Murder at an Irish Wedding Book Review

Murder at an Irish Wedding Book Review

Title: Murder at an Irish Wedding
Author: Carlene O’Connor
Published: February 28, 2017, Kensington
No. of Pages: 304
Cover Price: $25.00 Hardcover, $11.99 Kindle

Murder at an Irish Wedding is the second installment in the Irish Village Series by Carlene O’Connor. It is set in Kilbane, a small village in Ireland, and Siobhán (a popular Irish name pronounced shiv + awn) O’Sullivan, along with her siblings who run Naomi’s Bistro (named after Siobhán’s late mother), are very excited to cater the wedding of a famous bride at a resort near them. It’s a three-day event which will keep them very busy. Siobhán becomes friends with the bride and since her boyfriend is friends with the groom, she is also invited to the wedding. Unfortunately, the best man (who was disinvited by the bride’s father for making a fool of himself) is found murdered in the woods, and suspects abound. One of the guests is poisoned when drinking champagne out of a flute engraved with Siobhán’s boyfriend’s name, and he becomes the primary suspect.

Siobhán is a bit pushy, and as an amateur sleuth with connections to the police (her boyfriend is a garda), she pushes to get the information needed to investigate the murder. One way she gets into the scene is to bring some of her famous – purported to be the best – Irish Brown Bread for everyone to taste. Of course the bride’s parents are rich and snobbish, and pooh-pooh Siobhán’s gesture and accuse her of poisoning the bread.

O’Connor is a good storyteller, and the setting – a small town in Ireland – makes for a delightful novel. While the murder is a serious matter, the book has the feel of a light-hearted tale, and even though there is a bit of suspense and of course, danger for Siobhán and her siblings due to meddling, readers won’t be too worried about the outcome. The outcome, however, is unexpected, and quite surprising.

Cozy readers will enjoy this book, and of course, the other two books in the series. They are light, fun reading and the books can be read in a matter of hours, rather than days. Lots of fun. The only real flaw in this book is the absence of the recipe for Siobhán’s Irish brown bread which readers will want to make at home and eat while reading the book.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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