Queen & Country A Hew Cullan Mystery

by Shirley McKay

Part of the The Hew Cullan Mysteries Series

Crime / Mystery Historical Fiction

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Another wonderfully readable mystery plunging you into the final years of Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots. This is the fifth in the ‘Hew Cullan Mystery’ series, beginning in 1586, it backtracks to the end of Friend and Foe before settling again into the story. Hew Cullan is caught in the tangled web of Walsingham, can Hew’s integrity remain intact? You bear witness to a conflict between religion and crown, a conflict that has the ability to tear asunder previous relationships, as Hew learns to his peril as he begins a new liaison and investigates the origins of a painting. It not only feels as though Shirley McKay understands this period, it also seems as though she could have been there, as with vibrant descriptions she has the ability to paint the most dynamic picture of living in that time. Historical figures appear in the tale, a brief summary of their life appears at the end, along with a glossary of some of the astonishingly colourful words that are used to increase the potency of this enjoyable and captivating novel.


The Hew Cullan series:
1. Hue & Cry
2. Fate & Fortune
3. Time & Tide
4. Friend & Foe
5. Queen & Country

Liz Robinson

Queen & Country A Hew Cullan Mystery Synopsis

1587. Three years after his enforced departure to London, Hew is reconciled with King James VI and recalled to Scotland. He elopes to St Andrews with a young Englishwoman. The death of Mary, Queen of Scots has unleashed a wave of anti-English sentiment among the Scottish people, and fear and confusion in the king himself. James will grant his blessing to their controversial marriage on the condition that Hew discovers what lies behind a painting cunningly contrived to prick the young king's conscience - an anamorphic death's-head with his mother's face.Meanwhile in St Andrews, the death of a painter is troubling to Giles Locke, and the English Frances, struggling to adapt to a foreign town and culture, helps Hew find the link among the artists and intriguers of opposing courts, a quest for love - and life - requiring all his skills.

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ISBN: 9781846973437
Publication date: 14/04/2016
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781846973437
Publication date: 14th April 2016
Author: Shirley McKay
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

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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