REVIEW: A TURN FOR THE BAD, BY SHEILA CONNOLLY

 

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…

My Thoughts: In this fourth outing in the County Cork series, A Turn for the Bad brings us back into the daily life of Maura Donovan, formerly of Boston, who inherited an Irish pub from her grandmother’s relative in Leap. A cottage came with the inheritance, and as she settles in to her new life, she is slowly learning the ropes of running the pub and making connections. At the time of this episode, Maura has been in Leap for around seven months.

When John Tully, a local farmer, goes missing, the police have not found him after several days. His brother shares information with Maura which could lead to his rescue. Will Maura and her band of rescuers manage to find him and stay out of big trouble with the authorities?

I enjoyed watching how the characters put together their amateur rescue team out of fishermen and assorted local men…while also keeping her business going and helping her artist friend Gillian sort out what to do about a personal problem.

The locals who gather in the pub have become like family to Maura, and as time passes, she is finding new ways to make the pub and the cottage a true home. 4.5 stars.

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