Two women, two murders.... A stunning and suspenseful story of families, betrayal, and a community divided.
Nothing is ever quite at peace on Scotland's Black Isle - the Traveling people are forever at odds with the locals, the fishermen have nothing in common with the farmers, and the villages have no connection with the town. But when two deaths occur on the same day, involving the same families from the same estate, the Black Isle seems as forbidding as its name.
Joanne Ross, typist at the Highland Gazette, is torn about whether to take on the plum task of reporting on these murders - after all, the woman at the center of both crimes is one of her closest friends. Joanne knows the story could be her big break, and for a woman in the mid-1950s - a single mother, no less - good work is hard to come by. But the investigation by the staff on the Gazette reveals secrets that will forever change this quiet, remote part of the Highlands. The ancient feudal order is crumbling, loyalties are tested, friendships torn apart, and the sublime beauty of the landscape will never seem peaceful again.
"Scott’s writing is engaging, and her plotting Macbethian. The characters of the crusading small-town newspaper are skillfully drawn and will have readers rooting for them unequivocally." (Booklist)
"This mystery is a delight to unravel, with its lively dialect-sprouting players, inhabiting a lavishly described, forbidding but beautiful landscape." (Kirkus Reviews)
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really enjoyed this series of books
this is a wonderful series of books, following joanne story and how she evolves from an abused wife to a strong women in her own right. I love her children and new husband. The gypsies add a wonderful addition to the stories.
- Lynette Daulton