I have a copy of this book and it is absolutely fascinating to read. You can hardly put it down! Yes, it's derived from a County Monaghan coroner's casebook, and the true stories of death investigations are sad and tragic, but they provide invaluable insights into daily life at the time. The stories surrounding these deaths give pictures of all sorts of County Monaghan people at work, play, courtship, child-bearing, old age, etc., from the poorest beggars toprosperous businessmen and farmers. There's a full-name index at the end of the book, listing the deaths with townland, parish and date.
People died from a "railway accident," "falling off a horse," and quite a few from a "Visitation of God." One man died from "falling off cathedral roof" and another from "trauma resulting from collision with heifer." Robert Storey died at age 86 in 1867 at Aghagaw, Tedavnet parish, from falling off a manure heap. John Kerr, gatehouse keeper for Lord Rossmore, died in 1875 while helping cut trees on the estate -- unable to get out of the way of a giant tree as it fell.
James and Robert Shaw of Donagh parish, on the other hand, died not by chance but were killed at their home in 1861 and their murderers never found -- although their brother was suspected of the crime.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of County Monaghan or Ireland in general. Author Michelle McGoff-McCann (a native of New York who now lives in Co. Monaghan) has done an excellent job, and I only wish she had kept up her former web site with many valuable Monaghan records!