‘See, Charlie, it might be near twenty year since Culloden, but there’s plenty hard feelings still amongst the Jacobites, and no so far under the skin, ken?’
Charlie Rob has never thought of politics, nor strayed far from his Aberdeenshire birthplace. But when John Leith of Leith Hall takes him under his wing, his life changes completely. Soon he is far from home, dealing with conspiracy and murder, and lost in a desperate hunt for justice.
Lexie Conyngham is a historian living in the shadow of the Highlands. Her historical crime novels are born of a life amidst Scotland’s old cities, ancient universities and hidden-away aristocratic estates, but she has written since the day she found out that people were allowed to do such a thing. Beyond teaching and research, her days are spent with wool, wild allotments and a wee bit of whisky.
Inspired by real events, this story of a wicked plot leads us across Scotland from Aberdeen to Edinburgh and then over to Amsterdam, in search of answers as to who wanted John Leith murdered and why.
A clever, twisting narrative, a gentle and naive protagonist, some devious friends and generous benefactors all combine to a thrilling and surprising end. Highly enjoyable and full of historical detail.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.