Scottish mysteries by A.D. Scott

Fans of Ann Cleeve’s Shetland mysteries must read A.D. Scott! Her Highland Mystery series begins with “A Small Death in the Great Glen”, set in the “fierce and stunning landscape” of Inverness in the mid-1950’s. These books are absolutely captivating, atmospheric, with a host of well realized, intriguing characters and plenty of suspense. The social norms and expectations of the times are well presented, sometimes excruciatingly so as in the case of Joanne Ross, typist at the local newspaper, whose marriage to the abusive Bill is fraught with anguish.

Centered on the local weekly newspaper, the first book in the series examines the dark sides of life in this rural village: sexual abuse, spousal abuse, antipathy toward the Travelers and toward foreigners, and the narrow-mindedness of the times.

Yet, for all of these dark issues, the experience of reading this book and meeting these characters is satisfying and affirming. There is compassion and humor and understanding – and of course plenty of strong tea and good whiskey!

Outlander

Outlander Season 1 Volume 2 has just been added to our collection. Outlander is based on the best selling series by Diana Gabaldon and stars Caitrona Balfe, Sam Heughan, and Graham McTavish (The Hobbit trilogy).

The story follows Claire Randall, a married combat nurse during WWII. Claire is somehow transported through time to 1743 Scotland where being English isn’t a good thing. She is forced to marry Jamie Frasier to save herself and falls helplessly in love with the young clansman. Claire has to deal with being in love with two men, being imprisoned by the English, avoid being burned as a witch, and so much more. As the series continues, we move to France, the Caribbean, and Colonial America.

This tale of love is based in the beautiful hills of Scotland. Anyone interested in historical fiction, Scotland, romance, or the Clans will find this series immensely enjoyable.