Today I'm reviewing Scandal in Skibbereen by Sheila Connolly.
Summary from GoodReads: Bostonian Maura is beginning to feel settled in her new Irish home, just in time for summer tourist season to bring fresh business to her pub. But the first traveler to arrive is thirsty for more than just a pint of Guinness. Althea Melville is hot on the trail of a long-lost Van Dyck painting.
Maura agrees to help Althea meet with the residents at the local manor house, the most likely location of the missing art. But when the manor’s gardener is found murdered, Maura wonders what Althea’s real motives are. Now, to solve the secret of the lost portrait and catch a killer, Maura will have to practice her Irish gift of gab and hunt down some local history—before someone else is out of the picture…
Review after the jump!
Review: After Buried in a Bog, I was on the edge of returning this library book without even opening it, but I’m glad that I did! Sheila Connolly hits her stride with Scandal in Skibbereen. She added some excellent characters, and a much better developed mystery plot, but the real star as always is the Irish setting. Verdict: A much tighter, well paced outing, this book serves as a reward for getting through the first book that sets up the story.