By Erin Hart
Pathologist Nora Gavin remains haunted by a cold case that nearly cost her sanity five years ago: her sister Tríona’s brutal murder. After failing to bring the killer to justice three years ago, Nora fled to Ireland, throwing herself into her work and taking the first steps in a new relationship with Irish archaeologist Cormac Maguire. She’s driven home by unwelcome news: Tríona’s husband—and the prime suspect in her murder—is about to remarry. Nora is determined to succeed this time, even if it means confronting unsettling secrets. As she digs ever closer to the truth, the killer zeroes in on Tríona’s young daughter. Back in Ireland, Cormac Maguire heads north to visit his ailing father, and seizes upon the local tale of a woman who vanished a hundred years ago. Was she a seal-maiden who returned to the sea, or was some more sinister force at work in her disappearance? As painful truths come to light, Nora is drawn deeper into a past that still threatens to engulf her and must determine how much she is prepared to sacrifice to put one tragedy to rest . . .and to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself.
Erin Hart writes a series of archaeological crime novels set in the mysterious boglands of Ireland. Her debut novel, Haunted Ground, introduced readers to pathologist Nora Gavin and archaeologist Cormac Maguire. In addition to winning the Friends of American Writers award and Romantic Times Best First Mystery, the book was shortlisted for Anthony and Agatha awards, and was named by Book-Of-The-Month Club and ALA Booklist as one of the best crime novels of 2003. The second in the series, Lake of Sorrows, was a Minnesota Book Award finalist in 2004. False Mermaid, the long-awaited third novel in the series, will be published in March 2010, and has already won critical accolades from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal. Erin’s works have been translated into 11 foreign languages around the globe. She lives in Saint Paul with her husband, Irish button accordion player Paddy O’Brien, with whom she frequently visits Ireland, carrying out essential research in bogs and cow pastures and castles and pubs.
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OTHER PUBLISHED BOOKS/ILLUSTRATIONS
Irish archaeologist and American pathologist dig into parallel mysteries: preserved bog remains, and a landowner’s missing wife and son.
Friends of American Writers Award, 2004
Romantic Times Best First Mystery 2003
Agatha, Best First Mystery 2003
Anthony, Best First Mystery 2003
LAKE OF SORROWS
Two bodies are discovered in an Irish bog – one ancient, one modern – amid rumors of ancient gold and ritual sacrifice.
Minnesota Book Award 2004
I’m also a singer, mostly unaccompanied songs from the Irish and Scottish tradition.
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