes the setting made me feel as if I were right there as the story unfolded. Siobhán O’Sullivan is the head of her household of brothers and sisters, so she definitely has her hands full as a freshly minted garda, with a locked room murder mystery, and trying to keep her romance with Macdara Flannery a secret. I was as intrigued by them as a couple as I was the mystery of the murdered card sharp in a locked room. Oh, and she also runs a small pub in her hometown. There are definitely plenty of clues, twists, turns, and red herrings as this mystery unfolds—some of which even point to Siobhán’s own family. If you haven’t yet read this series, I highly suggest you add it to your TBR pile! I can’t wait to read what’s next from this author.
Anonymous 9 months ago
My first experience with this author but definately not my last
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GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed this is a series since the first book, although I missed the third one somehow, and I am enjoying the development and evolution of the characters and the village. This story is a bit of a locked room mystery, as the victim was found hanging in a cooler that was locked from the inside. Most agree that it is a suicide, but Siobhan knows something is not right and is sure it is a murder. As she investigates, she finds clues to implicate more and more suspects. Is it the pregnant wife? The disgruntled poker players? A jewel thief? Someone that the wife is having an affair with? Or maybe it was suicide? Read along as Siobhan puts the clues together to solve the mystery. Siobhan is the main character and she is a sympathetic, likable character that has continued to grow and come into her own. I love visiting with her family although in this book it was a secondary role. She is the oldest and has been responsible for her siblings since her parents were killed. It is an important role in her life and it makes her even more likeable. She is now a member of the garda, so is technically not an amateur sleuth any longer. She is very thoughtful, meticulous and is able to untangle clues and put them together when it comes to solving a crime. The relationship between her and Macdara has continued to evolve as well, and it played a rather surprising and humorous role in this story. He is very respectful of her skills as a garda and even before. He listens to her as she solves the puzzles and between the two of them, they are able to untangle any mystery so far. The mystery was well done and woven throughout the story. It was a locked room type mystery with plenty of clues, twist, turns and red herrings thrown in. While the reveal was not a total surprise (I had some things figured out), some explanations were, and I always like a story when I don't know all the answers until they are revealed. A well written and enjoyable mystery that I recommend to anyone who enjoys a good, clean, mystery. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A super locked-room mystery, set in a lovely land. Midterm and romance and vivid characters. A great read in an excellent series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery with a little romance thrown in. I love the characters!
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JACW More than 1 year ago
I am new to this series and was hesitant to not start at the beginning, but Murder in an Irish Pub stands alone! Some history was eluded to in the book, but it did not distract from the current story - it did make me want to go back and read the first 3 books! Murder in an Irish Pub draws you in from the start with the small Irish village setting, colorful, likable and believable characters combined with a unique mystery. While reading the book I felt that I was in the town of Kilbane and could experience the settings described -- the dialogue immerses you in this little town! Siobhan is an admirable character - trying to raise her siblings, keep the family pub afloat while working her relatively new job as a garda. The poker tournament set in the small village is a great setting and you are occupied with solving the locked door mystery to the very end! This was one book I hated to see end - I will anxiously await the next.
mommy_to_zoe More than 1 year ago
Murder in an Irish Pub is the fourth book in the Irish Village Mystery series written by Carlene O’Connor. This is the first book in the series and this author that I have read. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I am glad to report that figuring out ‘whodunit’ took until the very end – plenty of “red herrings”….just the way I like my cozy mysteries! Given my enjoyment, I anticipate picking up the first three books in the series and read. Hopefully this will provide more to the story of Siobhán O’Sullivan. I want to know why she is raising all her siblings – how did that come about and when? What precipitated becoming a new garda? How old is the relationship between she and Macdara? Gosh, many questions, which I expect would be answered with reading the series from the beginning. Of course, I have an inquisitive nature. Having said all of this, the story was defintely complete without the first three books in the series. My biggest stumbling block was learning the Irish vernacular – nothing a good “google” could not solve. I enjoy learning new things while I read, so once again – a plus for this book! The thought process of Siobhán while she worked through her process to solve the mystery surrounding Eamon Foley’s death was intriguing. At times difficult to make the leaps she did (but then she is the garda and I am not). Her balancing of family, love and her work was good. You get a sufficiently well rounded picture of who Siobhán is. I certainly felt as if I was in Kilbane during the International Poker Tournament. There were many suspects, most of them interesting. Even the twist of Eamon being found hanged in a closed and locked room made me scratch my head for quite a while. I will need to stop now without giving away any of the “good” mystery parts of the story! If you are in the mood for a well crafted cozy mystery with an authentic feel for the location (in this instance Ireland), then I recommed Murder in an Irish Pub in the Irish Village Mystery series written by Carlene O’Connor.
Judi_Dorsey More than 1 year ago
While Murder in an Irish Pub by Carlene O’Connor is the fourth book in the series, it is the first book I’ve read by this author. The title alone drew me in and I am very happy it did. This is a delightful story in a wonderful setting! The main character, Siobhán O’Sullivan, is a relatively new member of the Garda in the village of Kilbane in Cork County who quickly is involved in a suspicious death at a pub. I found the mystery very interesting – especially how it took the entire book before anyone figured out how the victim was killed in the locked room. Siobhán is also a member of a large family who own Naomi’s Bistro in Kilbane. While Siobhán is digging up clues about the murder, she is also interacting with her many siblings. Siobhán’s parents have passed away prior to this story and she feels responsible for the happiness and futures of all her siblings. I very much enjoyed Siobhán’s interaction with her boyfriend and superior in the Garda, Macdara Flannery, throughout the story. Siobhán and Macdara danced around the subject of a marriage proposal the entire time so I was very happy they ended up engaged in the end. The setting of this story was very charming and I could picture in my mind how the village of Kilbane looks and the friends and neighbors of the O’Sullivan family. I visited Ireland a few years ago and fell in love with the small villages the most. The people are so kind and friendly and that really shone through in this story! Overall, this was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the rest of this series. I was provided with an advanced copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and impartial review.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
What another great story in this series, with it's wonderful setting and characters. It is a big coup for the little town of Kilbane in County Cork to host the International Poker Tournament, complete with famous poker players. The O’Sullivans at Naomi’s Bistro, along with all the pubs and shops, have geared up for the excitement. After the first round of poker, things break up with the winner uncertain due to possible card tampering. The crowds and players continue partying at the former Finnegan’s pub, and in the morning, one of the famed players is dead. O’Connor has penned quite the locked room mystery. I had no trouble envisioning the storage room and wondering along with the rest whether or not it was suicide or murder. Rookie Garda Siobhan O’ Sullivan uses her gut feelings and knowledge of many townspeople to help find out the truth. In fact, she handles the big reveal at the end very well, gathering all the suspects together in a way that would make Agatha proud.
CyndyBailes More than 1 year ago
Murder in an Irish Pub by Carlene O’Connor is the fourth book in the Irish Village Mystery series. It is stand-alone although there are quite a few references to earlier developments. The main character is Siobhan O’Sullivan who runs Naomi’s Bistro, is a policewoman, and has multiple siblings to watch out for. Macdara Flannery is her boyfriend and her supervisor. I found the book delightful with its Irish words and phrases, as well as the Irish flavor of the village and the characters. The plot develops around a poker tournament, three visiting poker players, and a death that may be a murder but most people think it is a suicide. Siobhan works hard to sort it all out. There is an additional interesting story line about the relationship between Siobhan and Macdara and where it is headed. I found the story and characters well-developed and the mystery kept me guessing until to the end. The writing was good and the story lines well done. I definitely recommend this mystery and look forward to reading the earlier books in the series.
KatzMama More than 1 year ago
Oh my! I loved just about everything about this locked-room mystery. Was it suicide? Or was it murder? The book is so well put together in terms of plot, characters and locale that I practically devoured it. The number of plausible suspects abound, and there are so many subtleties in the and possibilities that I was kept guessing about the truth until the very end. The O'Sullivan family are a wonderful jumble of characters, each one a treasure I found myself caring very much about. The book is rich in background information about the villagers and their lives as well. Every character is so carefully drawn that I felt I might recognize any of them if I bumped into them on the street. A highly recommended read! I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
ClueMeIn More than 1 year ago
What I most enjoyed in this 4th entry in the series was the authentic sounding Irish dialog and phrasing and the feisty bantering style of the characters which made this village cozy lively and spirited. This is a classic locked room mystery, was the hanged man a suicide or a murder victim, and if it was murder how did the murder occur in a locked room? It had me scratching my head and remembering one reason I love mysteries, the puzzle of 'how could this have been done'? The detective is a newbie garda, Siobhan who is a mother hen to her siblings and is involved with her boss, the handsome DS Macdara. They end up investigating the suspicious suicide of a famous poker player who is in town for a poker tournament with a huge prize of 250,000 Euros. Who is bluffing who in this mysterious game of murder or suicide? The poker player's pregnant widow and the other tournament players are prime suspects and the plot becomes quite involved with various clues, marked cards, a carrier pigeon who delivers notes, a stolen diamond, a racehorse, a missing ladder, a missing orange Ford Mustang, a higher up who is carrying out an investigation in disguise each are a card that must be shuffled together in the right order for the mystery to be solved. This sparkling and charming cozy left me in suspense until the very end and was like a quick trip to Ireland - a winning combination like a pair of Aces! I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
When a Poker tournament comes to town Kilbane’s Garda is busy with the crowds, both at the tournament in a local pub, and the crowds as the festival. Siobhan O’Sullivan, big sister, head of her family of siblings, and newest garda, is juggling work, family, and romance. The first night of the poker tournament has the crowds out in full force at the pub to see the top three seeded players. After a rare hand is dealt and he hotshot number one seed player wins that evening, he is accused of cheating when a cold deck is found next to him. The Poker official will have to make a decision by morning as to whether “The Octopus” will be allowed to continue or eliminated for cheating. That doesn’t stop the festivities and town moves to another local pub for more festivities and poker. The Octopus is on a roll and wins several large bets from locals who should never have been playing against the pros. But it’s a party and everyone has a little too much to drink that evening, including The Octopus so the pub owners lets him sleep it off in his storage room so he doesn’t go back to the inn and wake his very pregnant wife. Early the next morning, Siobhan is making her garda rounds and discovers the man dead in the storage room. Was it suicide or murder? That is question the small garda force and towns people have. Can Siobhan and Macdara solve it before everyone leaves town, that is the challenge. Enjoyable whodunit with characters that pop from the pages. The ending took a clue from Clue and assembles all of the suspects in one room for the final reveal. While this is the fourth book in the series, it is the first I have read and there were no major gaps from not having read the first three. A good standalone, but you will want to read the first three, like I do now.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite series and part of it is due to the setting. Who can't love a book set in Ireland. Kilbane is a nice little town that would be a great place to visit. Unless of course you witness a murder while there. The other is I enjoy the author's writing style. For me the story just flows well. It was nice to get to visit Siobhan and the other characters again and meeting a few new ones as well. I liked how just when I thought I had it all figured out in my mind the author would give me another clue that would make me rethink my guess. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. With each new book in the series, I am liking it more and more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago