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Magic Flowers & Viking Ghosts: Chilling Tales from Orkney and Shetland
Thu 20 April 2017, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
Explore the dark superstitions of Orkney and Shetland with award-winning crime-writer Lin Anderson, whose latest Rhona Macleod thriller is set in Orkney, and Marsali Taylor, author of the Shetland Sailing Mysteries series.
Lin Anderson's None but the Dead
None but the Dead is the thrilling eleventh book in Lin Anderson's Rhona MacLeod series.
Sanday, one of Britain's northernmost islands, inaccessible when the wind prevents the ferry crossing from the mainland, or fog grounds the tiny, island-hopping plane. When human remains are discovered to the rear of an old primary school, forensic expert Dr Rhona MacLeod and her assistant arrive to excavate the grave. Approaching midwinter, they find daylight in short supply, the weather inhospitable and some of the island's inhabitants less than co-operative. When the suspicious death of an old man in Glasgow appears to have links with the island, DS Michael McNab is dispatched to investigate. Desperately uncomfortable in such surroundings, he finds that none of the tools of detective work are there. No internet, no CCTV, and no police station.
As the weather closes in, the team - including criminal profiler and Orkney native Professor Magnus Pirie - are presented with a series of unexplained incidents, apparently linked to the discovery of thirteen magic flowers representing the souls of dead children who had attended the island school where the body was discovered. But how and in what circumstance did they die? And why are their long forgotten deaths significant to the current investigation?
Marsali Taylor's Shetland Sailing Mysteries
Marsali Taylor introduced her crime-solving duo Cass Lynch and disturbingly shrewd Detective Inspector Macrae in Death on a Longship in 2003. In the latest installment in the series, Ghosts of the Vikings, they encounter treasure hunters and opera stars and a ruthless killer ...