Secrets and Shamrocks

Meadows, hedgerows, and tree-lined lanes welcome Jordan Mayfair to County Tipperary, Ireland…


Jordan is accompanied once again by her uncle, travel writer Alexander Carlyle. Their destination is the charming little town of Thurles, where old friends Colin and Grace O’Toole own Shepherds Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast. But on their arrival, the rural peace at the B&B has been disturbed by the search for a missing toddler, and the secrecy surrounding Little Jimmie’s disappearance sets the tone for their stay at Shepherds.

While Alex visits the spectacular sights in the region for his travel guide, Jordan is drawn into the local drama. From the warm and welcoming B&B to the traditional Irish pub, Finnegan’s, where music is “the very air that we breathe,” the guests and locals harbor secrets that put Jordan at risk.

Based on 114 Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars First read b this author very good choicr

Almost could see the beautiful green of Ireland a very good mystery Inter gained in several ways had do many things going on at once plus the feeling of knowing everyone at the B and B. Would love to stay at Shepherds myself.

Toni S
March 19, 2022

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Mysterious Adventure

I enjoyed this story of Jordan and her uncle and their adventures in Ireland. Having a “tour” of some of the famous local attractions added so much to the story.

Nashville Reader
March 28, 2017

5.0 out of 5 stars Another fun mystery with an engaging setting

This time architect Jordan Mayfair’s travels have taken her to Ireland with her travel-writer uncle (last time around, the locale was Provence). A thoroughly entertaining and well-written cozy mystery. Can’t wait for the next one in this series.

Diane M. Eagle-Tunceren
February 1, 2017

5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book

I loved this book! I had read the first Jordan Mayfair mystery, "Pursuit in Provence," and as soon as I finished it, I wanted to read more! I read a lot of books in this genre, and with many of these books, it’s easy to spot "who done it" early on, which takes all the fun out of a mystery. With "Secrets and Shamrocks," the story was so well-written that I kept changing my opinion of "who done it" throughout the book. I also enjoyed learning about Irish history. Ms. Gobbell struck just the right balance between history and story, only including historical elements that advanced the plot or added to the background of Ireland. In other words, I did not find it necessary to skip large sections of boring history to get to the good parts; it was all good! I am very much looking forward to the next installment in Jordan’s travel adventures.

john bridges
January 12, 2017

5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book

I loved this book! I read some of the other reviews and although I agreed with what most said, I think a couple gave away too much. Most of the fun in reading a mystery like this one is not knowing what happens next. I look forward to the next book in the series.

December 25, 2016

4.0 out of 5 stars Author and professor Phyllis Gobbell has already exhibited the fine art of writing mysteries–both fictional and real life myste

Author and professor Phyllis Gobbell has already exhibited the fine art of writing mysteries–both fictional and real life mysteries.  As an English professor and experienced writer, she creatively demonstrates the craft of mystery writing, bringing her characters to life with engaging dialogue and elegant, picturesque imagery. Secrets and Shamrocks demonstrates not only Gobbell’s skillful storytelling, but also her understanding of Irish life and culture, including religious doctrine and practice as well as the tumultuous Irish political history.  This story was a joy to read!  –Perry C. Cotham, Ph. D.

Richard F. Romfh
December 8, 2016

5.0 out of 5 stars Murder at Red Stag Crossing

In Secrets and Shamrocks, Jordan Mayfair, architect and protagonist in Phyllis Gobbell’s series of cozy mysteries, arrives with her Uncle Alex, a travel writer to the Shepherds Guesthouse in Thurles, Ireland. There they learn of Jimmy, a missing child, the grandson of Colon and Grace O’Tool, old friends of Jordan and Alex. Jimmy’s mother, Bridget, is unstable and can’t take proper care of the boy. She often whisks him away to Magdala’s, an eccentric old woman who lives in a cottage, deep in the woods. The next day they hear about a doctor’s murder at Red Stag Crossing, near Magdala’s. A police inspector tells them that Bridget may have been the last one to see the doctor alive. Jordan, ever intuitive, picks up on details missed by others. When you think you know who’s committed the murder, another suspect pops up. Ms. Gobbell spices her story with local, medieval Irish history, architecture, and art. Although the story has characters that were in Pursuit in Provence, her first book, you don’t have to have read it to enjoy the story.

Mary Freels
November 29, 2016

5.0 out of 5 stars To Ireland and Back—Without the Jet Lag!

Once again, Phyllis Gobbell has spun a delightfully suspenseful tale which takes the reader on an artfully crafted journey. This time, Ms. Gobbell brings her readers to the Emerald Isle and treats all to breathtaking scenery that is shrouded in secrets. As we learned in Ms. Gobbell’s first book of the Jordan Mayfair Mystery Series, things are rarely as they seem and letting ones curiosity take the reins can be a precarious method of travel. Jordan’s curiosity led her down a dangerous path (down being the operative word) and into an old priest hole—a below the ground secret room where Catholic priests would be placed into hiding to avoid hanging. What happens in the priest hole will have you on the edge of your seat! This book is a perfect companion to curl up with on a rainy evening or enjoy by the water’s edge on a lazy afternoon. As always, Ms. Gobbell’s writing moves along at a comfortable pace, and her remarkable ability to ‘paint with words’ will leave you feeling as if you have just returned from Ireland, sans the jet lag!

November 26, 2016

5.0 out of 5 stars Take a trip to Ireland

A novel set in Tipperary Ireland. Take a trip to Ireland in this delightful novel, where drama unfolds, scenes transport you and a mystery unfolds. Based on an actual trip to Ireland and replicated beautifully, this novel will delight and capture your heart. Its a long way to Tipperary but not a long way to buying this book ….

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