Lake of Sorrows (Nora Gavin #2)
American pathologist Nora Gavin has come to the Irish midlands to examine a body unearthed by peat workers 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, and his multiple wounds suggest he was the...more
Good follow up to Hart's debut novel, Haunted Ground. I enjoyed the plot and pacing of this one marginally better then her first novel. The characters, while depressive, were well drawn, and the mystery itself was an intriguing one (it's always good to unearth more bog bodies...)
This is definitely a series with promise, and one I will continue with.
Also recommended for fans of Hart: the books of S.J. Bolton.
Hart writes a great character driven mystery that is an easy read when you're looking for som...more
Most of the characters bordered on the unpleasant side this time round. Even the protagonist got on my nerves. During one glaring TSTL moment she rushes in to check to see if some clu...more
This is an Irish mystery that stands above the typical murder novel of today. The story is atmospheric, the writing so colourful it is easy to fall into a spell and feel we are with Nora every part of the way. The story is very exciting; we follow a delightful female protagonist and her passion investigating ritual murders that have been committed many centuries ago and some recently. The author has filled the story with neat twists to keep her readers wondering wha...more
Ireland. Mystery. A lot of mystery. Mysterious characters. Mysterious details.Bloody murders. Ancient history. Bog bodies. Romance. Suspense. On top of that, beautiful writing. What else can a person want from a good quality entertaini...more
Erin Hart – 2nd book
Hodder & Stoughton, 2004 – U.K. Hardcover
Forensic pathologist, Nora Gavin, goes to an archeological site to investigate the finding in a peat bog of an Iron Age Body who seems to have been a human sacrifice having been slain three ways. Then a second, recent body is uncovered having been killed the same way. More, similar, deaths occur and Nora is nearly one of them.
*** I found myself thinking of this as a very...more
In what ways did the series get better, you ask? Well, mos...more
Love the complex characters and back story in this series. Nora is an American who is in Ireland to escape the aftermath of her sister's murder in Minnesota, 5 years before. She is convinced she knows who the killer is but can't prove it. Cormac is an Irish archaeologist and to...more
No, it’s not propping up my dinner plate because it is bad. Quite the opposite. It is being used as a temporary balancer because I’m not yet ready to put it back on the bookshelf to gather dust.
This book was a great read from start to finish. There are two murdered victims preserved in peat- a modern and an ancient one but the wounds appear similar. The suspects and suspicious characters mount to a degree I’ve never seen before in novels wi...more
I also hate it when I just can't reconcile myself to finishing a book, but it happens from time to time. I may come back to this one at some point, because I am actually very interested in what happens, but ugh. Every character in this novel seemed to be suffering from depression. I think it is admirable when a an author does not gloss over a tragic back story, and actually makes the character with that back story suffer ongoing malaise based on what...more
Lake of Sorrows
Excellently written book. I have come to expect the best from this author. She has kept me glued to these pages for the past two days. I recommend it to anyone who likes mystery and facts on Irish history.
Nora Gavin and Cormac Maguire are archaeologists, again investigating human remains found in a bog in Ireland. The setting is an integral part of the tale as it was in the first book, Haunted Ground.
Nora's study includes speculatiion of cause of death and details of what happened to the Iron Age person found in the bog -- preserved for future discovery in a state in many...more