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Blackhouse

von Peter May

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Reihen: The Lewis Trilogy (1)

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When a grisly murder occurs on a Scottish island, Edinburgh detective Fin Macleod must confront his past if he is ever going to discover if the killing has a connection to another one that took place on the mainland.
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This was solid. Really more about growing up in the Outer Hebrides than a true crime/detective novel, I thought the narrative conceit was well executed. Not the strongest writer, but serviceable characters and the insight into rural Scottish living was fascinating. ( )
  allan.nail | Jul 11, 2021 |
About halfway through I thought I was going to say I really liked this one. The setting is certainly compelling, and it was fascinating to learn about that area of Scotland (supplemented the book itself with a little googling). There were a few too many ludicrous twists and coincidences, though, and he lost me in the end. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
A murder mystery set off of Northwest Scotland. 1st of a trilogy focusing on a detective attempting to unravel a murder from his home town. Interesting insights into Gaelic culture and the true rock formation that is part of their history. ( )
  kheders | May 27, 2021 |
I chose this book because I love mysteries set in bleak, isolated places, so a tale of grisly murder set in the cold, rainy, rocky Scottish Isles promised a ticket to my literary happy place. I was not disappointed.

Atmosphere and authenticity are key words for this book. I almost felt the dampness on my skin and the heavy mud caking on my feet reading trudging around the plot of this book. The characters refer to each other by their Gaelic names---I felt like I was given a tour of Scottish culture and history. And I loved every minute of it.

I was also very happy to find out that this is part of a series (one of several award winning detective series by this writer) and am looking forward to reading the next two installments.

Characters. Always important, maybe the most important of all. May delivers here as well. The characters were as colorful as the landscape was bleak. I was committed to seeing them through and cared about what happened.

Plotwise, it is what I believe people call a police procedural as I understand the term and it was very effective in this regard. The book was a solid 5 stars for me until the end when there was a reveal that related back to events from many years before which I found to be not credible. I hate spoilers so that is all that I will say and leave it to others to either agree or disagree.

I enjoyed it enough to purchase a return trip to Scotland to see what happens in the next installment. ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
Fin Macleod is a police officer living in Edinburgh who returns to the town he grew up in on the Isle of Lewis to investigate a murder that might have a connection to one of his Edinburgh cases. I expected this to be something like Inspector Rebus on Lewis and Harris, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Large parts of this novel deal with Fin Macleod's childhood - the chapters alternate between childhood memories, narrated by a first person narrator, and the solving of the case and the events on the Isle of Lewis in the present, narrated in third person. While I was drawn to the case at once, the childhood episodes are what make this book so special. Large parts of it rather are like literary fiction, while each episode uncovers more and more secrets and connections that are all a part of the mosaic and make us understand what moves these people. We learn what they lost, what they fight for, and what they hope to gain. I was totally immersed in this cast of characters and couldn't stop thinking about them all day until I could finally return to the book. The only thing that I was disappointed with is the final twist - or revelation - in the end. I think it wasn't necessary at that point to add yet another tragedy because there was already motive enough, and in my opinion, the story would have been stronger without this added backstory.
The natural world of Lewis and Harris provides a very special setting, too - very similar to Nordic Noir, it is described as bleak and unforgiving, harsh and wild, but also beautiful - and both home and means of living to a group of strong people. I have only visited these isles for two days, but I remember the landscape vividly and I think the description really fits. Wild and untamed landscapes have always touched my soul much stronger than others and this was another reason why this story totally captured me. ( )
  MissBrangwen | Jan 27, 2021 |
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That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.
- A. E. Housman, “Blue Remembered Hills”
Tri rudan a thig gun iarraidh: an t-eagal, an t-eudach’s an gaol.
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For Stephen, with whom I travelled those happy highways.
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They are just kids.
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Marsaili and I went down to the beach at Port of Ness. We picked our way in the dark through the rocks at the south end of it, to a slab of black gneiss worn smooth by aeons, hidden away from the rest of the world by layers of rock that appeared to have been cut into giant slices, stood on end, then tipped over to lie in skewed stacks. Cliffs rose up above us to a night sky of infinite possibilities. The tide was out, but we could hear the sea breathing gently on the shore. A warm breeze rattled the sun-dried heather that grew in ragged, earthy clumps on shelves and ledges in the cliff.
...someone had a fire lit in their hearth. That rich, toasty, unmistakable smell of peat smoke carried to him on the breeze. It took him back twenty, thirty years. It was extraordinary, he thought, how much he had changed in that time, and how little things had changed in this place where he had grown up. He felt like a ghost haunting his own past, walking the streets of his childhood.
... there was an unspoken bond between them all. It was a very exclusive club whose membership extended to a mere handful of men going back over five hundred years. You only had to have been out to An Sgeir one time to qualify for membership, proving your courage and strength, and your ability to endure against the elements. Their predecessors had made the journey in open boats on mountainous seas because they had to, to survive, to feed hungry villagers. Now they went out in a trawler to bring back a delicacy much sought after by well-fed islanders. But their stay on the rock was no less hazardous, no less demanding than it had been for all those who had gone before.
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