"Seizing thoughts and buffeting feelings this crime thriller set after the Battle of Culloden hits the very peak of storytelling."
This historical thriller perfectly blends action with heart and mind ensuring an absolutely stunning read. Six years after the Battle of Culloden, left with wounds both seen and hidden, Iain works as a bookseller in Inverness. His world explodes into schemes, conspiracy and revenge when a stranger is found murdered in his shop. I first met S. G. Maclean’s writing in the award-winning and truly captivating Captain Damian Seeker novels (do start with The Seeker). She writes with an evocative pen, enabling the reader to sink into the time and place with ease. She also creates characters with an incredible sense of purpose, bringing them to vivid life. So I was thrilled to read The Bookseller of Inverness set in 1752 covering the later attempts to restore the House of Stuart to the throne. The Introductory Note immerses you in time before you start to read, and the Author’s Note confirms the great deal of meticulous research that has obviously taken place. There is an incredible sense of place and time here, the descriptions and detailing ensured my imagination sparked into being. The combination of fact and fiction is pitch-perfect and left me wanting to know more about the Jacobites. While wonderfully action-packed, the wounds of war create a deliberate thoughtfulness to this read. The characters are beautifully realised, with the women sitting with as much strength of character as the men. This just had to be chosen as both a LoveReading Star Book and Liz Pick of the Month. The Bookseller of Inverness is a convincing blast of historical fiction, full of intrigue, action, and fabulous storytelling.