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Scandal in Skibbereen by Sheila Connolly
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Scandal in Skibbereen (2014)

by Sheila Connolly

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American museum employee follows the trail of a missing master piece by Van Dyck to Leaf in County Cork. Death follows. ( )
  cfk | Dec 8, 2018 |
I was disappointed in the 2nd book in these series. The mystery was thin, romance weak, and kind of stretched out. Maura, now owns the bar, and an obnoxious American comes to Leap looking for a Van Dyck painting and Maura agrees to help her locate it. Meanwhile, the local garda Sean asks Maura on a date and she spends the time asking him about the latest murder while feeling "he's a nice guy." The who-dunnit was pretty obvious. ( )
  Kathy89 | Jun 12, 2017 |
In this second installment, Maura is running the pub she inherited in Leap, Ireland. A rather brash woman from New York named Althea visits Leap seeking a Van Dyck painting she believes is in the manor house. In the meantime, the gardener turns up dead. Maura and her friend Gillian, a local painter, agree to help Althea in her inquiries while Officer Sean of the guardi and his superior tackle the investigation into the murders. Of course, Maura supplies useful information from time to time. It's a fun visit to Ireland, even if the plot is a bit implausible. ( )
  thornton37814 | Mar 29, 2017 |
Sullivan’s Pub is the unofficial community center of the tiny village of Leap in County Cork. A brash American woman makes the pub her last stop on a whirlwind Irish tour. Althea Melville tells pub owner (and fellow American) Maura Donovan she is looking for a Van Dyck painting that may be worth millions of dollars. Although Maura is annoyed by Althea’s fast-paced New-York style and lack of manners, the idea of finding a long-lost piece of art in her neighborhood is too intriguing go pass up.

After much discussion, Althea sets her sights on Mycroft House, the area’s largest manor home, as the possible location of the centuries-old masterpiece. The Townsend clan has lived in Mycroft House, now a crumbling heap, for many generations. Nonagenarian Eveline Townsend is now the sole occupant – assisted by three live-in servants: Florence and Thomas O’Brien, and Seamus Daly, the gardener. Eveline’s nephew Harry Townsend takes care of the finances and watches over the home, but he lives in Dublin.

Just after Althea gets Maura’s agreement to help in the hunt, the local policeman stops in to tell Maura that Seamus Daly has been murdered, found just outside Mycroft House with his head bashed in by a shovel. Seamus was a little “slow” and had a sweet personality so everyone wonders why he would have been the victim of such a vicious crime.

As police look for a murderer, Althea, Maura team up with a local artist, Gillian, to find out if the missing VanDyck is at Mycroft House. That means gaining the confidence of Harry Townsend so he’ll help with their search. With the protective O’Brien’s making access to Eveline almost impossible, Handsome Harry is the key.

Scandal in Skibbereen is a great second book in this series by veteran mystery writer Sheila Connolly. Maura is a likeable and complex heroine, South-Boston feisty outside but soft as a marshmallow inside. The secondary characters are wonderful, especially the staff and regulars at Sullivan’s Pub. The writing is polished, the plotting smooth. ( )
  NewsieQ | May 25, 2015 |
Scandal In Skibbereeb is the second book in the A Cork County Mystery series.

This is another wonderfully told story from Shelia Connolly. I love all her works. She skillfully puts in background information that just seems to flow with the storyline.

Maura Donovan has been in Ireland for about three months and is enjoying getting Sullivan's Pub is to shape for the coming tourist season. One day Althea Melville, an abrasive American dressed to the nines, shows up at the pub, and wonders if there are any manor houses in the area. Althea works for an art museum in NYC and they recently came across a tiny sketch by VanDyck and usually there is a larger picture and she wants to find it, so that she can have it for a show that is coming up and will also probably save her job. Maura introduces her to Old Billy who has been in Leap, forever, who suggest that The Townsend house might be what she is looking. Then the next morning when the gardener at the Townsend House is found dead on the property, Althea becomes a prime suspect. As brash as Althea is, Maura and a local painter, Gillian, still agree to look for the painting and at the same time try and discover the who might have killed the gardener.

This book provides the reader with a look at rural Ireland and life in a small village and also a glance at the inner working of the art world.

Looking for to book #3. ( )
  FredYoder | May 8, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425252507, Mass Market Paperback)

As the new owner of Sullivan’s Pub in County Cork, Ireland, Maura Donovan gets an earful of all the village gossip. But uncovering the truth about some local rumors may close her down for good…

Bostonian Maura is beginning to feel settled in her new Irish home, just in time for summer tourist season to bring fresh business to her pub. But the first traveler to arrive is thirsty for more than just a pint of Guinness. Althea Hathaway is hot on the trail of a long-lost Van Dyck painting.

Maura agrees to help Althea meet with the residents at the local manor house, the most likely location of the missing art. But when the manor’s gardener is found murdered, Maura wonders what Althea’s real motives are. Now, to solve the secret of the lost portrait and catch a killer, Maura will have to practice her Irish gift of gab and hunt down some local history—before someone else is out of the picture…

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Bostonian Maura is beginning to feel settled in her new Irish home, just in time for summer tourist season to bring fresh business to her pub. But the first traveler to arrive is thirsty for more than just a pint of Guinness. Althea Melville is hot on the trail of a long-lost Van Dyck painting. Maura agrees to help Althea meet with the residents at the local manor house, the most likely location of the missing art. But when the manor's gardener is found murdered, Maura wonders what Althea's real motives are. Now, to solve the secret of the lost portrait and catch a killer, Maura will have to practice her Irish gift of gab and hunt down some local history before someone else is out of the picture.… (more)

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