Friend & Foe A Hew Cullan Mystery

by Shirley McKay

Part of the The Hew Cullan Mysteries Series

Crime / Mystery Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on Friend & Foe A Hew Cullan Mystery

The fourth in the ‘Hew Cullan Mystery’ series spins a crooked web of devious plotting and deceit. It comes as no surprise to discover the author studied linguistics at the University of St Andrews, as a lot of love, care and attention has gone into the crafting of this series set in St Andrews in the latter half of the 16th century.  Helpfully, for those less familiar there is a town and castle map at the front of the book to assist in setting the scene plus there is also a helping hand in the form of a glossary of Old Scots words. If you have a love of time-walking into the past, step no further, settle into this series and discover a laudable, authentic mystery. If you're new to the series then your reading experience will be enriched we feel, if the series is read in order. ~ Liz Robinson


A Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

‘In the five years since we launched the Hew Cullan series it has been an absolute joy to watch the development of an author and her characters. Seeped in history without sinking in a bog of detail, Shirley McKay’s St Andrews emerges from its mediaeval past as a living, breathing place, crackling with intrigue, treachery and revenge. But this is a special book, a historical thriller that goes deep into the human psyche: playing on fear, love and loyalty. Can you be sure who is friend and who is foe? I can’t wait for the next instalment.’ Neville Moir, Publishing Director


Huw Cullen series:
1. Hue & Cry
2. Fate & Fortune
3. Time & Tide
4. Friend & Foe

Liz Robinson

Friend & Foe A Hew Cullan Mystery Synopsis

St Andrews, 1583. The young king James VI is confined at Falkland palace, plotting his escape. Dissension rages between Kirk and Crown, the king and his 'lord enterprisers', and between the separate factions of the church. In St Andrews Castle, a bishop in decline plays out his darkest fantasies, while Hew and his friend Giles investigate the true source of his sickness, uncovering corruption at its heart. The death of a young soldier, implicating Hew's sister and Giles's wife Meg, leads Hew to an astonishing discovery, and towards his blackest hour, his fortunes inextricable from those of James himself. Real historical figures interwoven in this fantastical tale are James VI, the bastard son of James V, spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham and Alison Pearson who was executed for witchcraft in 1588.

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ISBN: 9781846972171
Publication date: 06/05/2014
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846972171
Publication date: 6th May 2014
Author: Shirley McKay
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical mysteries,

About Shirley McKay

Shirley McKay was born in Tynemouth but now lives with her family in Fife. At the age of fifteen she won the Young Observer playwriting competition, her play being performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. She went on to study English and Linguistics at the University of St Andrews before attending Durham University for postgraduate study in Romantic and seventeenth century prose. She was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger. Shirley works as a freelance proofreader. Below is a Q&A with with the author.  1. Do you have a favourite character in the book? It has ...

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