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The Book of Killowen (Hardcover)

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I love diving into a book by Erin Hart because her love of Ireland just shines through, and The Book of Killowen (no signed copies available – sorry!) is no exception. This fourth book in the Nora Gavin/Cormac Maguire series finds them investigating the body of a medieval bog man found in the trunk of a car, which was also buried in the bog. And underneath the bog man is a substantially more modern corpse. All the nearby residents become suspects, especially the group of people living in the artists’ community, Killowen Farm, since they all seem to have something to hide, and the wife of the modern body is an artist in residence. Nora and Cormac really want to concentrate on discovering the secrets of the medieval bog man, but their investigation is deeply intertwined with the modern death, and they have to work with local detective, Stella Cusack, in order to figure everything out.

Erin Hart always crafts a strong story, and she has some twists in The Book of Killowen that I definitely didn’t see coming, much to my delight. But as always, it’s the people who captured me, and I was impressed with how much attention Ms. Hart gave to her detective. We really get to know Stella, and I have to admit, I’d love to see more of her. And Ireland! Oh my, every book by Erin Hart always finds me swearing that soon – soon! – I will visit Ireland! Her love of history and how it impacts our modern lives, her respect for the people and the areas all conspire to draw me in. I just wish she’d write faster!

— Fran


An ancient volume of philosophical heresy provides a motive for murder in this haunting, lyrical novel of forensics, archeology, and history--the fourth in an acclaimed suspense series.

What sort of book is worth a man's life? After a year away from working in the field, archaeologist Cormac Maguire and pathologist Nora Gavin are back in the bogs, investigating a ninth-century body found buried in the trunk of a car. They discover that the ancient corpse is not alone--pinned beneath it is the body of Benedict Kavanagh, missing for mere months and familiar to television viewers as a philosopher who enjoyed destroying his opponents in debate. Both men were viciously murdered, but centuries apart--so how did they end up buried together in the bog?

While on the case, Cormac and Nora lodge at Killowen, a nearby artists' colony, organic farm, and sanctuary for eccentric souls. Digging deeper into the older crime, they become entangled in high-stakes intrigue encompassing Kavanagh's death while surrounded by suspects in his ghastly murder. It seems that everyone at Killowen has some secret to protect.

Set in modern-day Ireland, The Book of Killowen reveals a new twist on the power of language--and on the eternal mysteries of good and evil.

Praise For…

Can the arcane science and lore of the Irish "bog people," who often died alone and in agony, be fuel for a mystery that actually does what The Da Vinci Code tried to do? A thousand times yes, if Erin Hart's storytelling witchery is at work. Intelligent, eerie, utterly compelling.
-Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and What We Saw At Night

“Hart’s foray into soggy Killowen has a rock-solid foundation of musical language and deft plotting.”

Hart combines powerful insights into human nature andpristine prose with history and archeology in her stellar fourth crime novel… [TheBook of Killowen] offers food for thought that persists beyond theimmediate thrill of a well-told tale.”

"A textured, multifaceted plot that holds the reader from beginning to end. And a high energy,

exciting finale [that] only adds to the pleasure. Another strong entry in an outstanding series."

THE BOOK OF KILLOWEN is as much a treasure as the archeological marvels the peat preserves. It leaves the reader satisfied, yet yearning for the next adventure of this likeable pair of sleuths.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781451634846
ISBN-10: 1451634846
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: March 5th, 2013
Pages: 332
Language: English