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I’ve been catching up on a few series, including the "County Cork" series by Sheila Connolly. I quite enjoyed this third installment of the series, An Early Wake, which I started on Saint Patrick's Day, more than I did the first two books. The legacy of traditional Irish music plays a huge role in this book, and I swear I could hear it in the background as I read. Of course, the fact I was listening to The Corrs and Celtic Women all week probably had something to do with that. (grin)
The music emerged in a gradual way: what started out as random sounds finally blended into something with a recognizable tune and structure. And then the voices joined in.
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Series: County Cork #3
Pub owner Maura Donovan may have Irish kin, but she doesn’t seem to have the luck of the Irish. Who could have foreseen that bringing live music back to Sullivan’s Pub would lead to a dead musician?
Summer is ending in County Cork, Ireland, and with it the tourist season. Expat Maura Donovan is determined to keep Sullivan’s Pub in the black as the days grow shorter—but how? When she hears that the place was once a hot spot for Irish musicians who’d come play in the back room, she wonders if bringing back live music might be Sullivan’s salvation.
As word gets out, legendary musicians begin to appear at the pub, and the first impromptu jam session brings in scores of music lovers. But things hit a sour note when Maura finds a dead musician in the back room the next morning. With a slew of potential suspects, it’s going to take more than a pint and a good think to force a murderer to face the music.