Published February 28th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Synopsis: The O Sullivan clan of County Cork, Ireland, are thrilled to be catering the matrimonial affairs of a celebrity couple until a cunning killer turns an Irish wedding into an Irish wake . . .
“Any wedding is a big deal in the small village of Kilbane even more so when the bride is a famous fashion model. It s also good for business. Not only has customer traffic picked up at Naomi s Bistro, Siobhan O Sullivan and her five siblings have a full plate catering for the three-day affair. And Siobhan s own beau, local garda Macdara Flannery, gladly steps in as best man after the groom s first choice makes a drunken arse out of himself.
Even if he hadn t been disinvited to the wedding, the original best man wouldn t have been able to show. He s been found murdered in the woods, casting a pall over the nuptials. And when a second member of the wedding party is poisoned by a champagne flute engraved with Macdara s name, the garda goes from being best man to prime suspect.
With a killer at large and a string of robberies plaguing Kilbane, Siobhan feels more than a little protective of her village. She vows to clear Macdara s name, but the suspect list is as long as the guest list. Like the bride walking down the aisle, Siobhan needs to watch her step. For as she gets closer to unveiling the truth, the murderer is planning a very chilly reception for her . .
Murder at an Irish Wedding is the second book in the Irish Village Mystery series by author Carlene O’Connor. If you have not read the first one, this book could be read as a stand alone. The only difficulty may be getting familiar with Irish slang and the names which were explained in the first book.
Siobhan O’Sullivan and her five younger siblings run Naomi’s Bistro in the small village of Kilbane. They inherited the cafe when both parents were killed in an automobile accident. In this story, Alice, a famous and rich fashion model, is getting married to Paul, a friend of Macdara’s (Siobhan’s boyfriend). When the best man is murdered the day before the wedding, Macdara is unable to investigate because he was in the wedding party and they are all suspects. He asks Siobahn to help out. There are a lot of suspects from the bride’s parents who think Paul is not worthy of their daughter, to the photographer who is always sneaking around, the chef who found the body, the groom’s parents who do not like Alice’s family and even the groom who hates the brides father. The rest of the O’Sullivan 6 and many of the residents of Kilbane add some meat to the story as well as some humour. The one thing that bothered me about this book was the way Siobhan treated the people she was questioning. She was rather rude and obnoxious and did not seem to have any concern with personal boundaries. Even though she was trying to solve the crime, she is not a gard and therefore really did not have a leg to stand on, yet pretty much everyone answered her questions. It turns out that once again, she proves that she is a good investigator. She asks intelligent questions, she is a good listener and she is very observant. The story was fast-paced, and kept me guessing throughout. Once I got part way into the book, I did not want to put it down until I found out who the murderer was. The ending took me by surprise which always makes a good read for me. I’m looking forward to reading about Siobahn’s future adventures. There are a lot of ways that Siobhan’s, her siblings’ and Macdara’s lives could go. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a relatively non-violent mystery. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.