Just by chance, I saw notice yesterday in our local bookstore (NewBo Books) that Erin Hart and her husband musician Paddy O’Brien were going to be in town. Wow! I love getting a chance to hear an author talk about her work and about writing and Erin is one of my favorites.
Erin Hart writes mysteries with Ireland as a setting (which is what drew me to her in the first place) and the mystery always settles around something found in a bog or related to ancient Ireland.
She has written four books, the latest The Book of Killowen, has the added twist of being about an ancient manuscript found in a bog, in addition to a 9th century body found in a car trunk buried in a bog along with someone who went missing only a few weeks ago. By the way, all of the books are based on true happenings. The happening in Lake of Sorrows was about a finding in County Offaly. Turns out it was Paddy’s cousin who found the body!
Paddy O’Brien has been called a walking encyclopedia of Irish traditional music and there was plenty of it during the evening, as he played his accordion. Paddy also read from his book The Road from Castlebarnaugh, about his childhood in the 1950s and 1960s.
Erin read from her book, while a projector showed interesting photos of Ireland.
A fun evening! If you want to attend one of their events, they have some more coming up in the Twin Cities area soon.
Paddy is looking for funding for his third volume of songs. You can read about this at his Kickstarter page.