Cruel Winter (Paperback)

A Cork County Mystery

By Sheila Connolly

Crooked Lane Books, 9781683314462, 320pp.

Publication Date: December 12, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (3/14/2017)
Paperback, Large Print (11/15/2017)

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Description

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'd never had a chance to do in court.

Over the next few hours, the informal court 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? A clever spin on the classic locked room mystery, Cruel Winter, the fifth in New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly's series, will delight fans of the Emerald Isle.


About the Author

Sheila Connolly is the New York Times bestselling, Anthony and Agatha Award-nominated author of over thirty titles, including the Museum mysteries, the Orchard 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.


Praise For Cruel Winter: A Cork County Mystery

Praise for Cruel Winter:
"Move over, Agatha Christie: a pub owner in County Cork fancies herself a young Miss Marple…A fine read in the classic style."—Kirkus Reviews

"A crafty and marvelous twist to the classic whodunit…A totally captivating page-turner of a book, perfect for winter nights with a storm beating against the windows."
NY Journal of Books

"A clever plot with the reader turning the pages faster and faster to reach the surprising finale."
Fresh Fiction

"A page turning experience. If you like a good mystery and enjoy Irish settings, then you will enjoy this novel!"
Portland Book Review

Praise for the New York Times Bestselling County Cork mysteries:
"A Turn for the Bad is…deftly plotted, the characters are engaging, and the visual descriptions of Ireland made me want to grab my passport and visit as soon as possible. A real winner!"
Suspense Magazine on A Turn for the Bad

"A truly fabulous read that brings you right to the small county of Cork. With descriptive writing, well developed characters and wonderful storyline, An Early Wake is a true hit that brings the magic of Ireland to any reader."
Open Book Society on An Early Wake

"[A] well-set and nicely paced cozy."
Library Journal on Scandal in Skibbereen

"Ireland itself becomes a character as Connolly adds description of the countryside and bits of history throughout the book…County Cork is surely a place you’d love to visit, and Sullivan’s a great spot for a pint of Guinness and a bit of gossip."
Kings River Life Magazine on Scandal in Skibbereen

"A traditional cozy set in the Emerald Isle and starring an amateur sleuth seems quite fresh. A very promising start to a new series."
Booklist on Buried in a Bog

"Full of charm and mystery…The locals are warm and welcoming and the central hub of the village, Sullivan’s Pub, is a slice of comfort."
RT Book Review on 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 on Buried in a Bog