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When Old Ghosts Meet (Prequel to the Isle of Bute series)
When Old Ghosts Meet (Prequel to the Isle of Bute series)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Face from the Past, 18 May 2015
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Fans of Myra Duffy’s Isle of Bute Series of cosy crime stories will be delighted to read this new edition of Where Old Ghosts Meet – a prequel to the island mysteries. For Alison Cameron, this is where her sleuthing began.
A chance sighting on the Edinburgh to Glasgow train of a man she met in London fills her with confusion. Gabriel Santos – she’s sure he is the man – has been dead for more than thirty years!
Worrying that her memory is playing tricks on her, possibly the result of a car accident, she knows she must find out the truth about Gabriel if she is to have peace of mind. Recalling the time she spent in London before going to university, she tells her friend Suzie about the people, including Gabriel, who lived in the house in Hampstead she shared.
Alison has to struggle to recall the sequence of events that took place during the time she spent in that house, but she realises she will not rest until she solves the mystery of Gabriel Santos.
Myra Duffy carries her readers skilfully through the turbulence of Alison’s determined search for resolution of the conflicting messages in her mind. The twists and turns of the plot in London and Glasgow will keep her readers turning pages to the end.


The Highland Lass
The Highland Lass
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love in the West of Scotland, 25 April 2015
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This review is from: The Highland Lass (Kindle Edition)
Rosemary Gemmell has succeeded in telling two stories which, at times, seem to merge into one, yet they remain distinct. The contemporary romance of Eilidh and Lewis runs parallel to the historical (fictional) story of the love affair between Highland Mary and Scottish poet Rabbie Burns.
The skilful structure of the book ensures there is no confusion between the two stories. The 18th century tale is told in short chapters, in the present tense using the first person; the reader follows Eilidh’s romance with Lewis in longer alternate chapters, using the past tense and the third person; quotes from Burns’ writings link the two together.
When Eilidh returns to Scotland to trace her roots, the tale of her romance unfolds, but it is only towards the end of the novel that the reader discovers if it will be doomed – as Highland Mary’s love for Burns was.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel with its convincing characters, interesting plot and its setting in the beautiful west of Scotland.


GRAVE MATTERS AT ST BLANE'S (The Isle of Bute Mystery series Book 5)
GRAVE MATTERS AT ST BLANE'S (The Isle of Bute Mystery series Book 5)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Alison Cameron mystery, 27 Jan. 2015
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This is the fifth book in the Alison Cameron mystery series. Myra Duffy's readers keep asking for more! The Isle of Bute setting is once more evoked with confidence, bringing back memories of visits to the island. In this book, Alison has a contract to write a visitor guide for a proposed theme park for Kingarth. She is soon presented with difficulties which interfere with the completion of her assignment. On the discovery of the first body, the element of danger increases, and the tension level rises.

Myra Duffy takes us through the twists and turns of her plot, presenting us with puzzles we have to solve. Her characters are finely drawn, making this cosy crime novel another excellent Alison Cameron mystery. I really enjoyed this one.


Last Dance at the Rothesay Pavilion
Last Dance at the Rothesay Pavilion
by Myra Duffy
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing with Death, 17 Jun. 2013
Myra Duffy's amateur sleuth Alison Cameron returns to Bute for her latest adventure in this cosy crime series. In this book, the setting for the story is the Rothesay Pavilion, an Art Deco building which is in the process of being refurbished.

In the Prologue, the reader is alerted to the finding of a skeleton - and the scene is set for a mystery which Alison Cameron will set about solving. Myra Duffy takes her readers through the twists and turns of the tale, adding some red herrings to keep them guessing. Whilst this book will not give you nightmares, you might lie awake trying to work out how it will end.

I really enjoyed this Alison Cameron mystery. I hope it won't be long before the next one in the series is published.


The House at Ettrick Bay
The House at Ettrick Bay
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue on a Scottish Island, 8 Aug. 2012
The island of Bute in the west of Scotland is the atmospheric setting for The House at Ettrick Bay. In her prologue, Myra Duffy creates a sense of foreboding in her chilling description of the Victorian villa set high above the Bay - all the more sinister for its stark contrast to the rhythm of the peaceful lifestyle of the island.

When her friend Susie inherits the house, school teacher Alison Cameron is drawn into mysterious events connected with it. The story involves danger, crime and murder, all of which produce a puzzle for Alison Cameron - and the reader - to solve.

Myra Duffy writes with assurance, and she has created here a cosy crime novel, a page-turner that kept me engrossed to the end.


Night Watcher (Dundee Crime Series Book 1)
Night Watcher (Dundee Crime Series Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be Very Afraid, 30 May 2011
If you live in a town or a city, read Chris Longmuir's Night Watcher - and be afraid, be very afraid. That doesn't mean to say that country-dwellers can relax. Night Watcher will increase your heart rate right from the beginning, and keep you turning pages until you reach the end. It is one of those books that you finish with a mixture of emotions: satisfaction at the outcome (did you see it coming?) but disappointment that there are no more pages to turn. Chris Longmuir had once again displayed her ability to create characters we can believe in and set them in a tension-filled background.


Dangerous Deceit
Dangerous Deceit

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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance Laced with Intrigue, 26 May 2011
This review is from: Dangerous Deceit (Kindle Edition)
This novel has everything a reader of Regency Romance is looking for: a romantic love affair between the two major characters in a period setting that transports the reader to a world where life was so different from contemporary lifestyles. And Romy Gemmell has succeeded in writing a page-turner. So how does she do it?

Sparky Lydia Hetherington and handsome Lord Sheldon, the two principal characters, are expertly drawn, and Romy traces the development of their love affair throughout the novel with a light touch. The romance is interlaced with intrigue as the identity of a spy is kept hidden for most of the book. 'Deceit' abounds, and the reader is kept guessing: where is the truth?

The carefully researched Regency setting adds authenticity to a story that keeps the reader involved right to the end.

Joan


Loving Mother
Loving Mother
by Ann Burnett
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive Approach, 23 April 2009
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Ann Burnett has approached this true life situation with sensitivity. The challenges of the mother/daughter relationship will strike a chord with many of her readers. In impeccable language she paints pictures of scenes that could be happening in a home not far from you, or even in your own. I enjoyed every chapter of 'Loving Mother'.


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