Tuesday, March 25, 2008

From Patricia

Carl, Lillian Stewart. The Burning Glass (Five Star, $26). Travel and history journalist for the magazine Great Scot, Jean Fairbairn escapes the August heat of the Edinburgh Festival to explore Ferniebank, a border castle with chapel. holy well and ghost, where retired cop Alasdair Cameron is designing a security system. Their tentative connection is a reclamation project because both come from failed marriages. A dead caretaker and a stolen medieval harp raise hackles not aroused in ordinary village life. So many Scottish phrases and attributions set the convincing stage for this pair's third outing after The Secret Portrait and The Murder Hole.

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