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.