14 February 2013

The Book of Killowen; Erin Hart

The Book of Killowen (Nora Gavin, #4)The Book of Killowen by Erin Hart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

With most mystery series, you don't need to read them in order, and this one is no different. Hart's "detectives" are Amateur Sleuth, involved with antiquities - specifically, the bog people/items often found in Ireland's peat bogs. As usual, the story is based in some fact (the Bog Person here was a famous philosopher of the 9th century, Psalters have been found in bogs and some were preserved in shrines) mixed with a lot of supposal (there's no proof that eirugenia was murdered, much less in Ireland).

Intertwined with that is the modern day murder mystery (or, by the end, mysteries) and the question of who is really who, etc. The problem is that part isn't as well plotted - I could see the twists coming and while they weren't telegraphed, there were few surprises. Still, that's par for the course in this genre. And if you're a huge fan of mysteries set in Ireland, or the Amateur Sleuth, this series is definitely for you.

ARC provided by publisher.

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