'Such is the quality of the recreation, not only of the reeking ebb and flow of everyday life but also of the period mindset that it's easy to believe Satan is walking abroad ... this is an accomplished and thought-provoking debut' Guardian.
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Is the young man simply drunk or does his staggering walk suggest something more sinister? When he collapses in front of the two sisters on that dark, wet night, the women guess, rightly, that he's been poisoned. So begins this gripping tale set in the town of Banff, Scotland, in the 1620s. The body of the victim, the apothecary's apprentice, is found in the house of Alexander Seaton - a fallen minister, the discovery of whose clandestine love affair has left him disgraced and deprived him of his vocation. Why was the body moved to Seaton's house? What is the significance of the unusual poison used to kill him? And why would anyone want to murder this likeable young man? Seaton sets out to find answers to these and many other questions, embarking on a journey where he encounters the witch hunt, extreme religious prejudice, cruelty and the darkness in men's souls. At the same time it is a redemptive quest for Seaton and one that will inevitably change him. In this haunting and evocative novel, S.G. MacLean has created a historical world that is so convincing that you feel you are in the cold, dark, northern rooms of her imagination, eavesdropping on her characters. The Redemption of Alexander Seaton is an unforgettable reading experience.
From the Back Cover
Transport yourself back in time to 17th-century Scotland, and into the heart of a thrilling murder mystery. On a stormy night in 1626 in the northern town of Banff, the local apothecary's assistant collapses in the street. The next morning he is found dead in the house of Alexander Seaton, a fallen minister, and reluctant, embittered teacher. Murder is suspected and when one of Alexander's few friends in the town is arrested, Alexander sets out to prove his innocence. Forced to confront his own demons, Alexander also has to content with bigoted, inflamed prejudices that lead to a witch hunt, and accusations of treacherous Catholic plotting.
About the Author
S. G. MacLean has a PhD in history from Aberdeen University, specializing in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Scottish history. She lives in Conon Bridge, Scotland with her husband and four children. The Devil's Recruit, her fourth novel, follows three highly acclaimed historical thrillers, The Redemption of Alexander Seaton, A Game of Sorrows and Crucible.