The year is 1297, a period of great dissension, since Scotland is occupied by the hated English. When the body of an English noble is pulled from the River Ayr, with a sprig of mistletoe shoved down his throat, Ayrshire sheriff's deputy Kyle Shaw, introduced in Ayrshire Murders, knows this could trigger retribution, and he is determined to protect his citizens, including his beloved Jonetta and her son. Solid historical fiction requires flawless research, and Dillon delivers. As the bodies pile up, readers learn much about the Druids and the English occupation of Scotland. The rudimentary forensics and political intrigue are especially fascinating. VERDICT Recommend for readers who enjoy the medieval mysteries of P.C. Doherty and Candace Robb.