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H police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate But since he himself was raised on Lewis the investigation also represents a journey home and into his pastEach year the island's men perform the hunting of the gugas a savage custom no longer necessary for survival but which they cling to even fiercely in the face of th This novel is the first of a trilogy the Lewis Trilogy The Isle of Lewis is the largest island in the outer Hebrides It is 683 suare miles 1770 suare kilometres has a population of less than 20000 and was once part of The Norse Kingdom of Mann and the IslesThe story within this novel is simply amazing and beautifully written Heart pounding moments of man against the elements and man against man There is a murder involved which draws our main character CID Fin Macleod back to the island Yet there is so much in this book than a murder mystery it is a family saga and even it is the saga of the inha

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The Isle of Lewis is the most remote harshly beautiful place in Scotland where the difficulty of existence seems outweighed only by people's fear of God But older pagan values lurk beneath the veneer of faith the primal yearning for blood and revengeWhen a brutal murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburg Having recently read and enjoyed Peter May s stand alone book Entry Island I was urged by several of my Goodreads friends to seek out his Lewis Trilogy I also recalled that a former colleague of mine someone who hardly ever picked up a book of any description had read this mini series and pronounced it the best thing I ve ever read Ok it might have been the only thing he ever read but all signs seemed to be pointing in the same directionSo I launched myself into this book with high hopes The early sections scoped out the fact that two similar murders had occurred one in Edinburgh and

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E demands of modern morality For Fin the hunt recalls a horrific tragedy which after all this time may have begun to demand another sacrificeThe Blackhouse is a crime novel of rare power and vision Peter May has crafted a page turning murder mystery that explores the darkness in our souls and just how difficult it is to escape the past Rating 3 of five but just barelyThe Publisher Says From acclaimed author and television dramatist Peter May comes the first book in the Lewis Trilogy a riveting mystery series set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland s Outer Hebrides a formidable and forbidding world where tradition rules and people adhere to ancient ways of life When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that has 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 p


10 thoughts on “The Blackhouse

  1. says:

    “Knew too that it wasn’t just Mona he wanted to run away from It was everything Back to a place where life had once seemed simple A return to childhood back to the womb How easy it was now to ignore the fact that he had spent most of his adult life avoiding just that Easy to forget that as a teenager nothin

  2. says:

    We left on the midnight tide diesel engines thudding as we slipped out into the bay from the relative shelter of the harbour facing into the huge swell waves breaking over the bow to pour in foaming rivers across the deck

  3. says:

    Having recently read and enjoyed Peter May’s stand alone book Entry Island I was urged by several of my Goodreads friends to seek out his Lewis Trilogy I also recalled that a former colleague of mine – someone who hardly ever picked up a book of any description – had read this mini series and pronounced it the ‘best thing I’ve ever read’ Ok it might have been the only thing he ever read but all signs seeme

  4. says:

    This novel is the first of a trilogy – the Lewis Trilogy The Isle of Lewis is the largest island in the outer Hebrides It is 683 suare miles 1770 suare kilometres has a population of less than 20000 and was once part of The Norse Kingdom of Mann and the IslesThe story within this novel is simply amazing and beautifully written Heart pounding moments of man against the elements and man against man There is a murder involved whi

  5. says:

    I loved seeing the island through May's eyes and Fin's memories of growing up there The writing is excellent The murder mystery read like an overlay of an additional story and the explanation at the end was a bit of a letdown That being said I ordered the seuel as soon as finished this one Rounding up 4 stars

  6. says:

    This book practically read itself it was so good We nearly had no lunch today because I could not find a place in the text where I wanted to stopI loved all the descriptions of the Hebrides somewhere I have not been but would love to see one day The author manages to create the scene so well and it is a very fitting pla

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    The Black House by Peter May is a 2011 uercus publication I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review The Isle of Lewis is a place Fin Macleod thought he would never have to visit again But as fate would have it a murder has been committed on the Isle of Lewis that bears a remarkable similarity to a murder case Fin is working on in Edinburgh So he is tol

  8. says:

    The Blackhouse is the first of a trilogy written by Peter May which won The Barry Award in 2013 Set in the harsh northern region of the Isle of Lewis in Scotland the author masterfully describes the Gaelic culture and terrain so well

  9. says:

    Rating 3 of five but just barelyThe Publisher Says From acclaimed author and television dramatist Peter May comes the first book in the Lewis Trilogy a riveting mystery series set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland's Outer Hebrides a f

  10. says:

    There is something alluring at least for me with crime novels placed on islands especially those far up in the north with bad weather and people that have known each other for generations I mean it wouldn't be the same if it would