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.
I have enjoyed following Andrew Seaton through three books now and enjoyed them all.
I had been concerned over the change of reader from the first to the second however should not have been, both were excellent.
I would recommend to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or who, like me, simply enjoys mystery/thrillers. I usually read thriller's based in the 20/21's century but enjoyed the change.
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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
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I enjoyed this book, the characters are very likeable and one wants them to be successful. I did find the story a bit long winded and overly complicated, but all in all I am glad to have read it.
I loved the first and disliked the second (annoying boring story and characters) but this 3rd book is as gripping as the 1rst.!I love her style, evocative choice of words, superb insight and description of feelings and emotions. Scotland and the period come to life. Fascinating characters, brilliant book, great author.
i enjoyed the book very much and look forward to hearing the next one in the series
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I enjoyed this story of alexander searching for the killer of his friend.
nearly as good as the first book.
david macintosh did a good job of performing the book.
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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