A Strange Scottish Shore

Scotland, 1906. A mysterious object discovered inside an ancient castle calls Maximilian Haywood, the new Duke of Olympia, and his fellow researcher Emmeline Truelove, north to the remote Orkney Islands. No stranger to the study of anachronisms in archeological digs, Haywood is nevertheless puzzled by the artifact: a suit of clothing, which, according to family legend, once belonged to a selkie who rose from the sea in ancient times and married the castle’s first laird.

But Haywood and Truelove soon discover they’re not the only ones interested in the selkie’s strange hide, and when their mutual friend Lord Silverton vanishes in the night from an Edinburgh street, the mystery takes a dangerous turn through time, which only Haywood’s skills and Truelove’s bravery can solve.

My Review

Truelove and Silverton are back again. I enjoyed them together in the first book. In this book their relationship is reaching the next level. They made a good couple. Some of the witty banter between them makes for some entertaining and charming moments.

This new mystery that Truelove and Silverton encounter had me intrigued. Readers may be familiar with legends of selkies. As the legend goes, if someone captures a selkie's skin, they possess the selkie. The selkie can't return to the water unless they get their skin back. In this case the Duke of Olympia has in his possession a selkie skin. Yet, someone else wants the skin. In fact, Silverton's life becomes endangered. Yet, not one to sit back and be an observer, Truelove sets out to solve the mystery surrounding the skin and save Silverton.

What I enjoyed about this story is the mystery surrounding the legend. I have read many selkie stories but they are usually aimed as romances. So it was refreshing to read one that was more mystery based. Plus the location for this story was nice. I am slowly warming up more to this series and Truelove and Silverton. Fans of Beatriz Williams will enjoy this other side. Cozy mystery fans as well.


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