The Lost Traveller (County Cork Mystery Series #7)

The Lost Traveller (County Cork Mystery Series #7)

by Sheila Connolly


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Danger comes to Cork in the seventh County Cork mystery from New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly, and it’s up to Maura Donovan to find a way to protect all she’s worked for.

Pub owner Maura Donovan is settling into a charmed life in Ireland—until a mutilated body on her property ends her lucky streak.

Boston expat Maura Donovan came to Ireland to honor her grandmother’s last wish, but she never expected to stay in provincial County Cork—much less to inherit a house and a pub, Sullivan’s, in the small village of Leap. After a year-long struggle to stay in the black, Sullivan’s is finally thriving, and Maura has even brought back traditional Irish music to the pub. With a crop of new friends and a budding relationship with handsome Mick Nolan, Maura’s life seems rosier than ever—but even in Ireland, you can’t always trust your luck.

It begins with Maura’s discovery of a body in the ravine behind the pub. And then, the Irish gardaí reveal that the victim’s face has been battered beyond recognition. Who is the faceless victim? Who wanted him dead? And why was his body dumped in the backyard of Sullivan’s Pub? Even after the dead man is finally given a name, nobody admits to knowing him. In the tight-knit world of Leap, no one is talking—and now it’s up to Maura to uncover the dark secrets that lurk beneath the seemingly quiet town.

Laced with warm Irish charm, a delightful small-town setting, and a colorful cast of characters, New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly’s seventh County Cork mystery, The Lost Traveller, conspires to delight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683318903
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Series: County Cork Mystery Series , #7
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 48,995
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Sheila Connolly is the Anthony and Agatha Award–nominated author of over thirty titles, including the Museum Mysteries, the Orchard Mysteries, and the County Cork Mysteries, in addition to the Relatively Dead paranormal romance e-series, the standalone books Once She Knew, a romantic suspense, and Reunion with Death, a traditional mystery set in Tuscany, as well as a number of short stories in various anthologies. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three cats and visits Ireland as often as she can. This is her seventh County Cork mystery.

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The Lost Traveller 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
VWilliams More than 1 year ago
This promised to be a great read but is the seventh in the series, so I hoped there was protagonist development in the previous six. In this one, not so much, and my first of the series. It may, however, function as a standalone. Protagonist Maura Donovan inherited a cottage along with old, established Sullivan's pub in the little village of Leap, Ireland (West Cork). She is from Boston and young, and neither knows how to cook, peruse the internet, or stage an attractive setting. The first portion of the narrative appeared to be making good on the implied promise. She discovers a body, the mystery begins. We get to learn somewhat of the attractive, bucolic area and the main characters, Rose, a student, and Mick, resident bar-keep. The support characters, some old time bar patrons such as Billy, or friends Bridget and Gillian add interest, and there is Garda Sean Murphy who sounds far more appealing than Mick. Dialogue is stilted, meant to convey an Irish accent. But Maura, poor Maura, descends into a muddled, befuddled American mess. She is actually a little embarrassing. She wants Rose (17 going on 34) to do the work; manage, wait, clean, and strategize improvements (cook?). Maura needs to figure out who was the victim, why he was dumped on her property, and where oh where can she find more employees to help with all that beautiful June summer tourist traffic. And should she construct a kitchen and let Rose cook? The Travellers play a very small part in the overall plot. Maura is busy jumping from one theory to another regarding the murder. The scenario is recited over and over. The conclusion comes in as confirmation of her theories, quietly and rather as an anticlimax and not all ends are tied. I received this ebook download from the publisher and NetGalley and appreciate the opportunity to read and review. I did enjoy somewhat, but would also suggest obtaining a better editor. Would also entertain reading another to see how she solved her kitchen and employee problems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Connolly's books in the County Cork series, but this new book was a big let down. After a unknown body is found at the back of her pub property, she becomes so obsessed with trying to find out his identity and why he was there and who killed him and why they killed him, that almost every page is her desperately questioning people over and over with same inquiries or thinking to herself about this unsolved mystery every chance she gets. It dragged on and on. I did not really enjoy the anxiety she projected through the book as I felt it was very over-board and rambling. The only good parts were when she was talking about adding on more help for the pub, or thinking about fixing the kitchen up for Rose to serve food. The end of the book was also a let down. This book was far from her usual entertaining writing. I read to feel relaxed and entertained. This book left me feeling mostly bored and wanting the book to end.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
For flavor of visiting Ireland without leaving home, this series is great. Interesting character, both old and new. (The history of The Travellers was particularly informative and interesting.) The mystery was quite puzzling and challenging to solve. Yes, the story was, perhaps, less tightly structured than previous ones. But it was a grand read, none the less!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to go there
lghiggins More than 1 year ago
The Lost Traveller by Sheila Connolly I was delighted to have an opportunity to get my first taste of Sheila Connolly’s mysteries as she has a number of books and series to her credit. I don’t usually start a series this far in (#7), but Connolly does a good job of introducing her characters. She starts The Lost Traveller off with a nervous American family, first time travelers abroad, visiting Sullivan’s Pub, giving the author a natural opportunity to explore the setting with the reader and present Maura, the American owner of the pub. The pace continues briskly as Maura, on lunch break, spots what appears to be a trash bag down a ravine on her property. It isn’t trash caught by a bridge pier, however, but something more ominous. Next we are introduced to the local gardaí (police). The plot pace moderates as Maura struggles with various types of issues—relationship, crime, business, and legal. It picks up again at the end with the resolution of some of those problems. I enjoyed the Irish brogue and sprinkling of Irish words and names throughout. I learned more about Ireland and the Travellers, a sort of Irish version of gypsies, but they are not Romani. More information about the Travellers would have been welcome along with some character development of Peter, the father of the Traveller family that Maura meets. In fact, character development is a weak link in the book. For example, there are a group of men who frequent the pub and try to help Maura discover the identity of the victim and who murdered him. This group stands as a Greek chorus, with little revealed about any of them. They serve to reflect Maura’s progress involving the murder mystery. Although I am not thoroughly taken by the book, I enjoyed the intricacies of the plot well enough to try another book in the series. I would like to extend my thanks to and to Crooked Lane Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
Things are going well in Ireland for pub owner Maura Donovan and she couldn't be happier. She has settled into her new life and all seems to be right with her world. The pub is doing well, she is dating, and making new friends have all become a part of her new life. When a body is found on Maura's property it looks like her happy streak has come to an end. The victims face was bashed in so finding out who the dead person is becomes the police's first priority. There seems to be more questions than answers when it comes to the and Maura hopes that she can come up with some of those answers. Who is the dead man? When the police come up with a name it still doesn't help answer many questions. Follow along as Maura tries to figure out who the killer is, why the body was left behind her business, and what secrets are beneath the surface of this horrible act. Will she be able to name a suspect and bring this mystery to a close or has her new happy life come to an end.
JeanK More than 1 year ago
Sheila Connolly returns to the Irish countryside with The Lost Traveller. Maura Donovan inherited Sullivan’s Pub one year ago and has worked hard to make it a success. She has brought in bands for music events and is planning to install a kitchen to serve food. There are just two problems. Maura is having trouble finding additional employees, but she has found a body in the ravine behind her pub. Word spreads quickly and has an immediate effect on her business. The body was badly battered and no one has been able to identify him. With no missing person reported in the area, the murder is not likely to be solved quickly. Maura has the support of her regulars as well as her employees, Rose and Nick. One of the regulars raises the possibility that the victim may have been a Traveller. These are residents of Ireland who have no fixed home or permanent jobs, but take on short-term work before moving on. When Maura meets a family of Travellers, there is finally help in finding some answers to her problems. It is easy to immerse yourself in the Irish pub scene. As the regulars meet and share the local news, there is a true cozy feeling. Maura, who was originally from Boston, now fits in well with the community but is still learning about the area and life in Ireland. This gives Connolly an opportunity to explain the history of the Travellers. She also touches on the immigration and employment problems faced in Ireland. Fans of Stella Cameron’s Alex Duggins series will enjoy meeting Maura and the patrons of Sullivan’s Pub. I would also recommend this series to fans of cozy mysteries. I would like to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for allowing me to review this book.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
The Lost Traveller in the seventh book in the A County Cork Mystery series. I love stopping into Sullivan’s Pub to catch up with the engaging residents of Leep. Maura is settling and is enjoying managing the pub, but still has doubts about adding meals. Her young helper, Rose, thinks this is the next thing that needs to be added. She’s working part-time in a small restaurant in Skibbereen learning food preparation and the management side and feels confident in being able to handle the cafe side of the pub. Maura and Mick’s relationship seems to be going just fine, they’re taking it one day at a time. Seamus and his pals are again around to help Maura with her sleuthing and of course to have a lottery as to who might be the killer. As always, Billy can be found sitting in his favorite chair near the warm fireplace. Billy, having lived all his life in Leep knows and for the most part has remembered everything and everyone in Leep. His clues that he gives Maura may be rather cryptic but are always spot on. It’s rather a quiet day at Sullivan’s Pub and Maura decides to grab her lunch and go outside for a breath of fresh air and enjoy the nice weather. Soon she notices what looks my trash in a ravine and when she goes to investigate she finds that it is fact a dead body. A search of the body provides no identification and the victim was badly beaten about his face that it will be a while before it can be learned who he was. As Maura starts to investigate the death, speculation begins to be centered around some Travellers who have recently shown up in the area or possibly might be an illegal immigrant as there seems to a shortage of workers in the area. Maura asks her garda friend, Sean, for measurements of the victim’s face and she will give that information to Gillian, her friend, and a local artist, to see if she can provide what the victim may have looked like to aid in the investigation. I thought the story was very interesting, well-.told and plotted and a cast of very interesting and believable characters. I am looking forward to my next visit with Maura and the wonderful residents of Leep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago