Jervis event features Irish mystery

Jervis Public Library’s Mystery á la Carte Book Group’s selection for March is the Irish mystery, "Haunted Ground," by Erin Hart. The discussion will take place noon-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, in the library’s accessible auditorium.

As always, participants are encouraged to bring a lunch or a snack to enjoy during the free book discussion.

According to Booklist, the book "reinvents the duMaurier formula for gothic suspense."

A summary by Publishers Weekly states: "Cutting turf in the peat bogs of his Ireland farm, Brendan McGann occasionally finds old oak beams, oxcarts or tubs of butter and cheese buried ages ago and forgotten. But he’s hardly prepared for the gruesome discovery he makes one pleasant April morning: the perfectly preserved head of a woman.

"So begins Hart’s debut thriller, which follows archeologist Cormac Maguire, maverick local detective Garret Devaney, and Nora Gavin, an American anatomist lecturing at Trinity College Medical School, as they investigate the farmer’s grisly finding, which could date back quite far, given that peat bogs can preserve bodies for centuries. Cormac and Nora stay in the house of Hugh Osborne, the owner of a decaying manor who also happens to be the prime suspect in the unsolved disappearance of his wife and infant son two years ago.

"The accommodations are not quite the Ritz. Osborne’s dour cousin, Lucy Osborne, is the housekeeper, and her son, 17-year-old Jeremy, who drinks too much, also lurks around the estate. Nora finds a filthy, dead crow on her bed, as well as broken glass littering her bathroom floor. What’s going on in this malevolent household? In addition to a complex, multilayered plot that involves both contemporary and historical crimes, Hart’s novel is rich in local color: evenings at the pub, the petty feuds and jealousies of the townspeople and the traditional music and folk culture of Ireland are evocatively rendered."

Anyone wishing to participate in book discussions is encouraged to visit the library or call 336-4570 to reserve copies of the featured titles. Books can also be reserved online at www.jervislibrary.org.

The library welcomes patron suggestions concerning future book discussion selections, event scheduling, as well as any other ideas regarding the continued growth of the book groups. E-mail comments or suggestions to Lisa Kinna at LKinna@midyork.org.

The April book will be "Faceless Killers" by Henning Mankell.