Saturday, November 26, 2011
A Small Death In The Great Glen by A.D. Scott
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.