Cruel Winter : County Cork Mystery

  • by Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by Amy Rubinate
  • Series: County Cork Mystery
  • 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling author Sheila Connolly's series, will delight fans of the Emerald Isle.


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Customer Reviews

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She's a great storyteller.

Ms. Connolly has Irish Blarney in her blood, being of Irish descent just confirms it The Irish are Master Storytellers.
All of her stories in this series are low key, slow to develop and the finally, though once again low key, is very satisfying.
Maura Donovan can be very naive, a bit to preachy and self righteous but it is all done out of love of heritage, her employees and above all justice.
If you have enjoyed the previous books in this series, you won't be disappointed.
I do love her resourcefulness in tackling her obstacles. I've been married for 30+ years but prior to that I had quite a few obstacles of my own as a long time single woman. I like how she determines what her problem is and does the best she can do with what she has.
Now, what I wish for Maura Donovan:
She's can be such a dreary sad sack, a pessimist and an all around downer. I would like to see her character evolve more. Yes I know it's only been 9 months but give her some freaking joy in her life already.
For those of you looking for more joy and romance in Maura Donovan's life, you will be very disappointed.
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- sonia "We are now proud parents of a daughter and a wonderful son-in-law! He is also a child of The U. S. Navy, bonded over military time:)!"

So slow, iike reading the action in real time

There was a murder some years ago. The townsfolk and some strangers are snowed Sullivan's, so they work on solving the crime to pass the time. Not quite a closed room murder, but that idea. Unfortunately, we the readers are snowed in with them. And we spend every minute of every hour doing what they are doing.

While interesting, the plot moved so slowly that I was almost willing to confess to the crime myself, if it meant I would get out of the pub at last. Had I been reading the book, I could have skipped pages. On the audio, all I could do was speed up the narration.
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- Sanny

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-14-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.