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False Mermaid by Erin Hart
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Aug 02, 14

bookshelves: mystery, foreign-country, forensics, read-2014, cozy-mystery
Read in July, 2011, read count: 1

This is the third book in the series and we finally get the full story of Nora’s sister’s tragic death. Nora has long suspected her brother-in-law Peter Hallett as the vicious murderer, as has the lead detective, but Peter was too crafty to be caught. Now he intends to marry again and Nora is desperate to prevent any further tragedy both to his bride to be, and her young neice, Elizabeth. While Nora is certain that she loved Cormac McGuire, she cannot move further in that relationship until the murderer of her sister is brought to justice and her neice is safe.

Nora finds some clues her sister left hidden in a secret place they shared as children and she and the detective are convinced that the murder of her sister was not his first. Clues turn up in other places also and yet, they don’t lead all the way back to Peter Hallett, but Nora is sure he is the source of the evil.

In the meantime, Cormac McGuire has returned to an isolated village where his long-estranged father has been staying near Port na Rón. He meets Roz, a friend of his father’s and becomes interested in the mysterious disappearance of Mary Heaney who was reported to be a selkie who returned to the sea. While walking on the headlands, he finds the abandoned fishing hut where Mary was supposed to have lived and upon searching it, he finds a single shoe. Who runs away with only one shoe? Eventually, he and Nora are reunited and discover the truth of the old legend.

I really enjoyed this series and look forward to more books by this author.
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