Sunday, November 25, 2012

Maura Donovan


I'm really not comfortable talking about myself, you know?  I mean, if I give you just the facts about me—raised by my grandmother in South Boston, gave up on education after high school, worked at a whole bunch of dead-end jobs, don't have a boyfriend, or much of anybody else now that my grandmother's gone—it sounds like I'm having a pity party, and I don't need anybody's pity.
 

My gran wanted me to go to Ireland.  In fact, she made me promise I would go, and since she never asked much from me, how could I say no?  So now I'm in Ireland. It's not what I expected.

 

Gran never talked much about her past—she always wanted to look forward.  She didn't have an easy life, but she made the best of it, and she was always kind to people who had less than she did.  Me, I thought she was wasting her time on losers, but maybe I need to think some more about that.  Now that I'm in County Cork, I'm wondering if that's the way the people here see me.  I don't think I'm a loser.
 

I thought I'd come over, meet the few old friends of Gran's who were still here, maybe have the local priest say a Mass in the church where she was married, and go back to Boston.  Funny, things aren't working out that way.  I mean, yes, I've met someone who was a friend of hers before she left Ireland, and she's made me see how little I know about my gran's life here.  Besides, she's kind:  she set up an affordable place for me to stay, and she's loaned me a car so I can get around.  And I like listening to her stories.
 

And now I've kind of stumbled into a job, tending bar at Sullivan's, a small and pretty shabby pub in a small town.  I hadn't seen a lot of customers there, but then they pulled a body out of a bog not far away and everybody's been stopping in at the pub to talk about it.  And they talk to me.  Half of them knew I was coming (is there some kind of weird grapevine around here?), and half of those know more about my family history than I do. 
 

Maybe I'll stick around for a while. 
 
 
Maura will find herself in Ireland in Buried in a Bog, the first of Sheila Connolly's new County Cork Mysteries, coming in February 2013.

36 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read this..It looks so good.

    Kimberlee
    http://girllostinabook.blogspot.com

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  2. Love your other series. I hope they will continue. The title of tis one grabbed my attention.

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  3. So looking forward to reading this one!

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  4. Looking forward to this one! Can I go back to Ireland with you, it is so beautiful over there.

    a.connolley@gmail.com

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  5. Sounds very interesting. Can't wait to read it.

    nlb1050@yahoo.com

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  6. This book looks so good, as doall of your books. I'm so swamped now with reiviews can't wait to finally read one of your great books.

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  7. Sounds interesting. Got it on my wish list for my Nook.

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  8. Oh my gosh, I love Sheila's Orchard Mystery Series, and CAN NOT wait for this one! It sounds so, so good :)

    Marie
    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

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  9. I can't wait for this series. An old college friend just moved to Ireland so I'm extra curious to read about your experiences. Hopefully my friend won't be finding any bodies!

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  10. This looks like another winner. Can't wait to read Buried in a Bog.

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  11. Hi Sheila,
    Love the new story line, and I'm looking forward to reading it. I've grabbed the cover graphic for future use and added the release to my master release list.

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  12. Sounds like a new friend I can't wait to meet!

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  13. I loved the orchard series and I am anxiously awaiting this one!

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  14. I do want to go to Ireland with Maura!

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  15. Maura, I'm half Irish and half Italian -- and looking forward to curling up with Buried in a Bog, and a Guinness or two!

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  16. I love her books and look forward ti this one....

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  17. REALLY looking forward to this series! Genealogy & cozies are my two addictions in life. I love all of Sheila's series. Having the series set in Ireland is the perfect excuse for frequent visits. :)

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  18. This looks like a book I would love. Never been to Ireland, but this sounds like a trip I would like to take with Maura.

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  19. I'm all for keeping promises to Grandma's. How can you go wrong with that? This sounds like a good story.

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  20. This sounds like an interesting series.

    kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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  21. oooooh This sounds really interesting! I can't wait to read it

    MinDaf @aol.com

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  22. Love all these Killer Character books. One of my favorite sites and I love anything Irish so really looking forward to the new Cork County books.
    Gayle Gilmer

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  23. I love this site, the books on it, and love anything Irish so I cannot wait to read the new Cork County mysteries. Thanks for all your hard work.

    Gayle Gilmer

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  24. you have such great books can't wait to read this one

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  25. I like to win books. Reading them after wining them is more fun.

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  26. this looks like a great book. I loved all her other ones.

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  27. Can't wait for this new series. Love all your books!

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  28. I really am excited about this new book being released and cannot wait to read it.

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  29. I am also a fan who can't wait.I am about to read Erin Hart's trilogy about bog bodies. So interesting!

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  30. Sounds good! I love all the green on the cover. I did see a picture of the book on another website, but didn't know it was in a new series. I have some of your books, including the glassblowing series (Sarah Atwell). I don't have any in the museum series yet.

    catbooks(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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  31. I know I'm too late for the winning a copy thing, but I am so excited to see this book. My people are Irish and I'd like to go to Ireland someday.

    I too have the glassblowing series and thoroughtly enjoyed that. Going to have to add this to my TBR list.

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  32. Sounds like a great book. Ordering it now! My mom grew up in Ireland and I have spent many summers there, I know this will be a favorite series of mine.

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  33. Be sure to let us know when published. Have on TBR list.

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