1. There's a fairly intense murder scene at the very start (not usually my thing) but the thing I remember is how funny much of the book was. It's brilliant.
2. Bit of a tough week so I'm glad it's Friday!
5. Watch me go!
A strong contender for the strangest book I've read in a while, once past the brutal prologue I enjoyed this very much. Dublin orphan become "Mayo Heathcliff" Mahony returns to the village of his birth to uncover what happened to his hellraiser of a mother. He's aided by Mrs Cauley, retired actress and the brains behind the operation. Oh, and he sees the dead. By turns violent, tender and darkly funny, this crime story is quite the wild ride!
Liked the Irishnish of the language & setting. Although book is in Co Mayo, in my mind I kept picturing Inistioge in Co Kilkenny. Didn't seem like Instioge was hiding any deep dark secrets while I was there, but you never know when you are outsider in a small town. Really wanted to like this one but just couldn't do the violence & descriptions of dead people. Did want to know the ending. ☘☘☘ #skimmedandreadlastfewchapters
#BookMail Pt4 I read the authors 2nd novel, The Hoarder, last year & it was one of my #TopTenOf2018 She has a knack for writing the strange & darkly bleak & making it very memorable. This is her debut novel, which also has the touch of strange about it. Mahoney returns to the tiny Irish village he was born in, hoping to find out more about his mother & his birth. But his presence is unwanted, especially when old secrets start surfacing.
Atmospheric and dark but scattered with humour. It‘s got a murder mystery, the supernatural and small village life going on. Great cast of characters but Mrs. Cauley made the book for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #newyearwhodis
Work, yoga and bath done now time for #bookandbrew 😁
I do love a book that‘s set in a small town/village, especially when they have a good set of characters like this one. It‘s intriguing so far. #newyearwhodis
Der Klappentext klingt auch vielversprechend:
Ein junger Hippie reist ins irische Mulderrig um das mysteriöse verschwinden seiner jungen Mutter vor mehr als 20 Jahren aufzuklären. Die Dorfbewohner stellen sich quer, doch kommt ihm die scharfzüngige alte Mrs. Cauley zu Hilfe, denn sie glaubt schon lange, dass jeder weiß, was damals wirklich geschah....
Na? Auch neugierig geworden?
#buch #buchliebe #leseliebe #bibliophile
A handsome stranger shows up in a small Irish town, trying to find out what happened to his mother, an unwed and ostracized teenager who suddenly disappeared when he was a baby. I don‘t have much substantive criticism of this book— it just couldn‘t hold my attention. There are some vivid, well-drawn secondary older women characters but I didn‘t find the central male character that interesting. Lots of magical realism, which isn‘t my thing.
Today‘s zen audiobook listening spot: the Fens in #Boston while I wait for a movie at the MFA French Film Festival. I was supposed to do #24in48 but I only read 4 hours the first day and then forgot to restart my stopwatch at some point in day 2. Enjoying a quiet no-pressure, no-goals reading day instead.
Couldn't put this one down. I loved the feisty old ladies and liked Mahoney and the dead that bear witness to all the sins that occur in a small town. I thought the ending didn't quite live up to the rest of the book but the beginning and middle were really good. Fast paced and filled with fun characters.
Who doesn‘t love a good story about a picturesque town with a bloody secret at its heart?
That‘s exactly what Mahony finds in the sleepy little Irish village of Mulderrig when he tries to track down the mother he never knew in the spring of 1976. Aided by the ancient Mrs Cauley, who describes herself as “Mrs Marple with balls”, and the ability to see ghosts, he will bring the past into the light.
Profane, dark, and hilarious. Perfect on audio.
“It was very early one morning, before the city was awake... all the trains slumbered on their tracks at Connolly Station. All the boats bobbed gently in the harbor, dreaming of the high seas, and all the bicycles slept leaning along the fences. Even the angels were asleep at the foot of the O'Connell Monument, fluttering their wings as they dreamt, quite forgetting to hold still and pretend to be statues.”
This audio is so good. #CurrentListen
It's 1976 and Mahony returns to the small Irish village where he was born to find out what happened to the mother that gave him up to the orphanage. Small towns have big secrets and in this one, the dead gather and bear witness to long buried crimes. I loved the writing and the way the dead were characters like the living. Atmospheric and dark. #mounttbrreadathon
Stick a fork in me, I'm done! Busy weekend working both jobs (including an overnight last night, I am too old to go this long without sleep), but I finished my big sales report and I get to sleep in a wee bit.
Unrelated to my exhaustion, but I'm enjoying this audiobook and I'm developing a voice crush on the narrator's Irish brogue.
Not quite a cozy mystery, because the murders are too brutal (also a cat and a dog die), but there‘s a ensemble cast of Irish villagers—many of whom are hiding secrets—a fair bit of humour, and feisty old ladies who help the handsome stranger-come-to-town investigate the long-ago disappearance of his mother. Ghosts of the dead are everywhere; too bad they can‘t contribute much in the way of help. Fun #audiobook with supernatural elements.
Started this #audiobook set in rural Ireland & I‘m loving narrator Aiden Kelly‘s voice. According to my online research, his specialty is the Kerry accent. I had to look at the book description to figure out the main character‘s name, though. Mahony. It sounds like “Manny” with an extended ‘a‘ sound. Reminds me of when I was on a bus between Limerick and Cork & I had difficulty understanding what the guy across the aisle was saying to me.
First off I have to say that the narrator of the audiobook was fantastic. I am really glad I chose to listen to this one. This book has its flaws for sure, a thrown in and under developed romance and a tepid ending to name a couple, but the writing is lovely and the supporting characters were enough to keep me invested. I really loved all of the supernatural elements. I think this is one I would reread.
I read most of this on the plane home from Ireland, a super appropriate choice since it‘s a book about a small Irish town. It‘s wild and weird, violent but also funny. I liked it!
1. “Shrill” by Lindy West.
2. Kij Johnson (author of “At the Mouth of the River of Bees”).
3. “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” & “Peter Pan”.
4. I finished up Cat Valente‘s “Fairyland” series.
5. “Himself” by Jess Kidd. The cover design is simple, lovely, botanical, & a little bit metallic. 🍃
6. & 7. Oh, thank God. 😅 I also loved “Bellweather Rhapsody” & “How to Set a Fire & Why”.
Have you listened to our special collaboration episode with @readingenvy? Jenny shares some of her favorite books written by women, and Kendra and I get a chance to talk about some books that never made it to our podcast (like this one!). You don't want to miss it.
Considering it begins with a brief but fairly brutal murder this book had me laughing out loud throughout. The barmy characters are hilarious. It's also gripping and genuinely touching. And the audiobook is also brilliant #😂 #uncannyoctober @RealLifeReading