Murder at an Irish Christmas By Carlene O’Connor: Review/Giveaway

Dec 16, 2020 | 2020 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze, Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book, and links to purchase it.

Siobhan, a garda (police officer), is looking forward to a Christmas holiday with her brothers and sisters. James, the oldest, and Elise are engaged, and she has invited them to meet and stay with her family. An added bonus is Elise is the granddaughter of Enda Elliot, a world-famous conductor. The orchestra will perform, giving Siobhan the opportunity to hear the talented Leah Elliot play the violin.

Siobhan’s own fiancé, Macdara, also a garda, is scheduled to join her in a few days. That plan changes when the group meets at an old whiskey distillery where the performance will be held and find Enda’s body. It looks like he fell from the second floor.

First looks can be deceiving, though, and it’s soon discovered Enda was murdered. Rumors fly about his increasing memory loss, outbursts of anger, and nighttime wanderings. Family members tried to get him to a doctor but he refused.

When Siobhan’s life is in danger, Macdara cuts short his holiday and arrives to take part in the investigation with Siobhan’s help.

It’s hard to get a straight answer from any of the family members. Siobhan finds they are all lying, but to what purpose? Video recorded from a hidden camera, a slashed tire, an odd costume, and a harp, all play a role in solving the case, if only they can put the clues together.

This is book six in the series. Siobhan has her dream job and her dream man. She truly enjoys the company of her brothers and sisters as much as she loves her job. The relationship between Siobhan and Macdara is a caring one with a lot of humor. This is a series I always look forward to reading.

O’Connor also writes the Home to Ireland mysteries, two so far, both reviewed here. At the back of the book, find the recipe for Siobhan’s Irish brown bread, a tasty treat smeared with butter and jam. She swears it’s simple to make.

To enter to win a copy of Murder at an Irish Christmas, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “irish,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 21, 2020. U.S. residents only, and you must be 18 or older to enter. If you are entering via email please include you mailing address in case you win, it will be deleted after the contest. You can read our privacy statement here if you like. BE AWARE THAT IT WILL TAKE MUCH LONGER THAN USUAL FOR WINNERS TO GET THEIR BOOKS DUE TO THE CURRENT CRISIS.

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  1. I would love to win this! Thank you for the chance! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. This sounds like a wonderful series. I love the cover. I would love to visit Ireland.

  3. I’ve been waiting for this one
    to become available. this has
    been a great series. thanks

    • Just got this one on my Nook.
      Please drop me from the giveaway.
      Going to go start reading now.

  4. This sounds like a warm and wonderful holiday book to read by a roaring fireplace on a cold, wintery day!

  5. I’m currently bingeing two Irish TV series’ so this book will fit right in. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  6. New author and series for me, sounds good! tWarner419(at)aol(dot)com

  7. What was going on with Enda? I would love to find out! Murder at an Irish Christmas sounds delightful!

  8. Sounds like a great holiday read. Would love to read the book.

  9. The cover is beautiful!!!
    I have going to Ireland on my bucket list.
    This sounds very good!
    Would love to win this book!
    Thank you for the chance!

  10. The book sounds fantastic! Thank you for this chance!

  11. Sounds interesting! Count me in!

  12. We have a winner!

  13. Does anyone have Sioban’s Irish brown bread recipe from Carlene O’Connor’s book Murder at an Irish Christmas? I bought the ingredients but neglected to copy the recipe. Thanks in advance.


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