- Title: Haunted Ground
- Author: Erin Hart
- ISBN: 9780340827598
- Page: 175
- Format: Paperback
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 yoA 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 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.
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I finished reading this book at lunch yesterday, but since then I have been puttering around gathering my thoughts. The truth is, right after finishing it, I was not sure what I felt. I definitely felt relieved, since there was a lot of jargon in it that I didn't care for, but I know I enjoyed it too.Firstly, this is not an easy book to get into initially. I read the first page of the book many times before I felt comfortable in going ahead. The first page is the most important page for me. I wo [...]
In books with historical content, I need to trust that the author has done the research. I did look up a few things, but trusted Erin Hart on several points. Being educated about Bog People and their preservation was really interesting. Considering the destruction of the peat bog in favor of a fuel source for personal use and profit versus the environmental impact of the harvesting of an un-renewable resource was also a thought provoking topic. I’m surprised more was not said about the flora a [...]
Haunted Ground is a book chosen by one of the book groups I am a member of. It is a book I would have probably overlooked on my own. Generally speaking I am not inclined to read gothic mysteries. That said, this is a pretty good book that has history and archaeology interwoven in a suspenseful plot with not one, but two, mysteries. The first centers around a severed head recovered from an Irish peat bog, the other concerning a missing woman and child from a nearby estate. Most enjoyable to me ar [...]
When a pair of scientists go to investigate an ancient body discovered in a bog, they stumble into a more modern mystery in a small Irish community.The author certainly has a way with language, but I found this book difficult to get interested in. The mystery story is coincidence-heavy, and I didn't feel that it meshed all that well with the archeological aspects. I thought the romance side of things was fairly flat, I just couldn't get why this couple was into each other. Part of that could be [...]
Rating Clarification: 3.5 StarsHaunted Ground is a very decent debut novel by writer Erin Hart. I enjoy reading stories where they have a historical subplot running along side of the present day story (in this case, the identity of a well preserved, decapitated head found in an Irish bog).Hart's writing is easy to cosy up to, and her characters are well drawn and interesting. The slight romantic component was probably my least favorite aspect of the book. It seemed a little forced, and didn't ad [...]
I thought this was a pretty good first book for this author. It was a bit slow in the middle after the surprising beginning of finding the red-head's head in the bog. Like others have said, I loved learning about bog bodies and some of the history of Ireland. The suspense began to build up after book 2 (this average-sized book is broken down into 3 "books"). (view spoiler)[Everything tied up so nicely in the end, yet I didn't feel it was contrived. (hide spoiler)] Pretty enjoyable read.
I've finally finished this book. Thank goodness. I listened to this in audiobook format (over 12 hours long), and I never felt engaged at all or as though I knew any of the characters -- I can't even remember their names at this moment -- or what was happening plot-wise, and I honestly didn't care. Even though the premise sounded interesting (albeit disturbing), the three or so sub-plots wound into one was too many, and the end was lackluster after the long road getting there.
Erin Hart, Haunted Ground (Scribner's, 2003)Erin Hart's first novel, Haunted Ground, shows some of the hallmarks of a first novel, but fortunately sheds them as the pages turn, and we end up with quite a fine read here. If you picked this up and couldn't get past the first few pages, press on. Trust me on this.The story revolves around an ensemble of characters, but the central two (who seem to be becoming a detective team, as Ms. Hart's website informs us that she is working on a second novel f [...]
Another volume in my attempt to read more mysteries - this one is an archaeological mystery set in Ireland, where a "bog body" has been discovered. The archaeologist and historian involved work on simultaneous mysteries - one set in ancient Ireland, and one in the present. I was impressed by the unique feeling of this book and it actually made me interested in the mystery itself (a small feat).
That synopsis sounds eerily familiar - have I read this already??If not, I want to.
I enjoyed this book. Interesting subject matter with a touch of forensics. Gothic setting. :)
A very well done mystery. Although the two protagonists had personal issues, these didn't overwhelm the story. I will definitely continue with this series.
Overall I did not find Haunted Ground enjoyable, which is disappointing since I would love to find some decent books set in Ireland. Haunted ground features tedious writing and a lot of superfluous details that add very little except boredom. I often felt as though I was reading through molasses I was so bored and bogged down with infodumps and far too many issues for one book to hold. There were two mysteries, each character brings a lot of personal issues, there was a forced attempt at a roman [...]
An oddly unfocused murder mystery with no assurance that there has even been a murder until late in the story. The severed head of a red-haired girl is found preserved in a peat bog in Ireland, and it is quickly determined that she died 400 years ago. A local woman and her young son simply disappeared from the face of the earth two years ago, and academics from Dublin, come to investigate the bog discovery, have the feeling that the two events are somehow connected. (I don't see why anyone who d [...]
While he is cutting turf in a peat bog, an Irish farmer discovers the well preserved remains of a beautiful red headed girl. Archaeologist Cormac Maguire and pathologist Nora Gavin are asked to investigate the find. As they spend time in the little town of Dunbeg, Cormac and Nora make discoveries about the unfortunate girl from the bog and also uncover clues in the recent disappearance of a mother and her young child.When I got this book I thought the story would focus mainly on the girl found i [...]
When the perfectly preserved head of a red-haired young woman is found in a in a peat bog on a farm in County Galway, Ireland, archaeologist Cormac Maguire and pathologist Nora Gavin are called in to consult on how long the head may have been there. Local police officer, Garrett Devaney, uses the discovery to resume his search for Mina Osborne and her son, whose disappearance two years ago still remains unsolved. Her husband, Hugh Osborne, has always been the main suspect and his land is located [...]
Like an archaeological dig site the plot of this book is revealed very slowly, in many layers upon layers. Numerous characters, plot and subplots galore, the storyline creeps along at a snail's pace and, as a rule, all of these things tend to get on my last nerve but not this time, because even though I was eager to find out the who, what, and why of everything, the waiting the worth it.Bravo, Erin Hart, on an excellent first novel. Looking forward to returning to the bogs of Ireland with you a [...]
The author frankly wanted to achieve too much with this story, maybe her first? Far too many strands woven together make for a pretty unbelievable story in the end. Quite good on characters and atmosphere although I found the dose of Mary Stewart she added to make the book earn its title somewhat overbearing.
It's like this book was made for me. History, bog bodies, romance, suspense--had me hooked from page one and binge reading every chance I got.
1.5 stars. How can all the things I love in a mystery; like archeology, bog men (woman in this case) and the setting of Ireland with it's folklore and nature be turned into such a boring book?
A great beginning to a mystery series. Great sense of place, set in Ireland. "Bog bodies" are Nora Gavin's specialty: bodies discovered while harvesting peat (a heating source in Ireland, with an ethical dilimma in continued use). The peat's properties preserve the bodies (and artifacts) in a way that makes it difficult to tell whether they've been there for one year, or a thousand. A little romantic tension with archaelogist Cormac Maguire, and the violent back story in Nora's life adds depth t [...]
DNF at this time - may return to book in the future
I enjoyed this mystery and found the premise of the body in the bog facinsting.
When I first started this, I wasn't too enthralled, but chapter by chapter it drew me in. I loved the Irish culture and history woven through the story. I look forward to reading more in the series.
Oh man, a mystery novel centered around a character who is fundamentally irrational and has already decided the husband is guilty without any evidence before even starting to investigate? Ugh! I cannot stand Nora. At least she gets proven wrong in the end, but why should the reader be cheering against the supposed main character?! The mystery itself is pretty easily solved if anybody paid attention to all of the other people around the estate. But, much like our so-called heroine, everyone but o [...]
I always enjoy archaeology mysteries. This one was the first of a series, set in Ireland, and won its author serious praise. As an American she wisely has her MC as an American but I did trip over American words and expressions in the wrong place. I do feel if a writer is going to write about someone else's country they ought to get basic Irish words and expressions correct especially if used by an Irish person.Still we have an interesting plot, a romance, a mystery and some reasonable chunks of [...]
Back in 2011 I had Mr. Turning the Pages try this one out since when he does read, he likes mysteries and he wanted to try something new, and he liked it a lot so I finally stopped dragging my feet and gave it a try earlier this year. Before I read this book I had no idea how common bog bodies were. I'd heard of them, but thought they were so rare that I was surprised to find out there was more out there than I thought. I thought it was fascinating how Nora came to Ireland to study bodies like t [...]
Haunted Ground begins with an Irish farmer cutting turf in a peat bog and finding more than he bargained for. The square of peat that he removes reveals a perfectly preserved head of a red-haired young woman. The local police call in Irish archaeologist Cormac Maguire and American pathologist Nora Gavin to work on the site and find out how long the bog has kept its secret. The searchers are unable to find the rest of the woman's remains. While the search is going on, local landowner Hugh Osborne [...]
Liked reading a local author, want to do more of that. Loved the Irish setting. Great for a vacation read.
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