Hart, Erin. The False Mermaid.
Another one from that list of "best crime novels," The False Mermaid is set in St. Paul, MN and in Ireland and features Nora Gavin and Cormac Maguire. I read Haunted Ground several years ago, but didn't realize this was part of that series until I read the jacket material. The second in the series is Lake of Sorrows which I haven't read.
Nora, determined to get to the bottom of her sister's murder five years previously, leaves Ireland to return to St. Paul and resume her attempts to find the evidence to convict her brother-in-law.
The book switches back and forth between Americal (and Nora's efforts) and Ireland (where Cormac is trying to come to terms with father). The best sections are those that deal with Nora, and for the most part I enjoyed the interplay, although the heavy-handed mythic element in Ireland was annoying.
The mythic element concerning selkies is interesting and works well, but becomes a bit of an over-extended metaphor, and in one portion of the Irish section, reaches so far as to stretch already "suspended disbelief" to the breaking point.
The American sections, however, were suspenseful, and I enjoyed the novel overall. Although the conclusion puts the end to one mystery pretty emphatically, there may be a character (who was barely mentioned and didn't actually appear at all) who may turn up in the next novel in the series.
Fiction. Mystery. 2010. 316 pages.