It is Midsummer, 1631, and while Alexander Seaton and his fellow masters enjoy the holiday, Robert Sim, librarian of Marischal College, is murdered in a dark alleyway in town. As the university and town authorities investigate the murder, Seaton is asked by the college principal to look into Sim's private life. During the course of this research, Alexander discovers a side to the librarian he could never have guessed, and personal feelings threaten to cloud his judgment and endanger his new marriage.
It is only when a second, apparently unrelated murder comes to light that Seaton begins to piece together the connections between a young weaver, a consignment of books, and a college in the Low Countries in order to unmask the perpetrator of a years'-old deception.
©2012 Shona MacLean (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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"Trouble in Aberdeen"
The Alexander Seaton books seem to divide people - you either like them or you don't. At times they can seem quite slow moving, which is strange as actually quite a lot happens in them. In this one, Seaton is asked to investigate a murder to ensure the good name of his college does not come into disrepute. More incidents follow, while Alexander has his usual personal crises to face. He is lucky in his friends.
Every now and then Shona MacLean gets us rather bogged down in the Rosicruceans, but her descriptions of a period notorious in Scottish history for its witchhunts is quite fascinating. I have read this series in order and think it might be difficult to tackle them as standalone novels, as the characters develop throughout, but the little explanations are possibly enough to help.
I have heard them all as audiobooks, and the change of narrator took a bit of getting used to, but Crawford Logan and David Monteith bring out slightly different character traits
"Droll and boring"
I couldn't wait for this book to end and find out who did it but not because it was interesting, just because I wanted it over with. It dragged on and on and I thought maybe the ending would be its saving grace but it wasn't. There was nothing interesting about this book, it was dull, lacked any excitement or pace and there's nothing good I can say about it. I also unfortunately read the series in the wrong order because when they're downloaded to iTunes it doesn't say which is book one. I won't be listening to the other two in the series based on this one.
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