In the Highlands of 1950s Scotland, a boy is found dead in a canal lock. Two young girls tell such a fanciful story of his disappearance that no one believes them. The local newspaper staffincluding Joanne Ross, the part-time typist embroiled in an abusive marriage, and her boss, a seasoned journalist determined to revamp the paperset out to uncover and investigate the crime. Suspicion falls on several townspeople, all of whom profess their innocence. Alongside these characters are the people of the town and neighboring glens; a refugee Polish sailor; an Italian family whose cafe - boasts the first known cappuccino machine in the north of Scotland; and a corrupt town clerk subverting the planning laws to line his own pocket.
Together, these very different Scots harbor deep and troubling secrets underneath their polished and respectable veneersrevelations that may prevent the crime from being solved and may keep the town firmly in the clutches of its shadowy past.
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"Starred Review. This splendid debut mystery has everything going for it - and a bit more, if you count sly Scottish charm...This is the first entry in a projected series, and it is captivating on every level." - Booklist
"By the end, few will care about the killer's identity." - Publishers Weekly
"A rollicking, cozy escapade, too lighthearted to call Tartan noir." - Kirkus
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A.D. Scott was born in the Highlands of Scotland and educated at Inverness Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She lives in Vietnam and Australia.
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