This first in a new series is full of charm and mystery. Maura is a penniless stranger in a new land; her adventures as she adapts and thrives in the little village of Leap are inspiring and entertaining. The locals are warm and welcoming and the central hub of the village, Sullivan’s Pub, is a slice of comfort. Throw in a dead body and a mugging in a nearby village and you have all the makings of a great whodunit.

Maura Donovan travels to County Cork, Ireland, to visit the small village where her late grandmother lived. She stops at Sullivan’s Pub, where she is soon offered a job. She’s thrilled to learn more about her grandmother’s village. But when a body is discovered in a nearby bog, the whole village is talking. Who is the dead man? Then a pub patron is robbed and killed in a nearby village and someone runs Maura’s car off the road. Can she stay alive and solve the mysteries before ending up in the bog herself? (PRIME CRIME, Feb., 304 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Sandra Martin