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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.

Synopsis:

The dazzling, award-winning debut in a series that delivers mystery, romance, suspense, and fascinating forensic detail

When farmers cutting turf in an Irish peat bog make a grisly discovery — the perfectly preserved head of a young woman with long red hair — Irish archaeologist Cormac Maguire and American pathologist Nora Gavin must use cutting-edge techniques to preserve ancient evidence. Because the bog's watery, acidic environment prevents decay, it's difficult to tell how long the red-haired girl has been buried — two years, two centuries, or even much longer. Who is she? The extraordinary find leads to even more disturbing puzzles. The red-haired girl is not the only enigma in this remote corner of Galway. Two years earlier, Mina Osborne, the wife of a local landowner, went for a walk with her young son and vanished without a trace. Could they, too, be hidden in the bog's treacherous depths, only to be discovered centuries from now? Or did Hugh Osborne murder his family, as some villagers suspect? Bracklyn House, Osborne's stately home, holds many secrets, and Nora and Cormac's inquiries threaten to expose them all.

Synopsis:

Farmers cutting turf from a peat bog in Ireland unearth a perfectly preservedsevered head of a young woman with long, red hair. Irish archaeologist CormacMaguire and American pathologist Nora Gavin team up to identify the woman anddiscover why she was murdered.

About the Author

Erin Hart is a theater critic and former administrator at the Minnesota State Arts Board. A lifelong interest in Irish traditional music led her to cofound Minnesota’s Irish Music and Dance Association. She and her husband, musician Paddy O’Brien, live in St. Paul, Minnesota, and frequently visit Ireland. Erin Hart was nominated for the Agatha and Anthony Awards for her debut novel, Haunted Ground, and won the Friends of American Writers Award in 2004. Visit her website at ErinHart.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743272100
Author:
Hart, Erin
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Erin Hart, Lake of Sorrows, Ireland, Elizabeth George, Daphne du Maurier, mystery, Friends of American Writers, crime, Agatha and Anthony Awards for Best First Mystery, BOMC Best Mystery, folklore, bodies, peat bogs, bog bodies, Irish traditional music, c
Subject:
Erin Hart, Lake of Sorrows, Ireland, Elizabeth George, Daphne du Maurier, mystery, Friends of American Writers, crime, Agatha and Anthony Awards for Best First Mystery, BOMC Best Mystery, folklore, bodies, peat bogs, bog bodies, Irish traditional music, c
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 10.22 oz

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Product details 352 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780743272100 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The dazzling, award-winning debut in a series that delivers mystery, romance, suspense, and fascinating forensic detail

When farmers cutting turf in an Irish peat bog make a grisly discovery — the perfectly preserved head of a young woman with long red hair — Irish archaeologist Cormac Maguire and American pathologist Nora Gavin must use cutting-edge techniques to preserve ancient evidence. Because the bog's watery, acidic environment prevents decay, it's difficult to tell how long the red-haired girl has been buried — two years, two centuries, or even much longer. Who is she? The extraordinary find leads to even more disturbing puzzles. The red-haired girl is not the only enigma in this remote corner of Galway. Two years earlier, Mina Osborne, the wife of a local landowner, went for a walk with her young son and vanished without a trace. Could they, too, be hidden in the bog's treacherous depths, only to be discovered centuries from now? Or did Hugh Osborne murder his family, as some villagers suspect? Bracklyn House, Osborne's stately home, holds many secrets, and Nora and Cormac's inquiries threaten to expose them all.

"Synopsis" by , Farmers cutting turf from a peat bog in Ireland unearth a perfectly preservedsevered head of a young woman with long, red hair. Irish archaeologist CormacMaguire and American pathologist Nora Gavin team up to identify the woman anddiscover why she was murdered.
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