Nov 29, 2020
Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told
Posted by Tom Phelan

When journalist Patrick Bracken returns to Gohen, the Irish village where he was born, he knows the eyes of the townspeople are on him He has come home to investigate two deaths that happened decades earlier when he was a child, deaths that were ruled accidental But Patrick knows and believes the whole town knows they were murders He knows because he and his best friendWhen journalist Patrick Bracken returns to Gohen, the Irish village where he was born, he knows the eyes of the townspeople are on him He has come home to investigate two deaths that happened decades earlier when he was a child, deaths that were ruled accidental But Patrick knows and believes the whole town knows they were murders He knows because he and his best friend, Mikey Lamb, were witnesses.And so Patrick goes to see eighty year old Sam Howard, the lawyer who conducted the inquest into the death of missionary priest Jarlath Coughlin As he questions Sam and Sam s vibrant, loving, gossipy wife, Elsie, he seeks acknowledgment of a cover up and an explanation of why the Protestant establishment would help conceal a crime among Catholics During their give and take about this and the nearly simultaneous shotgun death of Lawrence Corcoran a.k.a Doul Yank what emerges from their collective memories are a pungent, wry portrait of village life in Ireland and a tangle of human relationships, some twisted and some that show our better side.Part human comedy and part mystery, Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told is a delightful, enthralling, and masterful story of what holds a village together and what keeps people apart.

  • Title: Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told
  • Author: Tom Phelan
  • ISBN: 9781628727548
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told When journalist Patrick Bracken returns to Gohen the Irish village where he was born he knows the eyes of the townspeople are on him He has come home to investigate two deaths that happened decades

    Laine Cunningham

    This work is very uneven The portions that are nearly pure narrative are very well written, interesting, and have a pacing that works well for the storyline and the humor woven throughout Quite delightful, really, and kept my attention both as a reader interested in the story and as a reviewer considering the quality of the work overall.However, the dialog did me in It was overloaded with moments that stretched the humor as well as information that really should have been provided to readers in [...]


    Martha

    This witty book is another in a long line of excellent and thought provoking novels by the Irish writer Tom Phelan We ve all heard of a Protestant Catholic divide in Ireland, but this tale, set mainly in the Irish countryside in the 1950s, shows that religious divide to be a myth, as townspeople of all religious persuasions conspire to conceal the truth about the deaths of two very unpopular characters Gorgeous prose, unforgettable characters, and a great plot.


    Patricia Driscoll

    A wonderful novel one to read over and over again to enjoy the language and the characters of this Irish village.The protagonist returns as an adult to the village of Clunnybo in Ireland, where he d spent his early childhood He returns to uncover the truth behind two deaths that occurred in the village shortly before his family moves away in the early 1950s, and the story unfolds in flashbacks during his final interview in the village an interview with a delightful old couple.You ll care deeply [...]


    Homerun2

    3.75 starsThis is a quirky and endearing book, a little uneven at times, but a wonderful glimpse into Irish village life with a dark and rollicking humor.Patrick mostly grew up in the village and has returned as an adult He spends an afternoon with the old county magistrate and his wife, and the novel spins out in chapters retelling long ago events, most specifically the unsolved deaths of two men decades ago By the end, not only do you know who committed the crimes, you know many of the townspe [...]


    Maxine

    In 1951, 55 years ago, two suspicious deaths occurred within days of each other in Gohen, a small rural village in Ireland The first death was of Father Jarlath Coughlin, recently returned from India, staying with his brother and sister whom he despises, and pestering the Catholic residents for donations to his school in India while ignoring the real poverty of these people The second is of Lawrence Gorman or the Doul Yank, who has returned from The United States to inherit property and has made [...]


    Bobbie

    The premise is that this is kind of a mystery two men died unexpectedly in a small Irish village in 1951 everyone knows they were murdered, but officially the deaths were declared accidents A retired reporter, who had lived in the area at the time of the deaths but left shortly afterwards at the age of 11, comes back to confront one of the surviving participants in the cover up But actually, that s just the framework This is a biography of rural life in Ireland in 1951 It s about the state of po [...]


    ROBIN CONKEL-HANNAN

    DisappointingToo drawn out, even boring at times The characters are mostly Interesting but something is lacking You can recommend but don t tell me how many words I have to use


    Amanda Broadrick

    I received this book through a giveaway This is now one of my favorite books The story line gripped my interest on the first page, and I couldn t put it down I highly recommend this book It is a very good page turner.


    Ann

    I quite enjoyed this book It is partly a mystery and partly an exploration of human relationships in mid century rural Ireland Told with humor and evocative description it is a comfortable and pleasant read Much of the book is a conversation between three people Patrick is a retired journalist who returned to the village of his birth to resolve questions he still has about two deaths that occurred there during his youth He is winding up his research by speaking with Sam, the solicitor who conduc [...]


    Sandy

    Well done Love the format and character presentation in this profoundly human tale This masterful storyteller evokes the image of a traveling storyteller of old Ireland The story is masterfully set up, craftily delivered and utterly resolved in its climax May the road continue to rise up to meet you so we can enjoy many tales.


    Diane Adams

    I enjoyed the book, but it was 3 4 of the way through before I understood the title Once the origin of the title became clear, the story very much came together.A slice of life and mystery set in 1951 and present day in Ireland Worthy read.


    Jill

    I can t get behind this book Technically, I didn t even finish it, but life is too short to read bad books and this is a bad book I was vaguely interested for the first few chapters, but the book was jumpy, the stories did not connect, and many were uninteresting.


    Sara Hoffman

    Loved the characters.Easy read It brings you to a small Irish village with shared stories and a much approved murder cover up.


    Mare

    Couldn t put it down.This felt very much like a candid look at life in a small Irish village in 1951 The characters were very real and the story very engaging.


    Elaine Kozak

    The Irish hokum is charming at first but becomes a bit tedious as the book plods to its conclusion


    Barb Bunte

    Takes a bit to pick up the cadence reading Irish, but there is humor and insight to village life.


    Rosemary

    Phelan has created a dark tale of two murders in a small Irish village just after WWII a priest home from a mission school in India and a Yank who seeks his home after a long period of time Having earned the moniker, Yank, for his abandonment of the isle The d nouement of this novel involves the memories of people who were part of the village and how they neither encouraged nor did they expose those who committed the crimes Indeed, the questions of guilt and justice are intriguing in this well w [...]


    Tammy Hastings

    I received this through First Reads giveaways.I really enjoyed it I read it quickly after receiving it, within days really I haven t read a book this good that was written in this style since I read Cold Mountain The storyline is strong, the characters were relatable, and the pacing was ninety eight percent of the time spot on The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five was because there were a few instances a VERY few where the story seemed to drag and where the characters seemed to so [...]


    Tiffany

    I won this book as an ARC I love this author s writing His descriptions are fantastic, his characters are great and fleshed out, and the story was interesting and engaging I found myself absolutely falling in love with this Irish villagers and their small town ways I also adored the relationship between Sam and Elsie They reminded me of my great aunt and great uncle though they re not Irish They obviously love each other enough to goad and tease each other endlessly, which only comes if you re t [...]


    Wesley

    I got this book from through a giveaway 2 deaths, long since solves, are called back to light when a resident, long gone, comes home again The story is told through a present day conversation and then flashbacks.I liked Sam and Elsie, their sparring back and forth kept it from getting too tense in a lot of instances.There were a LOT of characters in this book, and sometimes I got them mixed up, though there is a handy glossary in the front


    Amanda Smith

    I did not like this book, I found it be long winded I almost gave up on it about 1 2 through then the trial notes were brought out and the book got much interesting Maybe it is because I am not from a small town, but I really did not care to read about the neighbors spying on each other I enjoyed the chapters that took place In the Sunroom and found myself skipping ahead to these sections.


    Kimberly

    I d like to give Lies of the Mushroom pickers another half star if I could The author does a great job of developing the characters and life in Ireland But the story goes pretty slow and the mystery isn t really much of a mystery There are some pretty funny incidents in this book and I enjoyed it but it s not for everyone and if you re not interested in Irish farming and small town life you probably won t it make past the first chapter.


    Paul harmon

    A truly mesmerizing novel.This is the second book by Phelan I ve read, the first being The Canal Bridge They won t be my last Phelan has a true voice, that captures dialog with searing accuracy Combine that with his sense of humor and his storytelling gift, and you have a novelist of uncommon talent Lies is one of the best books I ve read in years Carmack McCarthy with an Irish background.


    Virginia Madrid

    No spoilersA book to read only when you have the time to actually sit down in peace and quiet to pay attention Definitely one for the shelves It s always good to read with an open mind, and this book makes that easy.A N I apologize in advance for such a short explanation but I am a bit behind on my reviews.


    Melanie Thorburn

    Not my cup of tea.


    Tammy Flanders

    Interesting premise that didn t live up to the writing.


    Alice

    I enjoyed this story I can see it as an excellent movie The book does at times seem to plod during the present but the flashbacks are spot on.


    Joe

    well done not a wasted sentence


    Billie James

    This was a great read I could not even put it down wonderful


    Meg

    2.5 The Gaelic expressions made the book authentic but also difficult to understand The beginning was slow, but I found the second half interesting with its focus on the murders.



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