A woman's head is found in an Irish bog. Who is she and why was she beheaded? Cormac Macguire and Nora Gavin must find out. But obviously, someone doesn't want them there. Does this have something to do with the bog woman or with the missing wife and son of a local man?
An excellent mystery that incorporates Ireland's history as well as modern Ireland. The book's plot is solid and the writing is so clear that it makes you feel like you know the little village even if you have never been to Ireland.
One reviewer said "Erin Hart does for Galway what Sharyn McCrumb did for Appalachia." The book was excellent -- a complex but logical plot, interesting characters and interpersonal relationships, and a beautiful locale, all conveyed with nice use of language and image. I will definitely look for her second and subsequent books in what I understand will be a series.
Haunted Ground created an Irish setting that was just right, with its moody landscapes and the lovely, haunting music I could almost hear. It also provided pretty good writing and a fairly interesting plot. But the story was too complex, with multiple threads and a heavy reliance on coincidence, and the author wasn't quite up to the task of making all the disparate pieces work together smoothly. She couldn't make the characters work, either; to me they seemed rather bland and predictable. Not a bad beginning, but I probably won't be back for more of this series.
I've had this book on my shelf for awhile now,and only wished I had read it sooner,I loved it. Beautifully written and full of twist and turns. I learned a lot about Ireland and the bogs which I didn't know. The book kept my interest from start to finish.I will definitely read more by this author. Great book!
This book was really good. I enjoyed it enough to read the follow up, and will read the thrid as well. The main characters were vivid and interesting, and not your typical, cookie-cutter romantic pair, which was refreshing--they came across realistically where every action they took didn't seem like part of some master scheme to push them together in the last few pages. The plot kept me intrigued to the very end. My only complaints about the book were the yawning passages of descriptions. Every inch of every setting was described in minute detail, and there's a lot of medical and technical jargon thrown in that, unless you're a medical examiner or other medical professional (or, I suppose, if you watch a lot of CSI), won't make much sense to you. That didn't really deter me from enjoying the book (I did, after all, immediately pick up the sequel), but I did skim through several passages that were heavy on the medical terminology or lengthy scenery descriptions. I am not anti-descriptions. Some of my favorite authors slip huge passages of descriptions into their novels, which I love. Hart's descriptions came across as very clinical and dry to me, though. This is one of the rare times when I wished for more action, less chatter.
Hailed by the Book-of-the-Month-Club as "the most auspicious mystery debut of the year with a unique feeling for place and depth of forensic details that chill," HAUNTED GROUND masterfully weaves Irish folklore, traditional music, and history into a tour de force of contemporary crime fiction.
Ah-h-h the Irish. In an Irish peat bog the perfectly preserved head of a red-haired young woman is found. American pathologist Nora Gavin and archaeologist Cormac Maguire are called to investigate. Slowly a dark history of secrets, betrayals and death are revealed. And the revelations of the past may lead to murder in the future. Ah-h-h the Irish!
Haunted by mystery. Haunted by music. Haunted by murder. A grisly discovery is made deep in an Irish peat bog-the perfectly preserved severed head of a red-haired young woman. Has she been buried for decades, centuries or longer?
I tried so hard to get through this book. The reviews for this book were encouraging, and the back cover blurb made this sound like my ideal story. I read 120 pages before I gave up. I couldn't have cared less about the characters, and the 120 pages I read dealt mostly with their personal baggage. I thought it was supposed to be a mystery...
American pathologist Nora Gavin and archaeologist Cormac Maguire are called in to investigate the head of a body found in a bog, it had been there for a very long time. They uncover many dark secret along the way.
I liked this book. I enjoyed reading about Ireland, especially the old music and the culture of people who lived around the bogs. I liked tv shows about forensic science and I also like archaeology and this book had both, so it was fun to read about their techniques. The ending was a surprise to me. Looking forward to reading the second book.