False Mermaid (Nora Gavin #3)
American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstance...more
After enjoying the first two books in the series, this one, I'm sorry to say, was a disappointing read for me. Too many perfectly plotted coincidences, too much magical realism (which I enjoy when it makes sense within the context of a particular story - but not in this one), a tepid romance (I'm still not sold on Nora and Cormac's love story, regardless of how often Hart tells the reader that it is in the "soul mate" realm) and far too many eye-rolling moments w ...more
The cold case nature of the crime led to one of the book's weaknesses - I'm not sure that I b ...more
What didn't I like? I felt like the ending was supposed to be a surprise, but it was not. And the actions the characters took in the ending - I don't believe you, I don't believe you, oh, maybe I do believe you - seemed contrived.
There were elements of the mystical in the book, but they were not true mystical stuf ...more
All of the Cormac sections were nea ...more
Pathologist Nora Gavin has been working in Ireland and living with Cormac Maguire. Three years ago, her sister, Tríona, was murdered and although her husband, Peter, was suspected, nothing could be proven. Now that he’s about to remarry, Nora returns home afraid for both her niece, Elizabeth, and Peter’s fiancée, as well as determined to find out the truth. Back in Ireland, Cormac visits his ...more
Nora, a pathologist, fled from her home in St. Paul to Ireland to put distance between herself and the murder of her sister-a murder that went unsolved. Nora has always believed that her brother-in-law planned and maybe committed the murder. She has finally gone back to Minnesota to try to put the mystery to rest. Also, she believes that her niece may be in danger from her fat ...more
I loved the weaving of the plot line and couldn't predict what was coming next, unlike with most books I read. The author brought the idea of bog bodies to the States, which I wasn't expecting either. Highly recommended.
Blah, blah selpies. Blah, blah someone killed my sister and I've done nothing about it for 3 years. Blah, blah there's a hot Irish stud named Cormac. The end.
As I was saying... this series just gets better & better, in my opinion. I adore Hart's integration of Irish folklore and music -- and the way the story develops thru the inclusion of the same. The Welsh/Irish in me loved the way music is key to the characters (as it is for me), from Delaney & Roisin, to Cormac, to Roz, to Nora herself. I loved the tale of Mary Heaney so m ...more
False Mermaid is the third book in a series that began with Haunted Ground and continued through Lake of Sorrows. All three books focus on Nora Gavin, an American pathologist who has been living in Ireland studying bog bodies, those bodies that have been trapped and preserved in the bog land of the country. In her work she has come to care for Cormac McCarthy, an archaeologist. An undercurrent in the first two books is the story of Nora’s sister Triona, who had been murdered se ...more