Beneath the Abbey Wall: A Novel
AS A DECADE OF CHANGE COMES TO A CLOSE, MURDER HITS CLOSE TO HOME IN A SMALL SCOTTISH TOWN. . . .
On a dark, damp Sunday evening, a man taking a shortcut home sees a hand reaching out in supplication from a bundle of sacks. In an instant he knows something terrifying has happened.
In the Highlands in the late 1950s, much of the local newspaperís success was due to Mrs. Smart, the no-nonsense office manager who kept everything and everyone in line. Her murder leaves her colleagues in shock and the Highland Gazette office in chaos. Joanne Ross, a budding reporter and shamefully separated mother, assumes Mrs. Smartís duties, but an intriguing stranger provides a distraction not only from the job and the investigation but from everything Joanne believes in.
Beneath the Abbey Wall brilliantly evokes a place still torn between the safety of the past and the uncertainty of the future, when rock íní roll and television invaded homes, and a change in attitudes still came slowly for many. As the staff of the Highland Gazette probes the crime, they uncover secrets deeply rooted in the past, and their friendís murder becomes the perfect fodder for strife and division in the town and between her colleagues.
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Beneath the Abbey WallUser Review - Sue White - Book Verdict
Joanne, Neil, Rob, and the rest of the Highland Gazette staff are struck hard when, first, one of their own is savagely killed, and, next, Don, the assistant editor, is arrested for her murder. At the ... Read full review
Review: Beneath the Abbey Wall (Joanne Ross #3)User Review - Janet Meissner - Goodreads
I loved the Scottish setting. A universally liked woman on The Highland Gazette in a small Scottish town is murdered. It appears that if her murder is to be solved, it will be up to the paper's staff ... Read full review