Title: Dead in Dublin
Author: Catie Murphy
Publication Date: December 31, 2019
Page Count: 304
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
In Dublin’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty, murder occurs at the feet of sweet Molly Malone . . .
Ferrying tourists around Dublin for the Leprechaun Limo Service makes quite a change after years in the military. Still, Megan Malone is enjoying her life in Ireland. She likes the scenery, the easy pace, the quirky, quick-witted locals. Everything—except having one of her clients drop dead at the statue of fabled fishmonger, Molly Malone.
Most restaurant critics notch up their share of enemies. Elizabeth Darr, however, was a well-loved international star. She and her husband, Simon, had just had dinner when Elizabeth collapsed, and spoiled seafood is the first suspect. The restaurant’s owner, worried her business is doomed, begs Megan to look into it. Between her irate boss and a handsome Garda who’s both amused and annoyed by her persistence, Megan has her hands full even before she’s cajoled into taking care of two adorable Jack Russell puppies (which she is almost definitely not keeping). But if cockles and mussels aren’t to blame, can Megan find the real culprit . . .before another fishy death occurs?
Dead in Dublin by Catie Murphy is the first book in the new cozy The Dublin Driver Mysteries series. As with most cozy series this first book contains it’s own mystery that is solved within so readers could only read the one and not worry about cliffhangers.
Megan Malone is originally from the US but after her years in the military as an Army combat medic she decided she would move to Dublin. Making her new life in a new country Megan took on a job at the Leprechaun Limo Service where she drove other tourists and regulars around the town.
One day Megan is driving one of her regular customers around town when they stop at a restaurant owned my one of Megan’s friends. However, Elizabeth Darr, Megan’s customer, ends up dropping over dead at the restaurant. Megan feels for her husband just losing his wife and also for her friend who’s restaurant will be in danger due to the suspicious death so Megan decides to look into the murder herself.
Dead in Dublin is a solid start to a new cozy series. There are the usual quirky characters and some cute critters in the mix along with the mystery. This one did seem a bit more complex and dare I say darker than what the normal cozy brings on the mystery side so I will be interested to see what book two might bring. For me I would rate this opener at 3 1/2 stars for now though.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Catie Murphy, who has written numerous award‑winning fantasy and Sci‑fi books under the pseudonym C. E. Murphy, began writing around age six, when she submitted three poems to a school publication. The teacher producing the magazine selected (inevitably) the one she thought was by far the worst, but also told her—a six-year-old kid—to keep writing, which she has. She has also held the usual grab‑bag of jobs often seen in an authorial biography, including public library volunteer (at ages 9 and 10; it’s clear she was doomed to a career involving books), archival assistant, cannery worker, and web designer. Writing books is better. She was born and raised in Alaska, and now lives with her family in her ancestral homeland of Ireland.