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An ancient volume of philosophical heresy provides a motive for murder in this haunting, lyrical novel of forensics, archeology, and history—the fourth in an acclaimed suspense series.

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Welcome to the bogs, the pubs, the music, the landscape, the archaeology, the poetry, the mystery that is Ireland... And to the official website of Erin Hart, author of the Nora Gavin/Cormac Maguire crime novels. Erin's debut, HAUNTED GROUND, was nominated for mystery's prestigious Anthony and Agatha awards, and won Romantic Times Best First Mystery, and the Friends of American Writers award. The second novel in the series, LAKE OF SORROWS, was shortlisted for a Minnesota Book Award. The third in the series, FALSE MERMAID, was named by ALA/Booklist as one of the best crime novels of 2010. The fourth book in the series, THE BOOK OF KILLOWEN, received wide critical acclaim when it was released in 2013, and is a Minnesota Book Award finalist.

Archaeology is an apt metaphor for how Erin unearths her novels— working down through many layers, finding connections, bringing priceless artefacts and terrible secrets of the past to light. With that metaphor in mind, this site also has plenty of hidden layers to uncover. Have fun digging!


Celtic Journeys Presents:
Hart of Ireland: Archaeology, History, Folklore & Music of Ireland with Erin Hart
July 3-14, 2018
$ 3,476 (per person based on double occupancy; $750 single supplement)

Ireland with Erin Hart

Join me for this unique trip through Ireland, visiting many of the places that have inspired my writing, from ancient tombs, the peat bog and its hidden treasures, and the music and folklore and otherworldly aspect of the people and the places, past and present. We'll head across the midlands taking in the historic Tullamore Dew distillery, a bog preserve, the ancient Hill of Uisneach, and a museum built right over a 2,000-year-old oak road. Then up to the northwest shore (more bogs), beaches, ancient settlements and tombs, visiting an archaeological field school, the fantastic Museum of Country Life, and a few traditional music sessions. Down through Connemara to Galway, where we'll visit with storyteller Eddie Lenihan, explore the Aran Islands ancient sites and Galway City, then back across the midlands, stopping at the ancient monastery of Clonmacnoise, and on to Dublin, where we'll have a tour highlighting the 1916 Rising, visits to the National Museum and the Book of Kells, perhaps a session or two, and finally our farewell dinner.

Tour of Ireland

Options available for extending your stay in Ireland before or after the tour.

Questions? Please contact Jean Wynne at Celtic Journeys: (651) 291-8003,,



There's a lot of Irish traditional music in my books, as you probably know, and I consider my husband's latest recording, THE SAILOR'S CRAVAT, a good soundtrack to the series. Paddy plays some wonderful traditional tunes on button accordion, along with Tom Schaefer on fiddle, and Paul Wehling on bouzouki. I also offer a few unaccompanied traditional songs from Nora Gavin's repertoire. You might remember that Nora is persuaded to sing 'The Generous Lover' in the Dublin session scene in HAUNTED GROUND. The story of 'Molly Bawn' actually inspired the mystery of Mina Osborne's disappearance—hope that's not a spoiler alert! And the third song on the album, 'The Flower of Magherally-O,' is a sentimental favorite, because it's the song I sang onstage the night I met my husband. You can hear a few excerpts of songs and tunes here.

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