When farmers cutting turf in an Irish peat bog make a grisly discovery, the perfectly intact body of a young woman with long red hair, archaeologist Cormac O'Callaghan...
When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them. The bones turn out to be two thousand years old....
There's something wrong with Ashburn House. It has been the subject of rumours for close to a century. Following the owner's death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property....
With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper-class society....
Former police detective Jayne Sinclair receives a phone call from an adopted American billionaire asking her to discover the identity of his real father....
When Abi inherits her uncle's quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions....
Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born - though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery....
FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is on the hunt for that most rare of all killers: a female serial....
Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure...
In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance....
In AD 664 King Oswy of Northumbria has convened a synod at Whitby to hear debate between the Roman and Celtic Christian Churches and decide which shall be granted primacy in his kingdom....
Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air....
As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening....
In the summer of 1922, Robert Shannon, a young American hero of the Great War, lands in Ireland....
The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia....
Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy and destroyed his career....
DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she's seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She's gotten tough on the criminals....
The charm of spending the Christmas holidays in South Wales, with its crumbling castles and ancient myths, seems the perfect distraction from Lyn's nightmares....
American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstances, she was ultimately led back to the one mystery she was unable to solve: the murder of her sister, Trona. Nora can't move forward until she goes back to her home, to the scene of the crime, to the source of her nightmares and her deepest regrets.
Determined to put her sister's case to rest and anxious about her 11-year-old niece, Elizabeth, Nora returns to Saint Paul, Minnesota, to find that her brother-in-law, Peter Hallett, is about to remarry and has plans to leave the country with his new bride. Nora has long suspected Hallett in Trona's murder, though there has never been any proof of his involvement, and now she believes that his new wife and Elizabeth may both be in danger. Time is short, and as Nora begins reinvestigating her sister's death, missed clues and ever-more disturbing details come to light. What is the significance of the "false mermaid" seeds found on Trona's body? Why was her behavior so erratic in the days before her murder?
Is there a link between Trona's death and that of another young woman? Nora's search for answers takes her from the banks of the Mississippi to the cliffs of Ireland, where the eerie story of a fisherman's wife who vanished more than a century ago offers up uncanny parallels. As painful secrets come to light, Nora is drawn deeper into a past that still threatens to engulf her and must determine how much she is prepared to sacrifice to put one tragedy to rest...and to make sure that history doesn't repeat itself.
I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It took me several chapters to get used to the strong irish accent of the narrator but after I got used to it, I loved it! Her accent added more depth to the book. It's interesting when you find out why the book is titled "False Mermaid". There are twists and turns in the book that will keep you turning the page or in the audible version - it will make you keep your earphones in !!!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Great story, with twists that added an enjoyable depth to the narrative. The writing captured the feeling of the Irish countryside and the romance of the Irish fairy tales. I love the character developments.
The narrator was great - loved her style and ability to breath life in to the story.
Would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who likes mysteries - of the folk story kind as well as murder/police investigation kind.
I thoroughly enjoyed the production.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Very perplexing -- I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks in the last 20 years, and this has never happened before, but I absolutely could not stay focused on this book. Time and time again I backtracked, realizing my mind was "off with the fairies", only to loose it again, and then again. One section I think I "listened to" about three times, and still couldn't stay with the story. I can't quite identify the problem -- very strange, because I've read two Erin Hart books before and generally liked them. I expected to enjoy this recording a lot -- but that didn't happen.
It might be the narrator -- no problem with the Irish accent (I wouldn't know an authentic Irish accent from a bad one), but the constant switches among the piping of the little girls voice, the high-pitched garble of the policeman, the broad and somewhat grating American accents.... I found myself paying more attention to how she was pronouncing the words than following the story. Very odd. It just didn't grab my attention -- and I tried, I really did.
I finally gave up about three hours from the end -- at a point at which I realized that even though I didn't have more than a vague idea what this book was all about, I still knew what was going to happen next. When exactly what I expected did happen, I decided that was it. Enough.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
Having enjoyed the previous Nora Gavin stories, I looked forward to reading one with a foot in St. Paul. I appreciate her "sense of place" details from both MN and the Donegal coast. The links with traditional music and folklore make this a satisfying read. Details of the mystery, from both this current book and the previous two, are tied together through characters in the subplots and unexpected connections - very well done. I look forward to more from Ms. Hart. I enjoyed the narration a great deal. While male voices, particularly American, were harder to believe, I found the differences in dialect, between northern Donegal and Dublin or Clare very true and a wonderful detailed addition.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I kept getting lost in the telling of this book, I kept listening because I wondered if it was just me as I was having a lot of problems following the story line. My mind continued to wander no matter how hard I tried to stay focused. Personally I like a book that holds my attention and this one failed on all levels.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up False Mermaid in three words, what would they be?
Descriptive, Mystery, Legend
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
It was a bit predictable, but there was a twist.
What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?
She was able to switch from both Irish and American accents and also from female to male quite effectively.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I didn't have an extreme reaction. I liked the inclusion of the silkie legend in the story, which made me want to read more about the history.
Any additional comments?
This book was pretty good, although I thought it was a bit long, and the character development was a bit superficial. Its strengh was in the description of the Irish setting and the connection between the silkie legend and the contemporary story.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
First off, let me say, I loved the narration, loved the Irish folk lore, and TRIED HARD to love the story, but it went on too long, without enough substance to keep it going . . . I wish it had enveloped me and took me on the journey, but as hard as I tried, it just didn't quite make it . . .
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is, perhaps, a unique specialty in the murder mystery category.
I have listened to all three of the books. I do enjoy a mystery, an independent woman, and a bit of character(s) development. Needless to say there is travel to peat bogs when there is a new discovery, urgency to excavate the mummy, and pressure to solve the mystery.
The narration is well done.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Erin Hart's three mystery novels set mostly in Ireland have been compelling and enjoyable experiences. She has woven together murder mystery, a little romance, and a wonderful exposure to many of the nuances of Irish culture and history and mythology into the fabric of a very satisfying novel.
The narrator does an excellent job of providing clear distinctions between the characters and reads with good pacing, great expression, and what sounds to me like an authentic Irish accent for the Irish characters.
I would certainly highly recommend this novel and Hart's other two novels: Lake of Sorrows and Haunted Ground.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I appreciate her "sense of place" details from both MN and the Donegal coast. The links with traditional music and folklore make this a satisfying listen. I enjoyed the narration a great deal. I loved the Irish acsent and then the American it really seperated the charaters. I would highly recommend this book.
14 of 18 people found this review helpful