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Scottish Author Book review ~ A Darker Domain by Val McDermid

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This is a multi layered crime / mystery, with flashbacks to the time of the tumultuous miners’ strike in Fife, as DI Karen Pirie works to solve two seemingly very different cold cases.

Meanwhile Bel Richmond, a freelance journalist, finds a sinister poster and some blood stains in an abandoned villa near where she is staying in Tuscany. This thrusts the lies and deception of the past right into the present as the Italian police begin to investigate. Unraveling the truth has unforeseen and tragic outcomes leaving the reader reeling.

To say that I was gripped by this novel was an understatement, not surprising baring in mind the calibre of the author.

‘A Darker Domain’ was all the more meaningful for me since the Fife coastal locations were now so familiar. Not only that but the social historical aspect of the miners’ dispute added a realistic dimension to the events. Tension was literally in the air – provocation to carry out a kidnapping which led to dire consequences.

I would never have guessed the end of the novel ~ a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.

I’ve recommended it to a couple of friends already and will read the first in the series. ‘The Distant Echo’ is now on my list of ‘to read’ books.

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Celebrating Contemporary Scottish Authors Month ~ December 2017

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Scottish Literature on the Shelf!

I’m celebrating Book Week Scotland with a whole month of Scottish book reviews.

It was browsing the books in our local library that I noticed, not only the familiar authors who I am accustomed to finding down south, but also a plethora of unfamiliar names. Having moved to Scotland two years this December, I thought it would be lovely to celebrate some of the Scottish authors I’ve recently discovered.

I could have chosen famous names I knew well: Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson (who I met in my Healing Paths of Fife’) or even Nigel Tranter, whose historical fiction captured my full attention during our first stay in Fife four years ago. I could have also written reviews for Alexander McCall Smith, Ian Mc Ewen or Ian Rankin (see my Goodreads page for reviews or star ratings) or even Kirkcaldy crime writer Val Mc Dermid, who wrote us a lovely encouraging email on the launch of our community library. I must not forget JK Rowling of course and Iain Banks …. oh the list could go on and on.

What a literate lot they are up here 🙂

Instead I’ve chosen less well known authors and I hope you will enjoy their books too. The sources of these novels ~ Waterstones bookshop, Amazon Kindle, the library, neighbours and even charity shops.

My celebration of Contemporary Scottish authors starts this Friday ~ 1st December 2017.

If you have a particular favourite Scottish author I’ve missed then I’d love to hear from you and I would be happy to include it as a guest review if you’d be kind enough to write one. Or, if you are a Scottish author and can send an independent review or would like to do an author interview ~

then I’d be delighted to hear from you by email

diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk

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