Murder in Connemara Book Review

Murder in Connemara Book Review

Title: Murder in Connemara
Author: Carlene O’Connor
Published: April 6, 2022, Wheeler Publishing
No. of Pages: 370
Cover Price: $26.99 Paperback, $6.99 Kindle

Murder in Connemara is the second in the A Home to Ireland series by Carlene O’Connor. Tara Meehan, the protagonist, who is an interior designer from New York, is looking forward to the grand opening of her new architectural salvage shop in her adopted new home in Galway County. Veronica O'Farrell, an heiress, bursts into her shop before the opening, and demands that Tara help her make amends to seven people that she wronged before her first year of sobriety. Unfortunately, Veronica is found dead a few days later, and Tara is a prime suspect. Tara must investigate to find the real killer before she spends time in prison.

Fans of O’Connor’s previous series already know she is a great storyteller. The story in this novel will grab readers from the start, and with the building suspense as Tara becomes endangered, the novel will; be difficult to put down. O’Connor also captures the Irish culture, and most readers will want to visit Ireland after reading her novels. O’Connor also does a good job of developing her characters. While Tara is down-to-earth and likeable – a good protagonist - , Veronica is characterized as being entitled, spoiled, and unpleasant. The characters are believable, since most readers know someone in real life who is similar.

Although this is a cozy series, there is plenty of suspense (although no graphic sex, violence, or language), as well as twists and turns to keep readers’ interest. It is fast-moving and fun to read. This is a recommended novel for those who like the Irish culture, good characters, and an interesting story.

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

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