Posts tagged with "Scotland"
The Scottish Highlands -- February 13, 1692: Murdered. Thirty-eight members of the MacDonald clan, killed by troops who had accepted the clan's hospitality. More left to perish. But it is Corrag who is imprisoned, a young woman alone in the world now that the clan who sheltered her has been decimated. Accused of witchcraft for the crime, waiting to die, she is visited by Charles Leslie, an Irish rabble-rouser who thinks the King may stand in the shadows behind this violence.
Susan Fletcher may be one of the next 'up and comers'. Her first novel, Eve Green, won the 2004 Whitbread First Novel Award and the Betty Trask Prize in 2005. Then came Oystercatchers and now Corrag.
Writer to watch.
Scotland -- 1074: Shipwrecked! Her family cast ashore- including Edgar of England, outlawed. Warrior-King Malcolm Canmore will help... for the price of her hand in marriage. Her hand that will steer the development of a barbaric Scotland and its peoples. Rough-hewn times. Rough justice. Strong wills.
Scottish Detective Sargeant Alex Morrow, five months pregnant, is investigating the brutal murder of a 24 year old woman whose mother has just died. The woman was able to call 999 but was not able to talk directly to Emergency Services. So they have the phone call and can hear some of what happened but they are struggling to find a reason for the attack.
However, Alex Morrow has some secrets of her own. Her Father was a notorious criminal as is her brother and nephew. She has left the family behind and their name, but lives in fear that her co-workers in the police department will find out
In Kent, England, an older man who has invested and lost people's money in the recession has just hung himself. His son and daughter, both schooled in posh private schools, rush home to their Mother. Then the phone calls from their Father's other family begin.
Author Mina takes the reader on an adventure of secrets, finance, and what family and love means in this absorbing mystery. We get to see how DS Morrow starts put the pieces of these different events together into one puzzle. She struggles to work in an environment where men are suspicious of female officers and even more suspicious of pregnant ones.
Great characters are developed in this literary mystery. The action moves along at a steady pace as DS Morrow begins to see the big picture. This is Denise Mina's second crime novel and here is hoping we have more.