Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
A Small Death in the Great Glen, by A. D. Scott
This book, set in the Highlands of Scotland in the 1950s, has a lot going for it: endearing characters, lovely relationships, interesting social commentary. But the omipresent sense of pending violence makes it a difficult read. The main characters are Joanne Ross, an abused wife who works for the local newspaper, and her co-workers on the paper, John McAllister, Rob McLean, and Don McLeod. The main plotline follows the investigation into the death of a small boy. But there are lots of secondary characters and twisty subplots.