Two Women, Two Murders . . .
A stunning and suspenseful story of families, betrayal, and a community divided.
Nothing is ever quite at peace on Scotland’s Black Isle—the Traveling people are forever at odds with the locals, the fishermen have nothing in common with the farmers, and the villages have no connection with the town. But when two deaths occur on the same day, involving the same families from the same estate—the Black Isle seems as forbidding as its name.
Joanne Ross, typist at the Highland Gazette, is torn whether to take on the plum task of reporting on these murders—after all, the woman at the center of both crimes is one of her closest friends. Joanne knows the story could be her big break, and for a woman in the mid-1950s—a single mother, no less—good work is hard to come by.
But the investigation by the staff on the Gazette reveals secrets that will forever change this quiet, remote part of the Highlands. The ancient feudal order is crumbling, loyalties are tested, friendships torn apart, and the sublime beauty of the landscape will never seem peaceful again.
|Series:||Highland Gazette Mystery Series , #2|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.84(d)|
About the Author
A.D. Scott was born in the Highlands of Scotland and educated at Inverness Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She has worked in theater and in magazines, and is currently writing the next book in the acclaimed Highland Gazette mystery series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Usually in a murder mystery, we have the death(s) in question, and then follow the sleuth-cop, private eye, or interested bystander-as he or she single-mindedly goes about solving the crime. In this uniquely written book, we do not follow the usual rules. It would be witty and not too far from the truth to describe this book as a Russian novel set in rural Scotland in 1957. We follow Joanne, who we believe to be the main character; then we follow Patricia, to whom we switch our focus; then we have Rob, McAllister, Sinclair.all of whose stories blend seamlessly as each plays their part in both the two deaths that occurred on the same day among people associated with same farm, but miles apart. We get a tremendously involved picture of Scottish society and morés fifty years ago (a place where a man could beat his wife with impunity!) which in itself makes for a pleasant and satisfying read. Since this is an insular community, everyone has some bearing, some interest, some relation to the deceased, and to how they came to their ends. This is a quiet book, calm and relaxed, yet the author manages, toward the end (as a good mystery writer should) to throw us-again, calmly and with catlike dignity-for a couple of serious loops. We've all read books that we couldn't wait to finish to get on to the next one; but "A Double Death on the Black Isle" is like a visit with an old friend in front of a fireplace on cold wintry night. It's a place you won't want to leave. Reviewed by Elliott Capon, author of "Prince of Horror" published by Suspense Publishing an imprint of Suspense Magazine
Sensitive, serious subjects, great characters and time period perfectly created.