DNF Deliberations: Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae & Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor

Posted November 30, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review, DNF Deliberation | 11 Comments

Brief thoughts about books that for one reason or another I just couldn’t make myself finish. Some of these just weren’t for me…others I think were just bad timing.  We all know how we go through different reading moods at different times.  Despite not finishing them…I did want to share a few of my thoughts about each. Please don’t let my thoughts discourage you from reading or further researching these books.  Remember mine is just one person’s humble opinion 🙂

Two cozy mysteries (both the first in a new series) set in the United Kingdom! One involving a bookshop! These sounded like they should have been home runs for me. Sadly they were not.

Plaid and Plagiarism (Highland Bookshop Mystery #1)
by Molly MacRae
DNF Deliberations: Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae & Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’ConnorTitle: Plaid and Plagiarism
Series: Highland Bookshop Mystery #1
Author: Molly MacRae
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: December 6th 2016
Find It: Goodreads
My Rating:

A murder in a garden turns the four new owners of Yon Bonnie Books into amateur detectives, in a captivating new cozy mystery novel from Molly MacRae.

Set in the weeks before the annual Inversgail Literature Festival in Scotland, Plaid and Plagiarism begins on a morning shortly after the four women take possession of their bookshop in the Highlands. Unfortunately, the move to Inversgail hasn’t gone as smoothly as they’d planned.

First, Janet Marsh is told she’ll have to wait before moving into her new home. Then she finds out the house has been vandalized. Again. The chief suspect? Una Graham, an advice columnist for the local paper—who’s trying to make a name for herself as an investigative reporter. When Janet and her business partners go looking for clues at the house, they find a body—it’s Una, in the garden shed, with a sickle in her neck. Janet never did like that garden shed.

Who wanted Una dead? After discovering a cache of nasty letters, Janet and her friends are beginning to wonder who didn’t, including Janet’s ex-husband. Surrounded by a cast of characters with whom readers will fall in love, the new owners of Yon Bonnie Books set out to solve Una’s murder so they can get back to business.

A delightful and deadly new novel about recognizing one’s strengths and weakness—while also trying to open a new book shop—Plaid and Plagiarism is the start of an entertaining new Scottish mystery series.

My Thoughts

I wanted to love this one so much! Scotland! American transplants opening a bookshop! Did I mention Scotland?? Sadly this just did not capture my interest at all. The pacing was remarkably slow and the lead up to the mystery just seemed so ridiculous that I couldn’t even continue. This went beyond cozy to silly.

Murder in an Irish Village (Irish Village Mystery #1)
by Carlene O’Connor
DNF Deliberations: Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae & Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’ConnorTitle: Murder in an Irish Village
Series: Irish Village Mystery #1
Author: Carlene O’Connor
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: February 23rd 2016
Find It: Goodreads
My Rating:

A little slice of Heaven on the Emerald Isle…

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Naomi’s Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors, enjoy some brown bread and tea, and get the local gossip. Nowadays twenty-two-year-old Siobhán O’Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago.

It’s been a rough year for the O’Sullivans, but it’s about to get rougher. One morning, as they’re opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table, dressed in a suit as if for his own funeral, a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

With the local garda suspecting the O’Sullivans, and their business in danger of being shunned—murder tends to spoil the appetite—it’s up to feisty redheaded Siobhán to solve the crime and save her beloved brood.

My Thoughts

Unfortunately this book just wasn’t for me. It didn’t feel like a cozy despite the attempt at a charming Irish village. And the pacing was just too slow. The dialogue was awkward and overall it just felt as if the author was trying too hard.

Let’s Talk
  • Have you DNFed any books recently?
  • How far do you go before giving up on a book?
  • How many books do you DNF in a year? I used to average 2 per year but this year I hit 5!! I think I just have less patience the older I get!

About Carlene O’Connor

Carlene O’Connor

Carlene O’Connor comes from a long line of Irish storytellers, or professional liars as she prefers to call herself. Her great grandmother emigrated from Ireland to America during The Troubles, and the stories have been flowing ever since. She has dual citizenship and divides her time between New York and the Emerald Isle. Of all the places across the pond she’s wandered, she fell most in love with a walled town in County Limerick and was inspired by the town to create Kilbane, County Cork.

About Molly MacRae

Molly MacRae spent twenty years in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Upper East Tennessee, where she managed The Book Place, an independent bookstore; may it rest in peace. Before the lure of books hooked her, she was curator of the history museum in Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town. MacRae lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois, where she connects children with books at the public library.

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11 responses to “DNF Deliberations: Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae & Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor

  1. It’s always hard when I encounter a book that just doesn’t vibe with me. I don’t usually DNF though unless the book is bad right from the beginning. I give at least 30-50 pages and if I’m not feeling it I DNF it. My reasons are usually due to the author trying too hard. It’s a shame these didn’t work for your as they *sound* great.
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    • Melissa

      I usually DNF at some point between 10-25%. I try to give the author time to hook me. Although sometimes I can tell in paragraphs…but if I’ve stopped after only a few pages I just don’t count it as anything.

  2. I am sorry these did not work for you, Melissa. They both sounded promising. I don’t often give up on a book, but when I do, I am not sure I have a set page limit. I just “know” it’s time to give up and stop wasting my time. Once I gave up on a book with just 50 pages left. Another, I gave up on page five. It just depends. I should track my DNF’s better. I used to be good about it. I probably average about one or two DNF’s a year. Maybe three.

    Great feature, by the way!
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  3. Bummer they didn’t work out. I hate it when that happens. I have no set point for when I stop reading, but usually I try to get through the intro to the characters and the plot before deciding. I think I’ve DNF’d about 10 this year which was the highest ever, but it was also the year that I launched out in several new to me books/series so the risk was higher of it happening.
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    • Melissa

      I always feel so bad “giving up” but there are just too many books on my TBR to push through books I’m not into.

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