Guest Post with Giveaway ~ A Turn For The Bad by Sheila Connolly


Less than a year ago, Maura Donovan found herself in a tiny town in West Cork, jetlagged, pretty much broke, and still mourning her grandmother’s recent death. She wasn’t very sure why she was there at all, except her grandmother had asked her to go.

The next few months made an incredible difference in Maura’s life. Now she owns a home (thanks to a childless relative of her grandmother’s, who left it to her) and a pub (ditto), which she’s still learning to run. It’s not easy to make the jump from sometime employee back in Boston to owner-manager of a pub in Ireland, with employees of her own, and certainly not in a country that’s new to her. But Maura is a survivor, and she’s handling it. Maybe her gran had the right idea, sending her there.

But she hadn’t counted on the crimes. Oh, she knew that pubs, wherever they were, were places where people got together to talk, to share information. Ireland proved no different, and the pub—Sullivan’s—holds an important place in the small village of Leap. No surprise that the local people—mostly the men—stop by regularly for a pint on their way home, or to get away from the missus and the kids. She kind of expected a number of passing tourists to drop in, since the pub is on the main road along Ireland’s south coast. But she didn’t expect to end up solving more than one murder.

Murder is a rare thing in Ireland, particularly in the rural parts, away from cities. West Cork is one of those rural areas, and there are probably more cows than people there (I’ve read there are more than four thousand dairy herds in the county). That makes it a challenge for me to write about solving murders. On the other hand, since it’s a small country, and people have long memories, it’s an ideal setting for solving a crime, because people will know who might have done it, and they’ll also notice suspicious strangers. And then they’ll all show up at the pub to talk about it.

In A Turn for the Bad I take advantage of that. While the death that occurs involves major crime, it’s the local people who step up and rescue one of their own, who’s gotten involved only because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Publisher: Berkley (February 2, 2016)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425273423
ISBN-13: 978-0425273425
ASIN: B00X5938RA
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


The New York Times bestselling author of An Early Wake returns to Ireland where Sullivan’s Pub owner Maura Donovan gets mixed up with smugglers.

After calling Ireland home for six months, Boston expat Maura Donovan still has a lot to learn about Irish ways—and Sullivan’s Pub is her classroom. Maura didn’t only inherit a business, she inherited a tight-knit community. And when a tragedy strikes, it’s the talk of the pub. A local farmer, out for a stroll on the beach with his young son, has mysteriously disappeared. Did he drown? Kill himself? The child can say only that he saw a boat.

Everyone from the local gardai to the Coast Guard is scouring the Cork coast, but when a body is finally brought ashore, it’s the wrong man. An accidental drowning or something more sinister? Trusting the words of the boy and listening to the suspicions of her employee Mick that the missing farmer might have run afoul of smugglers, Maura decides to investigate the deserted coves and isolated inlets for herself. But this time she may be getting in over her head…

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Thanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of A Turn for the Bad to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on March 6th


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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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Commerical Portraits for promotional material and novelSheila Connolly has taught art history, structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities, worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns, and served as a fundraiser for several non-profit organizations. She also managed her own consulting company providing genealogical research services. Now a full-time writer, she thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her previous occupations. 

She is a member of Sisters in Crime-New England (president 2011), the national Sisters in Crime, and the fabulous on-line SinC chapter, the Guppies. She also belongs to Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America.

Sheila is Regent of her local DAR chapter, and a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants. She's also the grandchild of Irish immigrants (in case you're worried that she's a snob). In addition to genealogy, Sheila loves restoring old houses, visiting cemeteries, and traveling. She is married, and has one daughter and two cats.

She blogs with Poe's Deadly Daughters and Mystery Lovers' Kitchen on Fridays, and Killer Characters the 25th of each month. 

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  1. I love reading stories set in Ireland. I'll definitely catch up on the County Cork Mysteries. Sounds like my kind of read. Thank you for the post and the giveaway chance.

    Carol L

  2. Gloria Walshver says:

    Sounds like a great mystery.

  3. Della Williamson says:

    This does look like an exciting read.  Really enjoyed one of Sheila's orchard mysteries.  So I am really looking forward to getting to know this series as well

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