The Secret Portrait

The Secret Portrait

by Lillian Stewart Carl
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The Secret Portrait by Lillian Stewart Carl

Fleeing an academic scandal and a broken marriage, Jean Fairbairn has come to Scotland to work for an Edinburgh-based history and travel magazine. Writing about the Scottish national pastime of playing illusion off reality is just the quiet, scholarly pursuit she needs to soothe her burned-out emotions.

But when Jean heads for the Highlands to investigate the 18th century mystery of Bonnie Prince Charlie's lost treasure, she finds herself involved in a contemporary murder case--and not as an innocent bystander, either.

Alasdair Cameron, the police detective in charge, has his own perspective on reality and illusion. The American dot-com millionaire living out his tartan fantasies in a restored mansion is the loosest of loose cannons. His trophy wife isn't necessarily standing by her man. Their housekeeper knows what's going to happen before it does. And their youth piper is a kilted daydream, even though his parents are nightmares.

At Glendessary House, old wounds and old glories aren't distant memories evoked over a glass of single-malt, to the skirl of the pipes. Here, they are up close, personal, and deadly.

It's a good thing Jean has back-up in Edinburgh. Because if butting heads--not to mention hearts--with Cameron isn't enough to do her in, then a killer is waiting and watching, with a motive for murder not hidden nearly deeply enough in the past.

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ISBN-13: 9781557429230
Publisher: Wildside Press
Publication date: 05/05/2006
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

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The Secret Portrait 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyed reading this book so much had to get another from the author, that one was just as good
bbMO More than 1 year ago
Loved everything about this book.  Love Scotland, Love Edinburgh, Love a man in a kilt.  Throw a fair amount of history into the mix and it's a winner.  Will definitely be reading the rest of this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time ive read by this author. Book was good def would suggest. Likable characters strong story a dash of history patriotic tones mixed wiyh mystery all without pointless ravishing of damsels needing saved. Kudos!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first read by Lillian Stewart Carl, but not my last. Well-crafted story, characters and sense of place. One can almost hear the locals chatting in the background while the reader watches the mist rise beyond the slate gray waters of the loch. Jean, fresh from a friendly divorce and a brutal academic scandal back in the US, arrived in Edinburgh looking for a fresh start. When she partners in a small magazine focusing on all things Scot, she becomes it's chief correspondant for daily life, travel, history, and the occasional ghost story. Jean, you see, has a "gift" she keeps to herself. She knows when ghosts are near. And in Scotland, they are always near. When a coin linked to one of Scotland ' s greatest historical figures falls into her hands, Jean finds herself immersed in madness, murder, a lost treasure, and the blood soaked history of Scotland.
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