Thursday, March 07, 2013
A Touch of the Irish
recommended Sheila Connolly's Buried in a Bog, and my mom and sisters all read it at the same time. They all checked it out from their libraries. Connolly's love of Ireland comes through on every page. When Maura Donovan's Gran dies in Boston, she leaves her just enough money to go to Ireland and see the village where her Gran grew up. She's welcomed by an old friend of her Gran's, and before she knows it, she has a place to stay, the use of a car, and a job at Sullivan's Pub. And, somehow, she manages to stumble onto a crime scene and become a target herself. This multi-layered mystery is one of the best cozy mysteries I've read this year.
Luanne Rice's The Silver Boat is the story of three sisters. When their mother dies, they're faced with the prospect of selling the family home. Instead, one sister proposes that they travel to Ireland. Their father disappeared when he set out to sail there. Now, they hope to learn the truth about a land grant that he always said belonged to his family.
Even if you've never read Sherryl Woods' Chesapeake Shores series, you could pick up An O'Brien Family Christmas, a story about a romance that develops when the entire O'Brien clan goes to Ireland to make sure Nell, the matriach, gets home for the holidays.
Love Letters. It's the perfect book for a reader who loves British romantic comedies. Laura Horsley loses her beloved job at a bookstore, and agrees to help a literary festival in its first year. However, the organizers believe she knows a reclusive Irish author, and send her off to Ireland to recruit him for the festival. Book stores, book festivals, authors, England, and Ireland, all wrapped up in a fun romance with a strong heroine.
I haven't read books by either of these authors, but wanted to mention their books. Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor books are dark. They feature Taylor, dismissed from the Garda Slochana (police) for drinking. He now finds things for people in Galway, Ireland. Guards, the first in the series, won the Shamus for Best First Novel. Erin hart's latest book, The Book of Killowen, was just released. Her books feature Cormac Maguire, an Irish archaeologist, and Nora Gavin, an American pathologist working in Ireland.
Looking for a nonfiction book or two about Ireland? Our library has more than one entire range filled with books about Ireland, but I'll mention two. Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization was a best seller when it came out. The historical account discusses the importance of Ireland following the fall of Rome to the rise of Medieval Europe. And, I just checked out a book in one of my favorite series, the Dummy books. It's Irish History for Dummies by Mike Cronin.
There are all kinds of cds with Irish music. If you watch PBS, you may have seen Celtic Woman. Their music is wonderful. But, I'm a bigger fan of Celtic Thunder, six individual performers who tour as a show together. Their latest cd and dvd, Mythology, has just been released. Mythology is the story of the Celts in Ireland; their legends, history and stories told in song.
Looking for something for St. Patrick's Day? Pick it up now at your favorite library or bookstore.