"Dead in Dublin" By Catie Murphy: Review/Giveaway

by Sandra Murphy

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

Megan Malone is an American ex-combat medic, living in Dublin, and working for Leprechaun Limos. For the past couple of months, she’s been driving Simon and Liz Darr when they’re in town. The couple travels the countryside for Liz’s job as a famous food blogger and cookbook author.

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The couple just finished dinner at Canan, a restaurant owned by Megan’s friend. Megan is on hand to pick them up when Liz collapses. Megan and Simon perform CPR until the EMTs arrive, but Liz is pronounced dead.

Because Simon knows no one in Dublin and because the restaurant may have to close if Liz died of food poisoning, Megan is pressed into service to ask questions. She dutifully passes along any clues to the handsome detective on the case.

When the server disappears and another body is found, unmistakably murder, the tensions ramp up. As comic relief, a stray Jack Russell terrier, pregnant, managed to sneak into the restaurant while the police were coming and going. Two puppies are born, right on a chef’s coat. Once again, Megan steps in to help—not that she intends to keep them, of course. So she says.

This is the first in a new series. Being an American, living and working in Ireland, Megan has insight into both worlds. For travelers looking for an experience, she’s Irish enough. For Americans, homesick and overwhelmed by the accents all around them, her Texan twang is the sound of home. She’s level headed, doesn’t take dangerous risks, or at least not without telling the detective where she is and why. Although her imagination can run wild, she’s not far off the mark when ferreting out what might have happened.

For the difficulty to pronounce names (they don’t look at all like they sound), there’s a glossary in the front of the book to help readers get into the Irish mood.

There are bits of history scattered throughout the book but they never distract from the story. I’m looking forward to Death on the Green, the second book, set on a golf course, coming in September 2020. Read the first chapter at the back of this book. Mama dog and the puppies are not mentioned, but I’m willing to bet they’re here to stay.

To enter to win a copy of Dead in Dublin, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "dublin,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen February 22, 2020. US residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. I would love to win thanks for the chance

  2. Would love to read this. The Irish setting and the puppies sound like fun and the cover is beautiful.

  3. This book sounds great. I'd love to someday visit Ireland as it looks so beautiful. I hope we hear more about the puppies in the book. I'm a sucker for pets.
    Margaret: scarletbegonia5858(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. This sounds great! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

  5. Great cover! Sounds like a great book.

  6. I'm sold. Dead in Dublin has been added to my to be read list. Thanks for the chance to enter your
    giveaway. I love all books set in Ireland, England, Scottland and Wales. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. So wonderful that new series keep coming out for our enjoyment. I always like to start at the beginning. karen94066 at aol.com

  8. This sounds amazing! Thank you for the chance.
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