Beneath the Abbey Wall PDF î Beneath the MOBI

Beneath the Abbey Wall PDF î Beneath the MOBI


Beneath the Abbey Wall ❰Reading❯ ➿ Beneath the Abbey Wall Author A.D. Scott – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Now the acclaimed mystery series about a newspaper staff in a s Highland town continues everything is quiet and quaint until one of their own is murdered In a small Scottish town, the local newspaper Now the acclaimed mystery series about a newspaper staff in a s Highland town continues everything is quiet and quaint until one of their own is murdered In a small Scottish town, the local newspaper staff doesn t see much excitement But that all changes when their no nonsense office manager Mrs Smart is found murdered one dreary autumn night For the staff of the Highland Gazette, Beneath the MOBI :Þ the investigation becomes personal when the deputy editor, is accused of the crimeIt s the late s, the decade of rock n roll and television, and change is coming, but slowly It s up to budding reporter Joanne Ross to step into Mrs Smart s shoes and keep the newspaper office running, all while raising two girls alone But newcomer Neil Stewart proves a major distraction for JoanneAnd what does the tragic tale of children stolen from the travelling people than thirty years previously have to do with this murder In a mystery with twists and turns and no clear cut solution, the secrets of the past must be unraveled before justice can be found Beneath the Abbey Wall is a finely wrought, atmospheric mystery that ratchets up the thrills, pulling you into the chilling grip of small town life in Scotland where every corner is haunted by the past.


10 thoughts on “Beneath the Abbey Wall

  1. Susan Johnson Susan Johnson says:

    3.5 stars This is my least favorite book in the series so far It s set in the late 1950 s in the Scottish Highlands so I love that Joanne Ross has made the startling step of leaving her abusive husband and become a budding reporter for the local weekly newspaper She is somewhat shunned for her decisions A woman working Living away from your husband Tut, tut, tut In this one a newspaper employee is murdered and another one is arrested for the murder The paper is in chaos and the editor is 3.5 stars This is my least favorite book in the series so far It s set in the late 1950 s in the Scottish Highlands so I love that Joanne Ross has made the startling step of leaving her abusive husband and become a budding reporter for the local weekly newspaper She is somewhat shunned for her decisions A woman working Living away from your husband Tut, tut, tut In this one a newspaper employee is murdered and another one is arrested for the murder The paper is in chaos and the editor is too upset to work With just a few employees, a mysterious visitor from America steps in to help out It turns out he has hidden ties to the area The part that irritates me is Ross falls madly for a totally unsuitable man and just goes googled eyes She can t see her nose on the front of her face It is so annoying the harm and danger she gets involved in I still like the series I love the 50 s time period and I love the setting in the Scottish Highlands I just women wouldn t be so gullible


  2. Lynn Lynn says:

    I enjoy this series very much It is character driven and atmospheric The time is 1957 and rock and roll music is in its early development The location is Scotland and the place of work is the Highland Gazette that puts out a newspaper The protagonist in this series is Joanne Ross who is mother of two girls, separated from an abusive husband and works as a reporter for the newspaper This might seem common place enough but not for the times Women are to stay at home and certainly not to be s I enjoy this series very much It is character driven and atmospheric The time is 1957 and rock and roll music is in its early development The location is Scotland and the place of work is the Highland Gazette that puts out a newspaper The protagonist in this series is Joanne Ross who is mother of two girls, separated from an abusive husband and works as a reporter for the newspaper This might seem common place enough but not for the times Women are to stay at home and certainly not to be separated from their husbands Joanne will go for a drink in the bars or out for coffee with her workmates and this causes tongues to wag The operation of getting the newspaper out is part of the atmosphere too I felt as a reader I was right there working towards the deadlines.One of their workmates is murdered It made no sense as it would seem that no one would harm the victim as she was a nice woman There are many secrets and past history that come out in the book The Highland Staff goal is to find who committed the murder One of their staff has been arrested for it.This book could be read without the past books and you wouldn t get lost However, you would be missing the character development and history from the past books The characters are wonderful and I want to keep up with them I will admit that Joanne surprised me in this book She went head over heels towards obsession with a newcomer from Canada who was only in Scotland for a short time She had appeared level headed to me in previous books.It is a very good book that makes the reader care about the characters and become immersed in the time and location The mystery portion of the book was very good It was like peeling back a onion A little bitpast history was given out slowly through out the book Some people had made a promise and they were going to keep it I look forward to keeping up with this series


  3. Barbara Townsend Barbara Townsend says:

    I so wanted to enjoy this book I love books where the locale is Scotland I normally read novels in a series in order, but I bought this novel in a bookstore in Canada There were references to prior novels that I disregarded The omniscience and multiple PVs were distracting I had to re read the first ten pages because I couldn t figure out who was who and what was what The long strings of adjectives were annoying Disjointed, hard to read, sentences seemed almost out of order.


  4. Amber Brown Amber Brown says:

    Maybe I m just not meant for the genre It is entirely possible that A.D Scott s latest novel is a work of brilliance in the world of mystery titles, but I would never guess The story opens with journalist McAllister does he have a first name being called in to the morgue to identify a body it turns out to be an employee of his, Mrs Smart When he delivers the news to his team that she has been murdered, nobody takes it as hard as Don McLeod, who drinks himself into a stupor before bei Maybe I m just not meant for the genre It is entirely possible that A.D Scott s latest novel is a work of brilliance in the world of mystery titles, but I would never guess The story opens with journalist McAllister does he have a first name being called in to the morgue to identify a body it turns out to be an employee of his, Mrs Smart When he delivers the news to his team that she has been murdered, nobody takes it as hard as Don McLeod, who drinks himself into a stupor before being arrested for the murder All signs point to it being true a secret relationship, a large inheritance, his filleting knife found as the murder weapon but Don s friends know that his silence does not mean guilt, but instead protection of the deceased McAllister and Rob, fellow reporter and son of the defense attorney, set off on a seemingly endless search for the true killer Along the way, they discover secrets of her past, her relationship with Don, and her history with the nomad gypsy traveler tinker Jenny McPhee, to whom Mrs Smart bequeathed an expensive allotment Meanwhile, Neil Stewart, an academic man from Canada has come to the Highlands in search of history to complete his doctorate Learning of the difficult situation at the Highland Gazette, he offers his services to assist the paper while they are down two employees and the rest are distracted It takes little time before he charms Joanne Ross, reporter and single mother, into a whirlwind romance In time, it becomes apparent that he has his own business with the mysterious Jenny McPhee I did not start to find this book interesting until the last fifty pages I found the plotting slow moving and the surprise twists to be obvious to anyone halfway decent at recognizing foreshadowing What also bothered me was that there was practically no character development whatsoever I considered this somewhat excusable for several characters, since this is the third book in a series, but some were being introduced for the first time and still merited minimal growth Some bits of explanation and dialogue left me scrunching my eyebrows and thinking, Yes, well, duh I did appreciate Scott s flare for describing inner conflict, especially for Joanne s romance I also enjoyed those last few chapters, when everything started coming together and there were some actual revelations instead of obvious twists Despite all this, and despite how excited I was that I was enjoying how things came together, the end ruined the entire novel for me Of course, I won t spoil the ending for anyone, but personally, it ruined what merit the book had If you love mysteries, give this one a shot and prove me wrong If you are not very familiar with the mystery genre, this should not be your gateway novel You might never pick one up again Literary merit 2 out of 5Enjoyment 1.2 out of 5


  5. Helen Helen says:

    This is the third in MS Scott s series about the northwest of Scotland, at the outflow end of the Great Glen, in the 1950 s American rock has just begun to reach the north so the weekend dances are beginning to have two halves, the old folks and the teenagers The Highland Gazette is thriving under the new editor, Joanne is becoming accepted as a reporter and Rob s band, the Meltdown Boys has added some Everly Brothers to their play list It s fine until the Sunday evening when Mrs Smart s bod This is the third in MS Scott s series about the northwest of Scotland, at the outflow end of the Great Glen, in the 1950 s American rock has just begun to reach the north so the weekend dances are beginning to have two halves, the old folks and the teenagers The Highland Gazette is thriving under the new editor, Joanne is becoming accepted as a reporter and Rob s band, the Meltdown Boys has added some Everly Brothers to their play list It s fine until the Sunday evening when Mrs Smart s body is discovered by a railway worker coming off shift Now, we ve met Mrs Smart before, the efficient lady who manages the office and the advertising and who is always present at the Monday morning meeting Why would anyone kill her Who could have been there to do it It is necessary to understand the way closes are set up, how you get in, how much space is shared, to follow the action but it is clearly enough explained We meet Neil Stewart, Scottish born but Canadian raised, who steps in as sub editor when Don McLeod is arrested and charged with Joyce s murder None of our friends believes Don could or would murder the woman who spent every Sunday evening with him instead of with her abusive husband, but the procurator fiscal needs some heavy duty evidence to release Don This small town, small city really, hides its history, gossips like mad, but hides the past Boy, do we get the secrets The past spreads itself out bit by bit, like a scroll being slowly unrolled The very end is a trifle strange, somewhat upsetting and we can only wonder at how people will pick up and carry on An excellent read


  6. Peggy Peggy says:

    What can I say Ms Scott did it again In this third installment of the Highland Gazette series we are transported back to 1957 to the small town in Scotland and a visit with the staff of The Highland Gazette I ve been waiting a year for it and I wasn t disappointed Mrs Smart wasn t really a key player in the last two books, just a background character This book she gets front and center even though she is dead We learn a lot about her and her past Don McLeod the paper s Deputy Editor What can I say Ms Scott did it again In this third installment of the Highland Gazette series we are transported back to 1957 to the small town in Scotland and a visit with the staff of The Highland Gazette I ve been waiting a year for it and I wasn t disappointed Mrs Smart wasn t really a key player in the last two books, just a background character This book she gets front and center even though she is dead We learn a lot about her and her past Don McLeod the paper s Deputy Editor is arrested for her murder Unbelievable What is his connection to her You will be surprised And what does the tragic tale of Tinker s children being stolen from them 30 years ago have to do with this Can Mrs Smart s invalid husband really get around better than we think and could he have done this dirty deed Who is this Neil Stewart from Canada and how will he impact Joanne Ross life Poor Mac, can he Rob find evidence to exonerate Don and will he ever tell Joanne how he feels about her Will the Highland Gazette even survive through all of this If you haven t read the first two books in this series, A Small Death in the Great Glen and Double Death on the Black Isle you can still enjoy this one as a stand alone mystery But, believe me you ll want to get both of these other books and start at the beginning to get to know the characters and become involved in their lives And just like the first two books at the very end a shocking surprise that leaves you stunned


  7. Laura Laura says:

    I am not sure what I expected from this mystery novel, and I m still left hanging as to whether that helped my rating for this Beneath the Abbey Wall contained all of my favorite elements for the perfect gothic mystery historically placed, set in Scotland, small community, a mysterious death that throws everything off balance The characters were nothing spectacular, which is excellent no one wants to read about the most perfect person on the planet We have the traditional commanding McAlli I am not sure what I expected from this mystery novel, and I m still left hanging as to whether that helped my rating for this Beneath the Abbey Wall contained all of my favorite elements for the perfect gothic mystery historically placed, set in Scotland, small community, a mysterious death that throws everything off balance The characters were nothing spectacular, which is excellent no one wants to read about the most perfect person on the planet We have the traditional commanding McAllister, lead editor of the newspaper, who is great at divvying tasks but poor at expressing his emotions the battered Joanne, fresh out of a violent marriage and devoted mother of two daughters the charming Rob and aloof Hector and the near constant sobbing Betsy Watching these employees interact, racing to share the stories with their town even when it s a negative case about one of their own, was very entertaining and warming.The downfall can be pointed to the characters the whole murder centers on Mrs Smart, Mr Smart, and Don McLeod, the one blamed for Mrs Smart s murder Scott surely meant for the readers to care about Mrs Smart s death but not once did I feel any sadness towards her character All that was ever said about her was that she was a good woman What made her good Her personal story when she was young woman is revealed, and I was sympathetic to her for that situation, but I lacked sympathy for her older character What was it about her that people liked This question was never fully explained I was also supposed to resent Mr Smart, but instead I found him to be the annoying character who would pop up only once in a while to remind you of his existence, and then disappear again And Don lacked personality He was a drunkard, and it was all people could describe him as How am I supposed to root for his freedom from prison if that s the only thing the characters can say about him Joanne was a character that I could easily relate to It was quite eerie I would feel bothered by her sudden fantasies over Canadian newcomer Neil Stewart dreaming up romantic get aways and wishing he d say he loved her but before I could go and judge her, I realized I m quite similar In fact, most women are, especially if they ve undergone neglect She wanted someone else to validate her existence, to make her feel wanted and cherished When no one apart from McAllister, which is apparent to everyone else except for Joanne offers this and a new man arrives on the scene, of course she ll jump on the opportunity.As far as the plotting for the mystery, I felt it dragged At some moments, I forgot this was a mystery novel instead of a love story Another aspect is the lack of empathy I felt for the murdered and the accused The writing was beautiful, the relationships between the characters entertaining and exquisite, the descriptions of life in the office and life out in the Highlands lovely But the mystery itself was left wanting Read for a graduate course Thank you to Atria Books for the ARC


  8. Hana Howard Hana Howard says:

    The story revolves around characters involved in unrequited love, seeking love, and disregarding love The mystery seems to be a background for these people to learn from their mistakes of the past and get things right going forward.The setting is the Highlands in the year 1957 in a small Scottish town When Mrs Joyce Eileen Smart the office manager of the local newspaper is found murdered, the staff of the paper find themselves at the center of news For the staff of the Highland Gazette, th The story revolves around characters involved in unrequited love, seeking love, and disregarding love The mystery seems to be a background for these people to learn from their mistakes of the past and get things right going forward.The setting is the Highlands in the year 1957 in a small Scottish town When Mrs Joyce Eileen Smart the office manager of the local newspaper is found murdered, the staff of the paper find themselves at the center of news For the staff of the Highland Gazette, the investigation becomes personal especially when the deputy editor, is accused of the crime The investigation reveals dark secrets kept by the respectable and not so respectable people of this quiet and quaint town.Mrs Smart s will hints at deeply rooted past actions The unusually large strange bequests to the deputy editor of the paper and to Jimmy McPhee and Jenny his mother, both Travelers or tinker people, suggests that the proper Mrs Smart had an unconventional past, that might have caught up with her.On this heels of this tragedy a stranger appears, a Canadian scholar of Highland history, working on his doctoral thesis Neil Stewart claims he is interested in the folk tales of the Traveling people and seeks out Jenny His true goal is to seek information about his birth mother Ms Scott cleverly weaves the tragic tale of children stolen from the Traveling people in years past into the story, revealing the governments sinful actions She also describes the penal attitudes of society and its repression of women during these times The characters are drawn true to the times set in the book There is the traditional male McAllister, lead editor of the newspaper He is great at commanding his staff but poor at expressing his emotions The interesting women include the battered Joanne, seeking release from a violent marriage and Betsy a drone, the elusive Jenny McPhee, pretending, and Joyce Smart, a good hearted woman who gave up.There are twists and turns as the secrets of the past are unraveled and some justice is found The writing is good, the relationships between the characters interesting,The too many descriptions of life in the office and life out in the Highlands got in the way of the mystery


  9. Kris - My Novelesque Life Kris - My Novelesque Life says:

    BENEATH THE ABBEY WALL The Highland Gazette 3 Written by A.D Scott2012, Atria Books 352 Pages Genre historical, mystery, fiction, ScotlandRATING 1 2In Book one and two Mrs Smart the newspaper s office manager is a background character We do not find out much about her but she is reliable and holds the Highland Gazette together The lack of detail of her life and her no nonsense attitude intrigued me and I was hoping in this book we would learn .It has been a few months since BENEATH THE ABBEY WALL The Highland Gazette 3 Written by A.D Scott2012, Atria Books 352 Pages Genre historical, mystery, fiction, ScotlandRATING 1 2In Book one and two Mrs Smart the newspaper s office manager is a background character We do not find out much about her but she is reliable and holds the Highland Gazette together The lack of detail of her life and her no nonsense attitude intrigued me and I was hoping in this book we would learn .It has been a few months since the last novel and in this book the Highland Gazette is thoroughly rocked First there is the death of Mrs Smart and then Don McLeod is charged for her murder The members of the Gazette are not sure how Don and Mrs Smart are connected and why her murder has wrecked him so much.The reading of Mrs Smart s will bring upquestions than helping the Gazette figure out who is Mrs Smart s killer As they dig deeper into the case the newspaper is falling apart The new Canadian stranger in town working as a subeditor has Joanne in a lovestruck tizzy and MacAllister is too distraught over Don and Mrs Smart to notice Joanne also might have a way to get rid of Bill and save her new life Time is of the essence but secrets are hard to shake loose andthan Don has everything to lose.I am in for book four and have book five on hold at the library As I said I think I will continue with the series until the books get dense or dull I am going straight into book four an am about 35% into the novel.My Novelesque Life


  10. Nicole Nicole says:

    After my professor handed me my first advanced copy of a book ever, I quickly began reading it Because she covered the back, I knew virtually nothing about the book or its author I think going into it so blind led to some disappointment on my end.The prologue suggests an otherworldly presence the night an unnamed man finds the Highland Gazette s office manager, Mrs Smart, dead Though not partial to murder mysteries, I love paranormal stories Thus, the prologue really peaked my interest Sev After my professor handed me my first advanced copy of a book ever, I quickly began reading it Because she covered the back, I knew virtually nothing about the book or its author I think going into it so blind led to some disappointment on my end.The prologue suggests an otherworldly presence the night an unnamed man finds the Highland Gazette s office manager, Mrs Smart, dead Though not partial to murder mysteries, I love paranormal stories Thus, the prologue really peaked my interest Several chapters later, I accepted this was not the case and tried my best to push on Honestly, had this read not been for a class, I probably would have put the book down much sooner than I did forreasons than simply my misunderstanding.I think what really hindered my enjoyment of this book was the pacing I understand mysteries tend to plod in order to build suspense, but I just grew bored The teeny bits of information McAllister dug up just led toquestions that I imagine were all answered at the end, but I lost interest well before that Perhaps if he made better progress, he would have maintained my attention.I gave this book a fair chance, but it failed to impress me My inability to identify with either of the main characters really dimmed my interest If I werefamiliar with the elements of mystery novels as well as the backstory of this specific one, I may have gottenout of it As is, I doubt I would recommend it to any friends, unless one expressed curiosity about mysteries


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10 thoughts on “Beneath the Abbey Wall

  1. Susan Johnson Susan Johnson says:

    3.5 stars This is my least favorite book in the series so far It s set in the late 1950 s in the Scottish Highlands so I love that Joanne Ross has made the startling step of leaving her abusive husband and become a budding reporter for the local weekly newspaper She is somewhat shunned for her decisions A woman working Living away from your husband Tut, tut, tut In this one a newspaper employee is murdered and another one is arrested for the murder The paper is in chaos and the editor is 3.5 stars This is my least favorite book in the series so far It s set in the late 1950 s in the Scottish Highlands so I love that Joanne Ross has made the startling step of leaving her abusive husband and become a budding reporter for the local weekly newspaper She is somewhat shunned for her decisions A woman working Living away from your husband Tut, tut, tut In this one a newspaper employee is murdered and another one is arrested for the murder The paper is in chaos and the editor is too upset to work With just a few employees, a mysterious visitor from America steps in to help out It turns out he has hidden ties to the area The part that irritates me is Ross falls madly for a totally unsuitable man and just goes googled eyes She can t see her nose on the front of her face It is so annoying the harm and danger she gets involved in I still like the series I love the 50 s time period and I love the setting in the Scottish Highlands I just women wouldn t be so gullible

  2. Lynn Lynn says:

    I enjoy this series very much It is character driven and atmospheric The time is 1957 and rock and roll music is in its early development The location is Scotland and the place of work is the Highland Gazette that puts out a newspaper The protagonist in this series is Joanne Ross who is mother of two girls, separated from an abusive husband and works as a reporter for the newspaper This might seem common place enough but not for the times Women are to stay at home and certainly not to be s I enjoy this series very much It is character driven and atmospheric The time is 1957 and rock and roll music is in its early development The location is Scotland and the place of work is the Highland Gazette that puts out a newspaper The protagonist in this series is Joanne Ross who is mother of two girls, separated from an abusive husband and works as a reporter for the newspaper This might seem common place enough but not for the times Women are to stay at home and certainly not to be separated from their husbands Joanne will go for a drink in the bars or out for coffee with her workmates and this causes tongues to wag The operation of getting the newspaper out is part of the atmosphere too I felt as a reader I was right there working towards the deadlines.One of their workmates is murdered It made no sense as it would seem that no one would harm the victim as she was a nice woman There are many secrets and past history that come out in the book The Highland Staff goal is to find who committed the murder One of their staff has been arrested for it.This book could be read without the past books and you wouldn t get lost However, you would be missing the character development and history from the past books The characters are wonderful and I want to keep up with them I will admit that Joanne surprised me in this book She went head over heels towards obsession with a newcomer from Canada who was only in Scotland for a short time She had appeared level headed to me in previous books.It is a very good book that makes the reader care about the characters and become immersed in the time and location The mystery portion of the book was very good It was like peeling back a onion A little bitpast history was given out slowly through out the book Some people had made a promise and they were going to keep it I look forward to keeping up with this series

  3. Barbara Townsend Barbara Townsend says:

    I so wanted to enjoy this book I love books where the locale is Scotland I normally read novels in a series in order, but I bought this novel in a bookstore in Canada There were references to prior novels that I disregarded The omniscience and multiple PVs were distracting I had to re read the first ten pages because I couldn t figure out who was who and what was what The long strings of adjectives were annoying Disjointed, hard to read, sentences seemed almost out of order.

  4. Amber Brown Amber Brown says:

    Maybe I m just not meant for the genre It is entirely possible that A.D Scott s latest novel is a work of brilliance in the world of mystery titles, but I would never guess The story opens with journalist McAllister does he have a first name being called in to the morgue to identify a body it turns out to be an employee of his, Mrs Smart When he delivers the news to his team that she has been murdered, nobody takes it as hard as Don McLeod, who drinks himself into a stupor before bei Maybe I m just not meant for the genre It is entirely possible that A.D Scott s latest novel is a work of brilliance in the world of mystery titles, but I would never guess The story opens with journalist McAllister does he have a first name being called in to the morgue to identify a body it turns out to be an employee of his, Mrs Smart When he delivers the news to his team that she has been murdered, nobody takes it as hard as Don McLeod, who drinks himself into a stupor before being arrested for the murder All signs point to it being true a secret relationship, a large inheritance, his filleting knife found as the murder weapon but Don s friends know that his silence does not mean guilt, but instead protection of the deceased McAllister and Rob, fellow reporter and son of the defense attorney, set off on a seemingly endless search for the true killer Along the way, they discover secrets of her past, her relationship with Don, and her history with the nomad gypsy traveler tinker Jenny McPhee, to whom Mrs Smart bequeathed an expensive allotment Meanwhile, Neil Stewart, an academic man from Canada has come to the Highlands in search of history to complete his doctorate Learning of the difficult situation at the Highland Gazette, he offers his services to assist the paper while they are down two employees and the rest are distracted It takes little time before he charms Joanne Ross, reporter and single mother, into a whirlwind romance In time, it becomes apparent that he has his own business with the mysterious Jenny McPhee I did not start to find this book interesting until the last fifty pages I found the plotting slow moving and the surprise twists to be obvious to anyone halfway decent at recognizing foreshadowing What also bothered me was that there was practically no character development whatsoever I considered this somewhat excusable for several characters, since this is the third book in a series, but some were being introduced for the first time and still merited minimal growth Some bits of explanation and dialogue left me scrunching my eyebrows and thinking, Yes, well, duh I did appreciate Scott s flare for describing inner conflict, especially for Joanne s romance I also enjoyed those last few chapters, when everything started coming together and there were some actual revelations instead of obvious twists Despite all this, and despite how excited I was that I was enjoying how things came together, the end ruined the entire novel for me Of course, I won t spoil the ending for anyone, but personally, it ruined what merit the book had If you love mysteries, give this one a shot and prove me wrong If you are not very familiar with the mystery genre, this should not be your gateway novel You might never pick one up again Literary merit 2 out of 5Enjoyment 1.2 out of 5

  5. Helen Helen says:

    This is the third in MS Scott s series about the northwest of Scotland, at the outflow end of the Great Glen, in the 1950 s American rock has just begun to reach the north so the weekend dances are beginning to have two halves, the old folks and the teenagers The Highland Gazette is thriving under the new editor, Joanne is becoming accepted as a reporter and Rob s band, the Meltdown Boys has added some Everly Brothers to their play list It s fine until the Sunday evening when Mrs Smart s bod This is the third in MS Scott s series about the northwest of Scotland, at the outflow end of the Great Glen, in the 1950 s American rock has just begun to reach the north so the weekend dances are beginning to have two halves, the old folks and the teenagers The Highland Gazette is thriving under the new editor, Joanne is becoming accepted as a reporter and Rob s band, the Meltdown Boys has added some Everly Brothers to their play list It s fine until the Sunday evening when Mrs Smart s body is discovered by a railway worker coming off shift Now, we ve met Mrs Smart before, the efficient lady who manages the office and the advertising and who is always present at the Monday morning meeting Why would anyone kill her Who could have been there to do it It is necessary to understand the way closes are set up, how you get in, how much space is shared, to follow the action but it is clearly enough explained We meet Neil Stewart, Scottish born but Canadian raised, who steps in as sub editor when Don McLeod is arrested and charged with Joyce s murder None of our friends believes Don could or would murder the woman who spent every Sunday evening with him instead of with her abusive husband, but the procurator fiscal needs some heavy duty evidence to release Don This small town, small city really, hides its history, gossips like mad, but hides the past Boy, do we get the secrets The past spreads itself out bit by bit, like a scroll being slowly unrolled The very end is a trifle strange, somewhat upsetting and we can only wonder at how people will pick up and carry on An excellent read

  6. Peggy Peggy says:

    What can I say Ms Scott did it again In this third installment of the Highland Gazette series we are transported back to 1957 to the small town in Scotland and a visit with the staff of The Highland Gazette I ve been waiting a year for it and I wasn t disappointed Mrs Smart wasn t really a key player in the last two books, just a background character This book she gets front and center even though she is dead We learn a lot about her and her past Don McLeod the paper s Deputy Editor What can I say Ms Scott did it again In this third installment of the Highland Gazette series we are transported back to 1957 to the small town in Scotland and a visit with the staff of The Highland Gazette I ve been waiting a year for it and I wasn t disappointed Mrs Smart wasn t really a key player in the last two books, just a background character This book she gets front and center even though she is dead We learn a lot about her and her past Don McLeod the paper s Deputy Editor is arrested for her murder Unbelievable What is his connection to her You will be surprised And what does the tragic tale of Tinker s children being stolen from them 30 years ago have to do with this Can Mrs Smart s invalid husband really get around better than we think and could he have done this dirty deed Who is this Neil Stewart from Canada and how will he impact Joanne Ross life Poor Mac, can he Rob find evidence to exonerate Don and will he ever tell Joanne how he feels about her Will the Highland Gazette even survive through all of this If you haven t read the first two books in this series, A Small Death in the Great Glen and Double Death on the Black Isle you can still enjoy this one as a stand alone mystery But, believe me you ll want to get both of these other books and start at the beginning to get to know the characters and become involved in their lives And just like the first two books at the very end a shocking surprise that leaves you stunned

  7. Laura Laura says:

    I am not sure what I expected from this mystery novel, and I m still left hanging as to whether that helped my rating for this Beneath the Abbey Wall contained all of my favorite elements for the perfect gothic mystery historically placed, set in Scotland, small community, a mysterious death that throws everything off balance The characters were nothing spectacular, which is excellent no one wants to read about the most perfect person on the planet We have the traditional commanding McAlli I am not sure what I expected from this mystery novel, and I m still left hanging as to whether that helped my rating for this Beneath the Abbey Wall contained all of my favorite elements for the perfect gothic mystery historically placed, set in Scotland, small community, a mysterious death that throws everything off balance The characters were nothing spectacular, which is excellent no one wants to read about the most perfect person on the planet We have the traditional commanding McAllister, lead editor of the newspaper, who is great at divvying tasks but poor at expressing his emotions the battered Joanne, fresh out of a violent marriage and devoted mother of two daughters the charming Rob and aloof Hector and the near constant sobbing Betsy Watching these employees interact, racing to share the stories with their town even when it s a negative case about one of their own, was very entertaining and warming.The downfall can be pointed to the characters the whole murder centers on Mrs Smart, Mr Smart, and Don McLeod, the one blamed for Mrs Smart s murder Scott surely meant for the readers to care about Mrs Smart s death but not once did I feel any sadness towards her character All that was ever said about her was that she was a good woman What made her good Her personal story when she was young woman is revealed, and I was sympathetic to her for that situation, but I lacked sympathy for her older character What was it about her that people liked This question was never fully explained I was also supposed to resent Mr Smart, but instead I found him to be the annoying character who would pop up only once in a while to remind you of his existence, and then disappear again And Don lacked personality He was a drunkard, and it was all people could describe him as How am I supposed to root for his freedom from prison if that s the only thing the characters can say about him Joanne was a character that I could easily relate to It was quite eerie I would feel bothered by her sudden fantasies over Canadian newcomer Neil Stewart dreaming up romantic get aways and wishing he d say he loved her but before I could go and judge her, I realized I m quite similar In fact, most women are, especially if they ve undergone neglect She wanted someone else to validate her existence, to make her feel wanted and cherished When no one apart from McAllister, which is apparent to everyone else except for Joanne offers this and a new man arrives on the scene, of course she ll jump on the opportunity.As far as the plotting for the mystery, I felt it dragged At some moments, I forgot this was a mystery novel instead of a love story Another aspect is the lack of empathy I felt for the murdered and the accused The writing was beautiful, the relationships between the characters entertaining and exquisite, the descriptions of life in the office and life out in the Highlands lovely But the mystery itself was left wanting Read for a graduate course Thank you to Atria Books for the ARC

  8. Hana Howard Hana Howard says:

    The story revolves around characters involved in unrequited love, seeking love, and disregarding love The mystery seems to be a background for these people to learn from their mistakes of the past and get things right going forward.The setting is the Highlands in the year 1957 in a small Scottish town When Mrs Joyce Eileen Smart the office manager of the local newspaper is found murdered, the staff of the paper find themselves at the center of news For the staff of the Highland Gazette, th The story revolves around characters involved in unrequited love, seeking love, and disregarding love The mystery seems to be a background for these people to learn from their mistakes of the past and get things right going forward.The setting is the Highlands in the year 1957 in a small Scottish town When Mrs Joyce Eileen Smart the office manager of the local newspaper is found murdered, the staff of the paper find themselves at the center of news For the staff of the Highland Gazette, the investigation becomes personal especially when the deputy editor, is accused of the crime The investigation reveals dark secrets kept by the respectable and not so respectable people of this quiet and quaint town.Mrs Smart s will hints at deeply rooted past actions The unusually large strange bequests to the deputy editor of the paper and to Jimmy McPhee and Jenny his mother, both Travelers or tinker people, suggests that the proper Mrs Smart had an unconventional past, that might have caught up with her.On this heels of this tragedy a stranger appears, a Canadian scholar of Highland history, working on his doctoral thesis Neil Stewart claims he is interested in the folk tales of the Traveling people and seeks out Jenny His true goal is to seek information about his birth mother Ms Scott cleverly weaves the tragic tale of children stolen from the Traveling people in years past into the story, revealing the governments sinful actions She also describes the penal attitudes of society and its repression of women during these times The characters are drawn true to the times set in the book There is the traditional male McAllister, lead editor of the newspaper He is great at commanding his staff but poor at expressing his emotions The interesting women include the battered Joanne, seeking release from a violent marriage and Betsy a drone, the elusive Jenny McPhee, pretending, and Joyce Smart, a good hearted woman who gave up.There are twists and turns as the secrets of the past are unraveled and some justice is found The writing is good, the relationships between the characters interesting,The too many descriptions of life in the office and life out in the Highlands got in the way of the mystery

  9. Kris - My Novelesque Life Kris - My Novelesque Life says:

    BENEATH THE ABBEY WALL The Highland Gazette 3 Written by A.D Scott2012, Atria Books 352 Pages Genre historical, mystery, fiction, ScotlandRATING 1 2In Book one and two Mrs Smart the newspaper s office manager is a background character We do not find out much about her but she is reliable and holds the Highland Gazette together The lack of detail of her life and her no nonsense attitude intrigued me and I was hoping in this book we would learn .It has been a few months since BENEATH THE ABBEY WALL The Highland Gazette 3 Written by A.D Scott2012, Atria Books 352 Pages Genre historical, mystery, fiction, ScotlandRATING 1 2In Book one and two Mrs Smart the newspaper s office manager is a background character We do not find out much about her but she is reliable and holds the Highland Gazette together The lack of detail of her life and her no nonsense attitude intrigued me and I was hoping in this book we would learn .It has been a few months since the last novel and in this book the Highland Gazette is thoroughly rocked First there is the death of Mrs Smart and then Don McLeod is charged for her murder The members of the Gazette are not sure how Don and Mrs Smart are connected and why her murder has wrecked him so much.The reading of Mrs Smart s will bring upquestions than helping the Gazette figure out who is Mrs Smart s killer As they dig deeper into the case the newspaper is falling apart The new Canadian stranger in town working as a subeditor has Joanne in a lovestruck tizzy and MacAllister is too distraught over Don and Mrs Smart to notice Joanne also might have a way to get rid of Bill and save her new life Time is of the essence but secrets are hard to shake loose andthan Don has everything to lose.I am in for book four and have book five on hold at the library As I said I think I will continue with the series until the books get dense or dull I am going straight into book four an am about 35% into the novel.My Novelesque Life

  10. Nicole Nicole says:

    After my professor handed me my first advanced copy of a book ever, I quickly began reading it Because she covered the back, I knew virtually nothing about the book or its author I think going into it so blind led to some disappointment on my end.The prologue suggests an otherworldly presence the night an unnamed man finds the Highland Gazette s office manager, Mrs Smart, dead Though not partial to murder mysteries, I love paranormal stories Thus, the prologue really peaked my interest Sev After my professor handed me my first advanced copy of a book ever, I quickly began reading it Because she covered the back, I knew virtually nothing about the book or its author I think going into it so blind led to some disappointment on my end.The prologue suggests an otherworldly presence the night an unnamed man finds the Highland Gazette s office manager, Mrs Smart, dead Though not partial to murder mysteries, I love paranormal stories Thus, the prologue really peaked my interest Several chapters later, I accepted this was not the case and tried my best to push on Honestly, had this read not been for a class, I probably would have put the book down much sooner than I did forreasons than simply my misunderstanding.I think what really hindered my enjoyment of this book was the pacing I understand mysteries tend to plod in order to build suspense, but I just grew bored The teeny bits of information McAllister dug up just led toquestions that I imagine were all answered at the end, but I lost interest well before that Perhaps if he made better progress, he would have maintained my attention.I gave this book a fair chance, but it failed to impress me My inability to identify with either of the main characters really dimmed my interest If I werefamiliar with the elements of mystery novels as well as the backstory of this specific one, I may have gottenout of it As is, I doubt I would recommend it to any friends, unless one expressed curiosity about mysteries

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