Vicki of Reading At The Beach hosts A-Z Wednesday. Today’s letter is H.
I read this in the summer of 2008, before I started this blog. I remember loving the setting. I’m not sure why I never got around to picking up Lake of Sorrows, the second in the series. I need to before the third comes out next year.
Haunted Ground by Erin Hart
From the author’s website:
Two farmers cutting turf in the west of Ireland make a grisly discovery—the perfectly preserved severed head of a beautiful young woman with long red hair. Called out to the bog to investigate, Irish archeologist Cormac Maguire and American pathologist Nora Gavin are thrown together by their shared curiosity about her fate.
Archaeologist Cormac Maguire is quickly called to the scene—“bog bodies” are always a remarkable find, sometimes centuries old but still close to their original condition. Cormac and Nora embark on a mission to determine the identity of the beautiful young woman and what led to her brutal fate.
But there are other mysteries buried within this small Irish town as well. Villagers are still suspicious of Hugh Osborne, a local landowner whose wife and young son disappeared abruptly two years ago without a trace. As Cormac and Nora dig into the background of the enigmatic redhead, policeman Garrett Devaney quietly reopens the Osborne case. As deeper layers of secrets are revealed in each mystery, sleeping dangers are awakened, and past deaths could translate into future murders.
Meticulously crafted, and resonating with traditional music and folklore, Haunted Ground considers Ireland’s turbulent history, revealing the eternal, subliminal connections between past and present.
My brief comments at the time:
I loved the way Hart blended a historical mystery and a modern-day one, allowing us to learn more about Ireland and its history in the process. The characters were well-drawn, even the secondary ones, and the setting was beautiful.
This one appeals to me.
Now this is right up my alley. I love historical fiction and it is truly a skilled writer that can combine both current and history. On my list thanks for posting. Stop by I’m home.
Love me some mystery!!!!
Thanks for playing this week!
I love stories set in Ireland!
I have an award for you!
First: I love the cover Second: the plot sounds fantastic. Ireland is so old and full of history and mystery.
Thanks for the heads up.
Absolutely beautiful cover. Love how that green really pops out at you.