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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Monday, October 07, 2013

The Black House

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Book 5 for RIP..

The Black House by Peter May.

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: SilverOak (October 2, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1454901276

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From acclaimed author and television dramatist Peter May comes the first book in the Lewis Trilogy--a riveting mystery series set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, a formidable and forbidding world where tradition rules and people adhere to ancient ways of life.

When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that has the hallmarks of a killing he's investigating on the mainland, Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin Macleod is dispatched to see if the two deaths are connected. His return after nearly two decades not only represents a police investigation, but a voyage into his own troubled past. As Fin reconnects with the places and people of his tortured childhood, he feels the island once again asserting its grip on his psyche. And every step forward in solving the murder takes him closer to a dangerous confrontation with the tragic events of the past that shaped--and nearly destroyed--Fin's life.
The Blackhouse is a thriller of rare power and vision that explores the darkest recesses of the soul.

This was a really good book!!

I knew it to be a murder mystery with a detective from Scotland (who once lived on the Isle of Lewis) but I didn’t expect two stories for the price of one!  Woot!

The first story is, of course, the murder mystery.  A man that Finn had gone to school with.. a bully as it were.  Many remembered him and just as many were not saddened that he was dead.  That makes for a who done it !

The second story is that of Finn growing up as a child on the Isle of Lewis.  He and his best friend both falling for the same young girl, who was going to school with them.  Seemingly this story of his youth one might guess that it was just so you got to really know Fin and why he was the man he was…   but in there lies many secrets… some of which even Fin had no memory of!

Like I said.. good book!!!!

I totally enjoyed this book and was surprised at having the story of Fin and the murder both to solve! 

I will not get into what the book is about any more then the Amazon review.  I don’t want to give anything away for those who might want to try it!

And so ends book Five for RIP !!

6 Comments:

Blogger Susan said...

Love your review, Pat. I really enjoyed this book too. So much so that I bought the second one recently - it's on my tbr shelf. The sad thing is, the first book I could only get from the library! Strange.

I loved the setting up on the Isle of Lewis, and that backstory/second story is really interesting. I never guessed the reason why he was telling it. It is such a good, dark mystery. I'm so thrilled you enjoyed it too.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Cath said...

I'm so glad you liked it, Pat. It was one of my favourite books from last year. I got totally lost in it while I was reading.

Funny I never realised how big Lewis was until I looked at your map here. It's 'massive'.

4:45 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Susan and Cath: yup I loved the book.. I got so into Fin that I nearly lost the "murder'! lol.. I don't know if I will ever read book 2... amazon has it for an outrageous price!!

6:15 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

I love the sound of this...EXCEPT for the first in a trilogy thing. *sigh* Is it a book that will stand on its own pretty well, or is going to leave me craving the next one?

5:51 PM  
Blogger Geranium Cat said...

I think I remember when Cath read this, I thought I'd got to get it from the library. Promptly forgot, but I'm being more organised now, so it's going on the to-be-requested list.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Carl V. Anderson said...

It sounds like a really good book, most especially because of its setting. I love reading mysteries set in England, Scotland, Ireland and thereabouts. Not just mysteries actually, any story practically. They are such starkly beautiful locations and all that history adds so much depth to the story, in my opinion.

8:20 AM  

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