Scandal in Skibbereen (County Cork Mystery Series #2)

Scandal in Skibbereen (County Cork Mystery Series #2)

by Sheila Connolly

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As the new owner of Sullivan’s Pub in County Cork, Ireland, Maura Donovan gets an earful of all the village gossip. But uncovering the truth about some local rumors may close her down for good in this mystery in the County Cork series.

Bostonian Maura is beginning to feel settled in her new Irish home, just in time for summer tourist season to bring fresh business to her pub. But the first traveler to arrive is thirsty for more than just a pint of Guinness. Althea Melville is hot on the trail of a long-lost Van Dyck painting.

Maura agrees to help Althea meet with the residents at the local manor house, the most likely location of the missing art. But when the manor’s gardener is found murdered, Maura wonders what Althea’s real motives are. Now, to solve the secret of the lost portrait and catch a killer, Maura will have to practice her Irish gift of gab and hunt down some local history—before someone else is out of the picture...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698137332
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Series: County Cork Mystery Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 6,370
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sheila Connolly is the New York Times bestselling, Anthony and Agatha award-nominated author of the Orchard Mysteries, the Museum Mysteries, and the County Cork Mysteries. She has taught art history, structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities, worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns, and served as a fundraiser for several nonprofit organizations. She also managed her own consulting company, providing genealogical research services. In addition to genealogy, Sheila loves restoring old houses, visiting cemeteries, and traveling. Now a full-time writer, she thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her previous occupations. She is married and has one daughter and three cats.

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Praise for Buried in a Bog:

“Connolly’s latest is a captivating tale—sweet, nostalgic, and full of Irish charm, but also tightly plotted and full of twists, turns, and shocking reveals…Connolly’s County Cork Mysteries have a ton of promise.”—The Maine Suspect

“Tis a grand thing…Connolly invests this leisurely series opener with a wealth of Irish color and background.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“An exceptional read! Sheila Connolly has done it again with this outstanding book…A must read for those who have ever wanted to visit Ireland.”—Shelley’s Book Case

“Anyone with a trace of Irish in them, and all of us who wish we could claim an Irish connection, will welcome the first book in the County Cork series…And, with a country with Ireland’s history, there’s certain to be fascinating murders and mysteries to come.”—Lesa’s Book Critiques

Praise for the Orchard Mysteries

“A fresh and appealing sleuth with a bushel full of entertaining problems. ”—Claudia Bishop, author of the Hemlock Falls Mysteries

“A delightful look at small-town New England, with an intriguing puzzle thrown in.”—JoAnna Carl, author of the Chocoholic Mysteries

“A promising new mystery series.”—Sammi Carter, author of the Candy Shop Mysteries

Praise for the Museum Mysteries

“A witty, engaging blend of history and mystery with a smart sleuth who already feels like a good friend .”—Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef Mysteries

“Sheila Connolly serves up a snappy and sophisticated mystery.”—Mary Jane Maffini, author of the Charlotte Adams Mysteries

National Treasure meets The Philadelphia Story in this clever, charming, and sophisticated caper.”—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha Award–winning author of The Other Woman

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Scandal in Skibbereen 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Sheila Connolly takes readers back to Ireland in her second book in the County Cork mystery series, Scandal in Skibbereen. Readers are treated to a tale of mystery and fine art in the Irish countryside. Connolly's love for all things Irish is apparent throughout the book and is shown in her in depth research and beautiful descriptions of both the landscape and the people. This book will appeal not only to the cozy fan but also art enthusiasts and readers who are just looking for a good whodunit. Another great book, my this talented author. What I liked: Sheila Connolly has a knack for writing mysteries that readers want to read. She picks interesting subjects and themes and knows how to draw a reader in quickly and keep them reading. Her books are always very well researched and entertaining. I know when I pick one up that I'm going to enjoy it. Scandal in Skibbereen was no different. It had a fantastic Irish setting and characters that felt like old friends. I hope cozies set in other countries will become a popular trend. I think it will create a lot of much needed diversity in the sub-genre and lots of new mysteries to explore. One of my favorite parts of Scandal in Skibbereen was of course the Irish countryside setting. The people, the pubs, and the generally slower pace of life all made this a great read. It will be obvious to any reader that Connolly has a love for Ireland and has made her mission to write about it well. She describes the small town of Leap in such a way that even though it probably rains 6 out of 7 days a week readers will still want to visit. Characters like Maura Donovan come to life under her pen. A great setting from an author with a talent for description.  The mystery aspects of the story were well plotted an executed. I really enjoyed all of the behind the scenes information about the art world that comes out in this book. Because, Althea, one of main suspects is searching for a rare missing Van Dyck painting readers are treated to a lot of interesting facts about art that they may not have been exposed to before. The reader will enjoy being educated, as well as entertained. Maura is a great main character. She is a transplanted Boston girl in middle of County Cork. I love the fact that she feel so in love with the area that she decided to stay. She adds a flavor all her own to the community of Leap because she is so different from most of the inhabitants. It also shows in the way she goes about sleuthing. She has a perspective that is very unique in her setting and her deductive reasoning is always to interesting to read as the story unfolds. What I didn't like: I can't say there was too much I didn't like about this one. Connolly is well seasoned author with a lot of experience. She knows how to write what a reader wants to read. A great trait in the publishing business! Bottom Line: This was an excellent book, from the interesting fine art angle to the readers return to the town of Leap. As always I adored the Irish setting and thought Connolly's characters were spot on and true to the Irish spirit and demeanor. A must read for fans of cozies set in other countries and for readers who are looking for a change from the normal cozy read.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Scandal In Skibbereeb is the second book in the A Cork County Mystery series. This is another wonderfully told story from Shelia Connolly. I love all her works. She skillfully puts in background information that just seems to flow with the storyline. Maura Donovan has been in Ireland for about three months and is enjoying getting Sullivan's Pub is to shape for the coming tourist season. One day Althea Melville, an abrasive American dressed to the nines, shows up at the pub, and wonders if there are any manor houses in the area. Althea works for an art museum in NYC and they recently came across a tiny sketch by VanDyck and usually there is a larger picture and she wants to find it, so that she can have it for a show that is coming up and will also probably save her job. Maura introduces her to Old Billy who has been in Leap, forever, who suggest that The Townsend house might be what she is looking. Then the next morning when the gardener at the Townsend House is found dead on the property, Althea becomes a prime suspect. As brash as Althea is, Maura and a local painter, Gillian, still agree to look for the painting and at the same time try and discover the who might have killed the gardener. This book provides the reader with a look at rural Ireland and life in a small village and also a glance at the inner working of the art world. Looking for to book #3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great second book! Good read and interesting characters.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
In this second installment of the County Cork Mysteries Bostonian Maura is beginning to feel settled in her new Irish home and as owner of an Irish Pub. She is anxious to see what kind of business she will have a the summer tourist season begins. Althea Melville arrives from the U.S. but she is not on a pleasure trip. She is on a mission to find a rare painting and she believes she may find it in County Cork, not far away from Maura’s pub. Althea is not use to Irish traditions and comes across as “a bull in a China shop” as she tries to get Maura and others to help her find the painting. When a gardener is found dead outside of a local manor house Maura starts to question Althea’s motives and thinks there is much more to her story than just local for a piece of art. Dollycas’s Thoughts Finding out I have a bit of Irish heritage myself makes me love these mysteries. Connolly has created some wonderful characters. Maura is still finding her way in her new surroundings but she has something every barkeep needs, the gift of gab. She is friendly and outgoing and really strives to get to know the people around her. Her relationship with Billy reminds me of myself so much. When my parents owned a tavern there was always a group of elders there each day to play cards and share old stories and new. I could sit and listen to them for hours and they taught me how to win at cards too. I also love the recurring characters and the way Maura’s relationships with all of them are evolving. Especially the relationship she has with Garda Officer Sean Murphy. The new character that captured my heart was Eveline Townsend, the owner of Mycroft House. This is a woman that is aging gracefully living in a Manor House with only 2 other people and a nephew that helps to pay the bills and visits on a rare occasion, like when one of the employees has been murdered. This woman is much more alert and has a better memory than anyone thought and she knew many secrets that gave this story a few twists and turns. The mystery of the lost painting and the murder were very well plotted. The location was sublime. I have been told Spring and Summer are the best times to visit Ireland. You can tell the author loves her setting and has researched it thoroughly. Her love for the Irish countryside just glows throughout the story.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This was a good second mystery in the series! The characters are developing at a good pace.
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Keeps you entertained.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed all six of the series and looking forward to the seventh the first of 2019. They were very delightful and entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyed it very much
7MAL More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the first one in the series, but I loved this one and now I'm going back to read it too. Excellent characters and plot.
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
Book 2 was even better than the first! This cozy mystery series is set in Ireland and is quite enjoyable. Maura, who promised her grandmother on her deathbed to visit the grandmother's original homeland, has settled into her new home and is starting to figure out how to run a pub. She is making friends and getting to know more of the locals when a fellow American breezes in and demands that Maura help her in locating a rare old painting. When a murder occurs at the same home of the painting's origin, a new twist in their search for answers pops up. The plot is very well laid out and has a nice number of twists and turns to keep you interested in the story. While you may guess who the killer is, how they are tied to the story is just another interesting twist to delight you. The characters are well developed and are further fleshed out in this installment of the series. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
momelaine More than 1 year ago
I love visiting Ireland through this series! Maura is getting settled in as the owner of Sullivan's. The summer tourist season has begun. She is getting to know more of the locals better. And we are getting to know them better also. Then Althea shows up with a wild story about an old painting that is maybe hidden away in a manor in the area. So begins the mystery. I just love how the author takes us to Ireland and shares the life there. Someday I would love to get there in person, but in the meantime, I will visit through this series.
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GiniH More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story! Ireland comes to life around you along with the heroine and her adventures. This was my first Sheila Connolly read but most definitely not the last.
love2readallday More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Stories set it Ireland really entertain me - not sure why. Enjoyable, some mystery and some love connections. Characters developed nicely.
DeeZeeCA More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the descriptive picture of people, customs, and distant places along with an interesting devious plot. It is good evening reading.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
In the second book of the County Cork Mysteries, Maura is settling into her new home and job in Ireland.  As a poor Boston transplant, she's learning about owning Sullivan's Pub and life in her ancestors' town where gossip keeps everyone up on everything.  Then a brash New Yorker, Althea, shows up wanting to track down a long lost Van Dyck painting, but she's offending everyone she talks with.  She convinces Maura to help her talk to one of the last living members of the local manor house in hopes of finding this treasure.  The gardener's murder puts a kink in her plans. Old Billy, who practically lives in the pub, has tales of old that send the speakers out with helpful clues.  Then there's, Sean, the local garda, cute and smart too! Once again, the sense of place is one of the best part of this fun cozy mystery.  The search through local history and relationships between the towns folks is terrific.  I feel myself falling into an Irish lilt as I get into the mystery.  The only thing that keeps me from giving this 5 stars is the repetition that happens a bit too often when different characters discuss the same information in the story.  But, I am not letting that keep me from anticipating getting into the next book in this series as soon as Connolly can get it written.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not enough action. Too much talking and repeating. Not the best sheila connelly mystery
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Sheila Connolly is a wonderful writer. Can't wait for book 3.
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garden_56 More than 1 year ago
This second book is as good as the first in this series by Sheila Connolly!  I really hated for it  to end and am looking forward to the next one.  Wonderful story and characterization.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars for a cozy. A very unique storyline and of course I like the Irish aspect.