The Blue Hackle

The Blue Hackle In a stately home no one can hear you scream Alasdair Cameron and Fergus MacDonald were childhood friends Their fathers caps carried a blue hackle badge feather of a distinguished Scottish regiment

  • Title: The Blue Hackle
  • Author: Lillian Stewart Carl
  • ISBN: 9781594149221
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a stately home, no one can hear you scream .Alasdair Cameron and Fergus MacDonald were childhood friends Their fathers caps carried a blue hackle, badge feather of a distinguished Scottish regiment Now the feather in Fergie s cap is decaying Dunasheen Estate on the Isle of Skye His desperate schemes to save his home depend on a collection of historic artifacts,In a stately home, no one can hear you scream .Alasdair Cameron and Fergus MacDonald were childhood friends Their fathers caps carried a blue hackle, badge feather of a distinguished Scottish regiment Now the feather in Fergie s cap is decaying Dunasheen Estate on the Isle of Skye His desperate schemes to save his home depend on a collection of historic artifacts, a handful of guests paying for a traditional Scottish NewYear celebration, and the help of Alasdair and Jean Fairbairn.For Jean and Alasdair, the bells of the new year are also wedding bellstheir rings are ready, their guests invited, and the Gothic folly of Fergie s chapel is waiting.Then a guest is found murdered, lying in blood that s thicker than seawater, the sea that carried generations of Scottish soldiers and settlers to distant shores even as their descendants hearts turn homeward.The police crash the party, Alasdair is forced out of retirement, and he and Jean once find themselves juggling knowledge, belief, and a list of suspects whose secret agendas raise than few hackles.Is that the icy winter wind, or the banshee wail of a MacDonald chatelaine still tending the house two centuries after her murder Is she affirming that only Fergie s motives are true blue Or is she warning that even he is hiding a secret agenda beneath his fool s cap and bells Ring out the old, ring in the new But if Alasdair and Jean can t untangle the threads of the past and use them to net a present day killer, then they and their wedding rings won t get to the church on time and blood will flow for the sake of Auld Lang Syne.

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    1. This one I liked better than it's predecessor. Maybe not quite four stars, but I was feeling generous. Alasdair and Jean seem to have found their rhythm more in this one. And I admit, the setting of the old Scottish castle/manor might have helped this one some.A solid series, if not an absolute favourite. I'm glad they made it to their wedding.

    2. Well, I wish I could show you the cover of this novel as the book feeds to it directly. So, you look through the ruins to the blue waters of the Island of Skye, up the hill made of white rock quartz and moss to a large turreted castle. A favorite sleuth team, Jean Fairbairn, co-owner of Great Scot!, and a journalist is at the Castle Dunasheen with her fiance Alasdair Cameron for their wedding. The time is just before Hogmanay or New Years. There are several guests at the Castle.Jean and Alasdair [...]

    3. I got this one from a library sale which was unfortunate because it's late in the mystery series and I might have liked it more if I had known Jean and Alasdair better. All I know about them is that they both see ghosts (which has a more minor role in this) and that he just retired from being a detective. Jean writes for paranormal magazines and they're getting married on the Isle of Skye. They're staying in a castle turned bed and breakfast owned by Alasdair's friend, Fergie and his daughter Di [...]

    4. The Blue HackleB: Lillian Stewart CarlCopyright November 2010Jean and Alasdair are at the home of Alasdair’s childhood friend Fergus MacDonald. Fergus has turned his estate into a hotel of sorts, in the manor of a B&B. It’s located on the Isle of Skye, and is his ancestral home. They had arrangement with Fergus to have their wedding take place at the Manor’s Chapel, and to join in the Coming in of the New Year. Fergus and his daughter gave them a special rate in exchange for Jean writi [...]

    5. Oh dear. American authors really ought not to write about the rest of the world without actually visiting it, and not just on a package tour either. Ms Carl's idea of Scottish names and language has been gained from Braveheart and soap opera, and so help me she lapses into Stage Irish! Through it all she can't resist the English accented villain either.Overall, what a waste of time, and worst of all, it wasn't very interesting!

    6. Jean Fairbairn and Alasdair Cameron are preparing for their post-New Year's Day marriage at a country house hotel owned by Alasdair's oldest friend, Fergie, on the Isle of Skye. Then one of the other guests at a Hogmanay weekend dies mysteriously, and retired policeman Alasdair goes back into action, with Jean, as usual, using flashes of intuition to open up new possibilities. One of the things this opposites-attract couple has in common is the ability to see ghosts, and Skye certainly has ghost [...]

    7. Great!Wish there were more. Love the characters. Wouldn't change a thing. Love the plots, the settings, the ghosts, everything. Definitely would, and have, recommend the series to anyone who likes a good mystery. Just enough romance; not too sappy or detailed. Thank for a great read

    8. I really enjoyed this book, the latest in this series. The setting on the Isle of Skye is unique and fascinating, and I enjoy the ghostly touches in this series. I'll be starting on one of the author's other series soon.

    9. I'm a huge fan of setting detail, so I loved the descriptions of the setting and the weather. I almost felt the chill in the air, smelled the food laid on for the holidays, and saw the sheep grazing along the winding roads.

    10. The language was a bit difficult to follow. A bit dry. The setting is around the holidays, and a wedding. Thing is this couple see's ghosts. I could hardly finish it. It was not a bad book, just one that is not my cup of tea.

    11. This is the best book in the Jean Fairbairn/Aladair Cameron Mytery series. It has a seaside manor house, Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations, lots of suspects and suspense.

    12. I don't know if it was the fact that I had no background on the characters or what, but I could not follow what was going on, and finally gave up.

    13. a bit cheesy and without, in my opinion, enough clues strewn about the book, but I kept wanting to find out what was happening, so it must have been good.

    14. I came in too late in the series (library find) so that impacted my enjoyment of this one. Still it's a decent mystery if a bit slow.

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