The Book of Killowen

The Book of Killowen

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"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? "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013
Edition: First Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451634846
Branch Call Number: FICTION HART
Characteristics: 332 p. : maps ; 24 cm


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Oct 29, 2017

One of the most time-wasting mysteries I have ever read. The plot is contrived. The characters are fabrications, and the dialog is absurd. The prose is television. Do people actually get paid for writing novels like this?

Dec 27, 2014

Not bad, just not interested enough to read other books. Some historical interest & details of era.

Nov 15, 2013

This was a wonderful literary experience, tying together the past and present with both fact and fictional characters that a reader can't help but love and/or hate completely! The artistry of the author in changing our minds between blaming each of the suspects as well as the way he helped us to just barely see what the stroke-victim father was trying to communicate before the other characters in the book was wonderful! Said author shows great understanding of different types of people and how they can react to one another in life and off-center situations like this.

Sep 18, 2013

Was anyone else like me, wanting to yell at Cormac for not hearing what his dad was trying to say at the end? I would agree with others, it did take awhile for the story to build steam, and then sent you running around all over the hamlet.

May 05, 2013

While the story did get off to a slow start, it picked up pretty quickly. When it did pick up, the story became one that I did not want to put down! Erin Hart joins a story of mystery and murder with one of an archaeological discovery and she does an amazing job with this. I am looking forward to reading her other books!

Apr 10, 2013

This is the fourth book in the McGuire/ Gavin series that always intertwines an old mystery with a new one. The books almost always open with the discovery of a bog body which is interesting since a ten year old body can look pretty much like a 2000 year old bog body. Often the books contain alot of Irish folklore but not so much in this installment. This may be the weekest entry in the series so far but it is still a joy to read. Hart does tend to write in spurts (you might get a title for two years in a row and then nothing for four years) so I've made up my mind to enjoy each book because , in general, I love this series so much.

akarenina Mar 12, 2013

Once again this mystery is an interesting combination of bog-body research in Ireland and ancient Christian manuscripts. Hart has done a good job creating a "closed room" mystery, but not a good job helping the reader keep all the characters straight. The story line of Cormac's father who struggles with language after a stroke, although loosely connected thematically, is basically a distraction.


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