Book Notes-A Murder in Connemara by Carlene O’Connor

Two women are dead and Tara Meehan must help the guards identify the killer before he or she kills again.


Murder in Connemara Book #2 in A Home to Ireland series

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Summary of Murder in Connemara

Tara Meehan is exploring the grounds of an old stone house in the Irish countryside, when she makes two unexpected discoveries. One is an abandoned pug wearing a pink collar with the name Savage spelled out in crystal letters. The other is a body of a woman wearing a purple and white tracksuit-an outfit totally unsuitable for the summer heat. The woman is later identified as Nancy Halligan. Why she was killed out in the Irish countryside is a mystery the guards have yet to solve.

A week later, Veronica O’Farrell sweeps into the Tara’s shop, brushing off Tara’s protests because the shop doesn’t open for another ten days. Veronica, however, is determined that Renewals, Tara’s shop, is the perfect place for Veronica’s event. She has chosen to celebrate her first year of sobriety by making amends to a small circle of people she hurt over the years. Veronica also hires Tara to shop for gifts for the guests, gifts that represent Veronica’s apology.

Veronica’s AA sponsor has encouraged the event, but Veronica can’t get hold of her. Tara is horrified to learn that Veronica’s sponsor is Nancy Halligan, the dead woman Tara found a week earlier. Despite Nancy’s passing, Veronica decides to proceed with her amends party.  But Veronica’s body is found the next day, dressed in a track suit.
It becomes apparent the killer is playing games with the group, and the guards need Tara’s help to find the killer. But as the bodies begin to pile up, will Tara be the next victim?


It was a joy to return to Connemara, Ireland, and Tara Meehan’s world. A New York transplant in the first book, Murder in Galway, Tara has started to settle into her new life in book two. Now, if only she would quit discovering bodies as she goes about her business. O’Connor’s use of concrete detail when describing scenes from the book drew me in into Tara’s world.  I have to admit, I was fairly certain of the murder’s identity, (maybe I’m reading way to many cozies one after the other-is that even possible?), but that didn’t diminish the pleasure Carlene O’Connor.


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Publishing information

Kensington Books

368 Pages, 4.78 x 7.01 x 0.97 in

ISBN: 9781496731708


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