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Inverness talk from Shona MacLean on July 25 about her latest 'Seeker' novel The Bear Pit out next Thursday


By Margaret Chrystall


CONON Bridge crime writer Shona MacLean’s opening novel in her first book series has just been named as Waterstones Scottish Book Of The Month.

The Redemption of Alexander Seaton will be high profile across the company’s book shops in a new paperback edition which is exciting news for Shona who writes as SG MacLean.

When it was first published in 2009 it was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association best historical crime novel of the year award.

Older title revived as Waterstones' Scottish Book Of The Month.
Older title revived as Waterstones' Scottish Book Of The Month.

Set in 17th century Aberdeen at the university, the book opens as a body turns up in the house of disgraced former-minister Alexander Seaton and he is forced to follow the clues of the man’s murder down the dark and treacherous alleys of Banff.

Shona completed four books in the series – A Game of Sorrows and Crucible following The Redemption of Alexander Seaton, before the last one to date – The Devil's Recruit.

Writer S G MacLean. Picture: Ewen Weatherspoon
Writer S G MacLean. Picture: Ewen Weatherspoon

Since then, Shona has embarked on another set of historical thrillers set in Oliver Cromwell’s London with her hero, Captain Damian Seeker, whose job is to protect Cromwell.

Earlier SG MacLean title is Scottish book of the month for retailer.
Earlier SG MacLean title is Scottish book of the month for retailer.

First book in that series, The Seeker, won the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger and the second, The Black Friar, was longlisted for the same award.

Now Shona is set to publish the fourth in the Seeker series, The Bear Pit, next Thursday, July 11.

Shona will be talking about it at a special free book event at Waterstones Inverness on Thursday, July 25 at 6pm.

https://www.waterstones.com/events/meet-s-g-maclean/inverness



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