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LAKE OF SORROWS
By Erin Hart
Traditional mystery (Nora Gavin)
March 2006 (mass market paperback release)
Pocket Star Books
The brooding landscape and haunted souls in Ireland's harsh rural areas again set the stage for Nora Gavin and Cormac McGuire to undisover murderous motives in Erin Hart's second mystery.
LAKE OF SORROWS opens with the discovery of a horrifically murdered victim from years ago, found in a peat bog. This body may have been subjected to the grisly triple death. Nora's skill as a pathologist and Cormac's as an archaeologist create a great deal of interest in their knowledge by local law enforcement when a newly slain corpse is found. This person also fell victim to the primitive custom of being slain three ways.
The onus of finding the killer weighs more heavily than ever with Nora and Gavin's future at stake.
Although the whodunnit aspect is a central component to both of Erin Hart's novels, the characters of both the desolate Irish countryside and her people provide depth to LAKE OF SORROWS and HAUNTED GROUND. The ways in which modern pathology and archaeology shed light on old bodies newly discovered and new motives for crimes keep a reader enthralled. Add in a thorough knowledge of Irish music and customs, and LAKE OF SORROWS provides the best of ancient and modern storytelling ways.
-- Reviewed by Lynne Perednia
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