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Buried in a Bog PDF, ePub eBook National bestselling and Agatha Award-nominated author Sheila Connolly introduces a brand-new series set in a small village in County Cork, Ireland, where buried secrets are about to rise to the surface... Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder National bestselling and Agatha Award-nominated author Sheila Connolly introduces a brand-new series set in a small village in County Cork, Ireland, where buried secrets are about to rise to the surface... Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran.   In the pub, she’s swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly one-hundred-year-old body in a nearby bog. When Maura realizes she may know something about the dead man—and that the body’s connected to another, more recent, death—she fears she’s about to become mired in a homicide investigation. After she discovers the death is connected to another from almost a century earlier, Maura has a sinking feeling she may really be getting in over her head... A New York Times bestseller!

30 review for Buried in a Bog

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I really wanted to like the main character in this new series, an American girl transplanted to Ireland. To fulfill her beloved grandmother last wishes, she goes to learn about her family's roots and of course has some purely Irish excitement along the way. But I just couldn't get past her constantly negative attitude. Can you really spend your entire life thinking that everyone has an ulterior motive? And I have a feeling that even someone who grew up on the rough streets of South Boston might I really wanted to like the main character in this new series, an American girl transplanted to Ireland. To fulfill her beloved grandmother last wishes, she goes to learn about her family's roots and of course has some purely Irish excitement along the way. But I just couldn't get past her constantly negative attitude. Can you really spend your entire life thinking that everyone has an ulterior motive? And I have a feeling that even someone who grew up on the rough streets of South Boston might be a wee bit more shaken up by the violent incidents that befall her. She really gave me no reason to root for her. The descriptions of the Irish landscape are spot on, as well as those of daily life in the countryside and of Irish traditions. It's pretty much the only reason I kept reading. The door is open for this to be an interesting, unique series. I just hope the heroine becomes more likeable - it will make for a much more enjoyable story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    If you're of Irish descent as I am, this cozy mystery is an extra delight to read. There's lots of Irish culture, lore, and history along with a nifty mystery. Throw in a plucky heroine, and what's there not to like?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    A horribly unlikeable protagonist ruins the sometimes lively secondary characters, setting, and mostly engaging though somewhat repetitive and slow plot. At one point Maura, our constantly negative main character, ponders on whether or not she is bitter. The answer is unequivocally yes. The book's narration would have you believe that Boston is a veritable hell on Earth filled with shallow and selfish people prone to criminal acts. Maura would have you believe that she has had the hardest of har A horribly unlikeable protagonist ruins the sometimes lively secondary characters, setting, and mostly engaging though somewhat repetitive and slow plot. At one point Maura, our constantly negative main character, ponders on whether or not she is bitter. The answer is unequivocally yes. The book's narration would have you believe that Boston is a veritable hell on Earth filled with shallow and selfish people prone to criminal acts. Maura would have you believe that she has had the hardest of hard lives that there ever was with little hope for happiness or change. All of the negativity and overreactions on Maura's part were oppressive. There were moments when my mind sighed over her inner monologue and her outward actions. There was also a mystery and Ireland.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Dickison

    This is the first entry in a new cozy mysteries series. I liked the set up: young Irish-American visits her grandmother's area in Ireland and gets to know the locals quickly. The problem with the book was that it was just too cozy, there wasn't enough action. Hopefully, this will be corrected in future books. I would read the next entry.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I was disappointed in this book. I thought it went overboard in the extensive descriptions of the Irish countryside, so much so that it seemed to take over the book. This book should not be called a mystery because it is so incidental to the plot as to almost be non-existent. The author goes into great detail about how Irish farmlands and towns were created and the oppression that the people felt back then and the depression they feel now because of poor economics, that it left me with a feeling I was disappointed in this book. I thought it went overboard in the extensive descriptions of the Irish countryside, so much so that it seemed to take over the book. This book should not be called a mystery because it is so incidental to the plot as to almost be non-existent. The author goes into great detail about how Irish farmlands and towns were created and the oppression that the people felt back then and the depression they feel now because of poor economics, that it left me with a feeling of hopelessness for them. It seemed to me as if half-way through the book the author just remembered it was a mystery and threw everything in at the end of the story. It was difficult for me to like the main character, as well. If the author's goal was to create a very insecure and immature character with room to grow and develop through the series, then I'd say she was successful. However, I don't wish to make the journey with her.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary (Biblophile)

    I found this book exceptionally boring. The characters just didn't invite you to care about them. Not much of a mystery. It seemed more a book on introspection of the main character who couldn't seem to see the good things in life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ronna

    I really enjoy Sheila Connolly's apple orchard cozies, so I was interested in reading her Irish County Cork Mysteries to see how she would do with an Irish cozy. Well, I'm hooked! Book one introduces Maura Donovan, who has just come to Ireland to seek out her family after her last relative, her beloved Gran, has died in Boston. Planning to stay a week, she soon gets drawn into the local life when she takes a temporary job in a local pub. Before she can even get oriented, she's part of the local I really enjoy Sheila Connolly's apple orchard cozies, so I was interested in reading her Irish County Cork Mysteries to see how she would do with an Irish cozy. Well, I'm hooked! Book one introduces Maura Donovan, who has just come to Ireland to seek out her family after her last relative, her beloved Gran, has died in Boston. Planning to stay a week, she soon gets drawn into the local life when she takes a temporary job in a local pub. Before she can even get oriented, she's part of the local gossip and involved in the mysterious finding of a very old body pulled from the local bog. But why is someone trying to hurt her and run her out of town? I'm really impressed with Connolly's ability to explain Irish customs, describe the local countryside, and create a distinctly Irish community within a fun cozy. Many people seek to know their past relatives but sometimes that search can be dull. Our heroine's search is anything but dull, as her life is endangered at the same time as most of the community is taking her into their hearts and lives. Perhaps it's the luck of the Irish, but Connolly has definitely created an atmosphere and characters that transported me to the Irish countryside! Mystery was done very well too!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris Conley

    A fun new series set in County Cork in Ireland. I love the whole ex-pat undertheme. I am looking forward to seeing where things go.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I did not like this at all. Very slow moving and did not get the main characters at all

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elise Stone

    My low rating for this book is primarily because this is not a mystery. It is Sheila Connolly's personal love letter to Ireland and more reminiscent of Debbie Macomber than Agatha Christie. If you're looking for women's fiction or like long descriptions of the Irish countryside, you might like this a lot more than I did. I won't recap the plot because I'm sure other reviewers have done a much better job at that than I could. I will say that it was almost like this was two different books. Novella My low rating for this book is primarily because this is not a mystery. It is Sheila Connolly's personal love letter to Ireland and more reminiscent of Debbie Macomber than Agatha Christie. If you're looking for women's fiction or like long descriptions of the Irish countryside, you might like this a lot more than I did. I won't recap the plot because I'm sure other reviewers have done a much better job at that than I could. I will say that it was almost like this was two different books. Novellas, really. The first two hundred pages are about Maura Donovan discovering the village of her ancestors and the surrounding area. The last one hundred pages are where the author appears to have suddenly realized this was supposed to be a mystery. What was more disconcerting was the change in the main character from the first story to the second. Maura starts out being a nice enough young woman, but rather aimless. She's come to Ireland only because her recently deceased grandmother asked that she go there. She repeats several times the fact that there is nothing back in Boston for her, nothing she would miss. I found this hard to believe. She grew up in Boston, but knows no one she'll miss, no place she'll regret not seeing if she stays in Ireland? I only lived in the Boston area for eight years, but I became a Red Sox fan, still miss the beach in Hull, the Public Garden, the churches I went to, Boston Light, the Freedom Trail, and so many other things. I'm an introvert, but I've kept in touch with people I met there and would like to see again. Surely there would be one friend, one of those new immigrants her gran befriended, a coworker, someone Maura would think about when she was gone. Sprinkle in a couple of thinly veiled anti-American passages, and it's no wonder so many readers found the MC unlikeable. If you want to have someone like you, don't tell them their house is ugly. In the last part of the book, Maura is transformed for no discernible reason. The young woman who was so inept and fearful at driving on the left side of the road with a stick shift suddenly decides to take the car down a narrow, rural lane she's never traveled before. As if suddenly remembering she's from Southie, she starts using phrases like "pissed off" and throws in a gratuitous "damn" when she'd never used anything but nice language before. It almost made me laugh. I've known people from Southie and they're much more likely to sprinkle f-bombs throughout their speech than to use mild obscenities. Without giving anything away, Maura also starts acting tough, something she didn't do in the first two-thirds of the book. Maura isn't an amateur sleuth. She just happens to run across some information she turns over to the police. The killer isn't someone the reader would recognize, even though he does make a brief anonymous appearance early in the book. And the ending is absolutely no surprise whatsoever. Any mystery reader would have guessed what would happen at the end of the book by reading the first few pages. Yes, I was disappointed in this book. Sorry, Sheila.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I picked this up because I was in the mood for a cozy mystery and this was available among my library's sparse audio book offerings. It features 20-something Maura, who travels to Ireland to fulfill her grandmother's dying wish for her. When she shows up, bad things start happening as if she were Angela Lansbury. There's nothing too deep going on here, which was expected and part of the reason I chose it. Unfortunately, it wasn't the fun, light read that I was looking for either. Maura is condesc I picked this up because I was in the mood for a cozy mystery and this was available among my library's sparse audio book offerings. It features 20-something Maura, who travels to Ireland to fulfill her grandmother's dying wish for her. When she shows up, bad things start happening as if she were Angela Lansbury. There's nothing too deep going on here, which was expected and part of the reason I chose it. Unfortunately, it wasn't the fun, light read that I was looking for either. Maura is condescending and rude, assuming that a world-weary American must certainly know better than anyone who has settled for what passes as life in nowheresville, Ireland. This isn't because she is particularly successful either. She flew into Ireland on her last dime and has no home or job to return to, but that doesn't stop her from judging each person she meets and wondering how they can possibly live that way. The storytelling is bland with eye-glazing details about things like how Maura struggles to drive the stick-shift car she's been given....how many times she stalls....how she has to remember to drive on the left. Yawn. The dialogue is stilted, though the other characters are at least more polite than Maura is. And the mystery. Meh. Maura keeps saying to herself (she repeats a lot of things) that there's no way these things could be tied together. That's crazy! Yes, it's crazy, implausible, and lazy writing. Of course, all ends well and she lives happily ever after in Ireland....at least after she cleans up the place a little bit.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Norma Huss

    This is the first of Sheila Connolly's third mystery series, and my favorite. Buried in a Bog is far more than a mystery--it's the story of a young woman from Boston dealing with loss and finding her way as well as a story of a small village in Ireland where she goes because that was her grandmother's last wish. It's a story of relationships, generations, and above all, real--actually fictional, but for sure real people. Sure it's a mystery too, dealing with murder. This new book satisfies on ev This is the first of Sheila Connolly's third mystery series, and my favorite. Buried in a Bog is far more than a mystery--it's the story of a young woman from Boston dealing with loss and finding her way as well as a story of a small village in Ireland where she goes because that was her grandmother's last wish. It's a story of relationships, generations, and above all, real--actually fictional, but for sure real people. Sure it's a mystery too, dealing with murder. This new book satisfies on every level.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    Honoring her granmother’s last wish, Maura journeys to Ireland for a week’s visit. But plans change, and she becomes ensnared in the little community and its friendly people. Trying to figure why Gran would send her to Ireland, Maura researches her roots, as well as looking into the discovery of a body recovered from a bog. Rich in descriptions of the countryside and full of Irish history, this tale is enchanting as well as entertaining, and a good beginning to a promising series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    I've enjoyed two other series by Sheila Connolly -- the orchard and the museum series -- so my expectations were high for this one. The heroine is a young American of Irish heritage who goes back to Ireland after the death of her grandmother who raised her. Her fresh perspective on the Irish village and village life was what really drove this story, not so much the mystery. Hopefully, if she continues this series there will be a little more of a mystery to it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    Buried In A bog is the first book in the A County Cork Mystery series by Sheila Connolly. Sheila Connolly is a wonderful story teller and this is an excellent example of her talent. Maura Donovan's gran has recently passed and Gran's last request was for Maura's promise to visit the small community of Leap in County Cork. Maura has never been out of Boston is her 20 some years but is off to Ireland to fulfill her Gran's dying wish. Maura arrives at Sullivan's Pub where she is to meet Bridget Nolan, Buried In A bog is the first book in the A County Cork Mystery series by Sheila Connolly. Sheila Connolly is a wonderful story teller and this is an excellent example of her talent. Maura Donovan's gran has recently passed and Gran's last request was for Maura's promise to visit the small community of Leap in County Cork. Maura has never been out of Boston is her 20 some years but is off to Ireland to fulfill her Gran's dying wish. Maura arrives at Sullivan's Pub where she is to meet Bridget Nolan, an old friend of Gran's. Needless to say, there is a big culture difference for Maura. To borrow a line from a TV show set in a bar in Boston, everyone seems to know her name and her family, going back several generations. The next day she visits with Bridget for a little while. Upon leaving from her visit, Maura is told by Bridget's grandson that she wants Maura to use her car while she is visiting. As she is driving back to the village, she notices some police activity near a bog and soon learns that a body has been discovered. Returning to the village, Maura stop by Sullivan's and business is rather brisk. Since she had bartended, she offers to give Rose, the barmaid a hand serving the customers, which in return becomes a job for as long as she decides to stay in Leap. In the process of cleaning up the pub, Maura finds a letter to Old Mick seeking information about the McCarthy's in the area. The writer of the letter had an uncle go missing in the 1930's. Maura thinks it might be the man found in the bog, but with so many McCarthy's in the area, the locals don't give it second thought. When another murder happens and then someone attempts to push her car off the road and verbal threats, Maura is beside herself. Soon these things become clearer to her and she is able to present to the police a possible scenario to the police. Connolly present the reader with well plotted story, interesting character and little history and understanding of Ireland.

  16. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Honoring her late grandmother’s wish, Maura Donovan sets off on an adventure that could change her life. She travels to the small Irish village where her grandmother was born to connect with one of her grandmother’s friends and maybe learn a bit about her ancestors. The small community welcomes her with open arms and she even start to work in the local pub. The pub is bursting at the seams as people gather to talk about the body found in a nearby bog. They speculate he may have been in there for Honoring her late grandmother’s wish, Maura Donovan sets off on an adventure that could change her life. She travels to the small Irish village where her grandmother was born to connect with one of her grandmother’s friends and maybe learn a bit about her ancestors. The small community welcomes her with open arms and she even start to work in the local pub. The pub is bursting at the seams as people gather to talk about the body found in a nearby bog. They speculate he may have been in there for more than 50 years. Maura realizes she man know something about the dead man but before she can talk to the authorities her own life is put in jeopardy. She starts to get that sinking feeling she just may be getting in over her head. Dollycas’s Thoughts With an Irish grandfather myself that I never was able to meet I was so excited to read this book. It is a delightful debut to a series that I know I will love. The author lets us escape to the beautiful countrysides of County Cork. Even when it is raining or foggy it sounds like charming place. She also gives us the history of the townlands and the people. She takes the time to explain the traditional naming patterns found in Ireland like the first born son is named for the father’s father. This custom could get quite confusing in large families. It gives an interesting twist to the story. We are with Maura just as she starts on her journey to discover Ireland and its people. I am really looking forward to getting to know all the characters better in the next installments, especially Rose. She seems to have led a life very similar to Maura’s. Life runs at a much faster speed in Boston than it does in Leap but both stuck pretty close to home and put family needs ahead of their own. I look forward to a time of awakening for both young ladies. Maura’s adventure to Ireland was quite a treat, the mysteries added were just icing on the cake. I am ready for my trip back to County Cork today. I can’t wait for book #2.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cris

    I'm a little torn on the rating & review for this. I should probably mention I spent two weeks in Ireland on vacation several years ago. We traveled over a good portion on the island, staying at Bed & Breakfast places. My vacation was fantastic, and the reason I picked up Buried in a bog. I recognized a number of things Connolly highlighted, like the narrow roads. I also recognized the social nature of pubs and I found most of the Irish I met to be friendly, welcoming, very much a part of I'm a little torn on the rating & review for this. I should probably mention I spent two weeks in Ireland on vacation several years ago. We traveled over a good portion on the island, staying at Bed & Breakfast places. My vacation was fantastic, and the reason I picked up Buried in a bog. I recognized a number of things Connolly highlighted, like the narrow roads. I also recognized the social nature of pubs and I found most of the Irish I met to be friendly, welcoming, very much a part of their community and not well-traveled by most American's standards. (That's not meant as a judgement. We were just repeatedly surprised that the people we spoke with hadn't visited any of the local sites, some of which were world-famous. They just weren't interested in going places and seeing things.) Many were like Billy, whose "recollection of local events was deep, though their breadth extended no more than ten miles from Leap." So, I thoroughly enjoyed the glimpses Connolly of the Ireland I experienced. I was less impressed by the mystery itself. I figured out almost everything well before Maura or anyone else did. I also felt the set-up was a bit weak. (And the ending tied up *way* too neatly.) My biggest issue was the proposal for Buried in a bog as the first in a series. Connolly has set Maura up in a small, rural community. Maybe 3,000 people in the whole area? A murder a book (which is the usual minimum for a cozy mystery) isn't very believable, so I don't see how Connolly can make a series out of this set-up. Even if Maura starts traveling around Ireland, the country's murder rate is much lower than the US's. Overall, I enjoyed the atmosphere Connolly created. Some aspects rang true, and nothing rang false. The characters were interesting. They were pretty well-developed considering the entire book takes place over just a week and it's first-person limited pov.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Josephine (Jo)

    Maura Donovan's grandmother Nell is left to raise Maura after her father dies and her mother abandons Maura. Her gran decides to emigrate to Boston where she hopes to make a better life for her granddaughter. Life is very hard for them both and when her gran dies Maura is left completely alone in the world. Whilst going through her gran's possessions she discovers an envelope with Maura's Irish passport and enough money to buy a ticket to Ireland. Nell had made Maura promise that she would go ba Maura Donovan's grandmother Nell is left to raise Maura after her father dies and her mother abandons Maura. Her gran decides to emigrate to Boston where she hopes to make a better life for her granddaughter. Life is very hard for them both and when her gran dies Maura is left completely alone in the world. Whilst going through her gran's possessions she discovers an envelope with Maura's Irish passport and enough money to buy a ticket to Ireland. Nell had made Maura promise that she would go back to Ireland and go to Mass in Leap where they had lived. Realising that her gran must have saved for a long time from her meagre income to save enough, Maura decided to take the trip and fulfil her gran's wishes. When Maura gets to Leap she finds the people welcoming and soon realises that everyone is related to everyone else in the area. She starts to track down any people that may have know her gran and is soon embroiled in the mystery of the body discovered in the local bog and also a much more recent murder. The way that everything seems to be linked in some mysterious way keeps Maura in Leap for longer than she had intended and she starts to feel at home among the friendly locals. There are many surprises in store for Maura and the events that unfold over just a week will prove instrumental in changing her life for ever. A nice cosy mystery set in a village where life is lived at a different pace and there is no crime, usually!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo

    Much better than her Orchard series. I really cared about Maura, Mick, Bridget, Rose, and the others I met in the wee township of Leap. Maura Donovan has just arrived in the village that her Gran had lived. She's honored Gran's wishes. But, now what? She has no family, home, or job in Boston. Her Gran's death took care of those. She's offered a job at the local pub, found a room, and has seen Bridget Nolan - a friend of her Gran's. As she goes back to Leap, she sees a police car blocking the road Much better than her Orchard series. I really cared about Maura, Mick, Bridget, Rose, and the others I met in the wee township of Leap. Maura Donovan has just arrived in the village that her Gran had lived. She's honored Gran's wishes. But, now what? She has no family, home, or job in Boston. Her Gran's death took care of those. She's offered a job at the local pub, found a room, and has seen Bridget Nolan - a friend of her Gran's. As she goes back to Leap, she sees a police car blocking the road going the other way she's headed. Curious, Maura stops and learns that a body has been found in the bog. By the time she gets to Sullivan's, everyone has heard the news. Who and how long has the man been in the bog? A cheerful customer says hello and is dead the next day. Maura finds a letter behind the bar addressed to Mick Sullivan. It's open, so the old man must have read it before he died. The letter may hold a clue to the identity of the body buried in the bog. Then, several strange things start happening to Maura. Someone wants her gone from Ireland, alive or dead. But what does the body, the dead customer, and and the letter have in common? Maura is determined to find out before she finds herself in the bog too. The characters are great and the writing is better here in this series. I enjoyed the descriptions of Ireland. The story is well paced and the mystery unravels nicely.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This is Ireland in a box..excuse me, Ireland in a book! I could feel, taste, smell, hear it all in this awesomely written book about a woman with Irish roots, moving to a very small village in Ireland. Pubs await! I have never went through a cozy this fast, I was so entranced with it all. I just want to hop a plane and hang out with the sheep, watching the harbor, sitting inside a dimly lit, cozy fire, while old men talk, pub. I like how the author brought the main character to her ancestral count This is Ireland in a box..excuse me, Ireland in a book! I could feel, taste, smell, hear it all in this awesomely written book about a woman with Irish roots, moving to a very small village in Ireland. Pubs await! I have never went through a cozy this fast, I was so entranced with it all. I just want to hop a plane and hang out with the sheep, watching the harbor, sitting inside a dimly lit, cozy fire, while old men talk, pub. I like how the author brought the main character to her ancestral country, how she weaved the mystery, the ambience of it all. I really felt like I have just come back from over the pond! I am now reading book 2 and I wont stop until Im up to date on all of the books in this series. These books are a real treat to Mystery or Irish lovers!

  21. 5 out of 5

    SueEllen

    More like 2 1/2 stars. Reasons I selected the book: - first in new series - recognized the author - set in Ireland Reasons for my rating - little action or intrigue - no "spark" between characters - too much driving around on narrow, rutted, rural roads No, I will probably not read the next in the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    'Buried in a Bog' is the debut novel in a new series, 'A County Cork Mystery' written by an excellent author that continues to amaze me with her depth of writing. Ms. Connolly not only entices the reader with an 'Acknowledgments' page that gives us readers the history that compelled her to pen this interesting, fact filled, suspenseful mystery, then she proceeds to give a full and complete tale within the first book. There was a complete background on our reluctant sleuth, Maura Donovan and we fe 'Buried in a Bog' is the debut novel in a new series, 'A County Cork Mystery' written by an excellent author that continues to amaze me with her depth of writing. Ms. Connolly not only entices the reader with an 'Acknowledgments' page that gives us readers the history that compelled her to pen this interesting, fact filled, suspenseful mystery, then she proceeds to give a full and complete tale within the first book. There was a complete background on our reluctant sleuth, Maura Donovan and we feel her confusion at being thrust in the midst of multiple layers of mysteries, all seeming to involve her in one way or another. Maura is only in Ireland out of respect and the wishes of her recently departed Grandmother. Although Gran had never spoken much about her days in the old country, upon her passing, she left Maura money and wishes for Maura to return to County Cork and the townland of Leap to learn where she had been born. Maura left Boston with no clear plans. Having no ties to hold her, Maura finds she has been given an Irish citizenship at birth and that is just one of the mysteries...why? Maura soon finds out Gran has kept in contact with an elderly friend, Mrs. Nolan. With her new friend's help, Maura finds she fits right in with the community, except there seems to be something going on...a body is found in a bog and Maura finds this is just the beginning. What other secrets has Leap? I was very impressed with the completeness of the story. The complexity of the mysteries and the fullness of the description of the country, peoples, and genealogy of the land. The book informed me about police procedure in Ireland and customs and courtesies as well. I will eagerly await the next volume in Maura's life.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Maura is inherently unlikable. She is angry and bitter. She does not look on the bright side of anything. She had a real chip on her should about her grandmother helping people and not saving money for herself ( and more importantly, for Maura). She makes a point on saying that they didn't have many things to inherit. She has little to no interest in Ireland, and is mostly angry that she her Grandmother made her promise to go there. So bitter. The quote that summed up the book, which was repeate Maura is inherently unlikable. She is angry and bitter. She does not look on the bright side of anything. She had a real chip on her should about her grandmother helping people and not saving money for herself ( and more importantly, for Maura). She makes a point on saying that they didn't have many things to inherit. She has little to no interest in Ireland, and is mostly angry that she her Grandmother made her promise to go there. So bitter. The quote that summed up the book, which was repeated in many different ways is from page 278 " About Rose- I don't want her to be stuck in a dead end job just to take care of her useless father." Nice. And you plan on living there Maura? Makes me real excited to read your next angry book. How about your thoughts on the nice girl from the tourist shop? Page 115 " Out on the pavement Maura breathed a sigh of relief. How did the girl do it, stay so relentlessly cheerful, cooped up in a tiny office, apparently alone, day after day? But at least Maura had maps..." Way to go Maura! She didn't deserve your courtesy anyway! Good job making her day a little nicer if you think her life sucked so much! She inherits a pub unexpectedly and runs out of the room! Mature. She just has to think about it and cry and be angry some more. Why me?! I will not recommend this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Really 3.5 stars, but I rounded up. I had bought this book quite awhile ago and had started reading it but found my interest waning at page 40 so I put it back down, however I recently picked it back up and I'm glad to say that this was a very entertaining book that I enjoyed reading! I really liked Maura and for awhile I was groaning because I thought Ms. Connolly was setting up a love triangle, however by the end of the book that doesn't happen and in fact I was pleasantly surprised and happy th Really 3.5 stars, but I rounded up. I had bought this book quite awhile ago and had started reading it but found my interest waning at page 40 so I put it back down, however I recently picked it back up and I'm glad to say that this was a very entertaining book that I enjoyed reading! I really liked Maura and for awhile I was groaning because I thought Ms. Connolly was setting up a love triangle, however by the end of the book that doesn't happen and in fact I was pleasantly surprised and happy that Maura didn't have a love interest in this book. The setting was vivid and perfect, I could perfectly picture Leap and the Irish countryside without ever being there. The murder plot was well-thought out, however the MC, Maura, did very little sleuthing, in fact the mystery just kind of came out and Maura happened to be in the room. It wasn't really suspenseful or riveting, but it was pleasant. Also, by the end of the book there's a huge surprise that blew me away and really had me shaking my head. I don't want to say it here because it's a huge spoiler, but it's really too convenient, in my opinion. I feel like Ms. Connolly could have done a better job with the reveal. Overall a very pleasant book. I hope to see Maura sleuthing more soon but I'll be reading the next book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I enjoyed it! This was a great story about Maura finding herself in Ireland after her Grandma died in Boston. Maura's gran told her to go to Ireland after her death to the place where she originally came from County Cork, Ireland. So Maura sold everything she could to get the money she needed to go on her trip so she could see for herself what her Gran wanted her to see. When she gets there everyone in Leap a small town where Gram lived when she was first married, knows who she is and knows all ab I enjoyed it! This was a great story about Maura finding herself in Ireland after her Grandma died in Boston. Maura's gran told her to go to Ireland after her death to the place where she originally came from County Cork, Ireland. So Maura sold everything she could to get the money she needed to go on her trip so she could see for herself what her Gran wanted her to see. When she gets there everyone in Leap a small town where Gram lived when she was first married, knows who she is and knows all about her and her life. The first week that she is there a body is found in the bog, a man is killed at the ATM machine, someone tries to run her off the road. All in one week. The saving grace is that most of the people in town in one way or another are related to her and help her. The book is well written and filled with Irish country scenes and descriptions of the colorful country. I will recommend to my family and friends and look for the next in the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    Maura Donovan is slightly adrift in the world, her dad died when she was young (and her mother had already upped and left) and so she had been brought up by her Grandmother who had left Ireland for America when Maura's father was young (after the death of Maura's Grandfather), the one thing that her Grandmother had asked of her was to go and visit the area where she came from in Ireland and so Maura finds herself in Leap, County Cork.  After visiting an old friend of her Gran's Maura finds herse Maura Donovan is slightly adrift in the world, her dad died when she was young (and her mother had already upped and left) and so she had been brought up by her Grandmother who had left Ireland for America when Maura's father was young (after the death of Maura's Grandfather), the one thing that her Grandmother had asked of her was to go and visit the area where she came from in Ireland and so Maura finds herself in Leap, County Cork.  After visiting an old friend of her Gran's Maura finds herself with a car and driving back to leap she sees a body being taken out of the peat bogs by the Garda.  That night at the local pub it is crowded with people discussing the body and so Maura helps out behind the bar (and ends up being offered a temporary job whilst she is staying in the area!) and then there is a murder, and Maura finds herself in the thick of everything and finding out more about herself and Ireland than she thought possible.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laurel-Rain

    When Maura Donovan leaves her Boston home following her Grandmother Nora’s death, she is on a mission to connect with family in Ireland. It was her grandmother’s last request, and after her death, Maura found an envelope with just enough money set aside for the trip, along with her passport. Nora Donovan’s family home was in Leap, by way of Dublin and then Cork, where Maura would meet up with her grandmother’s oldest friend, Bridget Nolan. But what Maura finds there is not just her grandmother’s o When Maura Donovan leaves her Boston home following her Grandmother Nora’s death, she is on a mission to connect with family in Ireland. It was her grandmother’s last request, and after her death, Maura found an envelope with just enough money set aside for the trip, along with her passport. Nora Donovan’s family home was in Leap, by way of Dublin and then Cork, where Maura would meet up with her grandmother’s oldest friend, Bridget Nolan. But what Maura finds there is not just her grandmother’s old friend, but a whole community of people who already know a lot about her, and who are ready to welcome her. Tea with Bridget led to stories, photos, and learning about Nora’s life before she left Ireland, widowed and with a young son (Maura’s father) in tow. Everyone seemed ready to step up, offering a place for Maura to stay across from Sullivan’s Pub…and even the use of a car. Soon she is also helping out at the pub. It’s as if the villagers have taken her under their wing in honor of her grandmother. But past events begin to surface, and Maura is suddenly swept up into a mystery involving a long-buried family secret. A mysterious man seems to be stalking Maura, making her question why someone is trying to scare her away. Buried in a Bog was a story of community, secrets, and the strength of family bonds. I enjoyed it, although it seemed as though many things came together rather serendipitously for Maura. What I loved most, however, was how I felt as though I was visiting the Irish countryside along with Maura, having tea in an Irish cottage, and hanging out in the Irish pub. 4 stars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Grey853

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed the writing about Ireland. The setting here is very strong, the descriptions of the world and the people the main character meets in the village comes across very clearly. On the other hand, the main character is more than a little annoying and negative. Plus, the mystery itself and Maura's involvement in it is about as likely as someone building a workable Star ship in his/her basement. After her grandmother dies, Maura comes from I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed the writing about Ireland. The setting here is very strong, the descriptions of the world and the people the main character meets in the village comes across very clearly. On the other hand, the main character is more than a little annoying and negative. Plus, the mystery itself and Maura's involvement in it is about as likely as someone building a workable Star ship in his/her basement. After her grandmother dies, Maura comes from Boston to a village in Ireland to connect with people her Gran told her about. She's talks about her life in Boston and her life in general as if she were coming from a prison, a ghetto. She comes across as very bitter about her life, like she's been cheated of a good life and had to make do with leftovers. On arriving, she meets up with a whole assortment of people. It's this description of the land, the ways, and the village that makes the reader want to finish the book. If it were just Maura complaining about how hard her life is, it would've ended the story very early. The plot wasn't much of a mystery. It's pretty obvious what's going on and there's a lot of repetition in the narrative. Still, I'm interested to see what happens to Maura, if her attitude changes, once she decides to stay in Ireland. I'm hoping the more positive characters in the story rub off on her and she stops being such a grouch.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Buried in a Bog is the first book I have read by Sheila Connolly. It is the first book in her new County Cork Mystery series. I will definitely continue reading this series since I enjoyed the first book and all the characters. Maura Donovan leaves her hometown of Boston to visit Ireland to keep a promise to her late grandmother who raised her. Maura has no idea what she will find when visiting the area her grandmother came from many years ago. She meets a lot of people within a week of arriving Buried in a Bog is the first book I have read by Sheila Connolly. It is the first book in her new County Cork Mystery series. I will definitely continue reading this series since I enjoyed the first book and all the characters. Maura Donovan leaves her hometown of Boston to visit Ireland to keep a promise to her late grandmother who raised her. Maura has no idea what she will find when visiting the area her grandmother came from many years ago. She meets a lot of people within a week of arriving, many of them relatives she didn't know she had. She also opens up a can of worms (unknowingly) and puts herself in danger when she reads a letter sent to the late owner of the pub where she is working. A man is found buried in a bog but has been there for decades. His death may be related to another one that takes place. I would recommend this book to those readers who enjoy cozy mysteries and those set in Ireland. There is some interesting Irish history found in the book and possibly a love interest for Maura.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    Buried In A Bog (and my To Read shelf) I'm sorry I took so long to start this book, I really enjoyed it.  I can see how some people might be put off by Maura, but I found it easy to relate to her.  Who hasn't been at a point in their life where everything changes and you're anxious and confused at what to do? Her actions and thoughts were realistic and, although she's not the most optimistic person in the world, she's not negative and angry.    Beautiful setting (who doesn't like Ireland?) and the Buried In A Bog (and my To Read shelf) I'm sorry I took so long to start this book, I really enjoyed it.  I can see how some people might be put off by Maura, but I found it easy to relate to her.  Who hasn't been at a point in their life where everything changes and you're anxious and confused at what to do? Her actions and thoughts were realistic and, although she's not the most optimistic person in the world, she's not negative and angry.    Beautiful setting (who doesn't like Ireland?) and the other characters were charming (well, most of them) and I look forward to seeing them grow as time goes on.   This book was mostly just plain fiction, with a hint of mystery thrown in.  Which was fine.  The pace kept it moving along and the ending, while unsurprising, was satisfying.   Overall, a cute book, and I look forward to the next.

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