A few months ago, Boston expat Maura Donovan was rekindled with her mother after more than twenty years of absence. Since then, Maura has been getting accustomed to Irish living, complete with an inherited house and a pub named Sullivan's. But now, her mother has returned--and she's brought Maura's half-sister in tow. To make matters more confusing, a handful of Cork University students are knocking on Maura's door asking about a mystical fairy fort that happens to be located on Maura's piece of land.
The lore indicates that messing with the fort can cause bad luck, and most everyone is telling Maura not to get too involved for fear of its powers, but Maura is curious about her own land, and she definitely doesn't buy into the superstition. Then one of the students disappears after a day of scoping out the fort on Maura's property.
Maura treads carefully, asking the folks around town who might have an idea, but no one wants anything to do with these forts. She has to take matters into her own hand--it's her land, after all. But when she uncovers a decades-old corpse buried in the center of the fort, nothing is for certain.
About the Author
Sheila Connolly is the 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. This is her eighth County Cork mystery.
New York Times bestselling author
Praise for Fatal Roots: "Likely to appeal to readers who love Irish settings, Irish folklore, and Irish chatter." —Kirkus Reviews
"Series fans will enjoy spending time in the company of old friends." —Publishers Weekly
"The perfect cozy mystery with its small setting full of colorful characters, multiple points of intrigue, and a strong, sassy heroine." —Foreword Reviews
"Intriguing and whimsical with just the right amount of menace, Fatal Roots is a cozy mystery that’s full of surprises." —Foreword Reviews "Satisfying...For fans of the series, but this should also work with those [who] enjoy gentle reads." —Booklist
“Plenty for cozy lovers to enjoy!” —New York Journal of Books
“A superbly crafted and reader riveting novel by a master of the genre. Replete with unexpected plot twists and turns.” —Midwest Book Review
"[Connolly] can make the reader feel like they are just as much a part of the community in her book as the characters she creates." —Tulsa Book Review Praise for The Lost Traveller: “This seventh in Anthony and Agatha Award nominee Connolly’s ‘County Cork Mystery’ series (after Many a Twist) is a thoughtfully executed and charmingly talkative cozy. The Irish setting is authentic, Maura is a delight, and the characters are gaining depth as this series matures.” —Library Journal starred review
“Inviting...As usual, Connolly’s lively characters and lovely landscape enhance her well-wrought, thought-provoking plot. Series fans won’t be disappointed.” —Publishers Weekly
“It’s the heroine’s slow awakening and the marvelous local color that make this one of the best in a fine series.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The Lost Traveller is replete with unexpected plot twists and turns, colorfully memorable characters, and a gracefully embedded Irish cultural flavor.” —Midwest Book Review