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- Print Length: 220 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Underground (September 5, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 5, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N9GF9WF
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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When a painting - that has been sitting quietly in Seamus's gallery for many years - garners interest from two buyers, all sorts of questions arise. Why now? Why this painting? But it is only when the purchaser is later found dead following a car crash that all sorts of conspiracies come to the fore. The "accident" brings the police to their door and from hereon the Carmichaels' lives are plunged into danger - both physical and marital. The author unites the two threads effortlessly, making the reader want to know a)who killed the buyer? b)where is the painting now? and c)will Sylvie & Seamus survive the ordeal - or rather, will their marriage?
Happily, the author immerses the reader fully into Scottish life, using British terms like 'trousers' and 'mobile phones' to keep the characters relevant and true. (Although I did spy a 'sidewalk' and the use of 'bills' as money too - but this says more about me being pernickety than anything else). The scenery is painted - pardon the pun - with great skill and diligence, worthy of any material the Scottish Tourist Board might issue. I challenge any reader to not be enchanted by the imagery and want to immediately book a trip themselves.
The story moves at a good pace, it will keep you turning the pages - or scrolling - and there are many twists and turns ahead. The questions are neatly resolved by the end, but you will undoubtedly feel the need to read more by this author. It is a rare talent to combine history and mystery with contemporary settings, characters and situations. I could see these characters in a soap opera, they have great appeal but are thoroughly down-to-earth and believable. I loved the historical flavour and felt it made for an addictive plot.
Another great story from Amy M. Reade and one I'd recommend to any mystery reader with a love for history and Scotland.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and this is my own, voluntary review.