SMRC for 6/5/07 – Featuring Lillian Stewart Carl
Our featured author today is Lillian Stewart Carl, author of the Jean Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron series. This series features the American exile and Scotland’s finest on the trail of all-too-living legends. Carl describes this series as contemporary amateur sleuth tending toward cozy, but with an edge — and a touch of paranormal.
I confess that I have a copy of THE BURNING GLASS here that I haven’t gotten to read yet and it is calling to me. It says things like “you don’t really need that much sleep and clean clothes, do you? Pick me up. You can go to work next week.”
Book One, THE SECRET PORTRAIT, features the revenge of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Fleeing an academic scandal and a broken marriage, Jean Fairbairn has come to Scotland to work for an Edinburgh-based history and travel magazine. Writing about the Scottish national pastime of playing illusion off reality is just the quiet, scholarly pursuit she needs to soothe her burned-out emotions.
But when Jean heads for the Highlands to investigate the 18th century mystery of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s lost treasure, she finds herself involved in a contemporary murder case–and not as an innocent bystander, either.
Book Two, THE MURDER HOLE, features the search for the Loch Ness Monster. Jean heads to Loch Ness on the trail of Ambrose MacKintosh, a disciple of self-styled black magician Aleister Crowley, who owned a house above the loch. Ambrose claimed Crowley called the monster, Nessie, from another dimension. But Ambrose himself more or less invented Nessie by publishing the first “sightings” in 1933-the same year his wife disappeared in mysterious circumstances.
Book Three, THE BURNING GLASS, Jean and Alasdair face their greatest challenge yet: The Da Vinci Code. In The Burning Glass, Alasdair and Jean are making a deliberate effort to put together a relationship. Leaving Edinburgh to the crowds attending the annual Festival, they move into the caretaker’s cottage of an old and spooky castle near Rosslyn Chapel. Rosslyn has been made so famous by The Da Vinci Code that only tour groups are admitted. It’s a medieval church where the Holy Grail or the treasure of the Knights Templar is rumored to be hidden.
Ferniebank Castle includes a small chapel that’s very similar and obviously related to Rosslyn, but is off the beaten path. Or so they think. THE BURNING GLASS will be available in September.
Lillian Stewart Carl has three books coming out this year and you can find additional information on them, as well as several interviews, on the Who Am I page.
You can find Lillian Stewart Carl’s home on the web at: http://www.lillianstewartcarl.com/
If you havenâ€™t signed up for the Summer Mystery Reading Challenge yet, click here for directions. You are welcome to read along on your own, of course, but only registered participants are eligible for the prizes.
If you would like to comment on a book by a featured author or ask them a question, please leave the comment on their daily page so they can find it easily. Comments about what you are reading, books you have finished, requests for readalikes or recommendations, or mystery related links can be made on the SMRC post for that day so we can all see them. Thanks!
Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com Â©2007