An Irish Country Doctor ; etc.) continues his charm streak with this latest dip into Ballybucklebo, Ireland, spinning out the story of Kinky Kincaid. Know"/>

An Irish Country Girl

Patrick Taylor, Author . Forge $24.99 (319p) ISBN 978-0-7653-2071-1

Taylor (An Irish Country Doctor ; etc.) continues his charm streak with this latest dip into Ballybucklebo, Ireland, spinning out the story of Kinky Kincaid. Known to series readers as the housekeeper for the town's two doctors (the protagonists of earlier books), Kinky takes her turn at center stage beginning on Christmas Day as she recounts the story of the St. Stephen's Day ghost to the village children. The story is set in her own childhood in County Cork, where Kinky, then Maureen O'Hanlon, develops the ability to see the future. As the older Kinky unspools a tale of dark fairies, a young Maureen navigates the complicated road from girlhood to adulthood, culminating with a tough decision whether to follow her heart or her career aspirations. Taylor, like Kinky, is a bangup storyteller who captivates and entertains from the first word. With its melodic language, compelling characters, and folklore-rich plot, this installment can stand on its own, though it's best enjoyed in the company of its predecessors. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 11/30/2009
Release date: 01/01/2010
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