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New Yorker Tara Meehan's first trip to Galway may be her last....

Tara never imagined her introduction to Ireland like this - carrying her mam's ashes to honor her final request: "Tell Johnny I'm sorry.... Take me home." She's never met her mam's estranged brother, Johnny Meehan, who owns an architectural salvage business in Galway. Although Tara is immediately charmed by the medieval city, the locals seem wary of strangers, and a gypsy warns her that death is all around. 

When Tara arrives at her uncle's stone cottage, the prophesy seems true. A dead man lies sprawled over the threshold in a pool of blood. The victim turns out to be Johnny's wealthiest client, and her missing uncle is the Garda's number one suspect. In trying to find Johnny and solve the crime, Tara uncovers her mam and uncle's troubled past. But with a desperate killer about, she had better mind herself, or they'll be tossing her ashes in Galway Bay....

©2019 Mary Carter (P)2020 Recorded Books

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  • oseedee
  • 01-05-20

Great narrator, worst mystery ever.

I don’t know what happened with Carlene O’Connor on this book. Normally she wrote some pretty good stuff. This was so impossible to follow or believe, I couldn’t finish it.

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  • Dorise
  • 10-08-20

Very poorly written story

Following this story is like trying to follow a pinball in a hyperkinetic machine, totally lacking in plot

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  • Michael Campbell
  • 27-07-20

Excellent start to the series

Very enjoyable listen, the central character, Tara is strong and tenacious much like Siobhan in the authors other series. The story flowed well and I expect it will get even better with subsequent books as less background and context setting will need to be provided for the listener. The story was well plotted out and had me guessing to very close to the end around the same time the main character had her “Ah Ha” moment. Several reviews have commented on the narration. I personally thought it was well done, you could clearly distinguish who was talking by the different “voices” used for the different characters. The pace was good and expressive. Some have complained about the poor American accent of Tara but I am willing to forgive Tara’s NY accent having a bit of an Irish lilt (it isn’t bad at all) for getting the Irish accents right. I definitely will read/listen to the subsequent books in the series.

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  • Sally G
  • 17-07-20

Narrator poor

Disappointed in characters in this story. Narrator poor American accent, at least I think that was what it was supposed to be, very distracting

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  • Eileen
  • 04-06-20

More for teenagers

The story was well thought But the tone Tarah took to talk to the officer at the very beginning already made me realize that there would be no subtlilty in the mystery. A rebel confronting at first sight ... Teenagers would appreciate that... But after hundreds of polars and mystery books read, I seek for a writing that makes me think, doubt, guess and totally be surprised by a few twists leading to a wise ending.

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  • Hester
  • 02-06-20

Not her best

Like the majority of Europeans, this narrator cannot do an American accent. Usually it's not a big deal, but when the main character is American, it becomes very distracting. The story itself, and characters, aren't up to par with the author's other murder mystery series. Check out the Irish Village series - it's much better.

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  • Kate+Mitchell Powell
  • 27-10-20

Good characters

First book, read later -- These are cozy mysteries, and some are much better than others. I like to listen to lighter books sometimes while I work and the characters kept me going, with a decent story-line.

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  • William
  • 26-09-20

Murder In aGalway

Wonderful reading, great ending. Great book. I felt as if I was back in Galway.!!!!!

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  • Rebecca R Biever
  • 28-06-20

Best yet!

This is my favorite book so far written by Carlene O'Connor. The fact that it's the first in a new series made it even more enjoyable. Interesting characters and who done it clues. Looking forward to your next book!

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  • Kathleen
  • 14-06-20

Hoping there will be more in a series

I enjoyed the characters, the setting, the story and all the twists and turns in the mystery. Galway has a special place in my heart and this story transported me back there to live and explore its delightful ways once more. I'm hoping for more in a series!