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A Small Death in the Great Glen

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  • Posted November 20, 2013

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    Childish

    I had to look again to make sure this wasn't listed in Y.A. Everything about this book is juvenile. I definitely wouldn't recommend.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

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    Unique Mystery Series

    A young boy has been found murdered in a small town in the Scottish Highlands. At first it appeared to be a drowning accident, but further investigation showed that the boy had been sexually assaulted before dying. The murder shakes the town to its core, and brings out the secretiveness and mistrust of outsiders that characterizes small towns and its inhabitants.

    But there are those who are determined to discover the truth and bring the perpetrators to justice. Chief among these is the new editor of the local newspaper, McAllister. Newly established at the paper, he is fighting to change it from a small local weekly to a newspaper worthy of the name. But he has scarce resources. There is Don McLeod, old-timer who knows everyone and all their secrets and who is determined to maintain the paper as it has always been. Rob is the cub reporter, full of vigor but untrained. Joanne Ross, is the part-time typist who is interested in moving into reporting and sees the newspaper as an escape from her abusive husband.

    The case quickly seems to be over when a Polish immigrant is discovered and arrested. Many in the town sigh in relief that all has been righted, but the story is not done. Long-held secrets, going back years, will be brought to light before the full story is over.

    A.D. Scott has created a stunning debut mystery series. The reader is instantly transported to Scotland, but this is not the Scotland of bonny lasses and dashing Highlanders ready for a rousing reel. This is the Scotland of long dreary winters, where tradition is held as iron-clad custom and woe befall those who dare to try to change things from the way they have always been. The truth emerges slowly but surely and the reader turns the last page yearning for a way to return to this area to learn more. This book is recommended for mystery lovers who also enjoy a strong sense of place.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    Skillfully spun story, many threads for the reader to gather in

    Life in a small Scottish town in the 1950s . . . Lots of secrets, some revealed only to the reader.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

    Wonderful mystery, wonderful novel!

    I'm a mystery fiend, and I loved this. The setting is great and the time and conflicts are oddly apropos of contemporary USA & British Isles. I loved the newspaper setting and can't wait to read more about these characters.

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