Deadly Prospects is book 1 in the Scottish Mystery series. 1869, Sutherland, Scotland. For years the people of this remote area of the Highlands have lived a hard life. Now a local Gold Rush has attracted the Pan-European Mining Company to the area, and Solveig McCleery is determined to re-open the Brora mines and give the population the riches they deserve. But when work starts on re-opening the mines, the body of a prospector is discovered, and odd inscriptions found on stones near the corpse. Before the meaning of these strange marks can be deciphered another body is discovered. Are these attacks connected to the re-opening of the mines? Will Solveig's plan succeed in bringing peace and prosperity back to the area? Or has she put in motion something far more sinister?
Thanks to Kelly at Love Books tours for the invite and copy of Deadly Prospects by Clio Gray, the first book in the Scottish mysteries series
This historical thriller, literally has a volcanic opening!
1855 , Iceland and a volcano is spewing its contents out, creating the scene for the story ahead.
Leading us to 1869 Sutherland Scotland , the setting for the book.
After years of hard living when a mining company closed the mines, the community is being awoken by a possible gold rush.
Sent by the Pan-European mining company, Sholto McKay and Brogar Finn arrive to examine the possibilities..
When a body is found in the mines a cleverly written story of archaeology,murder, old languages, and religious cults follow.
Interesting, well-developed characters and locations that are beautifully described, fromIceland to the highlands.
An intelligent, highly researched, strongly plotted historical thriller.
Clio was born in Yorkshire, spent her later childhood in Devon before returning to Yorkshire to go to university. For the last twenty five years she has lived in the Scottish Highlands where she intends to remain. She eschewed the usual route of marriage, mortgage, children, and instead spent her working life in libraries, filling her home with books and sharing that home with dogs. She began writing for personal amusement in the late nineties, then began entering short story competitions, getting short listed and then winning, which led directly to a publication deal with Headline. Her book, The Anatomist’s Dream, was nominated for the Man Booker 2015 and long listed for the Bailey’s Prize in 2016.