Really enjoyed this, the second Hew Cullan book that I have read. Being familiar with the location makes it more fun, but the characters are engaging, storylines good, historical information interesting and subtly woven into the fabric of the book so that it doesn't feel like the reader is being given a lecture. Having read "Hue and Cry" beforehand helped, as it introduces the central characters, Hew, his sister and his friend, Dr Giles Locke and provides some background that makes more sense of some events or references. However "Fate and Fortune" would stand alone perfectly well and provides an interesting combination of mystery, various aspects of Scottish history, and makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and quite compelling read. I look forward to more from this author.