I received this book for review. Read on to see what I thought of it.
A Rattle of Bones is a crime thriller set in Scotland, and I liked it. I would say it is not the best book I have read recently, but then I’m not generally a fan of crime fiction. I did enjoy reading a story set in Inverness with reference to historical events. This novel connects a miscarriage of justice in the present day with one that happened a few hundred years earlier in the same place, and the content is not pleasant, so be warned! While I would have preferred to read more about the historical criminal case, this novel gets right to the point and doesn’t waste time. You get the story, you get the basic facts, you get the conclusion. It made for a nice, quick read and I liked the short chapters.
About the Book
In 1752, Seamus a’Ghlynne, James of the Glen, was executed for the murder of government man Colin Campbell. He was almost certainly innocent.
When banners are placed at his gravesite claiming that his namesake, James Stewart, is innocent of murder, reporter Rebecca Connolly smells a story. The young Stewart has been in prison for ten years for the brutal murder of his lover, lawyer and politician Murdo Maxwell, in his Appin home. Rebecca soon discovers that Maxwell believed he was being followed prior to his murder and his phones were tapped.
Why is a Glasgow crime boss so interested in the case? As Rebecca keeps digging, she finds herself in the sights of Inverness crime matriarch Mo Burke, who wants payback for the damage caused to her family in a previous case.
Set against the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands, A Rattle of Bones is a tale of injustice and mystery, and the echo of the past in the present.
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