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by Historic Environment Scotland, 7 Sept. 2017. ISBN: 978-1-84917243-1
Take twelve of
Scotland’s historic places, and twelve of her finest crime-writers ... that’s
the brilliant idea behind this anthology created in a collaboration between
Scotland’s first and biggest crime festival, Bloody Scotland, and Historic
Scotland, the custodian of the featured places.
short story made me want to go and look again at the well-known places, like
Edinburgh Castle, and explore those I’d never heard of, like Stanley Mills.
the collection with a story of a present investigation of a murder in Viking
times from the Neolithic Maeshowe in Orkney. Val McDermidhas a first-person narrator dealing with love and revenge in the
Hermit’s Castle by beautiful Achmelvick bay. Stanley Mills, on the Tay, is the
setting for E S
tale of a weaving girl in the Victorian mill. Doug Johnstonebrings us to the Forth Bridge, and the bleak world of
a father who fears losing his daughter. Chris Brookmyre’sDS
McLeod finds herself in the middle of a clever terrorist plot when she goes to
a medieval day in Bothwell Castle. The theme of abusive husbands is treated in Sanctuary, by Sara Sheridan. It’s set in Kinneil
House, Bo’ness, which is supposedly haunted by the ghost of ill-treated Lady
MacBridesets his twist-in-the-tail
gothic murders in the Kinnaird Head Lighthouse; after it, Gordon Browntakes us to Crookston Castle, Glasgow, for an intense exploration of the
relationship between a man and his father. The medieval Crossraguel Abbey is a
place of peace for a downed British pilot in Paris, World War II, but when he
returns home, in Louise Welsh’sstory Come Friendly Bombs, it’s not so easy
for him to leave what he’s seen and done behind. Craig Robertsontakes us to the 1966 St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross,
with a clever take on an old tale. Denise Minaspins
a grippingly chilling story in Edinburgh Castle – the sort where you fear
what’s going to happen so much that you can hardly bear to read on, yet can’t
stop yourself. The collection’s ended by a neat story of double-cross and
retribution by Ann
Cleeves, set in the Iron Age Mousa Broch, Shetland.
The anthology ends with a map showing where the places are on the ‘Bloody
Scotland’ logo, and a page about each building, including, helpfully, the
range of excellent stories, each inspired by an interesting place. Highly
Marsali Taylor grew up near
Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently
a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and
two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated
by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well
as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who
enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama
group.Marsali also does a regular
monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.