A Small Death in the Great Glen

A Small Death in the Great Glen

by A. D. Scott
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A Small Death in the Great Glen by A. D. Scott

Both probing character study and a driving novel of suspense, here is a novel that will linger in your mind like mist over the Scottish glens . . .

In the Highlands of 1950s Scotland, a boy is found dead in a canal lock. Two young girls tell such a fanciful story of his disappearance that no one believes them. The local newspaper staff—including Joanne Ross, the part-time typist embroiled in an abusive marriage, and her boss, a seasoned journalist determined to revamp the paper—set out to uncover and investigate the crime. Suspicion falls on several townspeople, all of whom profess their innocence. Alongside these characters are the people of the town and neighboring glens; a refugee Polish sailor; an Italian family whose café boasts the first known cappuccino machine in the north of Scotland; and a corrupt town clerk subverting the planning laws to line his own pocket.

Together, these very different Scots harbor deep and troubling secrets underneath their polished and respectable veneers—revelations that may prevent the crime from being solved and may keep the town firmly in the clutches of its shadowy past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439154939
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Series: Highland Gazette Mystery Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 814,291
Product dimensions: 8.44(w) x 11.04(h) x 1.09(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.

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Small Death in the Great Glen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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sandiek More than 1 year ago
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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HistoryBuffIA More than 1 year ago
Life in a small Scottish town in the 1950s . . . Lots of secrets, some revealed only to the reader.
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NancyThayer43 More than 1 year ago
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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Adaptoid More than 1 year ago
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.