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on November 20, 2009
These books could be enjoyed together as I did or they could be read separately, and still be enjoyed as much. I truely wanted to meet the characters, they came so alive. The village itself came alive with the pub, the housekeeper, who was far more than a housekeeper, and the two doctors who fit so well together. The triology reminded me of the James Herriott series about the vets and their antics. I found the books hard to put down, I chuckled all the way through, as did my husband when it was his turn to read them. Wait until you read about the wife who tried to help her husband, when he had urinary retention, after she watched the plumber try to fix her kitchen water pipes. I actually gave all three books to my 80 year old Mom for a Christmas present. Very highly recommended.
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on February 4, 2011
Well, unfortunately, I received this item long after I received the other books in the Irish Country series because the seller was S-O-O-O S-L-O-W delivering it.

But no matter. I found even though I was reading the books in reverse order I still enjoyed them. Patrick Taylor is an excellent storyteller and it shows in these books. One thing about these books is, even though they are a continuation of the last one, the author gives the reader a summary, from time to time throughout the book, of what happened in the last one that you do not feel lost.

This particular book, An Irish Country Village, is a continuation of an Irish Country Doctor where Dr. Barry Laverty has grown accustom to his boss, Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, his housekeeper, Mrs. Kincaid (Kinky), his dog Author, and his cat, Lady something or other (can't remember offhand now).

He is now working under a cloud as he had misdiagnosed one of the patients who had to be sent to the Royal Hospital in Belfast for a neurological operation back in the original book. In this book, the patient winds up dead and Dr. Laverty faces a potential malpractice suit from the distraught widow which could ruin his new career as he anxiously awaits the post mordem report from the lab to clear his name.

All the usual characters are in place and the book actually only takes place over a two week period at the end of August, 1964. But when you read it you are so immerse in the village life and the people that it goes by like a summer breeze.

Dr. Barry Laverty has some issues with his new girlfriend as she takes a scholarship exam to go over to Cambridge to further her studies. He has to decide whether he should stay on in Ballybucklebo or go find something to do in Cambridge to be closer to his girlfriend, Patricia Spence. Also Dr. O'Reilly finds out about an old flame of his from his student days in Dublin who is now working at the Royal Hospital in Belfast and starts dating her.

So life in Ballybucklebo is just a continuation of what it was like when we were introduced to it in An Irish Country Doctor. The Ulster vocabulary is strong and thick and the author took great pains to include a glossary at the back of the book. Mrs. Kincaid's recipes are at the back of the book as well.

Definitely would recommend this book, as well as all the other Irish Country books in the series.

Patrick Taylor is an excellent storyteller.
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on October 4, 2011
This series of books written by Patrick Taylor are truly delightful with their unique characters and humorous interactions. You are easily transported to Irish countryside of the 1960's life of a country doctor and his patients. Reminescent of James Herriot's series of an English veterinarian. Stories that will put a smile on your face!!! Delightful!!!
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on April 8, 2010
Love these books... the characters make me laugh they are so vivid that I can see this little village and its goings on in my head... i ordered all the books and cant wait to get to the next one.

I gave it a 4 because it started a bit slow.

enjoy these books - its a nice change of pace from life today...
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on September 24, 2016
a real page turner..the kind of book you head to bed early so that you can read..I finished this first book of the series and promptly bought the second..spent 6 hours last night reading it.. not slow ..bang bang bang something is happening from the first page..
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on July 20, 2010
The books makes you want to go to Northern Ireland and meet these folks. I can picture the area and it sure is a fun read trying to figure out which town Ballybuckelboo really is. My guess is Holywood.
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on August 16, 2014
Love the series. Good clean fun and the references to 60's styles and mores is entertaining. Characters are "good guys" motivated by love of humanity and kindness to all.
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on July 7, 2014
Love the many stories in one book. I read this to my husband who is visually impaired and he can practically see the characters as they are brought to life in the story.
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on January 19, 2016
It was great fun to delve further into the lives of the doctors and all the characters in Balleybuckelsbo. I'm now reading the 6th book and enjoying them all
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on March 15, 2014
Great way to reminisce about days gone by. The village life described one huge family and most attractive in an increasingly unfriendly world!
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