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BENEATH THE ABBEY WALL Publishers Weekly,In Scott's appealing third novel set in the 1950s Scottish Highlands (after 2011's A Double Death on the Black Isle), the arrest of Donal McLeod, the Highland Gazette's deputy editor, for fatally stabbing the newspaper's business manager, Mrs. Smart, throws the newsroom into chaos. None of the staff can believe Donal is capable of cold-blooded murder, least of all editor McAllister and reporter Joanne Ross, who set out to find the real killer. The police, on the other hand, think Donal had ample motive as a major beneficiary of Mrs. Smart's will. Scott vividly evokes Scotland of the period, where tweed skirts are de rigueur for women, and separation from a spouse is almost unheard of. The well-drawn characters, who come from a range of backgrounds, give a broad view of the social milieu-especially Glaswegian McAllister, a relative newcomer to the Highlands. Agent: Peter McGuigan, Foundry Literary + Media. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Highland Gazette Mystery Ser.
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Scott, A. D.
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