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Beautiful islands,sailing, great characters and a body in the bracken; what's not to like?
25 August 2015
I stumbled across Marsali Taylor's Cass Lynch Mysteries almost by accident and I'm so glad I did. I love her characterisation style and her attention to detail and her obvious love for and pride in Shetland make these books wonderful evocative reads. I chose the first in the series, Death on a Longship, purely for its title - I've never been a crime fiction devotee but crewing a tall ship and a life long fascination with the Vikings drew me to the book and I wasn't disappointed. The Trowie Mound Murders and a Handful of Ash further whetted my appetite for all things Shetland and this year I visited these wonderful islands for the first time ad fell in love with the them. It was wonderful to see all the places described so well in the books and get a real feel for the land and seascapes and the wonderfully warm and welcoming people of the islands. The Body in the Bracken is another page turner and continues the will she won't she theme of the other books as Cass comes to terms with her troubled past and her tentative relationship with the deliciously dour highlander, DI Gavin MacRae. I hope there's scope for more of Cass and Gavin in future but even if there isn't I'll read these books over and over again and plan my next trip the Shetland - it can't come so enough. Thanks Marsali for keeping me entertained and particularity for introducing me to the wonderful Shetland Islands.