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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,263 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erin Hart, Erin M. Hart Narrator: Jennifer McMahon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nora Gavin Series Release Date: February 2003 ISBN: 9780736698054
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The dazzling, award-winning debut in a series that delivers mystery, romance, suspense, and fascinating forensic detail.

When farmers cutting turf in an Irish peat bog make a grisly discovery—the perfectly preserved head of a young woman with long red hair—Irish archaeologist Cormac Maguire and American pathologist Nora Gavin must use cutting-edge techniques to preserve ancient evidence. Because the bog’s watery, acidic environment prevents decay, it’s difficult to tell how long the red-haired girl has been buried—two years, two centuries, or even much longer. Who is she? The extraordinary find leads to even more disturbing puzzles. The red-haired girl is not the only enigma in this remote corner of Galway. Two years earlier, Mina Osborne, the wife of a local landowner, went for a walk with her young son and vanished without a trace. Could they, too, be hidden in the bog’s treacherous depths, only to be discovered centuries from now? Or did Hugh Osborne murder his family, as some villagers suspect? Bracklyn House, Osborne’s stately home, holds many secrets, and Nora and Cormac’s inquiries threaten to expose them all.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/16/2014

    " Good as a novel. Way too slow getting started as a mystery.After page 175 or so mystery gets interesting. There were some dangling threads not tied up at the end. Don't know why the author did that. In a mystery it is so important to have all questions answered at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope Dublin | 2/7/2014

    " I just loved it! I am ready to plan a trip to Ireland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hollins | 1/31/2014

    " I wanted to like this, but I really just couldn't get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Huber | 1/26/2014

    " Haunted Ground is the first book I have read by Erin Hart, but it certainly won't be the last. The Irish location, the authentic small-village feel, the multi-layered mysteries, and the cast of credible suspects all kept me hooked until the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CJ | 1/19/2014

    " There's nothing like a new mystery writer to make me happy. Erin Hart has written a good thriller that also teaches me something about the Irish peat bog bodies. I love the 2 main characters and look forward to many more stories in the future. Any one for whiskey? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 1/18/2014

    " Couple of mysteries going on in this book and all intertwine beautifully. I love the Irish setting and the great descriptions. Good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/7/2014

    " Makes you feel like you're actually there in Ireland, plus a great mystery plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 1/3/2014

    " Great story by an excellent Irish author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/3/2014

    " I hope she writes more crime novels...I loved this multi-layered story of Irish crime, over-lapping past history of bog bodies and modern day Ireland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 1/3/2014

    " An archaeologis and a pathologist are instrumental in solving two mysteries in the bogs of Ireland. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madeleine | 12/25/2013

    " This seemed to contain a lot of Cliches About Ireland for American readers who are susceptible to that sort of thing. I feel one part annoyed, and one part catered to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vfhess | 12/14/2013

    " An american in Ireland, interested in bog people, ie people burined in Ireland's bogs for thousands of years. Mysteries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 12/1/2013

    " Interesting premise, but the book dragged in places. I really liked one of the storylines and I couldn't care less about the other. I had a hard time focusing on the book at times and at other times, I was really interested. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 10/12/2013

    " A beautiful, evocative story. I look forward to reading more books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/25/2013

    " Enjoyed this! Was a $0.99 book that I found on BookBub. I kind of figured out the ending but was even a bit surprised by it. Would recommend it for a quick read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/9/2013

    " Okay, I liked it but at the same time I didn't like it. Maybe if I read it at a different time I'd have liked it more. It was a good book with a good story but it felt sort of flat to me throughout. No real climax or drama. But I still liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caryl | 5/7/2013

    " I am liking this novel/mystery very much. It has the right amount of balance of character background, historical information and plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamputhoff | 12/3/2012

    " Enjoyed this book, really liked False Mermaid so went back and read this first in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/23/2012

    " I really like her style and characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Weena | 1/9/2012

    " It starts out a bit slow, but the mystery and the interesting Irish history kept me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 8/30/2011

    " Good mystery -- there are actually two -- one from hundreds of years ago, and one in current times. I like the archeology and Irish-ness of these books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 8/21/2011

    " Good setting, believable characters, and I learned a bit about Ireland's boglands. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassie | 6/7/2011

    " I've read this one multiple times. It's definitely not a cozy. It's very interesting. The story is a mixture of an ancient murder and a modern murder. It's an archaeological mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Phelps | 5/15/2011

    " Very interesting and a pleasure to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sharon | 5/8/2011

    " Interesting setting in the boglands of Ireland...I learned about "bog bodies", something I'd never read about before. Good story line, interesting characters, and enough mystery to keep one involved. I would like to rate this one a 3.5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Macy | 5/1/2011

    " A bit formulaic, but a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 4/18/2011

    " This is my first experience with this author. She is good a little more detailed then I like in my reading, but keeps you going to find out the mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Delisa | 3/24/2011

    " I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn't. It felt very passive - things just happened to the characters without them actually doing anything. All in all, it just wasn't what it could have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/18/2011

    " Set in Ireland this novel predates Lake of Sorrows. It is described as a dark tale of gothic suspense fused with modern forensics. Archeology, pathology, superstition, folklore, music, all combined. A good read to get you in the mind set of traveling to Ireland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 3/18/2011

    " There were a number of mysteries going on in this book - it was good - I think considering I love genealogy and searching out family puzzles - this book appealed to me!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 3/17/2011

    " AWESOME BOOK!!! Couldn't put it down. As soon as I finished, I downloaded her second book "Lake of Sorrows" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamputhoff | 3/15/2011

    " Enjoyed this book, really liked False Mermaid so went back and read this first in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/8/2011

    " Very easy read and interesting tidbits about Irish culture. I have no idea if they are accurate or not but I appreciated them anyways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 2/26/2011

    " An archaeologis and a pathologist are instrumental in solving two mysteries in the bogs of Ireland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/19/2011

    " I think what I liked most about this book was the location. The story was interesting...a bit slow sometimes, but I did enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 1/17/2011

    " A little slow to start but a great read once I got into it. A did not like the second one in this series but liked the third one. "

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About the Author
Author Erin Hart

Erin Hart is a theater critic and former administrator at the Minnesota State Arts Board. A lifelong interest in Irish traditional music led her to cofound Minnesota’s Irish Music and Dance Association. She and her husband, musician Paddy O’Brien, live in St. Paul, Minnesota, and frequently visit Ireland. She was nominated for the Agatha and Anthony Awards for her debut novel, Haunted Ground, and won the Friends of American Writers Award in 2004.

About the Narrator

Jennifer McMahon is the author of Dismantled, the New York Times bestseller Island of Lost Girls, and the breakout debut novel Promise Not to Tell. She lives in Vermont with her partner, Drea, and their daughter, Zella.