Beneath the Abbey Wall: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 13, 2012 - Fiction - 340 pages
14 Reviews
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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I love Scott's evocative writing style. - Goodreads
Good solid writing in a character-driven story. - Goodreads
As the plot unfolds the past comes to light. - Goodreads

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

Review: Beneath the Abbey Wall (Joanne Ross #3)

User Review  - Sherry Meador - Goodreads

This series keeps getting better, this is 3rd in the series. Looking forward to #4 Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
19
Section 4
33
Section 5
43
Section 6
56
Section 7
67
Section 8
81
Section 15
183
Section 16
200
Section 17
215
Section 18
227
Section 19
245
Section 20
258
Section 21
271
Section 22
291

Section 9
94
Section 10
106
Section 11
121
Section 12
141
Section 13
151
Section 14
169
Section 23
308
Section 24
321
Section 25
333
Section 26
339
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About the author (2012)

A. D. Scott was born in the Highlands of Scotland and educated at Inverness Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She has worked in theater, in magazines, and as a knitwear designer, and currently lives in Vietnam.