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The Lewis Man

(Lewis Trilogy #2)

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A body is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis. The male Caucasian corpse is initially believed by its finders to be over 2000 years old, until they spot the Elvis tattoo on his right arm. The body, it transpires, is not evidence of an ancient ritual killing, but of a murder committed during the latter half of the 20th century.
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Quercus (first published 2011)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scotland
”Gunn… couldn’t take his eyes off the face of the young man locked in the peat. Although there was a shrivelled aspect to this features, they would be recognisable to anyone who knew him. Only the soft, exposed tissue of the eyes had decomposed. ‘How long’s he been here?’

Murdo’s laugh was lost in the wind. ‘Who knows? Hundreds of years, maybe even thousands. You’ll need an expert to tell you that.’”

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I remember when I first heard about Bog People. 2000 year old corpses were being pulled from the
Many, many mystery/crime readers adore Peter May's Lewis Trilogy. I'm not one, but I'm in the minority. I favor a more spare writing style and fewer adjectives, less real estate devoted to family relationships, raising kids, careers, getting along with the in-laws, than The Lewis Man offers.

Flaws first. May has the former scriptwriter's tendency to write more mundane dialogue than is desirable and be more interested in romantic entanglements that are a distraction rather than enhancing the
Andrew Smith
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes it’s not so much the story itself as the way the story is told. In truth, there’s a great story here too but the way the tale unfolds and the care that’s been taken to order things just right and to disclose just enough whilst holding back a couple of nuggets of information until it can wait no longer… well, it’s a masterclass in how to get it right.

I’d enjoyed The Blackhouse so much I’d instantly started on the second part of this trilogy. Fin Macleod has left his police career
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xx2017-completed
In the northern areas of Europe there are peat bogs created by proximity to specific soil, water, and chemical compounds occurring in nature. There have been bodies found, perfectly preserved, within these bogs for centuries. Some of them date back to the pre-Christian era; hundreds and even thousands of years before. Many of these appeared to have been sacrificial deaths, but others were murders. Although the bogs are frequently ‘harvested’ and then dried for heating purposes, they can still ...more
Peter May’s The Black House, first in the Lewis Trilogy, was fabulous and made it to my favorite book list. A great mystery/thriller. The setting in a far Scotland isle makes the series so intriguing.

The Lewis Man, however, was totally different. The main character suffers from dementia so the reader is caught up in his confusion throughout the book. Not something I was expecting. No police action either.

I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first in the series, but do plan on reading #3.

4 out of 5
Richard Derus
Rating: 3.5* of five

The Publisher Says: Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times raved: "Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth." Among the many honors received, The Blackhouse, the first novel in May's acclaimed Lewis trilogy, won the Barry and Crime Thriller Hound awards.

In The Lewis Man, the second book of the trilogy, Fin Macleod has returned to the Isle of Lewis, the storm-tossed, wind-scoured outer Hebridean island where he was born and raised. Having left behind his adult
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-books
Full of twists and turns and incredible discoveries, this book is every bit as good as the first in the series, The Blackhouse.

When Peter May describes the Hebrides and its life style you can feel yourself right there, usually with the accompaniment of wind and rain! There is some sun and a few beaches in this book but I am still sure those fine days are in the minority!

I am enjoying the character of Fin Macleod. Even though he is no longer on the Force he works this crime like the policeman he
Fin Macleod had resigned from the force in Edinburgh when his divorce finally came through, and journeyed home to Lewis Island – the place he’d grown up; the place of unhappy memories that he’d vowed never to return to. But Lewis Island also held the woman he’d loved as a young man – he felt unfinished business that he might be able to resolve.

Detective Sergeant George Gunn was called when the body was discovered in the Lewis Island peat bog – they’d expected it to be an ancient corpse as the
aPriL does feral sometimes
''The Lewis Man' by Peter May is book two in the noir Lewis Trilogy, but it can be read as a standalone. The first book, The Blackhouse, is as excellent as this one, and I recommend reading both. The first in the series explains the main character's backstory in more depth.

This is the cover blurb, which accurately describes the plot:

"A body is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis. The male Caucasian corpse is initially believed by its finders to be over 2000 years old, until they spot
I'm not sure that I can do a proper review right away because the last book in the Lewis Trilogy is tapping its foot at me while I type. Any review of a book in this series must begin with the fact that Peter May is one of the most masterful storytellers writing today. His artistry with words is akin to listening to a symphonic performance of music that plays light and dark, loud and soft to a stunning consistency of perfection. The setting on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland is brought to life ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
A body is found in the peat bog on the isle of Lewis. The only clue to the body's identity is that he was related to a local farmer. But the local farmer Tormed Macdonald is a man with dementia and he has always claimed to be the only child.

It strange that the hardest reviews to write are actually for the books that I love. It's sometimes so hard to put into words how great a book is that I just want to say read it and you will see why it is so good.

The Lewis Man is such a book, just like the
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not often that you find a sequel that is even better than the original but this is one of them. Like the first book, this was two stories (one in the past, one in the present) that came together for a very clever ending. Enjoyed the book more for seeing the development of the characters from the first book but it could easily be read as a standalone novel.

A must read for anyone interested in the Scottish Highlands/Islands and also I found the scenes in my home town of Edinburgh very interesting
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This second book in the Lewis trilogy proves once again that Peter May is a master at using the unique and tempestuous backdrop of the Scottish Outer Hebrides to accentuate the mood of the story. He's quite fantastic at this, and he clearly holds an affection for the place, so loving is his detail.

Although the main crime of this story is not as strong as in the first book, I really enjoyed the way it’s told from past and present perspectives. I especially liked hearing the story of Tormod
I wish that I had written the review for this book immediately on completing it, when I was still caught up in the rush attendant to finishing a book I've truly enjoyed. But I will try to do it justice now. The Lewis Man is the second of The Lewis Trilogy, coming after The Blackhouse which I enjoyed last year. If you plan to read these novels, you should read them in order so as to get to know the people fully, how they are revealed to themselves and each other.

This book is so much more than a
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Lewis Man is about Fin Macleod who is a divorced ex-policeman returning to the Isle of Lewis to fix up his family home and have a peaceful life. However, this did not happen, due to the discovery of a body in a peat bog that was identified as a relative of his best friend, Marsaili Macdonald. Readers of "The Lewis Man" will be taken on a ride with Fin to try and find the answer to the puzzle of the body discovered in the peat bog.

The Lewis Man is the second book I have read of Peter May and
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
In this second novel of the Lewis trilogy, Detective Fin Macleod has left the police force and his fractured marriage and returned to the place of his birth. When a body found in the peat bog turns out not to be ancient but that of a young man killed in the 1950s, Fin is asked by the local police to help investigate.

What unfolds is a complex story leading back to children abandoned by society and a secret kept hidden for over 50 years. As Fin investigates the mystery he re-connects with his own
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Second in The Lewis Trilogy, Peter May once again invites his readers to explore the islands known as the Hebrides, off Scottland. The story continues with Fin MacLeod's fascinating story. We got to know Fin in May's spectacular first in the trilogy: The Blackhouse as he once again returns to Lewis Island in search of his Gaelic roots. You can find my review of that novel here.

I've become a huge fan of Peter May's work in this trilogy for several reasons. First: I find his study of
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020

“You can never escape the island. It was there between us all those years, like an invisible shadow. It kept us apart. Something we couldn’t share.”
“There was a shadow, yes. But it wasn’t the island.”

Fin Macleod returns to the isle of Lewis in the Western Hebrides in this excellent sequel to “The Blackhouse”. After finally confronting the shadows from his past, Fin has resigned from the Edinburgh police force and is working to restore his parents’ croft, as he tries to cope with the loss
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This for me was one up on the first part of the trilogy. The relationships between the characters deepen, and the islands come alive in the fantastic atmospheric rendition of their powers on the mind.
I was in South Uist a few years ago for a holiday, and I got goosebumps at the bit when Fin drives through the island on his way to Eriskay. I was listening to it on Audible, and it was just brilliant.
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great mystery, the second featuring police detective Fin MacLeod who's recently left the force in Edinburgh, Scotland. Having just gone through a divorce and having suffered an immense personal tragedy, Fin plans to go home - to the Outer Hebrides - and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. The scenes on the island(s), the stark beauty, the peat bogs, the fierce ocean and the storms which come off it, and the difficult way the population (still) ekes out a living, are all ...more
I almost forgot how good a writer Peter May is since it's been a while since I read 'The Blackhouse,' my first foray into his atmospheric writing. For those who are not world travelers, May invites us to the stark, desolate landscape of the outer Hebrides with his 'Lewis Trilogy.' We sample the Gaelic brogue with words like gneiss, waulking, and tarasgeir, and smell the peat smoke drifting over the wind-ravaged moors.

In this second installment, Fin Macleod has left his 16-year-long marriage, his
Alex Cantone
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, read-2018
‘Most people spend their lives never knowing what lies beneath the stones they walk on. Cops spend theirs lifting those stones and having to deal with what they find.’

The Lewis Man is the second book in the Lewis Trilogy of contemporary mysteries set in the Outer Hebrides. Fin MacLeod has left the Edinburgh police force, is divorced from wife Mona, and returns to his birthplace on the Isle of Lewis months after his earlier visit, still devastated by the loss of his eight year old son, Robbie,
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Lewis Man (2nd in the Lewis Trilogy) by Peter May.

Fin MacLeod has decided to take an early retirement from his position as Detective Inspector in Edinburgh. He's determined to go back and restore his parents croft as well as attempt to repair past relationships. Fin finds Massaili's family quite overwhelmed by the father's advancing dementia. No longer able to take care of him they quickly decide a nursing home must be arranged for him.

At this time a corpse is unearthed in a peat bog that
Dec 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I stretched to give this a three. It's just not for me, these Peter May Lewis. The plots are decent, but I find the characters off-putting, and that's saying it nicely.

There is vitriol of left-overs constantly flung at religious belief and especially upon organized religion on Isle of Lewis. The characters are beyond flawed and envy, within constant morose mood, revenge and abuse all have strong parts in both of the Lewis trilogy I have read. The women characters, apart from an emotion or two,
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second part of the Lewis Trilogy and once again we are back in Scotland, with Fin Macleod.

A body is found in a Lewis peat bog, well preserved and linked genetically to a local man. The man is Tormod Macdonald, a relative of Fin’s ex-girlfriend. Tormod is suffering from dementia and is not able to help identifying the body. His mind is confused. Fin is no longer in the police force and has come back to stay on the island. George Gunn, the local policeman, and Finn both try to identify
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of the better histroical thrillers
Recommended to Mark by: previous books and magdalena from GR
A body is found in a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis. Former policeman Finlay Macleod has returned to the Isle to pick up the pieces of the rest of his life. He finds that being a grandfather and finding out who the grandfather of his son really is.
Another well researched Island novel that tells the thriller about the identity of a orphan and the historical cruel treatment of orphans in the 20th century by religious organisations driven by the various faiths. And the impact these orphans had on
Julie  Durnell
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, england-uk
Another dark and atmospheric book in the Lewis trilogy set in the Hebrides of Scotland, but I enjoyed the forensic trail followed in the quest to find the murderer and connect all the missing links from a decades old story.
Deb Jones
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There's a lot going on in The Lewis Man, Peter May's second offering in the Lewis Trilogy. Set in the Outer Hebrides, the atmosphere, weather and landscape are as vital to the tale as the characters themselves.

Fin Macleod resigns from his position as a detective in the Edinburgh police force, and after finalizing his divorce from Mona, returns to his homeland on the Isle of Lewis after a nine-month absence there. Macleod pitches a tent on his parents' homestead and begins work on their croft to
Joanne Sheppard
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Around a year ago I reviewed a crime novel set on the Isle of Lewis: The Blackhouse by Peter May. I had a few fairly strong criticisms of it, but was sufficiently intrigued to give The Lewis Man, its sequel, a try.

I'm delighted to report that The Lewis Man struck me as a much better book than The Blackhouse, both for its plot and its characters, many of whom featured in The Blackhouse but are more solidly portrayed here. My other gripe about The Blackhouse was that things seemed to progress
Toni Osborne
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book #2, in The Lewis Trilogy

This second episode takes place sometime after the end of “The Blackhouse”. Finn MacLeod has returned to his emotional home on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and plans to restore his parents’ derelict house but before getting to the task, he finds himself embroiled in a murder case. The body of a man buried in a peat bog since the late 1950s….George Gunn, a constable on the island who worked with him before, hope to identify the victim and solve the case.

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