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The Faerie Hills

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Paperback, Large Print, 351 pages
Published September 21st 2011 by Large Print Press (first published April 15th 2011)
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The year is 1373, the place, the tiny, island of Colonsay, in the windswept Hebrides. A lad named Niall, grandson of the MacDonald, Lord of the Isles, has failed to return after an afternoon outing with his foster brother. Niall was last seen digging around a faerie mound, searching for hidden gold treasure. Deeply worried, his foster father summons his nephew, Muirteach MacPhee, from a neighboring island, to lead the search for Niall. How could anyone disappear so completely in such a small pla...more
I am enjoying this series immensely especially during late spring/early summer when I don't want anything too heavy. I found this installment of the Muirteach MacPhee series sooo interesting! The folklore (or faerie lore would be more accurate) was so intriguing although I did have such a tough time suspending my 21st century "oh my god you're kidding right - you actually believe that" attitude that it sometimes made it hard to read some of this with a straight face. I really like this series wi...more
This book brings together two of my favorite genres, mystery (especially mysteries set in ancient times) and fantasy. It takes place in 1373 in the Hebrides (islands off the western coast of Scotland). While it's really just a mystery, I love that the people of these Isles believe that the faerie or good folk do exist and could in fact do things like steal a child and leave a changeling in it's place.
This is apparently the second book in this series. In the previous book Muirteach had solved th...more
Alana White
Dec 21, 2011 Alana White rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone

Set in autumn 1373 on windswept Colonsay Isle in the Scottish Hebrides, The Faerie Hills picks up where A Mass for the Dead, the first book in this engaging mystery series, ended. Once again, amateur sleuth Muirteach MacPhee investigates, this time searching for eight-year-old Niall, the missing grandson of the Lord of the Isles. In a setting drenched in faerie lore, the author nicely intertwines the beliefs of the locals (who are sure faeries stole the boy while he was hunting faerie gold) with...more
Faerie gold, Scotland in the 1300s, a mystery - and yet, it just didn't grab me. I wanted so badly to love this books and want to read the whole series.
Muirteach MacPhee is an interesting personage. I'm not quite sure what his position is - healer? teacher? diplomat? His love interest, Mariota Beaton, is also intriguing.
And yet, the story seemed to plod as if I was living the entire several weeks along with them. Niall disappeared. Was he taken by faeiries? Taken by someone else? Murdered? And...more
Hmmmmm....very interesting. I finished the book at 3 am, not so much because I couldn't put it down, but due to my inability to sleep. That said, I found the book quite interesting. I would strongly, however, suggest NOT reading this book on the kindle, where it is much more difficult to refer back to the list of characters (of which there were many), Gaelic translations and maps. I have read, and enjoyed, the Hangman's Daughter series, and enjoyed reading a similar time period, but in the Scott...more
Susan Johnson
3.5 stars
I love historical mysteries and it's hard to find a good one. The authors often let something modern slip in like a character will say out of nowhere, "Awesome". This is a good one. The book is set in early Scotland and it feels right. The food they eat, their houses and their ambitions fit the time era perfectly. The mystery is about the murder of a ward who is the grandson of the High Lord. The circumstances involve faerie arrows and gold. It's not a particularly involved mystery and...more
The grandson of the Lord of the Isles has disappeared from 14th century Scotland. Faerie gold seems to be connected to the disappearance. Rival clans, faeries or the witch on the hill. Who knows the truth behind the disappearance? This is the second in a series of 14th century mysteries by author Susan McDuffie. I have not read the first but if I run across it I will. Enjoyable but somewhat predictable.

A fun to read historical fiction. I have read her other book. A Mass For The Dead, too. None of the stupidity that I've found in a lot of books lately that are supposed to be in a historical setting. I don't want the dumb sex-laden scenes and breathless heroines.
The characters in this book are believable. The narrative is simple and very descriptive. I really like this author and I'm hoping for more books.
I had doubts about the quality of this story and read it solely on the basis of its setting on the Isle of Colonsay where I've taken two very enjoyable holidays. The author has potential of becoming a good historical fiction writer, but hasn't yet achieved it.
Gold, greed, murder and sithichean (the faerie, the good folk) make this an enjoyable mystery set in the Hebrides in the autum of 1373. I look forward to more Muirteach MacPhee mysteries.
Michele bookloverforever
interesting. mystery set in the highlands in medieval times.
Sally Smith
This was an enjoyable medieval mystery set in the isles of Scotland.
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Susan McDuffie has been a devotee of historical fiction since her childhood, when she believed she had mistakenly been born in the wrong century. Her discovery that Clorox was not marketed prior to the 1920s reconciled her to modern life. Susan writes historical mysteries set in medieval Scotland, and has also published Regency short stories. The Muirteach MacPhee Mysteries include A MASS FOR THE...more
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