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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!


Upcoming Tours
SPRING 2017—May 25-June 4, 2017
FALL 2017—September 17-27, 2017

Celtic Journeys Presents:
ON HAUNTED GROUND: Exploring the Archaeology, History, Folklore & Music of Ireland with Erin Hart & Paddy O Brien
May 25 to June 4, 2017
$3,299 (per person based on double occupancy)

Ireland with Erin Hart

Join me and my husband Paddy O'Brien for this unique trip through Ireland, visiting many of the places that have inspired my writing, from the 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 spend three nights in Dublin, exploring the city and taking in the the bog men and the Faddan More Psalter at the National Museum, along with the Book of Kells at Trinity College, traditional music sessions, and a day trip to Lough Crew megalithic cemetery.

Tour of Ireland

From Dublin we'll head to the ancient monastery at Glendalough, and take in Ireland's oldest city of Waterford where we'll go into the Mayor's Wine Vault, under the city from medieval times. Then westward to Dingle Peninsula, taking in its rugged beauty (not to mention its music and fresh seafood) before traveling the coast and onto West Galway, Connemara and the Aran Islands. We'll visit with renowned storytellers, musicians, archaeologists, and folklorists. Finally, we'll head across the midland bogs, and have a last night in a Dunboyne Castle. A magical way to end your journey through 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.

Read more about Paddy and Erin's public programs, book chats, and music


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