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Trowie Mound Murders (Cass Lynch Mysteries Series Book 2) by [Taylor, Marsali]
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Trowie Mound Murders (Cass Lynch Mysteries Series Book 2) Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in Cass Lynch Mysteries Series (4 Book Series)
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About the Author

Marsali grew up near Edinburgh, Scotland. Her summer family holidays were spent in a remote cottage in the West Highlands, the region where her detective Gavin Macrae lives. Like her sailing heroine, Cass, she has always been used to boats, and used her 'gap year' earnings to buy her first sailing dinghy, Lady Blue. She studied English at Dundee University, did a year of teacher training and took up her first post, teaching English and French to secondary children in Aith, Shetland. Gradually her role expanded to doing drama too, and both primary and secondary pupils have won prizes performing her plays at the local Drama Festival. Some of these plays were in Shetlandic, the local dialect. Marsali teaches dinghy sailing at her local club, and is a keen single-handed sailor in her Offshore 8 m yacht, Karima S - the double of Cass's Khalida. A qualified STGA green badge tourist guide for Shetland, she now spends a good deal of her summer sharing her home with visitors from overseas. She is particularly interested in women's history, and has published Women's Suffrage in Shetland, two years' worth of original research. She followed this with The Story of Busta House, the romantic tale of the house which is the setting for part of Death on a Longship. Marsali also writes for the monthly magazine Shetland Life - a mixture of travel writing, interviews, investigative journalism and historical research.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 731 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press (24 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J8MA8TE
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the second book in the series that I have read, and there was character development from the first one, as well as more assured narrative. The central character, an amateur sleuth in the best tradition of the genre, is well characterized, and the supporting characters are developing nicely. The real star of the books, however, is the location of the Shetland Isles - beautifully described and with an evident passion for the area and a love of the people. I'm already on to the next one!
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Enjoyed this Cass Lynch Mystery as much as the first, in fact my family got fed up waiting for dinner to be cooked as I wanted to keep on reading. Love the setting and the characters and felt I got to know Cass even better this time round. Have already recommened it to friends .
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overall a good read. I was a little confused sometimes with the characters we had been only briefly introduced to becoming the centrepiece of a fairly complex plot. The use of Shetland language is interesting, but should the dictionary not be at the beginning of the book?
When's the next one due?
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If anything I think "The Trowie Mound Murders" was a better read than "Death of a Longship with characters more fleshed out, scenery more vivid & colourful, plot tighter and more compelling ... in short it was GREAT! Thank you for the pleasure of another most enjoyable Shetland murder mystery. Looking forward to the next one!
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I really enjoyed this book and was very interested to read that it had been written while Marsali was undergoing treatment for bowel cancer. You wouldn't guess this from the quality of the writing. I'm so pleased that penning it contributed to the recovery process. She has become a firm favourite of mine since I "discovered" her this week, and after finishing the third, very good, title in the Cass series I can't wait for the fourth and fifth which I gather are in the pipeline. I will suffer from withdrawal symptoms until they are published!

Cass comes across as a real person in the books, and I love the descriptions of Shetland and of the sailing. I was rarely brave enough to sail a dinghy on the sea and now I am even more aware of the potential pitfalls.

The love interest has me jumping up and down with frustration, as one would with a dithery friend who might just be about to miss out on a relationship with a potential soulmate, and this adds a lot to the mixture of crime, psychology and travelogue that makes up the books.
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A beautifully written murder mystery. Cass is first and foremost a sailor. Born in Shetland, raised in France and currently sharing her sailboat home with the handsome but nerdy Norwegian, Anders and his pet, a large, white domestic Rat. Living in a community where everyone knows everyone else, when two strange boats suddenly arrive and moor in the harbour, Cass becomes caught up in a series of strange events which lead to mystery, tragedy and some startling revelations about members of this close knit community. The writing in this book was absolutely superb. The author has the ability to paint wonderful pictures on the printed page and I was instantly transported to this amazing land and seascape, visualising the location with ease and total pleasure. I loved all the characters and their specific dialects and accents were handled with skill and subtlety that made it a joy to read. This is one book that I never wanted to leave and was sad when it came to an end. I thought the ending was perfectly judged and the book worked brilliantly from start to finish. I will certainly look forward to reading more by this gifted author.
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I found this book hard to read. I know nothing about boats and sailing, and there are so many nautical terms in it that made me want to give up on it. I persevered and finished it but I couldn't say I had any enjoyment from it. I found the characters confusing too. I'm afraid just not my cup of tea.
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although I did enjoy the book I did become very confused with the characters and the use of some shetlandic words. I do agree with the reviewer who thought that the dictionary would have been better at the beginning as I wasn't aware that on the kindle there was one at the back and it's not easy to flick like that with a kindle. I thought that Cass's character was very well done but it wasn't the same for Gavin, it's as though the author concentrated more on her heroine and her live-in lodger than the man who could be her boyfriend. He needed fleshing out more, as it was I didn't particularly like him.
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