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Excellent 17th century murder mystery set in Aberdeen
on 28 August 2013
For the third book in the series following the life and times of Alexander Seaton, we return to Aberdeen. A colleague is murdered and Seaton becomes embroiled in the search for the killer. There's some backfill to the first two books and this works very well as a standalone.
I find Alexander totally engaging as a character. He is growing with each book and is now a married family man, with anxieties and conflicts based on human frailty. As in the first book, the introspective nature of University life and the confines of a largely academic circle in Aberdeen are prescriptive and almost tangible. The cloistered world of study could be cloying and dull, but Ms Maclean weaves a spellbinding tale around the search for the killer. Once again, there's a significant historical background based on alchemy and a 17th century search for a universal truth. It's great stuff; a book which I was reluctant to put it down and was wondering what would happen next.
All in all, a great well rounded and likeable central character who develops as an individual, plausible locations and a plot which is well paced throughout and cleverly woven around fact. Loved it.