Murder on an Irish Farm
Carlene O’Connor

February 22, 2022
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Murder on an Irish Farm
by Carlene O'Connor
Review by Chelle Martin

Murder on an Irish Farm, book #8 in Carlene O’Connor’s the Irish Village mystery series opens with the wedding of Garda Siobhan O’Sullivan to her boss, Macdara Flannery. Festivities are postponed, however, by the discovery of a body on the property Flannery intended as a wedding gift for his wife-to-be.

The old farm had been abandoned, but the couple living adjacent to it know the victim as Tommy Caffrey. Thirty years ago, Tommy was to have married Gladys who is now married to Benji Burns. The investigators find several items with the body that they reason could be clues or specifically left there to misdirect their attention.

During the investigation, another murder occurs. Could the new victim have known what happened to Tommy all those years ago? Not to mention the case full of cash that Tommy was accused of stealing?

The beauty of the Irish countryside is nicely painted in descriptions of homes and businesses, while the author manages to weave in some simple dialect so as not to overdo an Irish accent.

Siobhan and Macdara are a likeable couple who provide some delightful humor in their playful banter. It is easy to see why this series has endured.

All in all, cozy lovers should enjoy this tale which moves along at a nice pace, keeping the reader’s interest throughout.

Chelle Martin is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Dog Writers Association of America, Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and Sisters in Crime. She’s a past president of SinCCJ, a past mentor for MWA’s mentor program, and served on the planning board for Rutgers University’s inaugural writers’ conference. Chelle writes humorous mystery fiction and children’s picture books.