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MURDER, SHE WROTE by Jessica Fletcher


Death on the Emerald Isle

by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran

Pub Date: Jan. 3rd, 2023
ISBN: 978-0-593-33368-6
Publisher: Berkley

It’s true: Jessica Fletcher can’t go anywhere without finding a dead body.

Jessica’s friend and fellow author Lorna Winters has broken her leg and can’t go to Northern Ireland to pick up the American Author Guest of Honor Award, which also involves several interviews and panels, so Jessica has agreed to fill in for her. When her Cabot Cove neighbor Maeve O’Bannon asks Jessica to deliver some paintings made by her grandfather to her relatives in the village of Bushmills, near Belfast, and offers to arrange her stay in a lovely hotel, Jessica agrees even though Maeve’s relatives, who are involved in the family beauty product business, don’t always get along. After a lovely time at the book festival in Belfast, where she meets Maeve’s cousin Dr. Michael O’Bannon, the company’s figurehead, she’s picked up by Owen Mullen, another family member, and driven to the River Bush Hotel. Dougal Nolan is the charming host whose daughter, Maggie, is Owen’s intended. During a dinner at Jane Mullen’s mansion, tensions among the relatives threaten to boil over even in front of two Frenchmen who are visiting to discuss a merger. The next morning, Jessica sets off on a bike ride and finds Michael O’Bannon dead in his car. Of course, she can’t resist investigating. With help from an eager Maggie, she delves into several possible motives for murder, some of them very close to home.

The delightful descriptions of the history and beauties of the Irish island seriously overshadow the mystery.