I read the Lewis Trilogy, of which The Blackhouse is the first, all in one go this year, and as a person drawn to British mysteries I found this to be a wonderful mix of well developed characters and page turning suspense. It is the story of Fin MacLeod an Edinburgh detective, who returns to the Isle of Lewis to begin again after the death of his son, but he is soon surrounded by old animosities and affections and a murder as well. The central cast of characters remain throughout the series, and though there are new characters that come in, there is a strong sense of continuity. Descriptions of the scenery and environs were so evocative, I found myself on Google Earth traveling the Isle of Lewis and reading about its unique history and culture. The series continues with The Lewis Man and finishes with the Chessman - all are available in e-book format.