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Buried in a Bog (A County Cork Mystery) by Sheila Connolly

Buried in a Bog (A County Cork Mystery)
Buried in a Bog (A County Cork Mystery)
Sheila Connolly
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Berkley; 1st edition (February 5, 2013)
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National bestselling and Agatha Award-nominated author Sheila Connolly introduces a brand-new series set in a small village in County Cork, Ireland, where buried secrets are about to rise to the surface...Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran.  In the pub, she’s swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly one-hundred-year-old body in a nearby bog. When Maura realizes she may know something about the dead man—and that the body’s connected to another, more recent, death—she fears she’s about to become mired in a homicide investigation. After she discovers the death is connected to another from almost a century earlier, Maura has a sinking feeling she may really be getting in over her head...

  • Lightwind
When Maura Donovan leaves her Boston home following her Grandmother Nora’s death, she is on a mission to connect with family in Ireland. It was her grandmother’s last request, and after her death, Maura found an envelope with just enough money set aside for the trip, along with her passport.

Nora Donovan’s family home was in Leap, by way of Dublin and then Cork, where Maura would meet up with her grandmother’s oldest friend, Bridget Nolan.

But what Maura finds there is not just her grandmother’s old friend, but a whole community of people who already know a lot about her, and who are ready to welcome her. Tea with Bridget led to stories, photos, and learning about Nora’s life before she left Ireland, widowed and with a young son (Maura’s father) in tow.

Everyone seemed ready to step up, offering a place for Maura to stay across from Sullivan’s Pub…and even the use of a car. Soon she is also helping out at the pub. It’s as if the villagers have taken her under their wing in honor of her grandmother.

But past events begin to surface, and Maura is suddenly swept up into a mystery involving a long-buried family secret. A mysterious man seems to be stalking Maura, making her question why someone is trying to scare her away.

Buried In a Bog (County Cork series Book 1) was a story of community, secrets, and the strength of family bonds. I enjoyed it, although it seemed as though many things came together rather serendipitously for Maura. What I loved most, however, was how I felt as though I was visiting the Irish countryside along with Maura, having tea in an Irish cottage, and hanging out in the Irish pub. 4 stars.
  • Vozuru
This was a great story about Maura finding herself in Ireland after her Grandma died in Boston.

Maura's gran told her to go to Ireland after her death to the place where she originally came from County Cork, Ireland. So Maura sold everything she could to get the money she needed to go on her trip so she could see for herself what her Gran wanted her to see.

When she gets there everyone in Leap a small town where Gram lived when she was first married, knows who she is and knows all about her and her life.

The first week that she is there a body is found in the bog, a man is killed at the ATM machine, someone tries to run her off the road. All in one week.

The saving grace is that most of the people in town in one way or another are related to her and help her.

The book is well written and filled with Irish country scenes and descriptions of the colorful country.

I will recommend to my family and friends and look for the next in the series.
  • Oppebro
Buried In A Bog (A County Cork Mystery) by Sheila Connolly is a 5 star read that mixes mystery, intrigue and new beginnings into a fantastic book.

Maura Donovan lives in the United States with her Gran. She has been raised by her since her Dad died and her Mom left. Gran came to the US when Maura’s father was a lad from Ireland and never really said much about her homeland so Maura was surprised when Gran made her promise to go to Leep, County Cork Ireland after she was gone. When Gran dies Maura takes what little she has and heads to Leep Ireland to keep her promise. Little did she know what she would be getting into. Maura is thrown into the middle of murder as well as the mystery of who her ancestors were all while trying to fit in to and find her place in not just Ireland but life itself. All this and trying not to be the killers next victim.

I loved this book and all the characters. I love that Maura is independent and strong. She has courage to strike out on her own to a place she knows nothing about. She doesn’t’ back down when she is the target for someone wanting to harm her for reasons unknown, in fact she digs in her heels and is more determined to stick it out.

I love how Sheila Connolly writes about Ireland in a way that you can picture it as if you are seeing it for the first time right along with Maura. She makes Ireland into being an important part of the mystery and plot.

This book has mystery, intrigue, family history, surprises you won’t see coming all tied up with a mystical beautiful land of Ireland, what could be better?

I love this book and can’t wait to read the next one in the series. I highly recommend it.

If you want to learn more about this book and series as well as Sheila Connolly's other books go to her website at

  • Amerikan_Volga
I really enjoy Sheila Connolly's apple orchard cozies, so I was interested in reading her Irish County Cork Mysteries to see how she would do with an Irish cozy. Well, I'm hooked!

Book one introduces Maura Donovan, who has just come to Ireland to seek out her family after her last relative, her beloved Gran, has died in Boston. Planning to stay a week, she soon gets drawn into the local life when she takes a temporary job in a local pub. Before she can even get oriented, she's part of the local gossip and involved in the mysterious finding of a very old body pulled from the local bog. But why is someone trying to hurt her and run her out of town?

I'm really impressed with Connolly's ability to explain Irish customs, describe the local countryside, and create a distinctly Irish community within a fun cozy. Many people seek to know their past relatives but sometimes that search can be dull. Our heroine's search is anything but dull, as her life is endangered at the same time as most of the community is taking her into their hearts and lives. Perhaps it's the luck of the Irish, but Connolly has definitely created an atmosphere and characters that transported me to the Irish countryside! Mystery was done very well too!