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The Brora Murders

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    Clio Gray(Author)

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1869, Sutherland, Scotland, and the Kildonan Gold Rush is in full swing. Then one of the panners is murdered, and strange marks left on stones where he is found. Brogar Finn and Sholto McKay are on hand to investigate the extent of the Gold Rush, and it falls to them to solve this murder, and the others that soon follow. The language is rich with the places and times, from the volcanic eruption in Iceland that covers the land with ash, to the icy wastes of Finnmark, where Scandinavia and Russia meet. And from this snowy frontier a stranger comes, intent on tracking down the lost loose-ends of his past. He too ends up in Kildonan, seeking out the woman who is single-handedly trying to breathe life back into the valley after the decimation of the Clearances half a century before. This is Solveig McCleery, and she is reopening the mines at Brora, which act sets in motion the sequence of events that brings all these disparate people together, with terrible consequences. The Brora Murders is a sumptuous and satisfying mystery that explores the rich history and heritage of the Highlands, and in particular of Sutherland, Helmsdale and Brora.

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  • PDF | 312 pages
  • Clio Gray(Author)
  • (February 25, 2013)
  • English
  • 2
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By PapaGrande on July 17, 2013

    I started reading this book before taking holiday in the UK and since I'm a slow pace reader I finished it after returning to the States. I chose this book because of our holiday plans and my desire to learn something of the history of Scotland. In truth had we not had the holiday and spent time with our gracious hosts, one of whom is a member of the English folk group Forum, I may not have enjoyed the book quit as much as I did. Some of the words, phrases, and references to places I would have missed had it not been for Allen Miller's tours through the English Dales and Scottish Glens and moors.Reading this mystery I found myself back in the Scottish Highlands surrounded by the burns and heather of the rugged Scottish moors. The story is well written and well told. The author uses his prose to paint a gripping story of love and the human condition. I recommend this work to those that enjoy historical novels as well as lovers of mysteries.

  • By lily ennis on December 31, 2013

    A most unusual writing style had me gasping for breath - I felt as though I was running a marathon. Sometimes a paragraph would comprise a whole convoluted sentence. In the end this style completely wore me out and I skim read the last twenty five percent of the book because the story held me enough to continue reading until the end. There was enough historical detail to keep me interested even though the characters themselves lacked a depth that would have me believe in them.If the subjects of the Scottish clearances and Norsemen has any interest for you then give this a go. Overall, I'm pleased I read it.

  • By Jean4 on November 19, 2013

    Outstanding and richly original writing; links between Scandinavia and Scotland run like threads through the all-enfolding tapestry of the stern yet awesomely beautiful landscape, lovingly described. A small settlement survives on dust - gold dust. The customs and language of the people give us a glimpse of our own ancestors, not so very long ago. The story builds up to a foreseeable yet heart-thumping conclusion.

  • By Sara Scott on July 11, 2014

    I liked the setting and the historical facts. The characters were hard for me to keep straight, and I gave up on the it twisted and turned.

  • By Shari A. Mann on September 14, 2013

    Informative and well-written; very enjoyable. Learned from it, always a requirement for me. They want more words so here they are.

  • By JoaneR on December 7, 2013

    I wanted to like this book. The subject was interesting, and the writing well done. However, the book should have been half the length it was for the story it was trying to tell.

  • By Susanna Duffy on January 4, 2013

    An excellent mystery in a strange (almost alien) landscape with a remarkable heroine. I had trouble putting this down, the tension kept building and building. Highly recommended!

  • By Melissa Norfolk on July 8, 2012

    The Brora Murders is a refreshing take on the Highlands, and expands on the links with Scandinavia and Iceland which not many know of, and includes references to the little known migration to those areas, which precludes the usual knowledge that everyone set sail for America in those hard times. Set against the backdrop of the brief Kildonan gold rush near Brora, the book unfolds to reveal some fairly grisly murders and with few clues as to the motives. There is some great writing here from the author of the Stroop series, and some of the facts contained about the little known Highland Clearances - in that particular area in Sutherland -are quite simply horrifying, reflecting what was happening all over the Highlands. The Brora Murders is an interesting insight into a little known period of the area and has great characters that have one involved from the opening pages. A definite read for those interested in the area and even if you were not, it might make you think again if you ever visit the Highlands.

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