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Witch Light Su­san Fletcher (2010)

Im­pris­oned in In­ver­aray, a young girl named CCor­rag from the SS­cot­tish moun­tains is con­demned to bburn as a witch. The yyear is 1692 and the Glen­coeG Mas­sacre – when mem­bers of Clan Camp­bell loyal to Wil­liam III and II slaugh­tered mem­bers of Clan Mac­Don­ald – has just taken place. Cor­rag wit­nessed it and is ques­tioned in her cell. As she de­scribes what she knows, she also un­folds her own story in a novel of great in­sight and po­etic power.

Se­crets of the Sea House Elis­a­beth Gif­ford (2014)

IIn the 1990s, a young ccou­ple move into aan old house on the is­land of Har­ris. While rren­o­vat­ing it, they mmake the shock­ing ddis­cov­ery of a baby’s bonesb in a trunk buried bbe­neathh theh flfloor. In the 1860s, the Rev­erend Alexan­der Fer­gu­son, newly or­dained and strug­gling to ful­fil his priestly du­ties, lives in the house and stud­ies the lo­cal folk­lore. Al­ter­nat­ing be­tween two time pe­ri­ods, Elis­a­beth Gif­ford’s fine novel slowly reveals all the se­crets the house con­tains.

His Bloody Project Graeme Macrae Bur­net (2015)

In an iso­lated croft­ing ccom­mu­nity in the HHigh­lands, a young mman named Rod­er­ick MMacrae has com­mit­ted tthree bru­tal mur­ders. T Through a va­ri­ety ofo doc­u­ments, state­mentsttt andd nar­ra­tive voices, read­ers are en­abled to piece to­gether the story be­hind them and Macrae’s mo­tives for his ac­tions. Short­listed for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, this is a clever, so­phis­ti­cated book that man­ages to be both a highly orig­i­nal crime story and a richly imag­ined his­tor­i­cal novel.

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