Monday, March 27, 2023

Book Review for Irish Castle Murder by Penny Brooke

I enjoyed this cozy/light procedural. It moved along at a good pace and caught my attention from the start. The plot is led by Annabelle Shannon who is returning home to Ireland to visit her aging grandmother. The two share a close bond and Annabelle seriously considers uprooting her New York City fast-paced life in exchange for a more leisurely paced existence in a small village. But the people there aren't too accepting of strangers, and even though everyone knows and loves Annabelle's grandmother, they still look with suspicion on Annabelle. 

When the two of them are invited to spend the night at a fancy hotel that is soon to open, things don't turn out exactly as planned. One of the other VIP guests turns up dead the next morning. Local police initially dismiss it as an old man's health taking a bad turn, but Annabelle is skeptical from the start. She pokes her nose into things, making "friends" with the local police, but eventually they start to see that she can offer them some insight. After all, they don't see murder in the village, and Annabelle is hardened from her life in the city and her work as a lawyer. 

I recommend this book for those who are looking for an entertaining light read to devour in an afternoon. 

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Read and reviewed by CAROLYN ARNOLD. Expressions and opinions are her own. She is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has many published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy mysteries, police procedurals, and thrillers to action adventures.