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Sheila Connolly | Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Author Guest / March 17, 2013

Lá Fhéile Pádraig s ona daoibh go léir! Before you think I’m babbling, that means “Happy Saint Patrick’s Day” in Irish.  The first book in my new County Cork Mysteries, BURIED IN A BOG, came out last month and I’ve been astounded by the response.  It debuted at #14 on the New York Times Paperback Bestseller list, which was great, but more important, I can’t tell you how many people have written to say that they love the Ireland I describe and are ready to plan a trip there. BURIED IN A BOG is about Maura Donovan’s introduction to Ireland.  She was raised in Boston by her grandmother, and her Gran’s last wish was that Maura visit the country Gran had left decades earlier.  Maura grudgingly goes to the small town of Leap on the south coast of Ireland, with no expectations—she plans a short trip before returning to Boston to figure out what she’s going to do with her life.  Instead she finds a warm welcome from an extended family she never knew she had.  She’s both an outsider and an insider; all the local people seem to know everything about her, but she knows little about them. And…