Murder in an Irish Village

Murder in an Irish Village
(Irish Village Mystery #1)
by Carlene O’Connor

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I read this one for the r/CozyMystery Discord book club read, and I thought it was just….okay. A lot of the book was laying out the backstory for the characters, which is appreciated but rather than being woven into the story, it was more or less all dumped in the first 10 chapters or so before getting into the mystery part of the plot. The downside is that the mystery part of the plot was overshadowed by the plethora of intimate details of the family, making this feel less like a mystery and more like just plain fiction. Other reviewers commented that they felt the pace was too slow in the book and I agree completely. I skipped several chapters here and there when the story wasn’t advancing and didn’t miss much.

Overall, not a bad read but not good enough to want to continue in the series.

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