I am not a mystery reader. However, when I started Erin Hart's book, Haunted Ground, I couldn't put it down. My friend Michelle gave it to me because she knows I am totally in love with Britain, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. I'm also a history-anthropology-archaeology buff and a music/arts buff, so this book was absolutely perfect before I started reading it because it has EVERYTHING!
The book had a great sense of place: you really got "that Irish feel." Lots of stories and legends are mentioned. Cormac is a session flute player. Nora sings magnificently. The characters speak in brogue. It's Irish all right. Love it!
Well, as soon as I finished Haunted Ground, I had to run to the library for her next two books, Lake of Sorrows and False Mermaid. I couldn't even wait to buy them through my Amazon Prime account, I was that desperate to read them right away. (Sorry, Amz, I still love you!)
Now I'm reading False Mermaid, which takes place in St Paul, Minnesota (Yay, MN!). Nora has returned to solve her sister Triona's murder. And yes, there is a bog of sorts and other Irish bits like selkies and of course, Cormac. I'm about a quarter way through, so I can't tell you more right now. But I can say this: once again, I can't put it down. After work, I am rushing home to read it!
If you want to learn more about Erin Hart (who is totally cool, by the way) visit her website. And check out her books at the library or on Amazon. You won't be sorry.