• An Irish Village Mystery Bundle, Books 1-3

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 29 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first three books in the Irish Village Mystery series are included in this edition. 

In Murder in an Irish Village (book 1), 22-year-old Siobhán O’Sullivan runs her family’s bistro in the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland. One morning, they find a man at a table with a pair of scissors protruding from his chest - and now it’s up to feisty redheaded Siobhán to solve the crime and save her beloved brood. 

In Murder at an Irish Wedding (book 2), Siobhán and her five siblings have their plates full catering a celebrity wedding. But the celebratory mood suddenly turns sober when the best man is found murdered in the woods. 

In Murder in an Irish Churchyard (book 3), Siobhán has accepted her calling and has decided to join the Garda Síochána. But her first case brings Macdara Flannery back into her life....

©2016, 2017, 2018 Carlene O'Connor (P)2022 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Your Disdain of Americans is Showing

Wow! I read a review that noted the anti American slant of this book and thought it was a hit of an exaggeration but soon into the book I could sense that the author had quite a disdainful attitude towards Americans so much so that she dedicates this particular story to it. Though I really have enjoyed this series this far, I am loathe to make this author any richer by using my hard earned US dollars. This author has issues. The performance was lovely.

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Love this series

Every now and then it is easy to connect with the characters in a book. This book is like that. Why? Unique locale, interesting ideas? Not sure. But I am sure I will recommend the series highly

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Love it very much can't wait to read. more books waiting patIently for them great

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enjoyable

it was very funny and quite quirky. I listen to all three and I'd listen to more if there are any.

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captivating

loved the story line and how it kept me wanting to not stop. I was like "just one more chapter".

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Conniezrn

I love this series. The reader is great and book 3 she does a wonderful American accent.

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I couldn’t finish it

If the writer doesn’t have a thesaurus I’m happy to donate one. If the characters “said” something one more time I was going to lose it. Back it goes, because on a dialogue rich story hearing “she said” repeatedly was exhausting.

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  • Alison
  • 05-18-22

Not Bad, But Beware - it's all in the wrong order

At 29 hours for 1 credit, this 3-in-1 bundle is good value. It's really well read and the stories are engaging if at times, very convoluted.

My complaint is that the 3 volumes are not presented in order, nor are they distinguishable from each other. The 3 books are presented in your library as a continuous list of chapters. However, you will start with volume 3, then volume 1 will follow and finally you will hear volume 2. This does not matter in terms of each murder mystery, as they are stand-alone tales. But it does mess up the constant thread of the relationship between the 2 main characters. There is no way, looking at the list of chapters from 1 - 102, that you can tell where one book ends and another begins.

Very irritating.

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  • childofthewoods
  • 05-12-22

Not in order!

The stories and performance are great - no complaints with the books themselves. However, I bought this bundle and the order of the stories is out of sync and that really threw me off. In the first story the main character is engaged and the next story, they haven’t been together very long. It’s a small thing but annoying none the less.

The other thing is that there are no markers to show you where one book ends and the other begins. I would have liked to have read these in order really.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-15-22

Really hard read.

Persevered with the first book. Second book was going the same way not bothering with the third book. Found it boring trying to follow the thread.

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  • Julie
  • 07-03-22

Not As Described

As other reviews have mentioned the books aren't in order, they aren't even the first three books in the series! Chapter 1-33 murder in an Irish cottage; 34 - 68 murder at an Irish wedding;
69 - end murder in an Irish church yard.

I felt that you could hear the writers ability at storytelling improve as the series progressed.....it was unfortunate that the first book here was book 5, which I really enjoyed, and you then stepped back to book 2 and 3, which definitely sounded like they were written by a less accomplished writer.

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  • mrs c
  • 06-24-22

not as advertised but still a good craic

this collection actually has books 5, 2 and 3 for some reason. still worth listening too, but if i had realised from the start, I'd have skipped through the chapters and started with the second book and read the first book (or the 5th) 3rd. confused? you will be.

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  • gbastian
  • 06-13-22

Very enjoyable

Made me giggle at the Irishisms and the curry chips, though the accents are off I still really enjoyed the books

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  • Jay
  • 05-07-22

Fantastic Book Series

I have been listening to Audible solidly over the last few years during COVID. I have listened to over 160 books. This book series came up as a recommendation, and I'm glad it did. I is now one of my top favourites, Caroline Lennon is absolutely brilliant as the narrator her wonderful reading is very enjoyable, I binged the first three books and about to start book four. I bought the first three books in a bundle which is money very well spent. Carlene O'Connor is my new favourite author. My family on my mum's side are from Limerick. So the Irish setting is near and dear to my heart. The characters are great and well written with Caroline's narration it's a perfect match. I look forward to hearing the rest of the books. I love the family dynamics of all the siblings they are hilarious.

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  • Jennifer R.
  • 05-21-22

Series out of order

As others have said this bundle is way out of order and it’s FRUSTRATING. Stories though are quaint, entertaining and well told.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-22

Book 5 instead of book 1

Great narration and stories. Easy to listen & engaging. Frustration over book one actually being book five and that’s the reason for the three stars overall. I called Audible and received another credit for the inconvenience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-25-22

Incorrect Information about this Bundle!!!!

This was a rather frustrating purchase as the books listed in this bundle have been identified incorrectly. The first book in the package was supposed to be ‘Murder in an Irish Village,’ but instead, the recording actually has ‘Murder in an Irish Cottage.’ This means that if you listen to the books in the sequence it plays in, you are not listening to the first 3 books in the series.

The actual books were enjoyable and a great listen, it’s just so disappointing that it’s ended up out of order.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-22-22

Don't buy this bundle!!!

This isn't book 1-3 It's actually book 5 first then book two. Really enjoyed the first book but when book 2 started I realised something was wrong. The main character is a police officer in the first and engaged and in the second not a police officer and not engaged .
How Annoying!!

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  • mysterymaid
  • 06-16-22

Nice set of stories

Forewarned that the books were not in the right order, I purchased book 1 first. Then skipped to the second title in the set . finally went back to the start for book 5. A bit of work but it made the stories flow. I enjoyed the books and thoroughly enjoyed the narrator. It was not hard to lose yourself in these.

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  • Saraswati
  • 08-10-22

THE BOOKS ARE NOW IN THE RIGHT ORDER..

So many reviews mention this; I bought the first book thinking it wasn't a part of this and ended up returning it and buying this bundle.
I didn't enjoy these much at all. The characters are not very likeable, even the protagonist. The stories were convoluted but unengaging. A tiny thing, but it really irked me, the phrase 'shut your gob', 'closed my gob' etc, or reference to 'cake-holes' is really unattractive. There's a reason this slang has gone out of fashion, and I wouldn't be riddling my books with it if I were the author. The writing generally is pretty uninspired.
It doesn't work as a literary who-dunnit but also doesn't fit the 'cosy' mystery genre either (which is what I was after) as it's very difficult to identify or like the characters.
She's gone to so much trouble working out these murder mysteries so that you are kept guessing. Maybe it does that, but it doesn't manage to keep you entertained. :(

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  • Belinda Roberts
  • 07-10-22

Over Rated

Didn’t like. Books out of chronological order, narrator was choppy and hesitant, stories were boring .. Got through first one, which I think is 4th or 5th in series then the books went backwards chronologically. Haven’t finished the second one, which must be the first one?? Just can’t be bothered. Returning. Not buying the others.

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