Monday, July 25, 2016

Did She Do It?

by Maura Donovan

(from Sheila Connolly’s County Cork Mysteries)


I knew I didn’t know anything about running a pub—or any other kind of business—when I inherited Sullivan’s. Which is in Leap, a small village in Ireland. I’ve been here almost a year now, and I’ve learned a heck of a lot, with help from some unexpected people—a sixteen-year-old girl, a couple of eighty-something locals who have become friends, and one or two police officers (they call them gardaĆ­ over here).

But I was not ready for a blizzard shutting us all in (what? It snows in Ireland? Well, yes, it does.) with an accused murderer, Diane Caldwell. But accused is as far as it got—she never went to trial. What got into me to think that we should hold our own trial at the pub? Hard to say, but we couldn’t go anywhere else, and then the lights went out. We had to do something, didn’t we?





Well, if I’m honest with myself, I have to admit that I wouldn’t have survived my first year without a lot of help from other people, and some of them are now good friends. I learned that you just can’t do it alone. So when I heard Diane’s story, I figured she deserved to be heard.

Not that I’m running down the gardaĆ­—it’s just that they didn’t have much experience with high profile murders back when it happened, like twenty years ago. And they still don’t—which is a good thing. Ireland’s a pretty peaceful place, and when there is a crime, mostly people know who did it and they’re easy to find.

So we spent a long night in the half-dark, talking about something that happened when most of us were kids, but that people are still talking about today. That’s another thing about Ireland: people remember. And it bothers people that this murder was never solved.

What surprised me is that we actually might have solved it. At least there’s enough for a real trial now.

Oh, and the snow melted fast—gone the next day.



GIVEAWAY!!

Cozy Up To Summer Giveaway

I hope you’ve heard about our month of giveaways!

I’m offering something a little different, since I’m kind of between books right now (Dead End Street, a Museum Mystery, came out in early June, and Seeds of Deception, my next Orchard Mystery, won’t be out until October). But I’ve just finished polishing the next County Cork book, Winters Past (coming next March), so that’s where my head is at the moment (and since it’s 95 degrees here, the snowstorm in the book sounds pretty good!)

My publisher very kindly sends me copies of the audio versions of the County Cork Mysteries. I give one of each to my local library, but I have a more. So I’d like to offer an audio set of the first four County Cork Mysteries (Buried in a Bog, Scandal in Skibbereen, An Early Wake, and A Turn for the Bad). Yes, all four, together! Better that you should enjoy them than that they sit on my already-crowded bookshelves.




Leave a comment, and include your name and a valid email - (yourname (at) yourserver (dot) com, if you like, to foil the spambots) - by midnight on Tuesday, July 26th, and I’ll pick a winner at random. Good luck!


US entries only, please!

75 comments:

  1. I'm sitting here after midnight and it's finally cooled off enough in hot, dry California to open the windows and turn off the a/c, so that snowstorm is sounding pretty good to me right now. A little creepy to be stuck with a possible murderer, but . . . .

    What a terrific giveaway. Audiobooks are great for exercising. Thanks.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. I haven't tried many (maybe I don't exercise enough?).

      I have a friend on the police force over there, so I'm careful about what I say about crime solving. But The new book is based on a real case, and it's still unsolved.

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  2. It's very early here and we had violent thunderstorms all night, which my poor dogs hate. Woke up to this amazing giveaway thanks for the chance. I love this series and would love to have them on audiobook. poohwine1217@gmail.com

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  3. You can solve many things stuck inside. Great post. Thanks for the chance
    Debby
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. What was really fun was having a younger American woman look at the evidence with a fresh eye. But the real case (or more specifically the people involved) are still making headlines in the national press, twenty years later.

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  4. What a great giveaway. I agree writing about a snowstorm in this heat would be nice. Thank you for the chance to win (bookaunt at outlook dot com)

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  5. Ireland is by far my favorite place in the world to go! I also love to be able to sit down and listen to books when I get a chance when the kids are asleep and I am having a chance to fold laundry. I don't always get a chance to sit down and read as often as I would like to when it comes to a paper book. I think I get through one book every 2 to 3 weeks because of kids and household duties. Thank you for once again having a fantastic giveaway! Sherylhbooth(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I haven't started this series yet. I can't wait to. Thanks for the chance.
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  7. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway and your generosity! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  8. I've only read the first two books in the series so far.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  9. Hot here too as I am in the South. I would love to spend some evenings listening to this. Sounds wonderful...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  10. Oh my goodness! I can see myself sitting 38th them trying to solve the old murder.Thank you! Yvonne mommomsworld(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. Hi Sheila! It's supposed to be 100 degrees here today, so even just looking at your snowy picture is cooling me off - I hope that everything works out for Maura, please take care and stay cool! Nicole :-)

    nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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  13. I just started reading the Orchard mysteries. I would love to listen to the Cork mysteries. thanks! Melanie mjonaip(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Hey, I am in hot and dry Austin TX.....we have had a month of above normal temperatures....and since Texas in summer is hotter than ....nearly anyplace, it is hot. The snow storm, oh I am ready. Thanks for the post and would love to win. annettena (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. It's based on a real snowstorm too. I stayed with a family which had young children at the time--being snowbound with them got old very quickly.

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  15. Ohhh, I love audio book! My email is pamela dot fry dot priest at gmail dot com

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  16. It is sweltering here in Texas so snow sounds quite refreshing. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  17. This would be a great prize! I can listen to your books as I walk instead of the endless chattering about Pokemon! I am definitely ready for some cooler weather! Thanks for the chance!
    edtercross7304@yahoo.com

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  18. Would love to listen to these books
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    judytucker1947@#gmail.com

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  19. I am so looking forward to Maura's next adventure! I always hear about how green Ireland is, but forget they have their seasons too! Thanks for the chance to win the audio books!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I love this series on audio. My local library has the first two books. It would be so nice to have all four. I am very excited that a fifth is coming soon. ahr574@hotmail.com

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  21. I love this series on audio. My local library has the first two books. It would be so nice to have all four. I am very excited that a fifth is coming soon. ahr574@hotmail.com

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  22. Wonderful series which I would enjoy. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I would love to have an audible copy of the series - these will really help on our trip to California later this summer (or early fall).

    John Presler - j.presler (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  24. Audible copies!!! I'd love them. My eyes are getting old and tired, but my ears still work. :) Idell Mulhern - purpledell@centurylink.net

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  25. I'm so excited ! I love this series and I listen to cozies on audio every day ! Thank you so much for a chance to win this incredible prize ! kathambre@yahoo.com

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  26. I love audio books and would love to listen to several books in a series. This looks like a great one. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  27. We could use a good snowstorm in South Carolina right now. The heat and humidity are killing me.
    marlene(dot)ezell(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. We are getting a break from the heat here today only suppose to be 89. My 4 yr old grandson has been wanting snow he is tired of hot he tells me. Thanks for the chance this is a great series.
    lhxp74@yahoo.com

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  29. We are getting a break from the heat here today only suppose to be 89. My 4 yr old grandson has been wanting snow he is tired of hot he tells me. Thanks for the chance this is a great series.
    lhxp74@yahoo.com

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  30. What a great giveaway. And when Im done, I pass them along to my local library. Thank you. Ninaatmyhouse(@)yahoo(dot)

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  31. What a great giveaway. And when Im done, I pass them along to my local library. Thank you. Ninaatmyhouse(@)yahoo(dot)

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  32. What a super giveway!! The Irish in me REALLY wants to win this one.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  33. Oh my goodness, this is such an amazing giveaway! I've been wanting to try audio books during my horribly mundane and torturous elliptical workouts. This would be a great way to try this series. Thanks for the chance to win! awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  34. wow - what an awesome prize package -- would love to win -- thanks for the chance -- jody.714@hotmail.com

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  35. This is a new author for me. I love mysteries and I'm just getting into audio books. Thank you for the amazing chance to win 4 audio books. Series are another favorite. Julie Stafford
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  36. What a generous giveaway! I have not read (or heard!) any of your County Cork books, but love Ireland and know they must be wonderful! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  37. Wow! I just got into audio books this would be the best contest win ever!!!!

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  38. What a generous giveaway!! Love audiobooks!!

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  39. Love Irish culture since I married a Irish man. Super giveaway.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  40. I've been wanting to try audio books! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  41. I am behind on this series and this would be a great way to catch up. It is over 100 here today so a Blizzard would be a refreshing distraction!

    susierobertsmom at Hotmail dot com

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  42. I've been following this series since the beginning.
    I love it and look forward to each new story.
    thanks
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. I love your series and it would be delightful to have them on audio so I can listen to them when I'm
    sitting in my recliner. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  44. I'm not eligible for the giveaway as I live in Canada. But Ireland is my favourite place to visit and I love this series. Thanks so much for writing it!!!

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  45. I love your County Cork Mysteries series and would love to win a set of audiobooks. Thanks for a chance to win.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  46. Thanks for the giveaway. these audios sons really good
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  47. I used to listen to audio books when I worked. I thouroughly enjoyed them. Since I retired I haven't listened to any. I would love to win this and start listening to audio books while I sew. Thank you for the giveaway! crossxjo @hotmail. com

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  48. I love this series, it makes me want to visit Ireland so much more that I already did. utaker555 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  49. I would love to listen to this series on audio. I really enjoy audio books, especially on car trips. Thanks for a great giveaway.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. I would love to listen to this series on audio. I really enjoy audio books, especially on car trips. Thanks for a great giveaway.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. I was so happy to see that snow and dream of a blizzard. It's been unbearably hot and humid here in WNY. I love looking back at old cold cases (pun intended) so would love to be hashing things out with these guys on a cold winter's day.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  52. Thanks for the chance. Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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  53. I would love to win this! Kkcochran(at)hotmail (dot)com

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  54. I would love to win this! Kkcochran(at)hotmail (dot)com

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  55. I've really gotten into audio books as they are easy to listen to while also coloring. Tammie.King (at) Wetap (dot)Com

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  56. Ooooh, I love ALL of your books. But I would love to have this set on tape. Thanks for giving them away. PS. I enjoyed following your time at your new location across the pond on FB. So fun! lynneandco@comcast.net

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  57. It has been hot here was 92 at 8:00. I'm ready for some cooler weather. I always say" I can out more on but only so much I can take off". Thanks for a chance jmhinton@psci.net

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  58. It has been hot here was 92 at 8:00. I'm ready for some cooler weather. I always say" I can out more on but only so much I can take off". Thanks for a chance jmhinton@psci.net

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  59. Steamy hot here on the Gulf Coast and still in the 80s as I approach midnight. Sure could use a little winter blast to ease the humidity. LOL. being a cozy addict, this series needs to be read. Looking forward to a new author and series. Thanks for a chance to win the wonderful audibles! laurathomas61(at)att(dot)net

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  60. What a marvelous way to get into your series! I love reading to others and being read to, and enjoying your books. Fingers crossed! Ears burning!
    kat8762@aol.com

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  61. So excited to enter for a chance to win this series! I gave heard great things and would really like a chance to find out for myself how wonderful it is. Hoping in NY!

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  62. I would enjoy your books. They sound like the kind of stories I would like.
    JFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

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  63. Oh I would love these audio books, as I cannot afford them on a retired budget but I have your books on my list. Thank you for the giveaway. If I win I will pass the books on to my husband's cancer Dr office library they need books. Georgia
    queenvictoria50 (at)aol(dot)com

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  64. I would love to win your books, thanks for the chance.
    babemomara@att.net

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  65. Audio books?!? 4 of them?!? You are too generous!! I loved the Orchard Mysteries & I really hope I win this set! Thanks for the opportunity.
    muddyshoesmom[at]gmail[dot]com.

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  66. Audio, an area I haven't tried in a long time... als(at)foxgull(dot)com

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  67. Audio is a favorite of mine and I adore this series . seascapelife at gmail dot com Thank you.

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  68. I would love to hear one of your books on tape. Great stories. Marti Berry mbquilts4@aol.com

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  69. Would love to listen to these. Sandy Duncan
    sandydunc66@yahoo.com

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  70. I really like this series and have read the first three. I like snowstorms! I wish we were having one right now. I don't need to win. I have the fourth book in the series to read yet. But that's a great prize!

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  71. Would love the chance to listen to anything related to Ireland..;-)
    illinirog70@yahoo.com Cannot wait to come back!

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