Scottish Field - - COVER TO COVER -

This lat­est in­stal­ment in the Bob Skin­ner mys­ter­ies sees the Ed­in­burgh sleuth plunged into a gru­elling new case. The former Chief Con­sta­ble has seen his fair share of crime scenes, but few af­fected him as much as the hor­ri­fy­ing sight he finds stowed in the back of a stolen car that collides with his. As his former col­leagues in­ves­ti­gate, Skin­ner takes on an un­usual com­mis­sion of his own and the body count con­tin­ues to rise. A PUPPY’S TALE BY ALAN WINDRAM, LIT­TLE DOOR BOOKS


The au­thor’s love of Ar­gyll shines through as he takes both a ge­o­graph­i­cal and bi­o­graph­i­cal ap­proach, and looks at the in­ter­play of land­scape and Chris­tian be­lief through fig­ures such as Columba, Car­swell, sundry Camp­bells, Ge­orge Mathe­son, Ge­orge MacLeod and oth­ers. Draw­ing on orig­i­nal re­search and in­ter­views, this is an en­thralling and fas­ci­nat­ing read for those in­ter­ested in Scot­tish his­tory and iden­tity. THREE CRAWS BY JAMES YORKSTON, FREIGHT


Johnny’s re­turn from Lon­don to stay with best friend Ste­vie in ru­ral Fife is the fi­nal ad­mis­sion that his dreams of be­ing an artist are over. On the bus home he meets Mikey, a low-level dealer from the area. As Johnny tries to get his life on track, Mikey won’t leave the two men alone. Johnny tries to hang on to the only job he can get, but Mikey’s ac­tions threaten his liveli­hood - and Ste­vie’s san­ity. At times bleak, this book serves as an evoca­tive por­trait of mod­ern ru­ral life for those dealt a mea­gre hand. Cal Flyn was hol­i­day­ing at her child­hood home in the High­lands of Scot­land when she stum­bled upon a lit­tle-known, dark family se­cret.

The jour­nal­ist dis­cov­ered that her great-great-great un­cle, An­gus McMil­lan, who had been mythol­o­gised as a great ex­plorer and pioneer of early Aus­tralia, had in fact been the leader of a num­ber of grue­some mas­sacres of indige­nous peo­ple.

In 1843 he led a loosely formed ‘High­land brigade’, which was re­spon­si­ble for a se­ries of as­saults so fe­ro­cious the sites would ever af­ter be syn­ony­mous with blood­shed: Butch­ers Creek, Boney Point, Skull Creek and Slaugh­ter­house Gully.

An­gus McMil­lan, Cal learnt, was known by an­other name: the butcher of Gipp­s­land. Driven to piece to­gether his story and to in­ves­ti­gate her own family his­tory, Cal de­cides to re­trace is jour­ney, look­ing for an­swers. How could a man lauded for his in­tegrity com­mit such ap­palling acts?

This is a com­pelling and beau­ti­fully writ­ten me­moir about dark and shameful family se­crets, the bur­den of in­ter-gen­er­a­tional grief and one young woman’s pil­grim­age to at­tempt to lay the past to rest.

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