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Kate Darroch

Author of Death in Paris

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In the enchanting world of cozy mysteries, there’s something inherently captivating about a good old-fashioned whodunit sprinkled with charm and wrapped in warmth. If you’re a fan of this genre or simply seeking a delightful escape into the world of mysteries, “Luck of the Irish” is a treasure trove waiting to be explored.

This captivating collection combines the talents of ten esteemed authors: Kate Darroch, Jessica Thompson, Kathleen Kalb, C A Phipps, Amy Grundy, J R Lancaster, Jaclyn Weist, Jessica Brimer, K Rose, and W Jenkins. Together, they weave a tapestry of tales that promise to keep you guessing and entertained until the very last page.

What sets “Luck of the Irish” apart is its rich diversity of settings, storylines, and characters. From quaint villages to bustling cities, each author invites readers into a unique world where mysteries lurk around every corner. Whether you’re drawn to the allure of a curious canine detective or the intrigue of a leprechaun statue with a knack for bringing luck to a library, this collection has something to pique your interest.

One of the most charming aspects of “Luck of the Irish” is each story's standalone nature. This means you can dip in and out of the book at your leisure, savoring each mystery as time allows. But be warned: once you start reading a story, you may find it impossible to put down. The allure of uncovering secrets and solving puzzles alongside the colorful cast of characters is simply irresistible.

As you journey through the “Luck of the Irish” pages, you’ll find yourself immersed in a world where every corner promises adventure, and every clue leads closer to the truth. Whether you’re a seasoned cozy mystery aficionado or a genre newcomer, this collection will surely delight and entertain.

So, if you’re in search of a captivating read that will whisk you away to charming locales, introduce you to unforgettable characters, and keep you guessing until the very end, look no further than “Luck of the Irish” by Kate Darroch, Jessica Thompson, Kathleen Kalb, C A Phipps, Amy Grundy, J R Lancaster, Jaclyn Weist, Jessica Brimer, K Rose, and W Jenkins. Pick up your copy today and prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of mystery and intrigue.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
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PattiP1992 | 1 other review | Mar 26, 2024 |
“Some people might say I’m nosey, but I prefer attentive.”

Luck of the Irish: A Cozy Mystery Anthology is a bit different than what I expected, perhaps. Different writers, yes, there are ten, so there is a variety of style and presentation. All are necessarily short, so each can be read in a quick sitting, which is nice.

All the stories contain an amateur sleuth of some capacity who reluctantly or quite happily tries to solve a crime the police cannot. Often, small towns are involved. What I most found missing was humor, that while not a cozy requirement, is something that I believe adds much to the genre. I also missed any real faith lessons, although none were promised. Some situations bordered on the out-of-bounds for me, and one story I didn’t finish. I felt it was cruder than necessary.

There were some stories I did enjoy. My fave was JR Lancaster’s A Foliage Farewell, where a horticulturist who rarely leaves his house travels to a country manor to discover why the rich man’s prized conservatory plants were dying. This story reminded me of Encyclopedia Brown from my childhood.

I also enjoyed A Tale of Fickle Fortune by Amy Grundy in which a leprechaun statue is thought to bring good luck to its
possessor, if returned to giver in the allotted time.

I also liked Jessica Brimer’s Clover in Murder, for the reasoning behind murder and a twist at the end of the story.

Yet another story that caught my attention for its surprising twist at the end is Leprechaun Gold by Jaclyn Wrist. The sleuth and the police are friendly to each other. The clue of the stamp and how it plays out amazes me. But more so, it’s the ending that amazes me. I want to rewind that ending or interview the one character, and ask, “Now, just HOW did you know that was the right thing to do again?!”

I also thought CA Phipps had a good story with Luck of Shadows and a woman named Patience who grants people’s last wishes.

I received a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit, plus I bought my own ecopy. No positive review was required, and all opinions are my own.
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Becky_L | 1 other review | Mar 20, 2024 |
Bringing In The New Year: Màiri's Home for the Holidays, my fourth enjoyable short (47-page) read from author Kate Darroch that I finished in half an hour. “I received a free Kindle copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review." The gifting of this book did not affect my opinion of it. I look forward to reading more from this author with The Case of the Missing Peke: Huntingdon Hart Investigates: Casefiles of an Occasional Detective (Huntingdon Hart Investigates: The Casebook of an Occasional Detective 1) next on my TBR list. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018.… (more)
 
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Rauger | Jan 11, 2024 |
The Case of the Missing Peke: Huntingdon Hart Investigates: Casefiles of an Occasional Detective (Huntingdon Hart Investigates: The Casebook of an Occasional Detective 1) , my sixth enjoyable short (30-page) read from author Kate Darroch that I finished in less than half-an-hour. “I received a free Kindle copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review." The gifting of this book did not affect my opinion of it. I look forward to reading more from this author. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018.… (more)
 
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