The Blackhouse

A Novel

May, Peter

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Blackhouse
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.

Publisher: New York : SilverOak, c2012.
ISBN: 9781454901273
Characteristics: 357 p. :,maps ;,24 cm.
Alternate Title: Black house


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Feb 11, 2015

An attention getting start with a gruesome crime, but then the plot became secondary to the life of the detective and growing up on the island. For me way too much descriptive narrative, prefer stories that stick to the plot that got me into the book in the first place. I agree it is well written, bit too meandering to hold my attention.

Dec 22, 2014
  • leereads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent book! Engrossing tale and fascinating cultural and landscape setting.

Nov 05, 2014

Love author Peter May because he not only poses a good mystery, his characters are well-developed and believable. In this mystery, the main character is called back to his conservative and isolated home town where some things have never changed including the people.

Oct 11, 2014

Truly LOVED this book! The way the back story is shared was perfect for me and after a trip to the outer western Irish coast last year, I could imagine the setting (with his talent for description) so much better. The entire trip to kill and bring back gannet babies was amazingly horrible yet interestingly maintained a connection to tradition and the ancestry. Highly recommended!

Well developed bullies as well!

Sep 04, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
The Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Hebrides is not the kind of setting one might associate with a series of murder investigations. Unfortunately, that's precisely what Detective Fin Macleod finds himself immersed in. The brooding setting and Gaelic language touches don't prevent "The Blackhouse" from being a thrilling read.
- Jenny Baum, Jefferson Market

Mar 19, 2014
  • axeman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lots of atmosphere and a great story. I would recommend this for sure.

Dec 28, 2013

1st in series

May 31, 2013
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When he started university, Detective Fin Macleod had been relieved to leave the small, isolated community on the Isle of Lewis where he grew up. However, when he is called back there to investigate a murder similar to one he is handling in Edinburgh, he is welcomed by most of his old school friends and feels himself drawn back into that world of half-forgotten memories. Involved again, against his will, in the annual ritual of the barbaric guga hunt, he is forced to face the effects of dark secrets that lie hidden in the community.

Jan 22, 2013
  • didobyrnes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this novel very much. Great atmospheric and accurate descriptions. Unlike another reviewer I had no problem with the angst-filled detective or his personal baggage. However, if I lived on Lewis I'd stay away from bad luck Fin: many tragic things seem to happen to those close to him. I felt that huge back story not only furthered the mystery but will be needed for the rest of the trilogy May has written.

NYPL, where is the second book ,The Lewis Man?

Jan 11, 2013
  • katiej13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel is outstanding. Top-notch mystery, intriguing setting and fascinating back story. Good writing too. A+A+A+

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