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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,057 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erin Hart, Erin M. Hart Narrator: Jennifer McMahon, Jennifer McMahon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nora Gavin Series Release Date: July 2004 ISBN: 9781415907719
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American pathologist Nora Gavin has come to the Irish midlands to examine a body unearthed at a desolate spot known as the Lake of Sorrows. As with all the artifacts culled from its prehistoric depths, the bog has effectively preserved the dead man’s remains—his multiple wounds suggest he was the victim of an ancient pagan sacrifice known as “triple death.” But signs of a more recent slaying emerge when a second body, bearing a similar wound pattern, is found—this one sporting a wristwatch.

Someone has come to this quagmire to sink their dreadful handiwork—and Nora soon realizes that she is being pulled deeper into the land and all it holds: the secrets to a cache of missing gold, a tumultuous love affair with archaeologist Cormac Maguire, and the dark mysteries and desires of the workers at the site. As they draw closer to the truth, Nora and Cormac must exercise the utmost caution to avoid becoming the next victims of a ruthless killer fixated on the gruesome notion of triple death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hart writes with a lovely eloquence.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Personal detail and local history give Lake of Sorrows a heft and richness uncommon in contemporary suspense novels.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Hart’s second literary thriller starring pathologist Nora Gavin…is an Irish breakfast of a book: a kidney here, a sausage there, undeniably rich and delicious…Every character is fascinating…Hart’s language sings, and the gothic atmosphere lingers the way peat clings to the skin of bog workers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Another detail-rich, character-centered mix of local history and tangled human relationships…Full of riches for readers who savor the multidimensionality of literary fiction.”

    Booklist

  • A 2004 Book Sense Pick for Mysteries and Thrillers

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassie | 2/16/2014

    " Very good book. It's a sequel to Haunted Ground by the same author and is also an archaeological mystery combining modern and past murders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 2/8/2014

    " An engrossing mystery with a fascinating background of Irish folkore and ancient Celtic religion. Great characters. I hope she eventually lets the female lead be a little happier, because I liked her so much by the end of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/30/2014

    " Very slow moving-almost made me give up. It is a good storyline, and does have good plot points. Just be prepared for a lot of exploration of feelings and angst. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pithee | 1/26/2014

    " Read by Jennifer McMahn "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 1/24/2014

    " This is the second book in a series, after Haunted Ground, featuring Irish-American pathologist Nora Gavin . I enjoyed listening to the audio version narrated by Jennifer McMahon, with her rich Irish accents. The intriguing story revolves around two bodies found in a bog, one an iron-age man and the second, a man wearing a wrist watch, but strangely killed in a similar way. Hart has done a lot of research on ancient Irish rituals and bog finds. Subplots about the detective working the case and Nora's relationship with Cormac Maguire add to the story along with a knowledge of beekeeping and Irish music. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/20/2014

    " Another excellent mystery by Erin Hart. In this one the historic "bog body" gets sort of shoved to the sidelines, which is kind of a shame, but the modern mystery was interesting and the different characters well portrayed. (view spoiler)[We'll overlook the cliche of the dastardly villain pontificating at length about his actions and motives to the captive heroine (thereby giving her the chance she needed to escape) instead of simply dispatching her without further ado.....This rivals only the unrealistically convenient letter or journal entry in the category of overused mystery writing devices. Nevertheless, (hide spoiler)]I'm hooked, and eager to read the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 1/16/2014

    " Nora Gavin and Cormac Maguire work together again to solve mystery of another bog body. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 1/16/2014

    " AWESOME book! Going to start the last one in the series right now, The False Mermaid. It's her most recent book, I believe, but I hope not the last with these characters. I LOVED the first two!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Bearden | 1/15/2014

    " Great second novel. Enjoy reading the same characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rochelle | 1/14/2014

    " great book which is set in Ireland and against the backdrop of Ireland's rich archeological history. There is a lovely and haunting song Nora sings in Gaelic and the author definitely feels and interprets beautifully the spirituality of Ireland's holy wilderness "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Hofmann | 1/14/2014

    " One of three books with a Minneapolis-Ireland connection and a good mystery story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/14/2014

    " This was a pretty good book. It was one of those where I could catch on to a clue here or there, but didn't really solve the puzzle until the very end. Excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Petersen | 1/4/2014

    " Not quite as good as the first one, but still vivid & evocative. A good read for people who like Irish stuff. Or mysteries. Or anthropology. Or history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natasha | 1/2/2014

    " Bad. Just really really bad and boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/24/2013

    " The second book by Erin Hart in a nice gothic suspense story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 12/10/2013

    " very good second book, had trouble putting it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/10/2013

    " Again, we are transported. What a fascinating look at bog people, forensic science, etc. I love her work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 9/17/2013

    " Irish history , a bit of a love story and a good mystery. What more can you ask for? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 8/14/2013

    " This novel continues to follow the American pathologist, Nora Gavin, while she helps to solve mysteries in the bog country of Ireland. The setting is interesting, but the characters are less so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 7/17/2013

    " Makes me want to go back to Ireland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suziqoregon | 3/9/2013

    " My blog post about this book is at this link. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 11/18/2012

    " Ugh. I ended up skimming the second half of this book. I so wanted to slap the main character and/or shake some sense into her. Very predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary G. | 10/3/2012

    " A very atmospheric story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lwalling | 7/17/2012

    " Not much character development and she tries to have too many stories happening at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 5/29/2012

    " Another good read from Erin Hart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 12/27/2011

    " Very interesting history aspect to her books plus a complicated mystery to solve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 7/25/2011

    " I really liked the first book, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana Loren | 7/2/2011

    " I really wish the author did a better job explaining archaeological excavations (realizing that she is not an archaeologist). Worst part: why must the female protagonist cry after intimacy? WHY? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 5/18/2011

    " Another excellent outing in the peat bogs with Erin Hart! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/7/2011

    " Beautifully written, great mystery and interesting setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mkotch | 3/21/2011

    " Left me breathless! Builds slowly, but then I read the last half in one big gulp.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 3/17/2011

    " AWESOME book! Going to start the last one in the series right now, The False Mermaid. It's her most recent book, I believe, but I hope not the last with these characters. I LOVED the first two!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 3/11/2011

    " Erin Hart presented at the 2010 Book Festival and was very well received. I am sorry to have missed the presentation. The mystery is set in Ireland on the bogs and weaves folklore and music into the story. I will read more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 2/8/2011

    " Invulgar, o ambiente e a natureza também são personagens importantes nesta história! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leilani | 1/29/2011

    " I don't know why I find bog people so fascinating, but I do, and I really like the way Hart incorporated another ancient bog body with a modern one in this mystery. There were quite a few characters to keep track of, but overall I quite enjoyed the mystery/read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/18/2011

    " Again, we are transported. What a fascinating look at bog people, forensic science, etc. I love her work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 12/29/2010

    " I take comfort in knowing she keeps getting better. I do like the way one story starts like the next day after the last one ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 11/20/2010

    " This novel continues to follow the American pathologist, Nora Gavin, while she helps to solve mysteries in the bog country of Ireland. The setting is interesting, but the characters are less so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 10/19/2010

    " This one felt a little more disjointed than her previous book. I still liked the context of the story and it provided an engaging read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 9/9/2010

    " I enjoyed reading this installment of the Nora Gavin series. The story was a bit sad and it took me a while to read. I would actually give it 3 1/2 stars. I look forward to the next in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CJ | 8/15/2010

    " Another quick read from my favorite new mystery author. There are lots of characters here, usually I'm annoyed by that, but each character was an individual with her/his own story and I was drawn in. I really enjoying the twists and turns of this story. Can't wait for the next 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 Narrators

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.

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.