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Cruel Winter

A County Cork Mysery

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Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan's small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn't sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan's pub. But now she's stranded in a bar full of patrons--and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder.

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, Cruel Winter, the fifth in New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly's series, will delight fans of the Emerald Isle.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 02, 2017 – Maura Donovan, the American proprietor of Sullivan's Pub in the Irish village of Leap, offers shelter and more to patrons stranded by a snowstorm, in Connolly's engaging fifth County Cork mystery (after 2016's 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 life's 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 Sullivan's. Coincidentally, a member of the garda is present to share some little-known details of the police investigation and it turns out his wife has information she's never divulged. That fortuitous fact creates a happy ending.
Cruel Winter
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Mar 14, 2017
  • Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
  • Seller: Perseus Books, LLC
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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