Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O'Connor
Siobhan O' Sullivan put her dreams of college in Dublin on hold when her parents were killed by a drunk driver. Instead she remains in Kilbane, County Cork, taking care of her 5 siblings and the family bistro. Lusting after a more attainable dream, a pink scooter, she goes to look at it only to find the brother of the young man who killed her parents. Niall is back in town claiming he has proof that his brother wasn't to blame, and tries to get Siobhan to give him money for the facts. When Niall is found dead inside their bistro everyone is ready to blame James, the elder O'Sullivan. Siobhan is certain her brother is innocent, even if James himself can't say for certain as he fell off the wagon of sobriety and blacked out that night. So she begins to question the suspicious actions of her neighbors, as well as a mysterious Yank!
Family is the priority in Murder in an Irish Village. Whether keeping it together or finding vindication, family comes first. A change in expectations is also a theme than runs through this novel. It was expected that Siobhan go to college in Dublin, but the unexpected death of her parents caused her to stay in Kilbane. Changes in people and their behavior, changes in dreams, and plans can all be found here.
O'Connor creates a slice of Ireland on the page. A small village where everybody's business is your own, where friends and neighbors are family-for better or worse.
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