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Maura s been in Ireland less than a year and hasn't heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell. But the locals have, and they're not happy to be trapped with her. Diane, meanwhile, seeks to set the record straight, asserting her innocence after all this time. And since no one is going anywhere in the storm, Maura encourages Diane to share her side of the story, which she d never had a chance to do in court.
Over the next few hours, the informal court in Sullivan s reviews the facts and theories about the case--and comes to some surprising conclusions. But is it enough to convince the police to take a new look at an old case? A clever spin on the classic locked room mystery, Winters Past, the fifth in New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly's series, will delight fans of the Emerald Isle.
- ISBN-13: 9781683311003
- ISBN-10: 1683311000
- Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
- Publish Date: March 2017
- Page Count: 304
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
Series: County Cork Mysteries
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Maura Donovan, the American proprietor of Sullivans Pub in the Irish village of Leap, offers shelterand moreto patrons stranded by a snowstorm, in Connollys engaging fifth County Cork mystery (after 2016s Turn for the Bad). Maura, who inherited the pub from a friend of her late grandmother, has a knack for helping other people solve their lifes problems. In this installment, though, the focus is on Diane Caldwell, an English woman whose travel plans are disrupted by the storm. A local man tells Maura, who moved from Boston nine months earlier, that Diane was suspected, but never charged, in the murder of a woman in a nearby village some 20 years before. Diane tells her story to her captive audience at Sullivans. Coincidentally, a member of the gardaí is present to share some little-known details of the police investigationand it turns out his wife has information shes never divulged. That fortuitous fact creates a happy ending. Agent: Jessica Faust, BookEnds. (Mar.)