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The Blackhouse

by Peter May

The Blackhouse
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2012, 368 pages
    Paperback:
    Aug 2014, 501 pages

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Lisa Guidarini

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An atmospheric mystery set in a remote Scottish island, sure to hook fans of the genre.

The message in Peter May's darkly atmospheric novel is you can go home again; you just may not find much of a welcome. Fin Macleod, an Edinburgh detective native to the Isle of Lewis (see "Beyond the Book"), returns to this island off the coast of Scotland to investigate a particularly gruesome local murder. As the lead detective in an eerily similar case in Edinburgh, he's best equipped to determine if there could be a connection between the two - if one killer committed both crimes.

A city detective, Fin's presence isn't appreciated by the local investigators, who've pre-supposed he must be too full of himself to work with rural officials. Shortly after his arrival he's informed, "Frankly, DI Macleod ... I've got a perfectly good team here that's quite capable of running this inquiry without your help." Attempts to freeze him out notwithstanding, once Fin finds out the victim is ...

A Q&A With Peter May
Peter May sat down with Lisa Guidarini to answer questions about his books and his writing - including why he writes 3000 words a day, never more nor less, even if that means he stops for the day in the middle of a sentence! You can read the interview here.

Series Order
The Blackhouse (2011 in UK, 2012 in USA)
The Lewis Man (2012 in UK)
The Chessmen (2013 in UK)

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