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The Faerie Hills (Muirteach MacPhee Mystery #2)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  166 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Paperback, Large Print, 351 pages
Published September 21st 2011 by Large Print Press (first published April 15th 2011)
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May 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Alana White
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-edition
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
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael Brown
Set in 1373 on a remote Scottish island this mystery delves into history, myth and greed. Well documented accounts of the time and beliefs of the rural island folk. Did this murder have anything to do with the supernatural or with greed for gold. Slow plotting but part of the culture leads us to the clues a bit here and there. Seems this is #2 in the series and there is a lot of talk of the older story. Will have to look for the first book if there was one and find out why some things happened h ...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
I actually got this book by accident as I was searching the library for a book with a similar title for my son's school work. Always up for a good mystery novel, I decided to give it a chance. I was not disappointed! The storyline was interesting and engaged my sense of adventure right away. The hardest part of reading this book was all the Scottish wording sprinkled throughout. I appreciate putting the reader in the setting, but a pronunciation guide at the very least would have been helpful. N ...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.

May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A story of condescending claptrap. It is a mixture of murder superstition and romance about people from the Island of Scotland who never spoke in English never mind the bastardised stuff Ms McDuffie imagines them to speak. The story is slow and none too inspiring. I will not be reading others of her work.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
Great evocative setting and interesting characters. The mystery is a total dud, with the "detective" solving nothing. Only happening to be stupid enough to be in the wrong place at the right time provides the "solution." Lack of agency on the part of Muirteach makes the resolution of the novel completely unsatisfactory.
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Easy read about murder in historical time in Ireland
May 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a good one! We have come a long way from the 1300s. A kid gets sick and the faeries have taken the child, replaced it with a changeling...omg.
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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Other Books in the Series

Muirteach MacPhee Mystery (4 books)
  • A Mass for the Dead (Muirteach MacPhee Mystery #1)
  • The Study of Murder (Muirteach MacPhee Mystery #3)
  • The Death of a Falcon: A Muirteach MacPhee Mystery