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American forensic pathologist Nora Gavin has been called to an archaeological site in the bleak midlands west of Dublin to assist at an excavation where a well-preserved Iron Age body has been found buried in a peat bog. How many hundreds or thousands of years ago was the man killed? Was his a ritual death, some kind of human sacrifice? These academic questions are intriguing, but of much more urgent interest is the second body found nearby, of a man wearing a wristwatch, hardly an Iron Age accessory. But his corpse does show strange similarities to that of his ancient counterpart. Both bodies bear signs of "triple death," a primitive practice in which a victim was ritually slain three ways, perhaps to appease some pagan trinity.
Nora and archaeologist Cormac Maguire, embroiled in a tumultuous love affair, must team up again professionally, and are soon enmeshed in the web of tangled desires and terrible secrets that surround this untimely death. When the triple deaths continue, Nora and Cormac know they are in the middle of a deadly game.
©2004 Erin Hart; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Hart's language sings, and the gothic atmosphere lingers the way peat clings to the skin of bog workers." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Kathy on 05-22-07


Erin Hart does a grand job of developing this mystery with characters from The Haunted Ground. In this stand alone novel, you learn more about bog bodies and black market antiquities. You also learn a bit about historical beliefs and the Irish countryside. The narrator has a terrific Irish accent and you can easily identify the various characters as the story unwinds. My only mnor complaint is that the "conflict" between the two main characters is frequently mentioned and I'd just as soon relegate it to lesser importance or get on with the happy ever after. (I am a romantic at heart). I was sorry to have it end especially since the next novel is not due out for awhile.

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By Michael Allen on 04-17-08

A Knotty Mystery

There are many knots to be untangled in this mystery set in the peat bogs of Ireland. The plot is engaging and the characters are interesting and deeply layered.

I bought this book, hoping that it might follow along similar lines as "Haunted Ground" - moving back and forth between a mystery in the ancient past and one in the modern day. And even though that is not the case, I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author tied the story together with a focus on ancient Celtic folklore & culture.

The narrator deserves special mention, as she successfully juggles a multitude of characters, keeping them all unique. Her command of the various regional accents is exceptional - as is her American accent for Nora.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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