Their fathers' caps carried a blue hackle, badge-feather of a distinguished Scottish regiment. His desperate schemes to save his home depend on a collection of historic artifacts, In a stately home, no one can hear you scream. His desperate schemes to save his home depend on a collection of historic artifacts, a handful of guests paying for a traditional Scottish NewYear celebration, and the help of Alasdair and Jean Fairbairn.
For Jean and Alasdair, the bells of the new year are also wedding bellstheir rings are ready, their guests invited, and the Gothic folly of Fergie's chapel is waiting. Then a guest is found murdered, lying in blood that's thicker than seawater, the sea that carried generations of Scottish soldiers and settlers to distant shores even as their descendants' hearts turn homeward. The police crash the party, Alasdair is forced out of retirement, and he and Jean once more find themselves juggling knowledge, belief, and a list of suspects whose secret agendas raise more than few hackles.
Is that the icy winter wind, or the banshee-wail of a MacDonald chatelaine still tending the house two centuries after her murder? Is she affirming that only Fergie's motives are true-blue? Or is she warning that even he is hiding a secret agenda beneath his fool's cap and bells? Ring out the old, ring in the new. But if Alasdair and Jean can't untangle the threads of the past and use them to net a present-day killer, then they and their wedding rings won't get to the church on timeand more blood will flow for the sake of Auld Lang Syne.
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Sep 03, Andree rated it really liked it Shelves: This one I liked better than it's predecessor. Maybe not quite four stars, but I was feeling generous. Alasdair and Jean seem to have found their rhythm more in this one. A solid series, if not an absolute favourite. I'm glad they made it to their wedding.
Jan 29, Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing. Well, I wish I could show you the cover of this novel as the book feeds to it directly. So, you look through the ruins to the blue waters of the Island of Skye, up the hill made of white rock quartz and moss to a large turreted castle. A favorite sleuth team, Jean Fairbairn, co-owner of Great Scot!
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The time is just before Hogmanay or New Years. There are several guests at the Castle. Jean and Alasdair Well, I wish I could show you the cover of this novel as the book feeds to it directly. Jean and Alasdair are returning from a walk along the shoreline when they meet a fellow guest, Greg MacLeod of Australia or is he? What is his connection with the Castle? When they hear a scream from Greg's wife, the duo races to the scene, only to arrive too late. Why is there a murder? Why does it have to happen as Jean and Alasdair dare to try at love once again? The characters are well-drawn and keep your interest.
The ghosts are helpful and frequent as is wont in old Castles and churches. This is an excellent novel and hints that it is the ending, however, I do pray that Ms. Carl continue the series as I do truly look forward to the tales that are so well researched. View 2 comments.
Feb 11, M. Terrific read Once again Carl provides a marvelous combination of complex mystery and fascinating Scottish history and culture. Her plotting is clever and her character development excellent. I highly recommend this series. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. We use this information to create a better experience for all users. Please review the types of cookies we use below. These cookies allow you to explore OverDrive services and use our core features.
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