Book: The Care of Goats and Ghosts (Maggie McGill Mysteries Book 8) by Sharon Burch Tonercategories: Book, Mystery Adventure, Irish Castle, Irish Emigration, Midwest Pioneers, Female Protagonists, Amateur Sleuths, Ancient Irish Monastery, Goats, Antiquities, Family Legends, Horses, Ohio River Steamboat, Cozy Mystery
Sharon Burch Tonerabout this book: The Care of Goats and Ghosts is the eighth Maggie McGill Mystery. This one is set in Ireland where Maggie and daughter, Allie, find much more than shamrocks and leprechauns.
When Maggie McGill's daughter, Allie, goes to England to sort out a difficult relationship, Maggie goes to Ireland, ostensibly to check out her Irish heritage, but more because her intuition guides her to be on the same side of the Atlantic as her daughter.
Allie soon joins her mother in Ireland where they discover that in Ireland the past is never far beneath the surface. They stay in a castle dower house that seems to welcome them with loving arms. When first one and then another of the castle's staff goes missing, they join in to help. But just as one danger is resolved another occurs.
Who is the mysterious old crone who assails them at the church yard? Has the past surfaced to threaten them with mystery and danger?
The ancient monastery island is serene and green. It welcomes them with peace and miniature goats. How have the goats survived for centuries without humans to care for them? Are there ghosts?
Maggie and Allie call on every bit of their wit and courage to confront the dangers they must face. Through it all, they maintain and strengthen their own close relationship.
While the Maggie McGill Mysteries are intended to be read as entertainment, the last three, Maggie's Ghost, Maggie in White and The Care of Goats and Ghosts, each have strong historic secondary story lines that set up the mystery and adventure Maggie and Allie face.
I like that the secondary story lines not only set up the mystery, but lend depth to the secondary characters and the stories. I love researching and writing the historic story lines and I strive to be accurate as possible with the historic facts. While I'm in the midst of the research and writing I live in those times and places. For example, not until I did the research for Maggie in White did I realize how near to the east coast of the United States the German U-boats of the Second World War were and how great a danger they presented.
Choosing a title for this book was a challenge and I ended up crowd sourcing it among my friends and family. The Care of Goats and Ghosts was a hands down winner. It was serendipitous that a good friend found the designer who did the cover. It is a remarkable feat, I believe to have successfully integrated a castle, a tunnel, a possible ghost and, of all things, goats.
I always learn from writing a book. I learn from the research to make the details accurate and I learn from the characters who come alive and teach me as they develop.
I write a book a year and I tend to write the types of books I like to read. The books will appeal to readers who want light entertaining fiction that is believable and, in spite of dealing with serious issues, maintain a certain lighthearted joie de vivre. The Maggie McGill Mysteries are clean with no profanity, no explicit sex and limited violence. They are appropriate for teens as well as mature readers.
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