The Blue Hackle is a Lillian Stewart Carl sure winner

The Blue Hackle

B: Lillian Stewart Carl

Copyright November 2010

Jean and Alasdair are at the home of Alasdair’s childhood friend Fergus MacDonald. Fergus has turned his estate into a hotel of sorts, in the manor of a B&B.  It’s located on the Isle of Skye, and is his ancestral home. They had arrangement with Fergus to have their wedding take place at the Manor’s Chapel, and to join in the Coming in of the New Year. Fergus and his daughter gave them a special rate in exchange for Jean writing articles about the Dunasheen Estate to help advertise is as a vacation spot, and Alasdair’s helping Fergus in setting up better security on the estate.

After getting settled into their room they have set off to look around the estate and visit the old castle and Church.  They also run into another of the guests who is there and he introduces himself as Greg MacCleod from Australia.  His given reason for the visit is to revisit his family’s ancient homeland and do a bit of genealogical studies on the great great grandfather who left Scotland in the 1800’s.

With such a simple beginning we are drawn into the story and the murder of Greg MacCleod.  We learn the history of both families and how the past and the present collide with bloodshed.  We get drawn into Fergus’s plans to keep his home and his daughter’s future secure, and we meet many of the local townspeople who are part of the estates life.  Jean and Alasdair are on the scene and they WILL not let this interfere with their wedding plans no matter what.

This is the fifth book in the Jean Fairbairn and Alasdair Cameron Mystery series.  From the first book all the way through to book five, Lillian Stewart Carl has given us first class stories, filled with intrigue, murder, history and a few ghosties to fill our minds.

I am looking forward to enjoying the continued success of this series and Ms. Carl for many years to come.

FTC Full Disclosure – This book was sent to me by the author in hopes that I would review it.

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