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Discovery of murdered Highland councillor opens new book


By Margaret Chrystall


THE body of a murdered Highland councillor being found on a Skye shoreline is the opening scene of the latest murder mystery ... from former Highland councillor Roy Pedersen!

The Odinist will be launched on Saturday, April 6 at Inverness restaurant La Tortilla Asesina at 12.30pm.

It is the third fiction book by the writer whose two previous murder mysteries opened the Brother Richard Dalmannoch series.

The story starts with the discovery, on a Skye shoreline, of the murdered body of a Highland councillor.

Roy Pedersen's new title.
Roy Pedersen's new title.

A luxury motor yacht is cruising down the Sound of Sleat. It is owned by a mysterious Norwegian industrialist who follows the Pagan cult of Odin and is on a ‘death moot’. Meanwhile, over 4,000 miles away, the body of a crooked shipping clerk is found floating in False Creek, Vancouver, Canada.

The links between these apparently unconnected events start to become clear when ex monk Brother Richard and Frances McGarrigle take an autumn break in the Highlands.

After visiting their old friend Professor Ruairidh Alasdair Macdonald on Loch Ness-side they head for the Isle of Skye.

There they find themselves in mortal peril as the targets of a fiendish and murderous conspiracy that is seeking to control international trade, finance and Scotland’s huge potential tidal stream energy resources.

A deadly and thrilling chase ensues through the West Highlands and Islands with many an unexpected twist and turn of the plot.

Roy previously wrote Who Pays the Ferryman? a critical analysis of Scotland's ferry services.

The Odinist is published by For the Right Reasons, 38/40 Grant Street, Inverness, and available from Waterstones Bookshop, price £10.



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