The Coconut Killings

By Patricia Moyes  born in Dublin 1923

A U.S. Senator is found brutally murdered with a machete on the grounds of an exclusive golf club on one of the British Seaward Islands. John and Margaret Colville, who operate a modest hotel on the island, ask their friends Chief Superintendent Henry Tibbett and his wife, Emmy, to come to St. Mathew’s to conduct an investigation. Although an amiable young islander who tends bar for the Colvilles has been arrested for the crime, Henry soon discovers that the murder rests on complex motives reaching far beyond the Caribbean.

Henry Tibbett, Chief Superintendent of Scotland Yard, has for years delighted those who love a classic British detective story. A modest, self-effacing man, Tibbett possesses an almost uncanny “nose” for crime, and those who know him well realize that his gentlemanly demeanor masks a shrewd mind and a fearless spirit. When he teams up with his wife, Emmy, a cheerful but formidable woman, there isn’t a criminal anywhere who can rest secure.


My first Patricia Moyes book. I really liked the characters of Henry and his wife and think I will enjoy more of this series. I didn’t care for the setting of this one though and didn’t really like any of the other characters. Reading other reviews on this book, others commented that this was their least favorite book in the series. Leave it to me to start with it!

Not quite the ‘cozy’ I expected, it was a cross of cozy and political thriller. American politicians, lobbyists and the cotton industry tie in with the murders. Meanwhile there is political unrest on the island and curfews are set amid riots and burning buildings. Could they be connected? A well plotted mystery.

Henry had the use of a Moke to get around the island. Not sure what that was so I looked up an image of one…

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Begorrathon Song

This is Read Ireland month over @ 746 Books and this band is an Irish worship band from Monaghan, Ireland. Darren Mulligan is the young man singing and the lead singer for the band. I haven’t gotten much reading done these last two weeks, hoping to be able to get back to it. In the meantime I’m sharing this for Ireland month!

I know I shared this song with you before, but bear with me, this is a new version with only strings and recorded live in one take. I LOVE it. I listen over and over. The intensity of Darren while singing this gets me every time! Watch him!

This man and David Crowder are my all time favorite singers. They know the heart of God and can communicate it so well!

Guess what! I’m going to Ireland August 30th for 13 days! My friend Cheryl and I are going! I am so excited! We are doing a CIE tour…

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Back to reading, I actually have three Irish author books started: The Coconut Killings by Patricia Moyes, The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen and Foxprints by Patrick McGinley. I had such plans for this months reading, but you know the saying: Best laid plans of mice and men. Life got in the way. Still have 12 days to go, we’ll see what happens…

 

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Felicia’s Journey

277207by William Trevor

Felicia is unmarried, pregnant, and penniless. She steals away from a small Irish town and drifts through the industrial English Midlands, searching for the boyfriend who left her. Instead she meets up with Mr. Hilditch, who is looking for a new friend to join the five other girls in his Memory Lane. But strange, sad, terrifying tricks of chance unravel both his and Felicia’s delusions in a story that will magnetize fans of Alfred Hitchcock and Ruth Rendell even as it resonates with William Trevor’s own “impeccable strength and piercing profundity”


WOW! This is a mix, full of suspense, dread, fear. This story is really about the lies we tell ourselves. The delusions we need to make us feel comfortable. Kept me turning the pages for sure. But it is so sad. The last book I read by him was sad too. I like his writing and he keeps me very engaged, I just wish they weren’t so sad. But on the other hand, life doesn’t always turn out peachy keen so his writing is very realistic and I like that. I will definitely read more by William Trevor!

On to an Elizabeth Bowen book!

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Song for Sunday

In keeping with Reading Ireland or more affectionately Begorrathon 2019, more from my favorite worship leader Robin Mark from Ireland…

 

In the beauty of holiness
We see You Son of righteousness
So we bring all that we possess
To lay at Your feet
In the place where Your glory shines
Jesus lover of all mankind
You have drawn us
With love sublime
To make us complete

So I pause at Your gates once more
As my heart and spirit soar
And I wish I could love You more
My God and my King

Is there tribute that I could bring
Was there ever a song to sing
That could ever express, my King
The work that You’ve done
Could I ever conceive of this
All the depths and the heights
And breadth of the riches
I now possess because of Your love

It’s Begorrathon Time!

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Irish Reading Month , where we celebrate Irish books and culture, has begun over at Cathy’s 746 Books! I’ve picked my books by Irish authors off the shelves and stacked them in my reading room.

  • Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor
  • The Fields by Kevin Maher
  • My Dream of You by Nuala O’Faolain
  • The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen
  • The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen
  • Mary Lavelle by Kate O’Brien
  • Mad Puppetstown by Molly Keane (M.J. Farrell)
  • Loving and Giving by Molly Keane
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright
  • The Coconut Killings, Season of Snows and Sins, Black Widower by Patricia Moyes
  • The Death of a Joyce Scholar, The Death of an Irish Sea Wolf, The Death of an Irish Lover by Bartholomew Gill
  • The Likeness, In the Woods, The Faithful Place by Tana French
  • Tis and Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

I’ve got a few more on the shelves that I didn’t pull off this is enough to choose from for a month. I’ll be lucky to get four read! I’ve got a couple Irish recipes I’m going to try too.

A friend and I are in the process of planning a trip to Ireland hopefully this September! We are going to go with a tour group. I’m excited! We need to hustle and get it booked or they’ll all be full!

Won’t you join us in reading Ireland the month of March! Click the link above!

Two for One

Wrapping up Reading Ireland Month with two good reads…

A Stone of the Heart by John Brady

A Brutal murder on the grounds of Trinity College, Dublin, sparks a police investigation with unexpected consequences for Sergeant Matt Minogue of the Garda Murder Squad. When the body of student Jarlath Walsh is discovered with his head beaten in, Minogue instinctively knows that this is no random killing. Walsh was a young idealist, an innocent, as his grieving girlfriend Agnes McGuire confirms. But someone wants Minogue to believe that Walsh was a drug pusher who got what he deserved. As the sergeant digs deeper into the case, Dublin is rocked by IRA violence — a violence that seems somehow linked to the student’s murder. Minogue discovers the truth only after he is nearly killed when a hair-raising chase ends in a fateful clash in that no-man’s land which is the border with Northern Ireland.
    The title comes from Yeats: “Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart.” The stony heartedness of grief and political hatred resonate through this subtle thriller set against a backdrop of terrorist violence.

This book is the first in the Inspector Matt Minogue Mystery series, there are ten books in the series. Minogue is freshly called back to service after a serious on duty injury. He’s really not sure if his superiors really want him to, or care if, he solves this case or if they just thought it was a good vehicle to see if he is ready to come back to work. He second guesses everything they do or say to him.  Set in the unrest of 1980’s Ireland, lots of politicking going on. This book sets us up with insight with his past and family dynamics. We learn who Matt Minogue is. It is a slow read with a dramatic chase at the end. Well worth the time. I first heard about this book way back in 2013 on Tracy’s blog Bitter Tea and Mystery. Hop over and read her review too! It’s been on my shelf since 2013, wow! Glad I finally read it!

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Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

  Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.
    Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

I very much enjoyed this book! It was a gentle, sweet story of an immigrant’s journey. Eilis didn’t really belong in her new homeland and now doesn’t really belong in her old homeland anymore. Somewhat sad really.

Looking forward to reading Nora Webster by this author soon. Nora is mentioned in this book. There is a recent movie, of the same title, made from this book. Have any of you seen Brooklyn!

Sad that Reading Ireland Month is over, but looking forward to next year. I discovered several new authors through this and will definitely be looking for their books. Thanks Cathy!