Death at Turlough Museum #1

Death at the Turlough Museum reached a milestone. I owe a major thank you to the faithful fans and followers of the Star O'Brien County Mayo mystery series. Book three in the series launched on January 25 in paperback and eformat. I never in a million years expected the paperback version of Death at the Turlough Museum to rank as a #1 Best Seller in one of Amazon's categories. But it did!

Image of Death at Turlough Museum #1 New Release ribbon on the book cover.
For almost a week!

However, as Newton discovered, what goes up must come down. Alas, my claim to the #1 rank was short lived – in about a week's time, another book took the #1 spot. Nevertheless, I am ecstatic about Death at the Turlough Museum‘s successful launch. I worked hard all year to write my best book. And, I am grateful to the loving and wonderful readers who waited patiently for the book's release.

What next? I'm already working on the 4th book in the Star O'Brien County Mayo series. More to come…In the meanwhile, you can find Death at the Turlough Museum and the first two books in the series at: AmazonKoboB&N Nook.

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Star O’Brien County Mayo Mystery Returns

Star O'Brien's County Mayo mystery series is back. This third Star O’Brien, cozy murder mystery finds the amateur sleuth in historic Turlough village. But, the body of a local pub owner has been found draped in an exhibit at the Turlough Museum. And Star’s Aunt Georgina is under the suspicion.

Book 3 in the Star O'Brien County Mayo Mystery Series

Never one to trust the police, Star is sure they have it wrong again. They’ve identified Georgina—the man’s former confidante—as the prime suspect. Then, when she disappears, they consider her a fugitive from justice. Star prefers working alone, but stymied and challenged at every turn, she may have to reluctantly accept assistance from Lorcan McHale and Lady Marcella McHale. And, to complicate matters, the elusive Evelyn Cosgrove makes a mysterious request for Star to meet her at a remote location on a specific day, at a specific time. Is Evelyn toying with Star? Or, does Evelyn have real information about Star's missing mother? In a race to find the truth, can Star find justice for Georgina? Can Star pinpoint the real murderer?

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Cover Reveal

I'm excited to share the cover for the upcoming release of “Death at the Turlough Museum: A Star O'Brien Mystery”. The cover has been in the works for several months. Subscribers to my email list were the first to see it. In fact, they voted on the cover they liked the best. And, that's the one I chose. If you like the cover, please tell your friends about it on your social media pages.

Book 3 in the Star O'Brien County Mayo Mystery Series

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This is how the Star O’Brien Series Popped

On a blue-skied morning in County Mayo, Ireland, a rainbow appeared over Nephin Mountain in the eastern sky. That summer day teemed with green landscapes, light breezes, and brilliant sunlight. My cousin, looked out the window, and said, “This is the perfect day for hanging laundry outside.” My sentiments exactly! Not regarding the laundry but on being outside. So, on the spur of the moment, I drove to Roonagh Quay, a few miles outside Westport, and climbed on board O'Malley's Ferry to Clare Island. During the crossing from the mainland to the island, I sat near an open window where the wind caressed my skin. Under the cloudless sky, the blue Atlantic Ocean seemed to stretch for miles. A tiny dot, Clare Island, rested on the horizon where the ocean met the sky.

Clare Island Ferry, “Ocean Star” sails into the harbor.

When the ferry docked, I slung my knapsack over my shoulder, walked to a nearby shop, and purchased a map of the island's five walking trails. I chose “Walk No. 3” which was approximately two hours. I based my decision upon the time I had to spend on the island and still make the ferry back to the County Mayo mainland, later in the afternoon. The map description also played a key part in my decision: “A straightforward walk with good underfoot conditions. Normal footwear will be adequate.”

I began with Grace O'Malley's castle. This castle, like all the O'Malley castles, perched on the island's edge and faced the Atlantic Ocean.

From there I ascended the path to the light house. Along the way, I met a gentleman with a large black dog. The man and I chatted for a few moments when I asked him about his dog. The man was from Belgium and interestingly owned the cottages at the base of the lighthouse. Then, I walked as far as the lighthouse buildings and took a few pictures.

Clare Island Lighthouse
Clare Island LIghthouse

On the descent from the lighthouse, I looked for the abbey where Grace O'Malley is buried. Then I continued on to the Bay View Hotel where I ordered tea and sandwiches. While I enjoyed the basket of sandwiches the server placed on the table, I thought about my day. Clare Island enchanted me! The blue flag beach, the dizzying view from the cliff edges, and, yes, the sheep that littered the hillsides. I would have remained longer but I had to make the ferry back home to Castlebar.

But that's when my “what if” popped! I wanted to write a mystery series. I wanted to set it in County Mayo, Ireland. “What if” an American inherited a cottage in County Mayo? “What if” the American came to Clare Island to search for her long-lost mother? This was the start of the Star O'Brien series.

The Star O'Brien series began with a What If paragraph in a Mead Composition Notebook

Much of what I experienced on that day debuted in the opening scenes of Death on Clare Island: A Star O'Brien Mystery.

That morning, the sky rose beyond the sea in a luminous ultramarine palette, reminding me of Vermeer's Woman in Blue Reading a Letter. Treading the grassy path from the Clare Island Lighthouse bed and breakfast down to the harbor, I pictured my mother when she received a letter, many years ago from Clare Island.

Star in Death on Clare Island

My trip around the island is brought to the book in the Prologue.

Matthew Sumner liked the five-hour walk around the island best of all: the danger of ignoring “Beware of Cliff Edges” signs that warned of falling to the rocky inlet below.

From the Prologue in Death on Clare Island

I loved writing this book and dream of hosting a trip to Ireland with Star's fans. I’d like to walk the island with you and visit each of the places Star goes to in this book. Until I can take that trip with you, you can take a walk around Clare Island with Star. When you subscribe to my email list, you receive a free Star O'Brien short story. Several emails later, you will receive a map of Clare Island and commentary from Star about the island and the map. .

If you are a Star O'Brien fan, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Being seen on Amazon is like being on a raft in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Each review posted, helps other readers find my work.

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