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A Turn for the Bad by Sheila Connolly
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A Turn for the Bad

by Sheila Connolly

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I like Maura, the transplanted Bostonian to Leap, Ireland, now owner and running a pub. This storyline was a little ridiculous. A man goes missing on the beach, leaving his 3 yr old son, who says he saw a big boat. Maura and her friends at the pub plan a rescue to get him back from the drug smuggling pirates while keeping the police out of their plans. ( )
  Kathy89 | May 11, 2018 |
After returning to Ireland and calling it home for 6 months, new pub owner Maura Donovan decides to investigate a murder on her own. This is one cozy mystery you will not want to put down.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Mar 11, 2017 |
From what was a strong start I'm sad to say that-- to me-- Sheila Connolly's County Cork series is slowly running out of steam. In this fourth book nothing of substance happens until the halfway point, and then the most exciting part of the entire book takes place offstage.

A minor plot point concerns Gillian the artist, but most of the action consists of the village hanging out at the pub while they wait for news about the missing farmer. Maura counts heads, pours endless cups of tea, bemoans the fact that no one is actually buying anything, and learns a bit about the history of the area.

As it turns out, this community in which Maura lives knows more about what's really going on than Maura does. It has done from the start. But... Maura is the only one to roll up her sleeves and start putting things in motion. That didn't quite make sense to me in a book that was sadly lackluster. Am I going to continue with the series? I don't think so. ( )
  cathyskye | Oct 15, 2016 |
This would've easily been a 5 star book if not for 2 things: endless repetition of all the story's details every couple of pages and the ridiculous rescue plot.

This series has always had a lot of internal dialogue to it, but it just seemed to make this book drag. It added nothing to the story and felt like filler. In fact, I skipped 2 or 3 chapters in the middle because the story just wasn't moving along.

The plot to rescue the missing farmer nearly made me stop reading the book. Seriously? As a plot device, it stinks. Just implausible and ridiculous.

Overall, not a terrible book, but this series definitely needs to move a few plot lines forward (can we do away with the the whole Mick/Sean/Clueless Maura thing now, please??) ( )
  MystereityReviews | Mar 11, 2016 |
Sullivan’s Pub in Leap, Ireland is the area’s gossip central – and when a local dairy farmer goes missing, the pub is bustling. Always one to keep her ear tuned to the conversation, pub owner Maura Donovan, -- lately of Boston – soon begins to piece together what happened to him. It helps that just about everyone trusts her and wants to keep her in the loop. What she’s thinking about what happened to him is not good.

But, what can she do? She’s new to the area and she doesn’t even know the missing man or his family. Then a body washes ashore and things get even more complicated.

Maura’s friend Gillian, a talented but starving artist turns up in town pregnant. And, although she believes she’s keeping it a secret, no one is fooled and everyone knows just who the father is. Question is, will he give up his playboy ways and do the right thing – whatever the right thing is? Gillian isn’t certain.

A Turn for the Bad is fourth in a wonderful cozy series. The whole premise is pretty high on the believability scale for cozies. And the characters seem real and wonderfully imperfect. Maura is a delightful heroine, brash in some ways, shy in others. And she’s baffled by the feelings she is beginning to have for her adopted home town. ( )
  NewsieQ | Feb 29, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425273423, Mass Market Paperback)

The New York Times bestselling author of An Early Wake returns to Ireland where Sullivan’s Pub owner Maura Donovan gets mixed up with smugglers.

After calling Ireland home for six months, Boston expat Maura Donovan still has a lot to learn about Irish ways—and Sullivan’s Pub is her classroom. Maura didn’t only inherit a business, she inherited a tight-knit community. And when a tragedy strikes, it’s the talk of the pub. A local farmer, out for a stroll on the beach with his young son, has mysteriously disappeared. Did he drown? Kill himself? The child can say only that he saw a boat. 

Everyone from the local gardai to the Coast Guard is scouring the Cork coast, but when a body is finally brought ashore, it’s the wrong man. An accidental drowning or something more sinister? Trusting the words of the boy and listening to the suspicions of her employee Mick that the missing farmer might have run afoul of smugglers, Maura decides to investigate the deserted coves and isolated inlets for herself. But this time she may be getting in over her head...

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:18:09 -0400)

"After calling Ireland home for six months, Boston expat Maura Donovan still has a lot to learn about Irish ways -- and Sullivan's Pub is her classroom. Maura didn't only inherit a business, she inherited a tight-knit community. And when a tragedy strikes, it's the talk of the pub. A local farmer, out for a stroll on the beach with his young son, has mysteriously disappeared. Did he drown? Kill himself? The child can say only that he saw a boat. Everyone from the local gardai to the Coast Guard is scouring the Cork coast, but when a body is finally brought ashore, it's the wrong man. An accidental drowning or something more sinister? Trusting the words of the boy and listening to the suspicions of her employee Mick that the missing farmer might have run afoul of smugglers, Maura decides to investigate the deserted coves and isolated inlets for herself. But this time she may be getting in over her head..."--provided by Amazon.com.… (more)

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