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The Blue Hackle (a Jean Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron Mystery)

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

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    This series is definitely worth reading

    The Blue Hackle
    B: Lillian Stewart Carl
    Copyright November 2010

    Jean and Alasdair are at the home of Alasdair's childhood friend Fergus MacDonald. Fergus has turned his estate into a hotel of sorts, in the manor of a B&B. It's located on the Isle of Skye, and is his ancestral home. They had arrangement with Fergus to have their wedding take place at the Manor's Chapel, and to join in the Coming in of the New Year. Fergus and his daughter gave them a special rate in exchange for Jean writing articles about the Dunasheen Estate to help advertise is as a vacation spot, and Alasdair's helping Fergus in setting up better security on the estate.
    After getting settled into their room they have set off to look around the estate and visit the old castle and Church. They also run into another of the guests who is there and he introduces himself as Greg MacCleod from Australia. His given reason for the visit is to revisit his family's ancient homeland and do a bit of genealogical studies on the great great grandfather who left Scotland in the 1800's.
    With such a simple beginning we are drawn into the story and the murder of Greg MacCleod. We learn the history of both families and how the past and the present collide with bloodshed. We get drawn into Fergus's plans to keep his home and his daughter's future secure, and we meet many of the local townspeople who are part of the estates life. Jean and Alasdair are on the scene and they WILL not let this interfere with their wedding plans no matter what.
    This is the fifth book in the Jean Fairbairn and Alasdair Cameron Mystery series. From the first book all the way through to book five, Lillian Stewart Carl has given us first class stories, filled with intrigue, murder, history and a few ghosties to fill our minds.
    I am looking forward to enjoying the continued success of this series and Ms. Carl for many years to come.

    FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the author in hopes that I would review it.

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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    Readers will appreciate the Fairburn-Cameron collaboration as the past and present converge in murder. Readers will appreciate the Fairburn-Cameron collaboration as the past and present converge in murder.

    Retired Scottish detective inspector Alasdair Cameron and his American fiancée travel reporter Jean Fairburn look forward to their New Years wedding ceremony at Dunasheen Estate owned by his childhood friend Fergus MacDonald. On the Isle of Skye, the Dunasheen castle is run down although Fergie is trying desperately to save his heritage. His hope relies on historic artifacts found on the estate and inside the castle, and opening up the edifice as a sort of B&B for paying guests to attend a Scottish New Year gala.

    However, another guest Australian Greg MacLeod is stabbed to death. Jean finds the murder weapon, an antique dirk taken from Fergie's artifact display. Several suspects emerge starting with Colin Urquhart who loves Fergie's daughter Diana and American antique dealer Scott Krum as each has motive and opportunity. However, Jean Krum's daughter Dakota has other issues besides a homicide as the ghost of Fergie's ancestor Seonaid "The Green Lady" MacDonald keeps visiting them.

    The latest Jean Fairbairn-Alasdair Cameron mystery (see The Charm Stone and The Burning Glass) takes an odd seemingly paranormal spin in wintry Scotland on the eve of their marriage. Between the corpse, the cops and the uncooperative guests, fans will wonder whether the lead couple will exchange wedding vows at this time. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the Australian is murdered, but is a long dead chatelaine haunting the castle or is the howls at night just the wind played up as an attraction by their host. Readers will appreciate the Fairburn-Cameron collaboration as the past and present converge in murder.

    Harriet Klausner

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