As a decade of change comes to a close, murder hits close to home in a small Scottish town....
At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball....
When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others....
Evan Evans is a young police constable who has traded in the violence of city life for idyllic Llanfair, a Welsh village tucked far away from trouble....
Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself...
When Helen MacDonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer captivated by hawks since childhood, she'd never before been tempted....
Both probing character study and a driving novel of suspense, here is a novel that will linger in your mind like mist over the Scottish Glens.
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 staff - including Joanne Ross, the part-time typist embroiled in an abusive marriage, and her boss, a seasoned journalist determined to revamp the paper - set 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 veneers - revelations that may prevent the crime from being solved and may keep the town firmly in the clutches of its shadowy past.
The narrator of this book completely ruins it. I PREFER English and Scottish accents and always try to find books with those attributes, but I made a mistake by not heeding Denis's warning. Mr. Keating's narration is such that after 4 plus hours, I have no idea what the plot is or who the characters are. Instead of following the punctuation or the plot for inflection, he just pauses every 3 or 4 words irregardless and seems to think that the lilting quality of his narration will carry it through. It's too bad, because his voice is pleasant to listen to and I think that with a little effort he could be a very good reader. Gonna have to get the hard copy to get through this book, though.
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I would recommend reading this book which is very good. Only this got me through the reading which, though done by a Scotsman, is very bad. Not the accent which is obviously authentic, but the inflection and charactor voices.
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Would you try another book from A. D. Scott and/or John Keating?
Between 12 and 24 audible books a year since early 2002, and this is the first book I couldn't finish. It didn't hold my attention. At first the narrator didn't bother me, but then after I was unable to stay interested enough in the story to know who was talking or what was going on, the narrator started to grate on my brain. So, no more books for me from AD Scott or John Keating.
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If you could sum up A Small Death in the Great Glen in three words, what would they be?
If you are familiar with Inverness, you will probably like this book. Many nice descriptions of the highlights of this city. Inverness isn't named, but Scott could not be describing any other place. It is a good background/busy work listen, easy to follow and easy to understand.
The story was barely interesting enough to for me to finish the book but by the end I wish I had stopped reading much earlier. I had thought of not finishing the book several times. Wish I had. Depressing and dark.