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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Readers will enjoy Hannah Howell's entertaining Highland historical.

In 1479 in Scotland, Ilsabeth "Twa" Murray Armstrong overhears her fiancé Sir Walter Hepbourn discuss with his cousin their duplicitous plans to betray her and her family. He never had plans to marry an Armstrong. He apparently succeeds with his plan when the king's ag...
In 1479 in Scotland, Ilsabeth "Twa" Murray Armstrong overhears her fiancé Sir Walter Hepbourn discuss with his cousin their duplicitous plans to betray her and her family. He never had plans to marry an Armstrong. He apparently succeeds with his plan when the king's agent is murdered and the evidence points to the Armstrong clan.

Ilsabeth flees to the home of family friend Simon Innes. The king orders Simon, a highly regarded investigator, to find the missing Armstrong broods. The Murray clan visits him too asking him to investigate the homicide. Ilsabeth has demands on him also; she wants him to fall in love with her as she has with him. Of course it would also be nice if he could find the killer. Simon is a misanthrope who distrusts women; however, his avoidance attempts fail because Ilsabeth has a horde supporting her efforts to win his love.

The latest Murray fifteenth century romance (see Highland Destiny) is a terrific entry made fresh with the investigation, the brogue and the humor of the matchmaking throng. Simon is simply stupendous as every clue he finds supports the assertion that the Armstrong clan killed the agent; only his treacherous heart says no and ironically even before he met and fell in love with Ilsabeth he distrusted women. Readers will enjoy Hannah Howell's entertaining Highland historical.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on October 29, 2010

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3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Not worth the read

I read all the way to the end and found it was bad from start to finish. The plot was very evident. The sex encounters were vastley overdone. How this "shallow" novel ever got published is beyond me. This author is off my list.

posted by wellreadNC on January 14, 2011

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    Good book

    Love the storyline.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Scottish detective to the King protects a victim & falls in love.

    I loved the storyline and the author tells a great story but she tends to repeat the same info over and over again. Also, a conversation between two or more people are in the same paragraph so at times you lose track of who is talking.

    Complaints aside, it's a good read. A Scottish detective to the King is asked to protect a woman from being framed for murder when her dagger is found in a cousin to the King. What this bachelor detective didn't realize was how empty his home was until this woman and two homeless kids appear at his door. It is a really good story and there's quite a twist towards the end.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    good read

    a great rainy day book....

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    Easy Read

    Scottish brogue a little challenging. Some events over done but all in all if you like an interesting, historical fiction you will enjoy this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    Another Hannah Howell win

    In her trademark style, Hannah Howell brings us the story of Simon Innis. I had really been looking forward to it since we had peeks at this character in her previous 2 Murray novels. While the story line followed her usual formula it was still a great, entertaining read and worth it to see a more human side to the cold, methodical Simon.

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  • Posted November 18, 2011

    Does not disappoint!

    Have always enjoyed books written by Ms. Howell. Another that was a joy to read and kept calling me back to finish the story.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Enjoyable

    I enjoy her historical highlander series.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    recomened

    I liked the book. I have always liked hannah howells stuff this story did drag on a bit in the end! But over all ways a good story!

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    highly recommended

    Ilsabeth Murray has been framed for murder. When her dagger is found in the body of one of the king's men , there is little doubt that she did the crime. Now they want to hang her.

    Ilsabeth is many things, but she is not a killer. Only one person can clear her name, Sir Simon Innes. Simon has always been a seeker of the truth. He cannot be swayed by women's charms and has a heart of pure steel. But something about Ilsabeth doesn't scream murder to him. He finds himself falling for her and wondering if he can trust his own judgment around the beautiful prisoner. All the evidence says that Ilsabeth is guilty, but his heart tells him she is innocent. He just has to prove it...before it is too late?

    Hannah Howell's Highland Protector is part of the Murray clan series. Clara's mother asked her to change her name to Ilsabeth when her sister - the real Ilsabeth - went into the convent. She agreed, only because she hated her own name. And the kids all called her Two for having had two given names. She had to have a strong heart, just to make out of childhood. She has always tried to do the right thing. but when she is accused of murder, enter Simon. He has always found the truth in things, but in meeting Ilsabeth, he cannot separate his heart from his job. He takes the coward's way out and deserts her, eventually finding his way back to her. Once he does, they become a couple to remember.

    I adore Hannah Howell's Highlander books, but this one was just an okay read for me. Simon is a sweet, gentle man with a good heart, but I wanted him to be a bit stronger in his convictions and fortitude. He let Ilsabeth down when she needed him most, and therefore, he let me down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    Recommended

    Enjoyed the highland flavor of this book! 'Tis fun ta read with a scottish burr! It did drag on a bit toward the end, but still consider it a good, fun read.

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