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Just finished this myself. Thought it was fantastic, absolutely brilliant. I thrust it on my husband, saying it was a 'must read' and he loved it too. I picked up The Lewis Man for my Kindle for 20p. My husband grabbed it from the library (he's not an ereader person) to read over Christmas. I hope it's as good as The Black House. I have a feeling it will be.


I just bought a memoir by a couple who visit Harris every year, also in the Hebrides.


I love a good crime novel and am very intrigued by the setting of this one. Great review!


I'm so glad you left a comment--I didn't think I was alone in my enthusiasm! Wasn't that a great read?! I can't wait to get The Lewis Man and I think the third one is due out early next year in the UK? I try not to buy hardcovers, but if the next is as good as the first and the third gets good reviews, I think I might have to splurge on it next year. You'll have to let me know what you think of The Lewis Man! :)


What is the name of the memoir? I've always thought it would be so cool to live on an island like that, but I wonder if it might also be somewhat claustrophobic? I would certainly love to travel to the Hebrides--talk about a rugged sort of beauty!


Thanks Kathleen! I had a hard time putting this one down and if you like crime novels I can definitely recommend this one. The setting is excellent and now I'll be looking fore more mysteries with similar settings!


THis sounds wonderful. I like Scotand and the Hebrides and the main charcater sounds like someone I'd like too. My grandmother spoke Breton, a variety of Gaelic.


I've heard of this series but not been all that interested till now when I see I HAVE to read it. Excellent review!


So glad you liked it as I loved the first two books and have the third one waiting.
Having holidayed on Lewis over the last three summers, I know some of the books' locations (there are lots of Lewis pictures here and there on Cornflower). It's a marvellous place - very beautiful and also very bleak - and Peter May captures it perfectly.


This sounds fabulous and fascinating, a good story well-told. I am definitely going to look for it. I'm fascinated by islands, too, especially the rugged kind. Living on one sounds so romantic--but I wonder if I'd feel too cut off from other people?


Oh, this looks like a good one to put on my list. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


The Isle of Lewis looks like someplace I would never want to leave! I do like the book's cover very much. You have made it sound intense and suspenseful. I'll have to add it to my list because one never knows when a book like this might be just the ticket.

Do try Peters Chinese Detective books too. I read them after the first 2 Lewis books while waiting for the third. Angela


It's SEASONS OF HARRIS. (Or perhaps SEASONS IN HARRIS; I don't have it in front of me.)

nomadreader (Carrie)

I'm eagerly awaiting this one at my library. Good to know the next one is already out in the UK--I may have to resort to that too if I like it as much as you did.


I didn't realize Breton was related to Gaelic. So there must have been movement between that part of France and Ireland? I guess travel between the two countries does pop up in historical novels. I think you would like this book--Fin sounds closer to what I think appeals to you in detective stories, though this isn't exactly a traditional detective story either. And I would love to visit the Hebrides--maybe someday!


I had to look back at Cornflower's post and I see that I left a comment, but it took a year until I actually read the book--it took that long for it to be published here. It was worth the wait, but now I don't want to wait so long for the next book. It's a well done story--definitely worth looking for!


Lucky you to have visited there--I went in search of your photos, so thanks for the heads up about them as it is always nice to see the actual place that I've been reading about! It's beautiful in a wild sort of way. Glad to hear May described it well. I can't wait to read the next book now.


It was fairly recently published so you should be able to easily find it at the library. I love islands as well and think it would be really cool to live on one--so close to the sea. I wonder, though, if I have a totally romantic idea of it and life might actually be much harsher in reality--just as you say!


You're most welcome. I'm always happy to send other readers in the direction of a good book, and this is a really good book.


I think I'd like it there, too. The cover is perfect for the story--it's so atmospheric, just like the book. I know you are not generally a mystery reader, but if you liked Tana French's books, I think you would like this one, too!


Thanks for the suggestion. I was wondering if it was worth looking for his other books, as I am unfamiliar with his work. I'll read the Lewis Man first, but then keep the other books in mind for later! :)


I lucked out and got on the list at my library early, but I can't wait until the next one is published--at least a year I think, so I broke down and ordered it from the UK. I am getting my copy from the Book Depository via ABEbooks, so free shipping still--something to look forward to!


Breton, Gaelic and the variety they speak in Wales are Celtic languages and were there before the Romans and others came, they are older, I think, and in some places, like Brittany, Ireland and the UK they still exist but are dying out. I think they understand each other though. I like the sound of it but it's like nothing I've ever heard before. Unfortunately I never learned it as I didn't seemy grandmother more than once a year and then we spoke French. My father only speaks a few words.


I thought The Black House was incredibly atmospheric and impossible to put down - I think I read it in two sittings (would have been one but real life intervened).
Like Cath, I got The Lewis Man as a bargain e book on my iPad and hope to read it over the Christmas period - I have two weeks off starting next Friday so long as no unexpected problems crop up - so hopefully I will be able to carve out some uninterrupted reading time at some point or other!

Margaret Stedman

I too loved these first two 'Lewis Books' and am desperately hanging out for the third which is supposed to be early 2013. At times like these I am thankful for commonwealth ties and the association of New Zealand with Mother England. We do get publications at the same time as the UK - usually


Wow, what a beautiful cover, and it sounds like a fantastic story! I don't read many modern-day crime novels, though I really enjoy historical mysteries. I should give this one a try - LOVE the setting!


Thanks--I found it on Amazon--Seasons on Harris. I've added it to my wishlist!


I don't think I've ever heard Gaelic before and would be curious to hear it spoken. When I was in Ireland I was in the south a bit, Dublin and then Belfast. But other than seeing signs in Gaelic I didn't hear it. It would have been cool to learn when you were little but often parents will only speak the language most commonly spoken in a country it seems.


I've noticed some really good prices on digital books--when they have a sale, they really have a sale! I'm watching my mailbox for The Lewis Man. If I can finish the Agatha Christie I've got going in the next few days, I'll read it next. I hope we both get in lots of reading time! :) (My reading list seems to grow a little each day in anticipation).


You are lucky--we lag so far behind in British books--often by more than a year. Thank goodness for the Book Depository (even though they've embargoed new titles and now we have to order them via Amazon or ABEBooks). Even books published in Canada by Canadian authors seem to take a long time to be published in the US. Not that I need more of a selection, but I read so much British (and increasingly Canadian) fiction, I hate having to wait. Oh well, The Lewis Man will hopefully come this week--can't wait to start it.


It is a great cover--very fitting for the story. I'll be curious to see what The Lewis Man looks like. To be honest I pretty much ordered it sight unseen I liked the first one so much. I love books set on islands. I read a lot of cozy mysteries and historical mysteries/crime novels, too. I tend to be greedy, though, as I read a little bit of everything and go from one type of story to the next.


I so nearly got this for my sister-in-law for Christmas! Oh well, she can have it for her birthday instead! ;-) I do own a copy but as usual haven't read it yet. I have read other glowing reviews (Cornflower's does stick in my mind) so I was pretty sure it would be good, and your liking it confirms it for me. I will have to read it myself next year for sure!


You are in for a treat--so save it when you want a quick and engrossing (and atmospheric) read. I have The Lewis Man all ready to go--just must finish a few other books first...

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