Part human comedy and part mystery, Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told is an enthralling, masterful story about what holds a village together and what keeps people apart. When journalist Patrick Bracken returns to Gohen, the Irish village where he was born, he knows the eyes of the townspeople are on him. He has come home to investigate two deaths that happened decades earlier when he was a child, deaths that were ruled accidental. But Patrick knows - and believes the whole town knows - they were murders. He knows because he and his best friend Mikey Lamb were witnesses.
And so Patrick goes to see 80-year-old Sam Howard, the lawyer who conducted the inquest into the death of missionary priest Jarlath Coughlin. As he questions Sam and Sam's vibrant, loving, gossipy wife Elsie, he seeks acknowledgment of a cover-up and an explanation of why the Protestant establishment would help conceal a crime among Catholics. During their give-and-take - about this and the nearly simultaneous shotgun death of Lawrence Gorman (aka Doul Yank) - what emerges from their collective memories are a pungent, wry portrait of village life in Ireland and a tangle of human relationships, some twisted and some that show our better side.
Where does Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
What was one of the most memorable moments of Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told?
All the revelations to the reader that arent so revealing to the small town in which the story takes place.
Have you listened to any of Jack Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, but in this book he performs without peer. One of the overall best readings that I have had the luck to listen to. I listen to this book like I listen to great music.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Laugh,cry, cringe a little it brings all the emotions of real life.
Any additional comments?
Don't miss the one in audio and/or print it's a great yoke.
Very hard to listen to. The story is not interesting. I went days between listening and didn't miss it. This is a pass.
At first I wasn't sure what was going on, but then I realized this was an Irish telling of an event from many years ago. The telling of it was wonderful; sometimes comical. This is a very refreshing read.