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Skála

(Lewis Trilogy #1)

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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  22,903 ratings  ·  2,547 reviews
Skotský ostrov Lewis je krásné, ale drsné odlehlé místo bez stromů, bičované větry a pokryté vřesovišti. Topí se tam rašelinou a mluví gaelsky. A snad jen strach lidí z Boha je tam silnější než starost o živobytí. Pod zástěrkou víry však přežívají staré pohanské hodnoty a prapůvodní touha po krvi a pomstě. Na ostrov přijíždí nedávnou ztrátou syna poznamenaný policejní dete ...more
Audiobook, 392 pages
Published 2013 by Radioservis (first published 2009)
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Stephen Gray I have just finished reading this trilogy. I really loved everything about it. The story-lines, the characters, the style of writing but most of all…moreI have just finished reading this trilogy. I really loved everything about it. The story-lines, the characters, the style of writing but most of all the wonderful feel for the Hebridean Islands and Lewis in particular. You can almost taste, feel and smell these islands - it has made me want to visit again, soon! I have rarely read such amazing writing in a crime fiction book.(less)
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Jeffrey Keeten
“Knew, too, that it wasn’t just Mona he wanted to run away from. It was everything. Back to a place where life had once seemed simple. A return to childhood, back to the womb. How easy it was now to ignore the fact that he had spent most of his adult life avoiding just that. Easy to forget that as a teenager nothing had seemed more important to him than leaving.”

Detective Fin Macleod is sent back to the place where he was bred, born, burnished, and raised as an orphan. A murder has happened on
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Arah-Lynda
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arah-Lynda by: Andrew Smith
Shelves: i-said, paperwhite
We left on the midnight tide, diesel engines thudding as we slipped out into the bay from the relative shelter of the harbour, facing into the huge swell, waves breaking over the bow to pour in foaming rivers across the deck.   It seemed no time at all until the lights of Ness were swallowed by the night as we yawed and pitched into open seas beyond the Butt of Lewis.  The last thing to vanish was the comforting flash of the lighthouse on the clifftop at the Butt, and when that was gone there wa ...more
Andrew Smith
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having recently read and enjoyed Peter May’s stand-alone book Entry Island, I was urged by several of my Goodreads friends to seek out his Lewis Trilogy. I also recalled that a former colleague of mine – someone who hardly ever picked up a book of any description – had read this mini-series and pronounced it the ‘best thing I’ve ever read’. Ok, it might have been the only thing he ever read, but all signs seemed to be pointing in the same direction.

So I launched myself into this book with high h
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Jaline
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xx2017-completed
This novel is the first of a trilogy – the Lewis Trilogy. The Isle of Lewis is the largest island in the outer Hebrides. It is 683 square miles (1,770 square kilometres), has a population of less than 20,000, and was once part of The Norse Kingdom of Mann and the Isles.

The story within this novel is simply amazing, and beautifully written. Heart-pounding moments of man against the elements and man against man. There is a murder involved which draws our main character, CID Fin Macleod back to the
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Lori
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved seeing the island through May's eyes and Fin's memories of growing up there. The writing is excellent. The murder mystery read like an overlay of an additional story and the explanation at the end was a bit of a letdown. That being said, I ordered the sequel as soon as finished this one. Rounding up 4 stars.
Phrynne
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books
This book practically read itself it was so good. We nearly had no lunch today because I could not find a place in the text where I wanted to stop!
I loved all the descriptions of the Hebrides, somewhere I have not been but would love to see one day. The author manages to create the scene so well and it is a very fitting place to set this tale of mystery and murder.
The main character, Fin, has returned to the village where he spent his childhood and periodically through the story we revisit those
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Paula Kalin
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Literary mystery fans
Recommended to Paula by: Michael
The Blackhouse is the first of a trilogy written by Peter May which won The Barry Award in 2013. Set in the harsh northern region of the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, the author masterfully describes the Gaelic culture and terrain so well that you feel you are there.

Detective Inspector Fin Macleod returns to his childhood home to investigate a murder very similar to one he is working on in Edinburgh. The victim is a bully from his past that brings back many unpleasant memories some remembered and
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
There is something alluring (at least for me) with crime novels placed on islands, especially those far up in the north, with bad weather and people that have known each other for generations. I mean it wouldn't be the same if it would be set on a Caribbean paradise, for instance, who would ever want to leave in the first place. Too idyllic, I prefer more these dark and rugged places with old secrets.

Fin Macleod (From the clan Macleod…sorry I'm a child of the 80s and I love the Highlander) retur
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Richard Derus
Rating: 3* of five, but just barely

The Publisher Says: From acclaimed author and television dramatist Peter May comes the first book in the Lewis Trilogy--a riveting mystery series set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, a formidable and forbidding world where tradition rules and people adhere to ancient ways of life. When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that has the hallmarks of a killing he's investigating on the mainland, Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin
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Beverly
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Brenda
Detective Sergeant Fin Macleod wasn’t impressed when he was told he had to go to the Isle of Lewis to investigate a grisly murder that had similarities to an Edinburgh murder he was currently investigating. Fin came from the island and hadn’t returned for eighteen years – he had no desire to return. There were too many memories –most of them bad…

With Detective Constable George Gunn as his driver and assistant while on the island, Fin found the hostile and reticent nature of the locals hadn’t cha
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Michael
Fin is an Edinburgh detective who returns to the Lewis Island community of his origins in the Outer Hebrides because of the similar MO of a new murder to one he is working on. A man is found hung with his bowels sliced open. It turns out that the victim was the chief bully and nemesis from his childhood. His search for suspects among his many enemies forces him to deal with many painful memories from his youth, including his own failures with his first love who is now married to his former best ...more
Janet
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like mysteries set in remote locations in the United Kingdom, brooding weather, a tortured detective, a hostile boss, family secrets and some gritty forensic scenes, then, like me, you'll love this book.

The remote location is the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Hebrides and the weather is obligingly nasty. Fin Macleod was born and raised on the island, but left as soon as he could and has returned only once in eighteen years, for a family funeral. But now he's been assigned to work a murder
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Bam
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this first mystery in the Lewis trilogy, we are introduced to detective inspector Fin MacLeod of Edinburgh. In the midst of a personal tragedy that is tearing his marriage apart, he is given an assignment to go to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and investigate the grisly murder of a local resident. Why involve Fin? This murder seems to be quite similar to one that occurred in Edinburgh that Fin is already handling. And he grew up on the Isle of Lewis, knows the residents as well as t ...more
Marita
The Blackhouse is not so much a police procedural as it is a revisiting of DI Fin Macleod's past when he is sent to the Isle of Lewis by the powers that be to establish whether a murder committed on that island is linked to another previous one in Edinburgh.

A blackhouse as per Wikipedia.

Emotionally Fin is not in a good place when he sets off to tackle this task (I leave the circumstances for you to read), and now he has to face a place and people he has long since left behind. Fin has to come to
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Stuart Goodwin
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having finished a rather weighty feminist tome I felt the need for something lighter, pacier and so turned to the Black House. I discovered this book in a Charity Shop in Lichfield and bought it mainly because of the location, the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. You see, I have worked as a Mountain Guide for Walkabout Scotland on and off since 2006, walking, or working on, many of the Isles including Skye, Mull and Iona. Lewis I have not been to so the book was meant to plug the gap. Howeve ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: She sees the dark shape drift out of the shadows almost at the same time she feels it. Soft and cold and heavy. She lets out an involuntary cry.

"For God's sake, Ceit!" Ulleam comes after her, frustration added now to desire and anxiety, and his feet slide away from under him, for all the world like he has stepped on ice. He lands heavily on his elbow and a pain shoots through his arm. "Shit!" The floor is wet with diesel. He feels it soaking through the seat of his trousers. It is on h
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Christine
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am slightly late (ahem!) in discovering The Lewis Trilogy, to my shame. This is the first book in the series following Fin Macleod, set in the north of Scotland. It is a murder mystery, as much as it is a human interest story. Fin’s past is as absorbing, as the hunt for the killer.

Fin Macleod goes back to the Isle of Lewis, when a murder there bears a striking similarity to his current case in Edinburgh. Fin is forced to confront the many people he left behind and to face memories. We follow t
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Anna
With its ‘evil lies within’ tag on the cover and ‘the hunter becomes the hunted’ in the blurb, this book sounded right up my street, and I loved the beginning of it. The creepy remote Scottish island setting, early gruesome murder and gorily detailed post mortem reminded me of the excellent Written in Bone by Simon Beckett, and I was excited to have found another great mystery/thriller author.

Sadly though, he peaked at this point. The rest of the book fizzled out into a nothingness with far too
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Julie
The Black House by Peter May is a 2011 Quercus publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

The Isle of Lewis is a place Fin Macleod thought he would never have to visit again. But, as fate would have it a murder has been committed on the Isle of Lewis that bears a remarkable similarity to a murder case Fin is working on in Edinburgh. So, he is told to he must check out this latest murder to see if the crimes could be related.

F
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Ammar
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a truly example of a book that moves the reader to a whole new experience. The isle of Lewis the northern east tip of Scotland... an island away from everything.. harsh winters.. fishermen...rain

Fin Macleod who left the island and became a policeman in mainland Scotland, return to isle of Lewis when a murder takes place that’s an identical murder he is investigating in Edinburgh.

His return sparks a deluge of memories than span 30 years. Secrets and stories. Plots and images. The 8
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Carolyn
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fin McLeod, a detective in Edinburgh has been sent to the Hebridean island of Lewis to investigate a brutal murder that resembles one he has been investigating in Edinburgh. Fin himself was raised on Lewis and has many memories he hasn't revisited since he left to go to University. However, when he discovers that the murdered man is an old schoolyard foe, he is drawn back into his old world as he investigates past friends and faces up to old events.

Peter May has an excellent ability to draw fine
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Harry
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Categorized as mystery novel, Peter May’s The Blackhouse (#1 in The Lewis Trilogy) could just as easily fall within a coming-of-age mystery novel, or fall within what I call the “ethno-mystery” genre. Take Krueger’s Ordinary Grace, a brilliant stand-alone novel about a story of the murder of a beautiful young woman in 1961 Minnesota. The seed that drives the entire novel is this crime but Kreuger, a master craftsman of the novel, invites us to scrutinize the consequences of being unju
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Metodi Markov
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimy, modern, uk
Не знам защо, но тази чудесна книга се рекламира като трилър или криминален роман. Според мен, тя не е напълно нито едно от двете.

Явява се по скоро хроника на живота на остров Люис и историята на двама приятели - Фин и Артър. И пак има раздвоение - единия се е опитал да промени предопределения си живот, другия не... Връзката, която ги обвързва остава силна, дори след 17 годишна раздяла. Има и една невъзможна, почти свръхестествена любов. А Маршели е най-красивото име за героиня в сигурно последн
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Liz
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I’ve read by Peter May and I’m looking forward to the next. May writes with a dramatic flair, probably left over from his fifteen years of writing scripts for television. Much of this book reads like a TV drama and, somewhat surprisingly, it really works.

Be warned that The Blackhouse is not fully a crime drama or police procedural like I, for one, was expecting. That disappointed me a little initially but I found that the story of Fin’s past on the island was worth sacrif
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Jenny
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
The Blackhouse is book one of the Lewis Trilogy. Detective Fin Macleod was suffering from grief after his son died when his boss dispatched him to the Isle of Lewis after a murder took place that represented one of his cases. However, this was not an easy assignment for Detective Fin Macleod because he was going home. The readers of Blackhouse will follow the twist and turns into Detective Fin Macleod investigation.

Reading The Blackhouse allowed me to fill in parts of the story of The Lewis Man
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Greenelander
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black, tartan
Different from the usual crime novel in its careful attention to character. I liked how the natural environment of Lewis in itself becomes a character by virtue of some excellent descriptive writing. In the end though, it all became a bit much of a muchness: the pace slowed to a stodgy crawl as May padded it out to as close to 400 pages as possible---can you hear the marketers' whips cracking?---and I was skipping vast chunks just to get it over with. Never a good sign.
Malia
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed The Blackhouse, a book with a gripping plot, multi-faceted protagonist and deeply atmospheric setting. The writing was engaging, and I felt immersed in the story, which shifted from past to present. Though the ending wasn't as spectacular as I had hoped, given the intensity of the built up, I enjoyed this book quite a bit and would read the others in the series as well. Recommended!

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Stephanie
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery, thriller
The One Sentence Summary: An Edinburgh detective is called to investigate a murder in his childhood home on the Isle of Lewis and in doing so, has to confront his past.

The Meat and Potatoes: Detective Fin Macleod hasn’t been back to the Isle of Lewis, where he was raised, in years. But when the mutilated body of a murder victim is found there, bearing the same post-mortem injuries as a case he’s investigating in Edinburgh, he’s sent back to investigate any possible connections. The Lewis victim
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Ellen
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Blackhouse (Lewis Trilogy, #1) by Peter May.

This was my first novel by Peter May which won the Barry Award for Best Novel.

The story centers on the relationship between between Fin Macleod and Artair Macinnes both raised in their hometown of Crobost. The third wheel, so to speak, in their alliance is a farm girl Marsaili. Their relationship is thrown off balance and often teeters back & forth due to Marsaili.

A gruesome murder is discovered in the black house the feelings of most of the
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“But the one thing Fin had learned from his years in the police was that however much you believed you had them figured out, people invariably surprised you.” 13 likes
“Life went past you in a flash, like a bus on a rainy night in Ness. You had to be sure it saw you and stopped to let you on, otherwise it was gone without you, and you would be left with a miserable walk home in the wind and the wet.” 7 likes
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