Connolly’s latest County Cork Mystery is a pleasurable read, but suffers from a large amount of stagnant action. Though her characters are likeable, they don’t do much to propel the action.

Maura Donovan never thought she’d be living in a small Irish town, and as she runs the pub she inherited, she still marvels over the change of pace living there entails. When an American stranger breezes into town looking for a rare painting on the same day a local gardener winds up dead, Maura gets pulled deep into the mystery. Can she help catch whoever murdered an innocent man, and find out the story behind the mysterious painting? (PRIME CRIME, Feb., 304 pp., $7.99, 9780425252505)

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Lauren DuBois