Monday, January 25, 2016

Lookin' for John Tully

by Mick Nolan, from Sheila Connolly's County Cork Mysteries


I’ve been workin’ at Sullivan’s Pub fer a good ten years now, first under Old Mick Sullivan, and lately fer Maura Donovan, who Mick left the place to. Some thought I should be angry that he hadn’t left it to me, but I never expected that, and Maura was family, though they’d never met. She’s made a fair job of it, fer an American and what's more, a young one.

West Cork is a beautiful place, and I’ve lived here most of me life. People ask why I don’t go somewhere else and find a job better than pulling pints, but I stay because I’m keeping an eye on me granny, Bridget Nolan, who lives up near Maura. Granny’s past eighty but still manages on her own, with me to see to things like the electric and food. She’s got plenty of friends who look in on her as well.

Maura’s still learning about Ireland, and she’s had some surprises. Like I said, it’s beautiful, but it also has its share of secrets, and she’s just found herself in the middle of a big one. Yeh see, there’s never been much money around here. Most people raise cattle fer the milk, as they’ve done fer generations. It’s hard and dirty work, and there’s seldom much cash left over. So let’s say some people look fer a way to bring in a little extra. And it isn’t always exactly legal.



Pirates sounds romantic, don’t they? This part of County Cork has always been a haven for pirates, what with all the small coves where they can drop anchor, and few gardaĆ­—that’s police—to see what goes on. In truth, most people around here turn a blind eye to the odd case of cigarettes or mebbe some bottles of whiskey with fake labels. But now there’s drug smugglers, and them you don’t want to mess with.

So when John Tully, a dairy farmer who lives near, disappears, leaving his small boy alone on a beach, it’s got to be laid to smugglers, doesn’t it? Even though John’s an honest man and never had anything to do with that lot. It falls to Maura and the rest of us at the pub to help find John, because we can find out things that the gardaĆ­ can’t, if yeh know who to ask, and how.

Maura may not know a lot about running a pub, but she’s got a good heart and she’s smart. We’re all hopin’ she sticks around at Sullivan’s.


A Turn for the Bad (County Cork Mystery #4) will be released February 2nd. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy!

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32 comments:

  1. That poor little boy! He must have been terrified.

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  2. Don't worry, he was found quickly, and seems to have slept through whatever happened. But he did provide a useful clue!

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  3. Oh I want to read this now! Thanks for the chance!
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  4. I love mysteries with Irish settings---makes me want to travel. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  5. I love this series and am really looking forward to the new book! I love learning more about Ireland. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  6. I'm looking forward to reading this book. Glad you are having so much fun researching them! And I do wonder about Mick and Maura. :)

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    1. So do I. Sean Murphy is the sensible choice, but the heart wants what it wants. But nobody's in a hurry.

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  7. Love Ireland! One of my favorite series.

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  8. This series is so enjoyable and special. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I would love to read this fascinating book since the series is wonderful. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. I'm eagerly looking forward to this one.
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  11. Hi Sheila. I love the series and one day hope to have the money to visit Ireland and the area you've chosen to use for the series. Who knows, maybe I'll even be on the same flight as you when you return for another visit. Stranger things have happened (like turning around and bumping into a favorite author).

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. I am a big Shelia Connolly fan! I enjoy all the references to Ireland which renews my passion for beer, whiskey, soda bread, and jigs! My brother was born on St. Patrick's Day...does that make us honorary Irish? kat8762@aol.com

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  13. I have come to love this series and can't wait for the new release! Thanks for the little teaser! My mom was born on St. Patrick's Day, but we don't have any 'real' Irish blood Thanks!!
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  14. I haven't read any of this series yet but count me in, please!
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  15. What an interesting plot! Would love to read this book.
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  16. Hi Mick! I love Ireland (I've never been, but it's on my list!), pirates, and mysteries - your story is right up my alley! It sounds as if you're a good grandson, and you have a village of good people (including Maura) surrounding you. I hope you find John Tully! Nicole :-)
    nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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  17. This sounds like a wonderful read!

    rockergoddess2002 at yahoo dot com

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  18. I would love to look for John Tully. Sure hope I get to see how the gang does it!

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  19. I love this series and can't wait to read the next installment.

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  20. I love this series and can't wait to read the next installment.
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  21. A delightful series. seascapelife at gmail dot com . Thanks for the chance to win ! its my Birthday so I hope I am lucky

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  22. I love visiting Ireland through this series!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  23. I adore this series, Its like a free trip to Ireland and the mysteries are so good.
    seascapelife at gmail dot com

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  24. Thanks for the chance to win. I haven't read this series yet but have it on my TBR list. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  25. I can't wait to read this new one. I am looking forword to seeing what Maura is up to next.

    Thanks
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  26. I love reading cozy mysteries! I'd love to win this book! Thanks for the chance! lindaherold999@gmail.com

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  27. Thank you all for commenting. This series is a joy to write (and gives me an excuse to go back to Ireland regularly). The smuggling angle was suggested to me by a local garda who has also become a friend, so he knows the facts--and they're pretty much like Mick tells them.

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  28. I and my mother love this series! If I win I would give it to her. Thanks for the chance!
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  29. Thanks for a chance to win this great book. I love cozy mysteries and I'm always on the lookout for one new to me.
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  30. I love this series. I was hooked after my Grandma gave me the first in the series. Thanks for the chance to win. utaker555@gmail.com

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  31. I would love anything set in Ireland and a mystery. I hope I win this...thanks for the chance and love the article about it. I saw a smugglers hole in a Tavern once it made me fascinated with all that...would have been great for Pirates.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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