Lake Of Sorrows

by Erin Hart

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on Lake Of Sorrows

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.

Sarah Broadhurst

Lake Of Sorrows Synopsis

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 death’ of Ireland’s 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 killer’s next victims.

Lake Of Sorrows Press Reviews

‘A treat for lovers of suspense novels.’ Woman’s Own

‘Hart’s mysteries appeal because of the archaeological detail . . . a strong tale of Celtic revenge and murder . . . an ideal summer read.’ 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.’ Good Book Guide

‘Every character is fascinating . . . there are so many beautifully realised lives in this novel . . . Yet it’s an emotionally and intellectually gorgeous descent . . . Hart’s language sings, and the gothic atmosphere lingers.’ 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.’ The Bookseller 

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ISBN: 9780340827635
Publication date: 06/06/2005
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340827635
Publication date: 6th June 2005
Author: Erin Hart
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
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About 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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