Great Escapes Tour: Murder In An Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor

12 Mar


FTC Disclosure: I received an advance e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. (Preview of my review: I liked it so much I’m buying a hard cover copy for my personal library.)

It is my pleasure to welcome Carlene O’Connor to the blog today. She graciously agreed to answer some questions for us.

  1. When did you first decide you wanted to be an author?

I wrote my first short story when I was 4-years-old. The Boy and the Mouse. I went on to want to be an actress, but eventually circled back to writing.

  1. What is your writing schedule like?

I usually write during the daytime hours and sometimes on weekends. In between I have to walk the dog and answer emails and take mini-breaks.

  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love to read, walk my dog, watch movies, and travel.

  1. What is your favorite children’s book?

Just one? That’s impossible. Can I have 3?

Sam Bangs and Moonshine

The Last of the Really Great Wangdoodles (OMG! I thought I was the only who loved this book. Now I’m inspired to book talk it to my students.)

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

  1. What is your favorite adult book?

I think I’m hyperventilating. I can’t narrow it down. Most recent favorites– Let the Great World Spin by Colum Mccann Skippy Dies by Paul Murray. I really like Camilla Läckberg and am currently reading her thriller The Preacher.

  1. If you were not a writer, what would you be?

I was an actress for a long time and if I had made it I would have been very happy continuing along that line.

  1. What is your favorite treat?

A good book of course. If it’s snowing and I’m by a roaring fire with a glass of wine and peanut butter and chocolate, and a snoring dog curled up by my feet—even better!

  1. If you could have a meal with any author (living or dead) who would it be and what would you eat?

I have such a hard time with questions that make me cut out so many people. But I will go with Tennessee Williams—the playwright. We’d have to have steak and salad, and fries, and probably too much to drink.

Thank you so much talking with us today. I love learning about good authors.

My Thoughts: I LOVE THIS BOOK! I love mysteries and I love Ireland, though I’ve not yet made it there. I’ve only visited in books. This is the first in what I hope will be a long series. I cannot think of a single thing I didn’t like about this book and I can’t wait to read more about Siobhan and The Six.

O’Connor did a great job of developing her characters, the plot and the setting. She even stumped me when it came to solving the mystery. My money was totally on someone else. I really enjoyed reading about Siobhan’s relationship with her siblings. She’s a young woman I would like to know. Her love and sense of responsibility toward her family is refreshing. I like how she knows she shouldn’t be butting into the investigation, but knows it’s the only way she’s going to save her brother.

Did I mention the dialog? As I said, I’ve only visited Ireland in books, but O’Connor’s use of the Irish dialect made me feel as though I was really there.

If you love Ireland, mysteries and family stories, then this is the book for you. It was released on February 23 in hard cover. Don’t wait for the paperback. Buy it now!

Be sure to visit the tour page for an opportunity to win a print copy of the book and to visit the other stops on the tour.

Murder in an Irish Village
by Carlene O’Connor

…a great read.
~Bab’s Book Bistro

O’Connor creates a slice of Ireland on the page.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

This debut novel is sure to win your heart with a cast of characters that are a delight and a story line that keeps you on your seat from the first page.
~Shelley’s Book Case

This is a sweet cozy mystery featuring a charming, or not so charming, bunch of characters with Ireland as the backdrop for a novel that will sweep you into this quaint little village.
~Celtic Lady Reviews

Murder in an Irish Village is a light and enjoyable cozy mystery.
~Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes

This was a very interesting book. I really like how it was written using a lot of authentic Irish speak, it even gives translations.
~Melina’s Book Blog

Murder in an Irish Village
Cozy Mystery
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (February 23, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1617738449



A little slice of Heaven on the Emerald Isle…

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie’s Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors, enjoy some brown bread and tea, and get the local gossip. Nowadays twenty-two-year-old Siobhán O’Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago.

It’s been a rough year for the O’Sullivans, but it’s about to get rougher. One morning, as they’re opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table, dressed in a suit as if for his own funeral, a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

With the local garda suspecting the O’Sullivans, and their business in danger of being shunned–murder tends to spoil the appetite–it’s up to feisty redheaded Siobhán to solve the crime and save her beloved brood.


About This Author

Carlene O’Connor comes from a long line of Irish storytellers, or professional liars as she prefers to call herself. Her great grandmother emigrated from Ireland to America during The Troubles, and the stories have been flowing ever since. She has dual citizenship and divides her time between New York and the Emerald Isle. Of all the places across the pond she’s wandered, she fell most in love with a walled town in County Limerick and was inspired by the town to create Kilbane, County Cork.


Author Links

Webpage –

Facebook –

Blog –!blog/j8xsa

Purchase Links
Amazon         B&N     GoodReads     IndieBound

Tour Participants

March 1 – Babs Book Bistro – REVIEW

March 1 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

March 2 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW

March 2 – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – SPOTLIGHT

March 3 – Celticlady’s Reviews – REVIEW

March 4 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – REVIEW

March 5 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

March 6 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

March 7 – Community Bookstop – SPOTLIGHT

March 8 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

March 9 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

March 10 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

March 11 – The Girl with Book Lungs – REVIEW

March 12 – Ashleyz Wonderland – REVIEW

March 12 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

March 13 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

March 13 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 14 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT





1 Comment

Posted by on March 12, 2016 in Uncategorized


One response to “Great Escapes Tour: Murder In An Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor

  1. holdenj

    March 12, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    What a fun interview! I’ve been following the tour and can’t wait to read it too!


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