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Murder in Galway

By: Carlene O'Connor
Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
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Publisher's Summary

New Yorker Tara Meehan's first trip to Galway may be her last....

Tara never imagined her introduction to Ireland like this - carrying her mam's ashes to honor her final request: "Tell Johnny I'm sorry.... Take me home." She's never met her mam's estranged brother, Johnny Meehan, who owns an architectural salvage business in Galway. Although Tara is immediately charmed by the medieval city, the locals seem wary of strangers, and a gypsy warns her that death is all around. 

When Tara arrives at her uncle's stone cottage, the prophesy seems true. A dead man lies sprawled over the threshold in a pool of blood. The victim turns out to be Johnny's wealthiest client, and her missing uncle is the Garda's number one suspect. In trying to find Johnny and solve the crime, Tara uncovers her mam and uncle's troubled past. But with a desperate killer about, she had better mind herself, or they'll be tossing her ashes in Galway Bay....

©2019 Mary Carter (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Great narrator, worst mystery ever.

I don’t know what happened with Carlene O’Connor on this book. Normally she wrote some pretty good stuff. This was so impossible to follow or believe, I couldn’t finish it.

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More for teenagers

The story was well thought
But the tone Tarah took to talk to the officer at the very beginning already made me realize that there would be no subtlilty in the mystery. A rebel confronting at first sight ... Teenagers would appreciate that... But after hundreds of polars and mystery books read, I seek for a writing that makes me think, doubt, guess and totally be surprised by a few twists leading to a wise ending.

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Narrator poor

Disappointed in characters in this story. Narrator poor American accent, at least I think that was what it was supposed to be, very distracting

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Excellent start to the series

Very enjoyable listen, the central character, Tara is strong and tenacious much like Siobhan in the authors other series. The story flowed well and I expect it will get even better with subsequent books as less background and context setting will need to be provided for the listener. The story was well plotted out and had me guessing to very close to the end around the same time the main character had her “Ah Ha” moment.

Several reviews have commented on the narration. I personally thought it was well done, you could clearly distinguish who was talking by the different “voices” used for the different characters. The pace was good and expressive. Some have complained about the poor American accent of Tara but I am willing to forgive Tara’s NY accent having a bit of an Irish lilt (it isn’t bad at all) for getting the Irish accents right.

I definitely will read/listen to the subsequent books in the series.

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New Yorker Lands in Ireland

I am a fan of this author, but found this first in a new series to not quite measure up to her Irish Village Mysteries Series. I stuck with it until the end, (which was satisfying), but for some reason, much of the story didn't ring true to me. Too many characters, too many loose ends, and nobody liked or welcomed Tara Meehan to the village that her mother was from, yet it was a mystery as to why. And for me, that was off putting. I doubt that I will continue in this series.

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This one is a miss!

Sadly, i was so disappointed with this book. Really like the author but this is not on the level of her others. I hated the main character and her voice so much that i hoped she would be arrested for something! Character development was weak at best.

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Disappointing

Main character was whiny and made every Irish person sound like horrible people. The story was poorly put together. I have really enjoyed Carlene O’Conner’s other books, this was disappointing.

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Not her best

Like the majority of Europeans, this narrator cannot do an American accent. Usually it's not a big deal, but when the main character is American, it becomes very distracting. The story itself, and characters, aren't up to par with the author's other murder mystery series. Check out the Irish Village series - it's much better.

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Very poorly written story

Following this story is like trying to follow a pinball in a hyperkinetic machine, totally lacking in plot

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Yes the American accent is bad, BUT

The story is good! Yes Tara sounds weirdly whiny because of the way an Irish accent affects American speech, but the story was fun and interesting. Once I got used to Tara, I could sort of tune it out.
I do find it interesting that no one bothered to correct the way American words are said when they were said incorrectly.

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  • 02-22-22

great story

super narrater ,great story with twists and turns and may be a romance too x

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  • 05-01-20

Nice Wee Story

Heather O’Neill’s narrative is wonderfully performed. The story was easy and enjoyable. Bit cliche at times about Ireland but other than that it works.

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  • 10-05-22

Lovely Story, Engaging

Another great book from this author. Different from her other series and probably not the best narrator but looking forward to the next one.