A Small Death in the Great Glen

A Small Death in the Great Glen

Large Print - 2010 | Large print ed
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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 cafè 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.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2010
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410430724
Branch Call Number: SCOTT
Characteristics: 607 p. ; 23 cm


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Oct 31, 2014

A lovely debut novel, nice little twists and turns as several story lines came together. It only bogged down a bit with landscape details but it is set in the Highlands so I guess one must go on about the weather. I really enjoyed the use of the vernacular, it had me running to my computer to learn new Gaelic words. Looking forward to reading her next book in the series.

Oct 12, 2014

Very poorly written. Would not recommend.

Sep 30, 2014

Just OK. At least it's not a bodice ripper about some hunky highlander. Depicts a more gentle time.

Jul 17, 2013

First of 3 in a series (and maybe more) focused on a small Scottish newspaper and its staff. This title involves solving the murder of a small boy. Set in the 1950's with a likable cast. Has same quietness and resolve as Louise Penney's "Three Pines" series. Very good.

Jan 26, 2013

Nice enough, but punctuated with too many verbal anachronisms. Yes, there were battered wives in 1956 Scotland, but that phrase wasn't coined until the 1970s.

May 19, 2012

A. D. Scott, in her first published novel, propvides us with an insight into the changing societal norms of 1956 Scotland, including the role of the church in the lives of the people, the attitude towards wives as possesions owned by the husbands, the view that women should be at be at home rather than at work, the homophobic attitude towards the large influx of immigrants than came to Scotland during and after World War II, and the unquestioned authority that members of the police and clergy held. Scott ustilized these themes and intertwined them with the lives of the staff of the local newspaper who under the leadership of a new managing editor take it upon themsleves to sovle a horrific murder of a "wee 10 year old lad." When suspicion falls on several leading townspeople, the plot thickens.

Jan 16, 2011

Superb depiction of post-war small town Scotland. Felt like I was back curled up in front of a coal fire on a Winter's day waiting for the firstfooters - chilblains and all. Can't wait for the sequel.

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