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Lake Of Sorrows by Erin Hart
  

Lake Of Sorrows

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This is very much a crime novel but due to its fascinating dual murder, ancient and modern, then lovers of historical fiction could be drawn to it too. Highly evocative, with the bodies turning up in an Irish peat bog, it mixes local history, pagan ritual and a modern thriller together in an explosive cocktail. Add two beautifully realised central characters, an archaeologist and a pathologist who are lovers, and the scene is set for an unusual, highly intriguing crime novel of note. Her first, Haunted Ground, was terrific too.

Comparison: Robert Goddard.
Similar this month: Susan Hill, Jim Kelly.

If you like Erin Hart you might also like to read books by Robert Goddard.

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Synopsis

Lake Of Sorrows by Erin Hart

When workers at a vast peat extraction site in the bleak and tortured landscape of the Irish midlands uncover a long-buried, badly damaged corpse, they call in pathologist Nora Gavin. The body has apparently been strangled, slashed and drowned – the ritual ‘triple deathâ of Irelandâs blood-soaked pagan past. But moments after Nora arrives a much more recent victim is discovered. Like the ancient body, this new corpse seems to have suffered the triple death . . . Nora and her lover, archaeologist Cormac Maguire, must team up professionally once more. Soon they are enmeshed in a web of tangled desires and terrible secrets. The danger mounts, fuelled by rumours of ancient gold, illicit liaisons and long-delayed revenge. Though they do not realise it, Nora and Cormac have come far too close to the truth – placing them in ever-greater danger of becoming a ruthless killerâs next victims.

Reviews

‘A treat for lovers of suspense novels.â Womanâs Own

‘Hartâs mysteries appeal because of the archaeological detail . . . a strong tale of Celtic revenge and murder . . . an ideal summer read.â Publishing News

‘The music and sadness of rural Ireland form the background to this lively thriller . . . The elemental properties of the landscape itself, and the strange history of those who lived, fought, and worshipped there are deeply felt. A satisfying read.â Good Book Guide

‘Every character is fascinating . . . there are so many beautifully realised lives in this novel . . . Yet itâs an emotionally and intellectually gorgeous descent . . . Hartâs language sings, and the gothic atmosphere lingers.â Publishers Weekly

‘A nice mix of ancient pagan ritual death and modern murder . . . the tension is tight, the twist worthy of Goddard, the atmosphere gothic, the writing superb, a great follow-up to Haunted Ground.â The Bookseller

About the Author

Erin Hart
Erin Hart has an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She and her husband, musician Paddy O’Brien, live in Minneapolis and frequently visit Ireland. Haunted Ground is her first novel.

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Publication date

6th June 2005

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Erin Hart

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Publisher

Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780340827635

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