Buried In a Bog (A County Cork Mystery)
by Sheila Connolly
Cover Artist: Dan Craig
Review by Mel Jacob
Berkley Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425251898
Date: 05 February 2013 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Maura Donovan travels to Ireland to visit the place her grandmother migrated from to Boston. An only child, Maura's father died in a construction accident, and her mother deserted her. She was raised by her Irish grandmother who had just died of cancer. She left Maura money for the trip to Ireland.
Maura finds the small hamlet of Leap, a place to stay and even a temporary job in Sullivan's, a local pub. Mick Sullivan, the owner of the pub died recently, and no one knows to whom Mick willed Sullivan's. The job could end anytime.
She soon discovers she has family and shirttail relations everywhere. It seems everyone in the area is related to her and to each other. Maura had nothing to hold her to Boston, but her grandmother now dead. So, staying awhile and earning a little money suits her.
Soon, mysteries descend on Maura. A dead man is found in a bog, apparently killed some eighty years or so ago. Rumors fly, but no one claims to know who it is. Then, when cleaning the pub, Maura finds a letter from Australia. An elderly man is seeking information for a family tree. He mentions an uncle gone missing in the 1930s. The name he provides belongs to an entire clan of McCarthy's and the local people don't know about the man. Maura decides to give the letter to the gardaí, the local police, but they are busy solving a recent murder and have no time to talk to her.
Mrs. Nolan, a friend of Maura's grandmother lends her a car. After a visit to Mrs. Nolan, Maura tries to take a new route to Leap. As she pauses on the top of a hill, a brown car hits her bumper. She struggles to maintain control, but the driver succeeds in pushing her off the road. Luckily, she manages to stop the car and prevent it from falling into a lake below.
Someone wants her to leave, but she has no idea why.
Maura has a smart mouth, but loves to listen the oldsters discuss their pasts and her family history. The more she learns about her family history, the more surprised she becomes. She likes Ireland, but now fears for her life.
The ending will please most readers and bodes well for Connolly's new series A County Cork Mystery. She has several other successful mystery series.