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December 23, 2016

CRUEL WINTER



DUE OUT MARCH 14, 2017
CRUEL WINTER
A County Cork Mystery 
Book 5
by
Sheila Connolly
A clever spin on the classic locked-room mystery, Cruel Winter, the fifth in New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly's
charming County Cork series, will delight fans of the Emeral Isle.
Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan's small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn't sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan's Pub.  But now she's stranded in a bar full of patrons - and a suspected killer in a long ago murder.
Maura's been in Ireland less than a year and hasn't heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell. But the locals have, and they're not happy to be trapped with her. Diane, meanwhile, seeks to set the record straight, asserting her innocence after all this time. And since no one is going anywhere in the storm, Maura encourages Diane to share her side of the story, which she's never had a chance to do in court.
Over, the next few hours, the informal jury in Sullivan's reviews the facts and theories about the case - and comes to some surprising conclusions. But is it enough to convince the police to take a new look at an old case?

THE AUTHOR
SHEILA CONNOLLY is the Anthony and Agatha Award-nominated author of more than thirty titles, including the Museum Mysteries, and the County Cork Mysteries, in addition to the Relatively Dead paranormal romance e-series, the standalone books Once She Knew, a romantic suspense, and Reunion with Death, a traditional mystery set in Tuscany, as well as a number of short stories in various anthologies. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three cats and visits Ireland as often as she can.
MY  THOUGHTS
Maura Donovan inherited Sullivan's, a local pub in County Cork.   She's been in Ireland for nine months and this is home to her.    Maura never had any friends nor family and now she feels that she's finally got both.  Just a small Irish village but home it is.   
 Everyone has been preparing for the predicted winter storm.  Waiting out the storm at the pub, Maura waits for the road to be cleared.
 But this storm is a bad one.  People are getting stuck on the roads and going to the pub for warmth from the storm. One person who had been accused of murder twenty years prior comes in the door.  Maura doesn't know who she is or what she's done.  So, to pass the time, everyone tells their version of the story and they play detectives and try to solve the unsolved County Cork murder. Believe it or not, they solve it but they can't prove it.  So how do they come up with proof to free Diane of the  dark cloud that has hung over her for years.
The author gives you characters that you watch grow as the story progresses.    Each character in the tavern has their own personalities and they grow in amazing ways.  The author gives the reader a plot that puts you right there in the pub trying to find answers to a long ongoing suspicion of Diane's part in a murder. My problem with the book was that it was easy to solve the murder mystery.   A little more suspense would have been nice.  It's a good quick read if you like cozy books. Easy to read.  The book is book 5 of the series and you can read it alone but you get much more background if you start with book one. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Night Owl Reviews and the author and voluntarily decided to review it.
I would give this book 3 STARS.

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