Rating: Very Good
Description: Pub owner Maura Donovan hasn’t seen her mother for over twenty years, so when she suddenly shows up in Maura’s pub, Maura’s not sure what to expect. Her mother is trying to find a life for herself back home and has taken up a position working with the new owners of the Crann Mor hotel just outside Skibbereen. Until her new boss is found dead in the gardens, dumped down the hillside behind the hotel.
Now, trying to rekindle the relationship they’ve lost, Maura must investigate in order to clear her mother’s name. It’s not so easy though, as long-time residents of County Cork, including the families of her employee Mick, and the family of the deceased hotel owner, have bottled deep dark family secrets not meant to be uncorked. And someone will kill to keep them that way.
How far would you go to protect your family? Maura tests the age-old question in Many a Twist, the charming and atmospheric sixth County Cork mystery from New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly.
Genre: Mystery - Cozy
Why I Picked This Book: I've been a big fan of Connolly for years and I've really wanted to read more in her County Cork series.
My Impression: I'd read the first book in this series years ago so I was a little worried about jumping in several books later. However, there really weren't any problems getting caught up in what Maura's been up to in the time between the books. She owns the pub she worked in and has become much more involved in life in the little Irish town. However, she still has a bit of an edge to her and is resistant to really letting people into her life or asking for help from those around her. She's also not looking to change the pub and is highly resistant to working with Crann Mor, a fancy hotel that doesn't seem to have much in common with her pub.
The mystery kept me hooked. While the victim, John Byrne, wasn't the most liked person it doesn't seem like anyone hated him either. There is lots of gossip collecting and brain storming and I really enjoyed seeing the motive and killer become clear.
I can never resist a book with an Irish setting and I really loved the descriptions of the world that Maura inhabits. It makes me want to go visit Cork ASAP!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author? I definitely would! Connolly is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors and I'm really looking forward to catching up on all her series.
Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy cozy mysteries with very well developed settings I think you'd enjoy this book. It can be read as a stand alone but I think it'd be even better if you read the series in order.