Haunted Ground

Haunted Ground

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A dazzling debut -- already an international publishing sensation -- combining forensics, history, archaeology, and suspense. Introducing Erin Hart, who brings the beauty, poignancy, mystery, and romance of the Irish countryside to her richly nuanced first novel. When farmers cutting turf in a peat bog make a grisly discovery -- the perfectly preserved severed head of a young woman with long red hair -- Irish archaeologist Cormac Maguire and American pathologist Nora Gavin team up in a case that will open old wounds. Peat bogs prevent decay, so the decapitated young woman could have been buried for two decades, two centuries, or even much longer. Who is she? When was she killed? The extraordinary find leads to even more disturbing puzzles. The red-haired girl is clearly a case for the archaeologists, not the police. Still, her tale may have shocking ties to the present, and Cormac and Nora must use cutting-edge techniques to preserve ancient evidence. And the red-haired girl is not the only enigma in this remote corner of Galway. Two years earlier, Mina Osborne, the local landowner's Indian-born wife, went for a walk with her young son and never returned. Did Mina simply decide to disappear, or did mother and child become lost in the treacherous bog? Could they, too, be hidden in its depths, only to be discovered centuries from now? Or did the landowner, Hugh Osborne, murder his family, as some villagers suspect? Bracklyn House, Osborne's stately home, holds many secrets for Nora and Cormac and policeman Garrett Devaney. But time is running out. Devaney's superiors want him off the Osborne case. Now. He wants to stay and find a killer. Meticulously crafted and resonating with traditional music and folklore, Haunted Ground celebrates Ireland's turbulent history, revealing the eternal, subliminal connections between past and present in a riveting novel that heralds the arrival of a bright new crime-writing star.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner, c2003.
ISBN: 9780743235051
Characteristics: 328 p. :,maps.


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Jun 15, 2015

This was a very good mystery set in Ireland. Written well and included many interesting facts. Bog people, archaeology and murder....you can't go wrong. I will be looking for more mysteries written by this author.

Dec 20, 2010

Interesting mix of archaeology and murder. Well written and a great read

Sep 06, 2010

Very enjoyable and well written. Archaeological info was interesting.

Jan 23, 2010

Wonderfully moody and interesting book. An old mystery and a new mystery expertly interwoven . Lots of interesting information on "bog people"--bodies almost perfectly preserved ,after hundreds or thousands of years, by the right combination of temperature and content of the bogs (in this case Ireland) This is fiction but bodies have been discovered in Britain and Europe when the bogs are harvested for heating fuel. Sometimes they are preserved so well that they can tell what the person injested for dinner thousands of years ago! The follow-up book "Lake of Sorrows "is good too. Fans of this book may also like "Crossing Places" by Ellie Griffiths.

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