The Blackhouse

The Blackhouse

Large Print - 2013
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When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis with the hallmarks of a killing he's investigating on the mainland, Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin MacLeod is dispatched to see if the two deaths are connected. His return after nearly two decades not only represents a police investigation, but a voyage into his troubled past. Every step in solving the murder takes him closer to a dangerous confrontation with the tragic events that shaped his life.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2013.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410455635
Branch Call Number: MAY P LP
Characteristics: 591 p. (large print) : maps ; 23 cm.


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Jun 28, 2017

First of the Lewis trilogy.
The Blackhouse
The Lewis Man
The Chessmen

May 08, 2017

I read the Lewis Trilogy, of which The Blackhouse is the first, all in one go this year, and as a person drawn to British mysteries I found this to be a wonderful mix of well developed characters and page turning suspense. ​It is the story of Fin MacLeod an Edinburgh detective, who returns to the Isle of Lewis to begin again after the death of his son, but he is soon surrounded by old animosities and affections and a murder as well. The central cast of characters remain throughout the series, and though there are new characters that come in, there is a strong sense of continuity. Descriptions of the scenery and environs were so evocative, I found myself on Google Earth traveling the Isle of Lewis and reading about its unique history and culture. The series continues with The Lewis Man and finishes with the Chessman - all are available in e-book format.

multcolib_susannel Feb 13, 2017

When Edinburgh detective, Fin MacCleod is sent to the Outer Hebides to investigate a grisly murder, he finds himself caught in the secrets from his own past.
Book one in a trilogy.

Nov 08, 2016

The first book in the Lewis Trilogy series, FIN MACLEOD

Jul 27, 2016

For me, a good mystery has a great story and interesting characters, with just enough details about the detective to make him (or her) appealing. Unfortunately, The Blackhouse is a melodrama about the unhappy detective and the mystery is a minor plot element. A trip to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides feels like a visit to a clan of Neanderthals who have managed to survive into the 21st century. Lots of grim, belligerent townsfolk in a grim, belligerent landscape. And the big climax is like a scene out of a Thomas Hardy novel, waves crashing, rain pouring down, lots of drama. However, I was intrigued enough to finish the book and will likely read the others in the trilogy.

Jul 11, 2016

Loved this book. Bought it a couple of years ago and have loaned my copy to several friends, all of whom raved about it, too. Mays makes you feel the cold and damp and bleakness of the islands. Complicated enough to keep you guessing and racing to the end. Don't miss if you are a mystery fan.

May 10, 2016

Dark and powerful stuff as the past is revealed.Peter May knows his Islands and his Islanders, their customs and religion.How the lives of a very small community where everyone knows everyone else plays out.Highly evocative.I need to read the rest of the trilogy. This one would make riveting TV.

Feb 10, 2016

May travels back and forth in time seamlessly. His stories have amazing flow. Love them!

Oct 10, 2015

A murder mystery wrapped in syrupy psychodrama. If you are looking for a good detective story, look elsewhere. Most of the story is overwrought handwringing and virtually no "detective work." I found the ending horribly unrealistic. Very disappointing.

Apr 28, 2015

Loved it!

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