Scandal in Skibbereen
By Sheila Connolly
(Berkley, Mass Market Paperback, 9780425252505, 304pp.)
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
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As the new owner of Sullivan’s Pub in County Cork, Ireland, Maura Donovan gets an earful of all the village gossip. But uncovering the truth about some local rumors may close her down for good
Bostonian Maura is beginning to feel settled in her new Irish home, just in time for summer tourist season to bring fresh business to her pub. But the first traveler to arrive is thirsty for more than just a pint of Guinness. Althea Melville is hot on the trail of a long-lost Van Dyck painting.
Maura agrees to help Althea meet with the residents at the local manor house, the most likely location of the missing art. But when the manor’s gardener is found murdered, Maura wonders what Althea’s real motives are. Now, to solve the secret of the lost portrait and catch a killer, Maura will have to practice her Irish gift of gab and hunt down some local historybefore someone else is out of the picture
Sheila Connolly is a New York Times bestselling author and the Anthony and Agatha Awardnominated author of three cozy mystery series. Her Museum Mysteries, set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, includes Monument to the Dead, Fire Engine Dead, Let's Play Dead, and Fundraising the Dead. Her bestselling Orchard Mysteries, set in small town Massachusetts and filled with delicious apple recipes, includes Golden Malicious, Sour Apples, Bitter Harvest, A Killer Crop, Red Delicious Death, Rotten to the Core, and One Bad Apple. Scandal in Skibbereen is the second in her Ireland-based County Cork Mysteries, following Buried in a Bog.
Sheila 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 nonprofit organizations. She also managed her own consulting company, providing genealogical research services. In addition to genealogy, Sheila loves restoring old houses, visiting cemeteries, and traveling. Now a full-time writer, she thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her previous occupations.
She is married and has one daughter and two cats.
Praise for Buried in a Bog:
“Connolly’s latest is a captivating tale—sweet, nostalgic, and full of Irish charm, but also tightly plotted and full of twists, turns, and shocking reveals…Connolly’s County Cork Mysteries have a ton of promise.”—The Maine Suspect
“Tis a grand thing…Connolly invests this leisurely series opener with a wealth of Irish color and background.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“An exceptional read! Sheila Connolly has done it again with this outstanding book…A must read for those who have ever wanted to visit Ireland.”—Shelley’s Book Case
“Anyone with a trace of Irish in them, and all of us who wish we could claim an Irish connection, will welcome the first book in the County Cork series…And, with a country with Ireland’s history, there’s certain to be fascinating murders and mysteries to come.”—Lesa’s Book Critiques
Praise for the Orchard Mysteries
“A fresh and appealing sleuth with a bushel full of entertaining problems. ”—Claudia Bishop, author of the Hemlock Falls Mysteries
“A delightful look at small-town New England, with an intriguing puzzle thrown in.”—JoAnna Carl, author of the Chocoholic Mysteries
“A promising new mystery series.”—Sammi Carter, author of the Candy Shop Mysteries
Praise for the Museum Mysteries
“A witty, engaging blend of history and mystery with a smart sleuth who already feels like a good friend .”—Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef Mysteries
“Sheila Connolly serves up a snappy and sophisticated mystery.”—Mary Jane Maffini, author of the Charlotte Adams Mysteries
“National Treasure meets The Philadelphia Story in this clever, charming, and sophisticated caper.”—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha Award–winning author of The Other Woman