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A Bad Wind Blowing (A Ballysea Mystery) by Frances Powell is an intriguing murder mystery that takes place on the coast of Ireland. After a year of living on the Irish coast, Cat Murphy and her enormous canine companion, O'Brien, have settled into their cottage and the village community of Ballysea. Spring has arrived, and Cat is working with the villagers to reestablish the village market, while O'Brien is busy keeping his beach free of seagulls. One night a large spring storm blows in, battering the coastline, and the next morning an unfamiliar boat is found abandoned and drifting offshore. The unoccupied vessel's interior is coated in blood. Shortly after the Garda processes the murder scene, a mutilated body is recovered. The body's disposal indicates smuggling. Then a few days later on an outing, O'Brien makes a grisly discovery in a nearby car park. Are the two gory incidents related? What is happening in the quiet seaside village and who is responsible? Cat and O'Brien are going to find out.
A Bad Wind Blowing (A Ballysea Mystery) by Frances Powell is a delightful sleuth mystery featuring Cat Murphy and her lovable Irish Wolfhound, O'Brien. Cat is an author with an inquisitive nature who isn't easily deterred from her objective. These qualities make her an ideal investigator. O'Brien has the extraordinary ability to intuit the environment around him and Cat, making him the perfect sidekick. The remarkable setting and likable characters are an excellent backdrop for O'Brien and Cat's sleuthing. I enjoyed reading about Cat and O'Brien's exploits and am quite delighted this charming book is part of a series. Each story is a great standalone, and those who are cozy mystery fans will not fail to be dazzled.