The Bookseller of Inverness: an absolutely gripping historical thriller from prizewinning author of the Seeker series

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The Bookseller of Inverness: an absolutely gripping historical thriller from prizewinning author of the Seeker series

The Bookseller of Inverness: an absolutely gripping historical thriller from prizewinning author of the Seeker series

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Now, she’s come full circle, living in Conon Bridge, in a house she used to spot from the bus every day when she went to school. I loved the characters of Iain, Mairi, Ishbel and Tormod and would be thrilled if they were to appear again in a sequel.

A staunch Jacobite, Mairi was known in Inverness as one of the Grande Dames, three elderly women and inveterate Jacobite rebels, who seemed to know everything that was going on in their town. This incident starts a series of events connected to Iain’s turbulent past and the political situation in contemporary Scotland. This is an enthralling and riveting historical read, a blend of fact and fiction, that will likely appeal to those interested in Scottish history and the repercussions of the Battle of Culloden. His grandmother Mairi Farquharson brought him up when his mother ran away to France when he was a child and he still lived in her house.With no sign of the killer, Iain wonders whether the stranger discovered what he was looking for – and whether he paid for it with his life.

Still traumatised by the death of his cousin Lachlan, Iain has been living quietly since the failed rising, selling books and running a small public library in Inverness. Out’ for Charles Edward Stuart, Prince or Young Pretender depending which side is naming him, Iain was badly wounded in the battle that brought the 1745 Jacobite rebellion to its bloody end, but he was luckier than the many hundreds of men who perished during the battle or in the reprisals that followed it.

She also incorporates some subplots that touch on wider topics such as the slave trade and indentured servitude. The idea didn’t find favour with Shona’s publisher as it was non-fiction, therefore a change of genre for S G MacLean.

Anyone with an eye to the news will know that planning around it or the naming of places related to the ’45 rising remain live issues. Hector is the most enjoyable character – a kind of adventurer, good-looking and charming and with an eye for the ladies, who have an eye for him too! The result is a brilliant tapestry of a novel: the warp a high-thread-count background of three generations of Jacobitism, the weft an intensely character-driven plot of betrayal, revenge, guilt and loss. The aftermath of Culloden was brutal with many Jacobites, and suspected Jacobites, executed or transported to North America or the Caribbean to be sold into indentured service. It is set in the years following Culloden as the surviving Jacobites try to go on with lives shattered by war, betrayal, and the occupation of their country.He feigns death but then we meet him again several years later, now working as a bookseller of Inverness.

Now S G MacLean, who is the niece of author Alistair MacLean, has her head in a snowy 17th Century York with a follow-up to her Damian Seeker series. Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Quercus Books for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. Now, the book has barely got started at this point, so you can imagine the thrills and spills to come!We thrill at Iain MacGillivray’s re-engagement with life, so brilliantly captured in the scene, late in the book, where he ‘flytes’ joyously with another Highland fiddler in a Jacobite stronghold. The presence of many English soldiers is unnerving, some like Major Thornlie, polite and correct in his manner and others like Captain Dunne violent and uncouth. The backdrop is a brilliantly portrayed insight into the aftermath of Culloden and the impact of defeat on the Highland Jacobites, full of stories of cruelty, courage and conflict.



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