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The Blackhouse

A Novel
May, Peter (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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When a grisly murder occurs on a Scottish island, Edinburgh detective Fin Macleod must confront his past if he is ever going to discover if the killing has a connection to another one that took place on the mainland.
Authors: May, Peter, 1951-
Title: The Blackhouse
a novel
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : SilverOak, 2012
Characteristics: 357 p. : maps ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: When a grisly murder occurs on a Scottish island, Edinburgh detective Fin Macleod must confront his past if he is ever going to discover if the killing has a connection to another one that took place on the mainland.
Alternate Title: Black house
ISBN: 1454901276
9781454901273
Branch Call Number: FICTION May
Statement of Responsibility: Peter May
Subject Headings: Scotland Fiction Murder Investigation Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Murder
LCCN: 2012016939
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When a grisly murder occurs on a Scottish island, Edinburgh detective Fin Macleod must confront his past if he is ever going to discover if the killing has a connection to another one that took place on the mainland. (worldcat.org)


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Truly LOVED this book! The way the back story is shared was perfect for me and after a trip to the outer western Irish coast last year, I could imagine the setting (with his talent for description) so much better. The entire trip to kill and bring back gannet babies was amazingly horrible yet interestingly maintained a connection to tradition and the ancestry. Highly recommended!

Well developed bullies as well!

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The Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Hebrides is not the kind of setting one might associate with a series of murder investigations. Unfortunately, that's precisely what Detective Fin Macleod finds himself immersed in. The brooding setting and Gaelic language touches don't prevent "The Blackhouse" from being a thrilling read.
- Jenny Baum, Jefferson Market

Mar 19, 2014
  • axeman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lots of atmosphere and a great story. I would recommend this for sure.

May 31, 2013
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When he started university, Detective Fin Macleod had been relieved to leave the small, isolated community on the Isle of Lewis where he grew up. However, when he is called back there to investigate a murder similar to one he is handling in Edinburgh, he is welcomed by most of his old school friends and feels himself drawn back into that world of half-forgotten memories. Involved again, against his will, in the annual ritual of the barbaric guga hunt, he is forced to face the effects of dark secrets that lie hidden in the community.

Jan 22, 2013
  • didobyrnes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this novel very much. Great atmospheric and accurate descriptions. Unlike another reviewer I had no problem with the angst-filled detective or his personal baggage. However, if I lived on Lewis I'd stay away from bad luck Fin: many tragic things seem to happen to those close to him. I felt that huge back story not only furthered the mystery but will be needed for the rest of the trilogy May has written.

NYPL, where is the second book ,The Lewis Man?

Jan 11, 2013
  • katiej13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel is outstanding. Top-notch mystery, intriguing setting and fascinating back story. Good writing too. A+A+A+

I only read 1/3 of this book. I am really quite tired of detectives filled with angst and hauling personal baggage. Sure, it can be hard to go back home, but just solve the mystery.

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