Erin Hart

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Crawfordsville, IN, The United States



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ERIN HART'S archaeological crime novels are set in the mysterious boglands of Ireland. She introduced pathologist Nora Gavin in one of the most lauded mystery debuts of 2003: HAUNTED GROUND (2003), was a Booksense 76 pick, won the Friends of American Writers award and Romantic Times' Best First Mystery, was shortlisted for Anthony and Agatha awards, and translated into ten foreign languages. LAKE OF SORROWS (2004) was shortlisted for a Minnesota Book Award, and FALSE MERMAID (2010) was named by ALA/Booklist as one of the Top Ten Crime Novels of 2010. THE BOOK OF KILLOWEN is due out in March 2013. A Minnesota theater critic, a former communications director of the Minnesota State Arts Board, and a founder of the Twin Cities Irish Music & ...more

Come to Ireland with me!

Erin Hart & Celtic Journeys Present
April 8-18, 2016
10 days/9 nights in Ireland focusing on history, mystery, archaeology & folklore

I'm excited this year to be working with Jean Wynne of Celtic Journeys. I will be leading a small band of a dozen or so on a wonderful trip called "Ireland with Erin Hart" focusing on history, mystery, archaeology & folklore—full... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.77 · 13,501 ratings · 1,608 reviews · 6 distinct worksSimilar authors
Haunted Ground (Nora Gavin,...

3.69 avg rating — 6,371 ratings — published 2003 — 23 editions
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Lake of Sorrows (Nora Gavin...

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False Mermaid (Nora Gavin #3)

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The Book of Killowen (Nora ...

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Nora Gavin (4 Book Series)

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Books to Die For

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“Making yourself an outcast was one way to avoid the pain of having it done to you.”
Erin Hart, Lake of Sorrows

“All of us insist upon our illusions, upon substituting dreams and distorted memories for the real thing.”
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“We’re made out of the water, the earth, the air of the places that fed our ancestors, quenched their thirst, the basic elements of the places that gave them life. Is it really so strange if we feel the heave and pitch of those places, even centuries later, in the vibrations of our atoms?”
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Time to vote for our April read! Mystery/Thriller is the genre that won out in the poll. Last day to vote will be Saturday, March 8. Happy voting!

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Under the Snow Under the Snow by Kerstin Ekman Kerstin Ekman
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Lake of Sorrows Lake of Sorrows (Nora Gavin #2) by Erin Hart Erin Hart
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A Density of Souls A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice Christopher Rice
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An Instance of the Fingerpost An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears Iain Pears
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The Bottoms The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale Joe R. Lansdale
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The Angel of Darkness The Angel of Darkness (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #2) by Caleb Carr Caleb Carr
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message 3: by Zoë

Zoë Sharp Hi Erin

Lovely to catch up with you here. Long time no speak. How's the writing going?

Christine Hatfield good afternoon

message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Erin,
Thanks for befriending this mystery author on Goodreads! I hope you'll put my books, A Real Basket Case and To Hell in a Handbasket, on your to-read list. If you'd like to enter a contest for a free copy of To Hell in a Handbasket, sign up for my email newsletter at: .
- Beth

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