Erin Hart has written four excellent mysteries, combining in each one ancient Irish mythology and history, and a modern day mystery – and with each one set in a different part of Ireland, several key and returning characters, and other characters playing their roles in just that specific setting, all well drawn and clear.
Here they are,in order from first to most recent: Haunted Ground, 2003; Lake of Sorrows, 2004; False Mermaid, 2010, partly set in St. Paul, Minnesota; and The Book of Killowen, 2013. I had heard about these books, but actually ran into one of them, The Book of Killowen, right after I moved early in January. Even before I finished it, I had ordered the other three from the library – and started with the beginning, reading all four all the way through.
Being Irish American, I am always hungry for news from the homeland, whether from today, yesterday or eleven hundred years ago. Each one of these is delicious and satisfies that hunger. My favorite, though, is Killowen – because the mystery at the heart of it is about that book from long ago, and the repercussions today. And because I am a writer who loves puzzles.
You might just they satisfy your hunger, too.