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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 Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nora Gavin Series Release Date: May 2003 ISBN: 9780739302545
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When farmers cutting turf in an Irish peat bog make a grisly discovery - the perfectly intact body of a young woman with long red hair - archaeologist Cormac O'Callaghan and pathologist Nora Gavin are thrown together by their shared scientific interest in human remains. Because of the preservative effect of the bog, it is difficult to tell whether the body has lain there for two decades, two centuries, or two millennia. As they dig into the mystery of the red-haired girl, they are drawn into the two-year-old disappearance of a landowner's wife and young son. The story delves through the many layers of Ireland's turbulent past, tracing the still-visible footprints of fortified tower houses and ancient burial mounds, ever mindful of the eternal, subliminal connections between past and present.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C | 2/17/2014

    " Great narrative for setting. Excellent mood...but a bit melodramatic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Hamilton | 2/17/2014

    " This is a beautiful novel about an American pathologist who is working side by side with an Irish archaeologist and their work trying to identify the remains of a severed head of a young red headed woman, which was found in a local bog. While trying to solve this century old mystery, another local mystery is brought back to life. A great tale with twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoyed this book with its dual plot lines. The foul language that popped up was distracting to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 2/6/2014

    " A cool Irish mystery, using forensics and archeology to discover a deadly secret and a little romance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Warren | 2/4/2014

    " I thought the book was a bit slow and had a lot of British and Irish slang that made it hard to always follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greta | 1/17/2014

    " A good ol' head-in-the-bog mystery. How did it get there? Whose head is it? And of course, the current mystery about the missing neighbor lady and her son gets solved in the end as well. It all comes together so nicely. I see something for Hollywood here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi Nordlund | 1/17/2014

    " Good book. Mystery, history, romance, Irish music - all fun to read. I liked the dialogue, too. It felt like I was speaking (or reading?) with an Irish accent! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CJ | 1/16/2014

    " 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? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denny | 1/1/2014

    " 2.5 - really slow, not great writing, but not terrible. Some good parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rochelle | 12/26/2013

    " Two mysteries for the price of one with history thrown in for free, definitely my kind of book. And Hart has kindly carried two characters into another book "Lake of Sorrows", hurray! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheri | 12/13/2013

    " Well written with enjoyable layers of mysteries. This kept my attention until the wee small hours. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 12/12/2013

    " kind of long, but good, everything got wrapped up in the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Wallace | 10/11/2013

    " This is the perfect book! This book had it all. Great characters, great story, great mystery, great history, great ending, and (my favorite) it wrapped it all up! This book won't be everyone's five star book,but it is definitely mine!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 10/3/2013

    " This was the first pick for my library's Adult Book Club. I thought it was really intriguing and it kept me guessing until the very end! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darlis | 2/10/2013

    " We listened to this on cd. It is rather like a soap opera in that you can tune out and pick up the story 15 minutes later as it seems not much happens. However, we did enjoy the two mysteries and the reader is really good at doing all the Irish and other accents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melle | 12/21/2012

    " A slow-paced mystery that winds around a mild love interest and set and seeped in Ireland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 11/30/2012

    " This brilliantly written book is, for me, one of my absolute favourites. I couldn't put it down. It had everything for me - archaeology, Ireland, Irish history, likeable characters (Nora and Cormac) and an intriguing story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 8/25/2012

    " I seem to be reading a lot about Ireland lately. This book makes me want to learn more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 8/15/2012

    " I couldn't put this book down. Everything about it was unique and intriguing to me. The story is compelling and so are the characters. I didn't know where the plot was going until it got there, and I loved that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madeleine | 1/31/2012

    " 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 Chris | 11/8/2011

    " I really like her style and characters. "

  • 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

John Keating is an actor, voice talent, and the winner of eight Earphones Awards for audio narration. His numerous acting credits include Roundabout Theatre’s production of Juno and the Paycock and La Mama ETC’s production of Cat and the Moon, as well as various parts with the Irish Repertory Theater and the Irish Arts Center. He can also be seen in the HBO miniseries John Adams, starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.