Murder In Galway (Home to Ireland Mystery #1)
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 . . .

Murder In Galway (Home to Ireland Mystery #1) Details

TitleMurder In Galway (Home to Ireland Mystery #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 30th, 2019
PublisherKensington Publishing Corp.
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Cultural, Ireland, Fiction

Murder In Galway (Home to Ireland Mystery #1) Review

  • KarnagesMistress
    January 1, 1970
    I do not want to visit Ireland anymore! Perhaps I'm too sensitive, and this is only just one book, but the constant feed of "American, go home, we don't want you here," really got to me. I am, however, taking this as a sign of what a gifted storyteller Carlene O'Connor is. I'd never read one of her books before. She really sucked me in to this world, keeping me up way too late just to finish the story. Well, the inhabitants of O'Connor's Galway may not have wanted Tara Meehan there, but they I do not want to visit Ireland anymore! Perhaps I'm too sensitive, and this is only just one book, but the constant feed of "American, go home, we don't want you here," really got to me. I am, however, taking this as a sign of what a gifted storyteller Carlene O'Connor is. I'd never read one of her books before. She really sucked me in to this world, keeping me up way too late just to finish the story. Well, the inhabitants of O'Connor's Galway may not have wanted Tara Meehan there, but they don't have a choice with me! I do plan on going back, because, luckily, this is the first book in a planned new cozy mystery series. This book will also satisfy the 2019 Watauga County Public Library Reading Challenge categories: A Book Published in 2019; A Book By An Author You've Never Heard of Before; The First Book In a Series. I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways on Thursday, April 18, 2019. It is a Barnes&Noble Exclusive Edition.
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  • Missi Martin (Stockwell)
    January 1, 1970
    What a GREAT start for a series !!! Murder in Galway by Carlene O'Connor is the first book in her Galway Ireland Mystery series and it is an amazing story !!!Sadly we travel with Tara Meehan to Galway Ireland where she is going to meet her uncle for the first time while she is honoring her recently deceased mothers final wishes. Her mother grew up in Galway but left before Tara was born and never returned. Along with having her ashes released over the Galway Bay, her mother also wanted Tara to What a GREAT start for a series !!! Murder in Galway by Carlene O'Connor is the first book in her Galway Ireland Mystery series and it is an amazing story !!!Sadly we travel with Tara Meehan to Galway Ireland where she is going to meet her uncle for the first time while she is honoring her recently deceased mothers final wishes. Her mother grew up in Galway but left before Tara was born and never returned. Along with having her ashes released over the Galway Bay, her mother also wanted Tara to apologize to her uncle......unfortunately Tara doesn't know why. Another unfortunate thing is that when Tara arrives at her uncle's cottage there is a dead man in the doorway !!! Seeing as Tara as no clue what her uncle looks like, she assumes that the dead man is her uncle. As it turns out the deceased man is not Tara's uncle but it is his most wealthiest client and he was murdered and Tara's uncle is missing !! Everyone in town is saying that her uncle had recently been acting weird and they believe that he was capable of murdering the client. Even though Tara has never met her uncle, she is most certain that he did not murder the man and she will do whatever it takes to prove that. While Tara travels around town getting to know the people and the town as well as her uncle's business, she is also doing her own investigating......even though the local police, guard as they are called in Ireland, are telling her to stop and to basically go back to America. It will come as no surprise that Tara does not listen to the guard and along with her uncle's one employee, Danny, she solves not one, but two murders and brings her uncle out of hiding !!!I just love stories centered around Ireland, even if they are fictitious. And the way that O'Connor writes Murder in Galway, the reader will feel like they are there !! I love when an author can send the reader away on a journey without having to pack or deal with jet lag......and O'Connor has that amazing ability !!
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  • Tari
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I've read by this author, but it definitely won't be the last, since I've been wanting to read her other Irish series. I've never been to Ireland, but her descriptions are done so well that I was actually able to picture the cottage and all the different places that Tara went. She definitely had her work cut out for her with her uncle missing and walking in on a dead body. When she found another body later, Tara was determined to clear her uncle's name.There were a lot of This is the first book I've read by this author, but it definitely won't be the last, since I've been wanting to read her other Irish series. I've never been to Ireland, but her descriptions are done so well that I was actually able to picture the cottage and all the different places that Tara went. She definitely had her work cut out for her with her uncle missing and walking in on a dead body. When she found another body later, Tara was determined to clear her uncle's name.There were a lot of great suspects, clues and suspense. I had no idea who the killer was, and the showdown was great, even though it was a bit tense. I like Tara's possible love interest and will be interested in reading the next book and seeing her uncle shop become a reality. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC paperback copy of this book provided by the publisher, and my opinions are my own.
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  • OpenBookSociety.com
    January 1, 1970
    https://openbooksociety.com/article/m...Murder in GalwayGalway Ireland Mystery #1By Carlene OConnorISBN13 9781496719843Authors website: carleneoconnor.netBrought to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSynopsis:New Yorker Tara Meehans first trip to Galway may be her last . . . Tara never imagined her introduction to Ireland like thiscarrying her mams ashes to honor her final request: Tell Johnny Im sorry . . . Take me home. Shes never met her mams estranged brother, Johnny Meehan, who owns an https://openbooksociety.com/article/m...Murder in GalwayGalway Ireland Mystery #1By Carlene O’ConnorISBN13 9781496719843Author’s website: carleneoconnor.netBrought to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSynopsis: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.ReviewFull of Irish charm, Murder in Galway lays a firm foundation on which to build the new Galway Irish Mystery Series by Carlene O’Connor.Things get off to a mournful yet auspicious start for Tara as she travels to Galway to fulfill her deceased mother’s requests to scatter her ashes and make amends with an uncle Tara has never met. Things quickly go downhill when there is a mishap with the ashes and Tara finds a dead body at her Uncle Johnny’s cottage with Johnny nowhere to be fund. Even though locals and law enforcement deter her from investigating, Tara cannot help but want to solve more than one murder and find her uncle, and clear his name.I really wanted to love this book, and the Irish setting, in spite of Tara’s less than hospitable welcome, delivers, making for perfect armchair travel. There are a variety of characters, but none are particularly compelling with the exception of Johnny’s employee/Tara’s potential love interest Danny. Tara seems nice enough, and nosy enough to be a good sleuth, but I do not understand why she made herself at home so quickly in Johnny’s home and business without knowing what was really going on. And, as so many amateur sleuths do, Tara falls victim to the tendency to dive in without thinking and jumping to conclusions. I am interested in the locals, but their unwelcoming attitude toward Tara is unappealing. The mystery surrounding Emmett Walsh’s death, and the subsequent events and a second death, provide a nice puzzle that is complex enough that I was slow to pick out whodunit from the suspects. The resolution feels a bit haphazard but still satisfying. I will give the next book in the series a go when it is released with hopes that the rough edges of the characters are smoothed out. Recommended to cozy fans who enjoy an Irish locale*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Amy Lilly
    January 1, 1970
    https://mysteryprose.com/2020/05/10/m...A cozy mystery set in the beautiful location of Galway, Ireland, Murder in Galway by Carlene OConnor delivers a strong sense of place and character. This is a first in a new series by the author of the Irish Village Mystery series.Tara Meehan arrives in Galway to complete a sad mission spread her mothers ashes and meet her uncle, Johnny, to break the news of his sisters passing. Right from the start, things go awry. Her mothers ashes are spilled, a gypsy https://mysteryprose.com/2020/05/10/m...A cozy mystery set in the beautiful location of Galway, Ireland, Murder in Galway by Carlene O’Connor delivers a strong sense of place and character. This is a first in a new series by the author of the Irish Village Mystery series.Tara Meehan arrives in Galway to complete a sad mission – spread her mother’s ashes and meet her uncle, Johnny, to break the news of his sister’s passing. Right from the start, things go awry. Her mother’s ashes are spilled, a gypsy delivers a warning that Tara is surrounded by death, and she discovers a body in her uncle’s cottage. Written in the victim’s blood is a name – Tara.Initially, Tara believes the dead body is her uncle. It was an honest mistake, and one the villagers should forgive her for making. After all, she had never met Johnny Meehan and the body was in his cottage. She soon learns it is a wealthy client of her uncle’s architectural salvage business, Emmet, who was bludgeoned to death by a cast iron pig. Even worse, Johnny Meehan is the primary suspect.Tara soon learns not everyone in town was a fan of her uncle. In fact, villagers think Johnny had acted erratically in the weeks leading up to Emmet’s murder. Tara, however, doesn’t believe her uncle could be a killer, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and she is determined to solve the crime.By her side is the enigmatic and utterly handsome, Danny, and her uncle’s Irish wolfhound, Hound. Too bad Tara can’t allow herself to fall for Danny. She hasn’t cleared him from her list of suspects!It took me a chapter or two to immerse myself in the mystery. I didn’t initially “bond” with Tara as a character. Her voice and personality seemed “older” than her described age of early 30s. This slight bump in my reading was worth ignoring because it didn’t detract from the mystery. She was a little naive for someone from New York City, but part of the charm of cozy mysteries is the innocent nature of their amateur sleuths.The clues tie together nicely at the end, and there were a few that I didn’t pick up on that the author expertly weaved in at the conclusion. The villain was one I fingered earlier on in the novel, but then dismissed as a possible suspect which left me still satisfied once Tara confronted them at the end.I would recommend this book for readers who like cozy mysteries set in charming villages with a hint of romance. I would certainly buy the next book in the series from this author. I’m also excited to add Carlene O’Connor to my list of “to read” authors.
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  • JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
    January 1, 1970
    When Tara Meehan goes to Ireland, it's to spread her mam's ashes in the sea and meet her Uncle Johnny for the first time. But when she arrives at her uncle's cottage, she finds a dead body, and assumes it's him. When she's later informed that it's instead a wealthy man who was her uncle's client, and that he's suspected of the murder, she doesn't want to believe it.So she sets about trying to find her uncle and discover who is framing him for murder. But after a dire warning from a local gypsy, When Tara Meehan goes to Ireland, it's to spread her mam's ashes in the sea and meet her Uncle Johnny for the first time. But when she arrives at her uncle's cottage, she finds a dead body, and assumes it's him. When she's later informed that it's instead a wealthy man who was her uncle's client, and that he's suspected of the murder, she doesn't want to believe it.So she sets about trying to find her uncle and discover who is framing him for murder. But after a dire warning from a local gypsy, and a threatening message on the side of her uncle's mill, Tara is more determined than ever to find a killer...unless the killer finds her first...This is the first book in a new series by Carlene O'Connor, who also writes the Irish Village Mysteries. While I have as yet to read any of them, I still am glad that I read this one. My feelings toward the book are conflicted, as on the one hand, Ireland seems like a charming place to visit, but on the other hand, the locals seem as if they don't want Americans in their country. None of the locals - save for Danny, our potential love interest - seem to like Tara being in their midst, and many are quite rude to her. Also, the characters aren't really fleshed-out, but I am hoping that in later books we learn more about Danny, Tara, and what their and others' lives were like in the pastThat being said, the mystery was decent and kept me interested, and the ending was expected if one is looking for the clues which are throughout. The only thing I can add is that while I would have liked to have known more about the countryside, the characters, and Tara, perhaps this will be given in future books, and I plan to read the next in the series. Recommended.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Murder in Galway by Carlene OConnor is the first in a new series focussing on Tara Meehan, an early 30s interior designer from NYC that is returning to her recently passed mothers home in Galway, Ireland to meet her uncle whom she has never seen before. After her arrival, she is ensnared into a complicated murder/mystery all the while trying to find her place and a second chance on happiness after a complicated past.I loved Tara. She is strong, smart, stubborn, independent, passionate, and Murder in Galway by Carlene O’Connor is the first in a new series focussing on Tara Meehan, an early 30s interior designer from NYC that is returning to her recently passed mother’s home in Galway, Ireland to meet her uncle whom she has never seen before. After her arrival, she is ensnared into a complicated murder/mystery all the while trying to find her place and a second chance on happiness after a complicated past.I loved Tara. She is strong, smart, stubborn, independent, passionate, and caring. My heart went out to her concerning her past. I enjoyed her journey to Galway and all of the wonderful characters that inhabited the quirky town. The author’s descriptions concerning the town, history, and landscape were divine and allowed me to create and excellent image of the town. I also liked the plot. It was intricate, complex, with plenty of twists to keep me guessing until the end. Impressive! I also liked Danny and I cannot wait to see future books to find out how the business (and the relationship) evolves. There is plenty of material that is presented within this book to easily allow multiple followups and installments. An excellent new series!!!!!5/5 stars
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  • Ryan Hoffman
    January 1, 1970
    Great Irish cozyI have enjoyed other series set in Ireland the Irish village Mysteries by this author and Dead in Dublin by Catie Murphy. This one has similar with ladder, in it a Woman by the name of Tara Meehan, goes to her mother's side as she's dying to wish your mother gives her a letter and says "tell Johnny I'm sorry". It includes airfare and information on a uncle she did know about living in Galway, Ireland. Tara and her three-year-old son Thomas decide to getting a plane to Ireland Great Irish cozyI have enjoyed other series set in Ireland the Irish village Mysteries by this author and Dead in Dublin by Catie Murphy. This one has similar with ladder, in it a Woman by the name of Tara Meehan, goes to her mother's side as she's dying to wish your mother gives her a letter and says "tell Johnny I'm sorry". It includes airfare and information on a uncle she did know about living in Galway, Ireland. Tara and her three-year-old son Thomas decide to getting a plane to Ireland didn't find out about her mysterious uncle Johnny. When she gets to his Cottage she finds a guy dead, who first she thinks is her uncle. it turns out it's one of her uncles clients in building repair business, and your uncle is kind of known as con man. And a drunk and gambler and a lot of other things, and they're all not good. But the victim turns out to be worse and her newfound Uncle Johnny becomes the prime suspect in the murder. Tara decides to help the only family she has even with the opposition.
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  • Vickie
    January 1, 1970
    I highly enjoyed this book! An excellent mystery, fab characters and setting and premise. And armchair travel to Ireland. If I'd had the time, I would have read this in one sitting. It was my purse book and went to work with me, so it was slower going. I really liked Tara, the main character. She takes on a trip to Galway Ireland per the wishes of her deceased mother. There are plenty of roadblocks and less than welcoming vibes when she arrives, but she forges ahead. She's had heartache in her I highly enjoyed this book! An excellent mystery, fab characters and setting and premise. And armchair travel to Ireland. If I'd had the time, I would have read this in one sitting. It was my purse book and went to work with me, so it was slower going. I really liked Tara, the main character. She takes on a trip to Galway Ireland per the wishes of her deceased mother. There are plenty of roadblocks and less than welcoming vibes when she arrives, but she forges ahead. She's had heartache in her life but she wants to keep moving forward. The mystery is intricate, lots of moving parts, but it blends well and I loved it. I can't wait to read more from this series. I can definitely recommend this book, series and author.
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this first installment in this new series. Brought me right back to my trip to Galway and the Aran Islands three years ago; great memories! The author certainly chose a beautiful setting for her story! I really liked meeting these characters, too. Tara is delightful and I look forward to seeing her further adventures and how her relationship with Danny grows. My only criticism is that the author introduced too many characters and I was confused trying to keep track of a few I thoroughly enjoyed this first installment in this new series. Brought me right back to my trip to Galway and the Aran Islands three years ago; great memories! The author certainly chose a beautiful setting for her story! I really liked meeting these characters, too. Tara is delightful and I look forward to seeing her further adventures and how her relationship with Danny grows. My only criticism is that the author introduced too many characters and I was confused trying to keep track of a few of them. Not quite sure why some of these superfluous characters continued to be mentioned towards the end, but nothing ever happened with them. I suppose perhaps they will be showing up in future books in the series...
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    I won a copy of this book from Goodreads giveaways, I was not required to give a favorable review. This was the first book I have read from Carlene and I enjoyed it so. Tara as coming to Galway to bring her mother's ashes home. She has never met her Uncle Johnny, her mother's brother but when she gets their no one knows where he is. When she shows up at his cottage she finds a murdered man, and no uncle, but it just seems to give a little tricky after that, she wants to know what happen to her I won a copy of this book from Goodreads giveaways, I was not required to give a favorable review. This was the first book I have read from Carlene and I enjoyed it so. Tara as coming to Galway to bring her mother's ashes home. She has never met her Uncle Johnny, her mother's brother but when she gets their no one knows where he is. When she shows up at his cottage she finds a murdered man, and no uncle, but it just seems to give a little tricky after that, she wants to know what happen to her uncle, who killed the man at the cottage, why was her name in blood on the wall. No one knew she was coming. But then there was a second murder and a whole lot of suspects. This was a great mystery, looking forward to reading more in this series.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting start to another wonderful series set in Ireland. I love the setting as much as the story itself. Which centers around a young woman who has brought her mother's ashes back to Ireland to be scattered where she was from. She also asks Tara to tell her brother who she hasn't seen in years that she is sorry. She finds the body of a man at her uncle's cottage thinking that it's her uncle she is intrigued to investigate despite warning from everyone to stay out of it. Then finding out it Interesting start to another wonderful series set in Ireland. I love the setting as much as the story itself. Which centers around a young woman who has brought her mother's ashes back to Ireland to be scattered where she was from. She also asks Tara to tell her brother who she hasn't seen in years that she is sorry. She finds the body of a man at her uncle's cottage thinking that it's her uncle she is intrigued to investigate despite warning from everyone to stay out of it. Then finding out it isn't her uncle but his most wealthiest client and her uncle is prime suspect. The ending is a little bit of a surprise.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big fan of OConnors Irish Village Mystery Series, so I was excited for this new series. So excited, in fact, that I bought the actual book from Barnes and Noble because they have the exclusive rights for a year! Slightly annoying, but I got over that and was immediately lost in the idyllic Galway environment and characters. The mystery was predictable, yet well developed and full of action. I would definitely read more books in this series. Not sure if I like it quite as well as the Irish I am a big fan of O’Connor’s Irish Village Mystery Series, so I was excited for this new series. So excited, in fact, that I bought the actual book from Barnes and Noble because they have the exclusive rights for a year! Slightly annoying, but I got over that and was immediately lost in the idyllic Galway environment and characters. The mystery was predictable, yet well developed and full of action. I would definitely read more books in this series. Not sure if I like it quite as well as the Irish Village, but this has real potential.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    A fun easy read with lots of Ireland lore. But, there are many gaps in the book, whether from editing or writing. In one part three people are on a ledge then the author says, "the crowd backed away". Where did the crowd come from? It wouldn't bother me much except it happened several times in the book leaving me lost.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I am so happy that Ms O'Connor has come out with another series. I have really enjoyed reading all the books in the Irish Village Mystery series and now with this series we are in Galway. As normal it took me a little while to get to know the characters but I found them enjoyable, I enjoy the way Ms O'Connor writes a story. I look forward to many more books in this series.
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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the setting, the characters and even the plot...there were too many pages of Tara asking herself questions, then more pages other asking the same questions....I feel thats just a way to fill pages, not really a necessary part of the story...I will read another one just to see if that changes .... Loved the setting, the characters and even the plot...there were too many pages of Tara asking herself questions, then more pages other asking the same questions....I feel that’s just a way to fill pages, not really a necessary part of the story...I will read another one just to see if that changes ....
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    Great mystery. The characters were well built.
  • Michelle Beese
    January 1, 1970
    New author for me and the first book in a new series! Great travel book. Read the whole book flying home from Missoula, MT yesterday. I had to find out who the murderer was!
  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Good atmosphere and characters. Descriptions help you see the place and people.
  • Kerry
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting, easy read! Excited to read more of the series
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Not quite as good a read as O'Connor's first series.
  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
  • Sugarrr
    January 1, 1970
    I just couldn't get into this book...
  • ANNE
    January 1, 1970
    A fun new cozy series!
  • Carole
    January 1, 1970
    a good cozy/beach read - I left it behind in the condo at Lido Beach for others to enjoy
  • Lisa Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    Plot moved right along and solution was plausible. I dislike a contrived resolution! The American tourist-cum-detective was a fun character!
  • Wyshona D. Lawson
    January 1, 1970
    Good but I don't like it as much as I liked the Murder in an Irish Village series...yet at least.
  • Carrie Gruman
    January 1, 1970
    A fun fluff piece when you are looking for a cozy. The characters are cleanly drawn.
  • Jaclyn
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first ever cozy mystery read and I can now see what all the fuss is about. So much fun. I really felt like I was back in Galway.
  • Daniele
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsI liked this first in the series well enough, but I did not love it. With the exception of Danny, I did not warm to the characters. The Ireland setting is lovely.
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