The Brora Murders

1869, Sutherland, Scotland, and the Kildonan Gold Rush is in full swing And then one of the panners is murdered, and strange scratchings left on stones where he is found.Brogar Finn and Sholto McKay are on hand to investigate the extent of the Gold Rush, and it falls to them to solve this murder, and the others that soon follow The language is rich with the places and ti1869, Sutherland, Scotland, and the Kildonan Gold Rush is in full swing And then one of the panners is murdered, and strange scratchings left on stones where he is found.Brogar Finn and Sholto McKay are on hand to investigate the extent of the Gold Rush, and it falls to them to solve this murder, and the others that soon follow The language is rich with the places and times Gray leads her readers into, from the volcanic eruption in Iceland that covers the land with ash, to the icy wastes of Finnmark, where Scandinavia and Russia meet And from this snowy frontier, a stranger comes, intent on tracking down the lost loose ends of his past, all of which end up in Kildonan, and the woman who is single handedly trying to breathe life back into the valley after the decimation of the Clearances half a century before And there are also the Brora Bowls, a valuable historical find discovered when Solveig McCleery blows up the mines down in Brora, which act sets in motion the sequence of events that brings all these disparate people together, with terrible consequences.The Brora Murders is a sumptuous and satisfying mystery that explores the rich history and heritage of the Highlands, and in particular of Sutherland, Helmsdale, Brora and Kildonan.
The Brora Murders Sutherland Scotland and the Kildonan Gold Rush is in full swing And then one of the panners is murdered and strange scratchings left on stones where he is found Brogar Finn and Sholto McKay a

  • Title: The Brora Murders
  • Author: Clio Gray
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  • Page: 384
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. 1828. Sutherland,Scotland. Landowners decided to clear the population by closing the Brora Mines. Joseph Lundt, co-owner of the Lundt and McCleery Mining Company, was absolutely appalled. He had presented meticulous, detailed studies showcasing the profitability of the mines. The closure of the mines would be devastating to town residents.The Helmsdale Pick of 1828 was Lundt's attempt to give eighty-seven families, chosen by straws, a berth on a ship to Norway to find better opportunities. The r [...]

    2. Historical Crime - LiteraryGripping murder mystery and a whole lot more. Well-researched book that takes the reader effortlessly into the Victorian era, and the harsh realities of the clearances, when landowners shifted whole populations on a whim. Brora recovers by remaking itself as a Scottish mining community, but the mines fail, and they are only revived by the later search for gold. Add into this potent mix an archaeological investigation, a religious cult, and a killer on the loose, and yo [...]

    3. 4 and 1 / 2 starsThis book starts out explosively. A volcano is erupting and few escape its wrath. It continues to erupt for several months. Five years later some of the survivors return. One of them, the woman highlighted in the opening scene, uncovers a satchel belonging to a man they called the “bean counter.” This man, Joseph Lundt, tries valiantly to save the people of the village from the mining company who closed their mine without reason. He has shown it was very valuable, but his bo [...]

    4. This is a good example of historical crime fiction, being well paced and with good attention to detail. I must confess that it took me a few chapters to get into the narrative. Whether these opening chapters are confusing or whether I simply didn't immediately get to grasp with the prose style, I honestly couldn't say. What I will say is that the book has a satisfying climax and that the characters are well crafted and drawn with a deftness of touch that suggests great skill in the author. The b [...]

    5. 1869, Sutherland,and Solveig McCleery wants to re-open the mines on the estate to help improve the lives of the remaining population. She hopes with the help of Brogar Finn and Sholto McKay sent from the Mining Company. But when a mine is re-opened a body of a gold prospector is found. And his will not be the last of the murders. But who and why is doing the killings. Although there was some likeable characters, at times for me there was too much description, and the use of a couple of modern id [...]

    6. Great story and gives an interesting introduction and better understanding of Sutherland's history.

    7. It wasn't the book, it was me. I've been having difficulty engaging with all my reads lately and this poor book was a long time to finish, despite being my favoured genre. The story, however, was well done, the writing descriptive and the characters and places drawn well. This was my 'commuting book', one I carried with me for my twice daily train journey. Generally, I can lose myself in a couple of chapters while I'm en route but I struggled with this. I did eventually finish it, though, and am [...]

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