My family hails from Ireland, the Northern region, so I am slightly obsessed with the subject. Okay, I am totally obsessed. So, when I saw the word, “Shamrock” in the title of Kathi Daley’s new release, “Shamrock Shenanigans”, I knew I had to read it. Okay, it was the photo of Charlie on the front in a leprechaun hat. Seriously, he’s adorable!
From a reader stand point who may not know anything about the series, this is not a problem. Ms. Daley gives us “cast” pages and names of the people in the book so the reader can reference it if they need to. So, if you’re like me and deal with 24/7 family life and are not able to get back to the book for a day or two, you can reacquaint yourself with no problem.
There was no traveling in this book. We get to start right at the beginning in Ireland, seated at the castle table, waiting for a Murder Mystery weekend to start. Zoe and Zack Zimmerman, the main characters in the story, were invited there and came to celebrate a fun Valentine weekend of sleuthing. We are introduced to the guests and are soon privy to the subtle quirky natures of some. What castle in Ireland would be complete without ghosts? As a storm moves in we are told about the family who once lived there (and some who still do), the ancestors of the current Lord of the castle, Lord Dunphy. The mood is set, yes?
Zoe and Zack quickly win the weekend when Charlie, their dog finds a dead body. Wait, what? A real dead body? Maybe that’s not part of the contest and they didn’t really win. While out after dinner to let Charlie do his doggie-business they find the rain-soaked body face down in a pool of blood that had not yet been washed away. Well, so much for a romantic Valentines weekend. To keep the body from washing into the sea, they take the body into a near by cabin and go to report it to Lord Dunphy.
As fate would have it, the bridge is flooded, internet is down and phone lines are as well. There are no ways to communicate with the outside world from the tiny island and one or more of the guests have committed murder and not who they say they are. Zoe and Zack spend the rest of their Valentine week sneaking around the castle, carefully quizzing the other guests and staff as well as following ghosts until a starting discovery is made. I will stop there because I literally squealed out loud when this happened. I loved this twist more than Kathi could possibly know.
Even though this takes place in Ireland, not a lot of Ireland is referenced. Since I’ve been there and have seen castles like this on rocky cliffs, I totally got lost in the story as they explored, got lost, discovered secret passages, found lost treasures and got into trouble. I loved that a bit of paranormal was thrown in without it getting “silly.” It wasn’t overdone. I love it when ghosts and psychics are put in a story well. It was just enough to move the plot along and get the story to where it needed to be.
I did get a bit irritated with Zoe and Zack when they found the body. They just left it inside the cabin without looking around or even looking too closely at the body. I think that part was rushed. Even they think so later, but having them look a little wouldn’t have hurt the story.
I loved the action, the characters and the fact that I had no idea what was going on half the time because new things kept being revealed each and every chapter. And of course, that whammy of an ending will not soon be forgotten. Kathi, I hope you do something with that…..
I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review
Review By Booth Talks Books
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