Fatal Roots!

Wickeds Accomplice Sheila Connolly has a new County Cork mystery out tomorrow! Fatal Roots is the eighth in the series. Thanks to author pal Krista Davis, we have two copies to give away today.

Some secrets are too big to stay buried…

A few months ago, Boston expat Maura Donovan was rekindled with her mother after more than twenty years of absence. Since then, Maura has been getting accustomed to Irish living, complete with an inherited house and a pub named Sullivan’s. But now, her mother has returned–and she’s brought Maura’s half-sister in tow. To make matters more confusing, a handful of Cork University students are knocking on Maura’s door asking about a mystical fairy fort that happens to be located on Maura’s piece of land.

The lore indicates that messing with the fort can cause bad luck, and most everyone is telling Maura not to get too involved for fear of its powers, but Maura is curious about her own land, and she definitely doesn’t buy into the superstition. Then one of the students disappears after a day of scoping out the fort on Maura’s property.

Maura treads carefully, asking the folks around town who might have an idea, but no one wants anything to do with these forts. She has to take matters into her own hand–it’s her land, after all. But when she uncovers a decades-old corpse buried in the center of the fort, nothing is for certain.

Readers: What do you love about Ireland? Have you ever made or visited a fairy fort? What other books by Sheila have you read? Do you have a favorite series by her? We’re sending a book each to two commenters (US only)!

Sheila Connolly is the New York Times bestselling and Anthony and Agatha Award–nominated author of over thirty titles, including the Museum Mysteries, the Orchard Mysteries, and the County Cork Mysteries, in addition to the Relatively Dead paranormal romance e-series, the standalone books Once She Knew, a romantic suspense, and Reunion with Death, a traditional mystery set in Tuscany, as well as a number of short stories in various anthologies. Sheila lives in Ireland.

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  1. I love Irish music and the American celebration of St Patrick’s Day. It would be lovely to visit there.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. I love everything Sheila Connolly writes, but this maybe my favorite series, have had it preordered for a long time, can’t wait!

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  3. I’ve been reading the series and love the way it’s unfolding. Visited Ireland for the first time in September—it was amazing! I also love the orchard series.

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  4. I’ve took my mom on a trip to Ireland a few years ago and FELL IN LOVE with the west coast. My dream is to get a sheep farm on the coast and live out my days there. Of course, I need to make some money to do that first. I also love the County Cork mysteries, so that when my mom and I were over there we kept looking for a pub and the town of Leap to hang out in. Such a great time!

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  5. I’m of Irish descent so my love of Ireland is kind of inborn AND learned at the same time. I’ve never visited Ireland though. I did have a subscription to the tourist magazine Ireland of the Welcomes for a few years back when I thought I might be able to take a trip someday. I’m a fan of Irish music, and love the work of Marc Gunn in particular. And the Irish Rovers were part of my childhood too.

    Never made a fairy fort.

    I read Sheila’s County Cork series. I started after I met her at a library signing with Edith and Barbara a couple years back. I like series that are set in Ireland so the County Cork series was the one I chose to start with. I’m still making my way through the series but I also recently picked up the first book in the Orchard Mystery series as well.

    Of course, the tales featuring Maura Donovan remain my favorite books from Sheila.

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  6. I’ve never been to Ireland, but would LOVE to go there someday. I have read and enjoyed your County Cork series and also your Museum mysteries. So good to know another one is coming out!

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  7. I think what I like most about Ireland is it’s age! I love visiting the old churches in Dublin and Trinity College. Driving through the country the scenery is just breathtaking. Fairy forts are new to me and now I’m intrigued!

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  8. Although I have never been there, I love hearing about the Irish folklore and I really love Irish music. I have never seen or built a fairy fort. I have read all of the Orchard mysteries, Relatively Dead series, and the County Cork mysteries. I think the County Cork series is my favorite, but the Orchard series is a very close second! Looking forward to reading “Fatal Roots”.

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  9. I’ve read most of the Orchard series and some of the Museum series. I haven’t yet read the County Cork, and would love to start!

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  10. I love the Celtic music as well as the folklore that comes out of Ireland. I’ve never been there and prefer to do my out of the United States traveling through the books I read.

    Well aware of fairy ports through friends who are really into all things fairy. I’ve never visited on myself though.

    Somehow I’ve missed reading any of Sheila Connolly’s books. I will have to rectify that because “Fatal Roots” sounds amazing as do others that I just read about on her website.

    Thank you Krista for the opportunity to win a copy of this great sounding book. You will be making two people very happy with your generosity. Shared and hoping.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  11. I have never been to Ireland but would love to go on a tour some time. I’ve read several of Sheila Connolly’s books and have enjoyed them all. Thank you for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. I have read all of Sheila’s books but think that the Museum books are my favorite as I grew up outside Philadelphia. I would love to go to Ireland. My husband’s family are from there and it would be wonderful to see where they came from and what the rest of the country is like. Maybe one of these days I will get there!

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  13. I’ve never been to Ireland, so what I like about it is the impression that there is a tremendous amount of ancient history there. I’ve never made a fairy fort. I like the museum series. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  14. Delicious! I’ve not visited a fairy fort, but I’ve explained to many that a circle of mushrooms is called a fairy circle. Lots of head shaking goes on, but hey, it’s all in the spirit of education!

    What do I love about Ireland? The people, many of whom in their American incarnations I count as friends. My time in Ireland was short, a few weeks, but when I think of it, I remember misty mornings and green grass. A beautiful place, and when you are there, it’s easy to believe in fairys.

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  15. You are asking me to choose which of my children I love most! I own books in the Orchard series, the Museum series AND the Irish series.. I love everything that Sheila writes. I’ve also had the extreme pleasure of being on the receiving end of one of her hugs at an RWA -NY gathering…

    I hope I’m your winner so I can add another favorite “child” to my home library (2600 and growing)

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  16. I have a lot of Irish ancestors so I’ve always been fascinated by Ireland. It’s on my bucket list to make it to Ireland for a visit someday! I’ve never visited a fairy fort either. It sounds fascinating though. I’ve read a couple of other books in the County Cork series and I’ve already read her Museum mystery series. Both of those series have been fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. Hello! I have never made it to Ireland but would love to someday! Nope, never visited a fairy fort, either. I never read any of Sheila’s work but it sounds like I need to start! I love finding new authors! Thank you for the opportunity for a chance of being introduced to another fantastic author through this giveaway!

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  18. I just started reading the museum series I’ve never been to Ireland but I hear they have castles so I would love to tour castles Thank you for the opportunity

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  19. I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland and I’ve never seen a fairy fort but I would heed the locals superstition. I haven’t read any of your books yet, but they are on my TBR list because they sound fantastic. Thanks for the chance to own one.

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  20. I’ve never been to Ireland but my son has. He went with his high school chamber singers almost 7 years ago. He wants me to go back with him. His pictures were absolutely stunning…

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  21. I love all things Irish! I am part Irish myself and have always dreamt of going there but could never afford it. I haven’t read any of this author’s books but love finding not just new authors, but authors who write about Ireland! I would love to win as I cannot afford to buy books(I get all my books from my Library) due to an extremely fixed income due to health situations! Thank you so very much for the chance to win!! Lisa Mitchell

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  22. I’ve never been to Ireland nor made a Fairy Garden. I enjoy wearing some thing green on St Patrick’s Day and have read some of the previous Cork County books. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  23. Congratulations to Sheila on this release. I would be thrilled to be chosen to win a copy of her new release. I’ve read most of her other series and hope to continue in her Irish series. I love seeing her Facebook posts which have been scarce lately so I was getting worried about her. Thank you for the giveaway which would be so nice to receive.

    Great work from all of you ladies in your group. 💚

    Sincerely, Cynthia

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  24. I would love to visit Ireland someday! 2 of of my 3 sibs have gone and I’d like to make it 4 out of 4 since we have deep Irish roots. 6 of our 8 great-grandparents were born in Ireland. My Irish heritage is what attracted me to The County Cork series and I have read all 6 books and have been eagerly looking forward to Maura’s 7th adventure. Shelia’s other series are on my always expanding TBR list. I don’t know much about fairy forts so this will definitely be educational as well as entertaining.

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  25. I have been actively researching our Irish ancestors. It has been very interesting uncovering ideas of the past and coming to understand their lives.

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  26. I am half Irish but have never had the pleasure of traveling to Ireland. So I love to read about it and I really like stories that take place in Ireland. So Sheila’s book are special. Thank you for writing them and for a chance to win one!

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  27. Wow, I am so glad to have come across this post. Sheila, you are a new author to me. I look forward to reading Fatal Roots and your other books. I have been to Ireland and absolutely loved it. Though I have not visited a fairy fort. I want to return again very soon and when I do, I will look that up and make a visit. Thank you for your offer to share your books.

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  28. I have a bit of Irish but sadly have not been to Ireland. Would love to see it…the gorgeous countryside in person, ancient architecture. I have not read from this series yet but would certainly like to.

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  29. I love Sheila’s County Cork series. I eagerly look forward to each new book in the series. I have not been to Ireland yet, but I so want to go. Sheila makes the series come alive and her characters in this series are wonderful and memorable. Every new book is like visiting with old friends. Keep them coming, Sheila!

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  30. I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland. My mom was 1/2 Irish and all my life I’ve heard her wish that she could go there. My biggest regret is that I never took her.

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  31. I have never been to Ireland but would love to go someday! I have all three series, apple orchard, museum and Ireland. I don’t know that I can pick a favorite.

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  32. Congrats on the new book! I love all the stories you write! I’ve never been to Ireland, but in reading your stories I long to go!! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  33. I’ve never been to Ireland, but would really love to visit. It looks so beautiful and serene. I would really enjoy seeing the countryside and visiting some of the local businesses. I really like shelia’s apple orchard series.

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  34. I’ve never been to Ireland but I love this series, and Sheila Connelly’s descriptions of the people and the countryside make me want to go there! Can’t wait to read the new book!

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  35. I visited Ireland once in college and my first thought was that it was so green. I would love to visit again. I haven’t read any of Sheila’s books yet. I can’t wait!

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  36. I love this series – I have read every thing Sheila has written and love her writing. My husband and I hope to travel to Ireland one day!

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  37. I really enjoy all 3 of your series. The Ireland one is so much fun to read. The last book was interesting about the wandering people. I never heard of them before. I love learning new things. Now I’m wondering about fairies. Thank you for the chance.

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  38. I haven’t been to Ireland but it’s definitely on my bucket list. It looks so beautiful in pictures and I love the history and culture. I’ve enjoyed both the County Cork and the Orchard series and look forward to reading the latest.

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  39. I’ve never been to Ireland so it will have to be on my bucket list. This book looks amazing. Thanks for your great generosity.

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