Murder in an Irish Bookshop Book Review

Murder in an Irish Bookshop Book Review

Title:Murder in an Irish Bookshop
Author: Carlene O’Connor
Published: February 23, 2021, Kensington
No. of Pages: 258
Cover Price: $12.99 Kindle

Garda Siobhán O’Sullivan is working on planning her wedding date, managing her large family of siblings, and is excited that a new bookshop is opening in the town, in the seventh installment of The Irish Village Mysteries, Murder in an Irish Bookshop by Carlene O’Connor The owners of the bookshop, however, are limiting the types of books they stock, and refuse to stock certain genres such as romance, mysteries, or science fiction. Literature is the only type of book stocked, and guests must answer questions regarding classic Irish authors to enter. The owners are hosting several famous Irish writers for a reading and autograph event; the writers are fighting among themselves, and criticizing each other. When one of the writers is found murdered at the back of the store, Siobhán and her finance, Macdara Flannery, must work quickly to solve the murder and save the bookstore.

Readers who are familiar with this series know that the characters are well-developed and most are likeable. Most readers know people who are just like them, with a bit of Irish added in. One of the things that makes these cozy mysteries fun and readable is the Irish atmosphere along with a big amount of Irish culture which is charming. The storyline is organized and easy-to-follow, with ups and downs and building suspense.

For readers who enjoy cozy mysteries with a cultural twist, this is a good series to read. Although this can be read as a standalone novel, it is nice to read the earlier novels in the series to fully understand the characters and the small Irish town. As is true with any cozy, there is no blatant sex, language, or violence, making this novel suitable for all ages.

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

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