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To the North and Beyond

Stromness

Alex J. Craig reviews The Canary Keeper

by Clare Carson

LAST YEAR (April 2018 to be exact) I reviewed Clare Carson’s Secret Service trilogy Orkney Twilight, The Salt Marsh and The Dark Isle, where the action oscillates between London and Orkney. Clare’s latest novel The Canary Keeper, published in June, shares the same geographical context, but this time the action is set over a hundred years earlier, in 1855. It’s an equally gripping tale. Young widow (and sister of a riverside gangster) Birdie Quinn takes a short cut along the bank of the Thames near London Bridge, and discovers a corpse left above the water line. It’s a man who’d spoken to her the previous day. She finds by his body a mysterious token. But her act has been observed, and she’s reported to the police. Believing that they’ll pin the murder on her (as an earlier murder was pinned on her father), and with only one clue to follow, Birdie flees north with only her parrot for company.

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Welcome to the new scrumdiddlyumptious issue of the award winning iScot Magazine number 54 The front cover artwork is designed by Stewart Kerr Brown and represents our maybe new Prime Minister of Boris Johnson pictured as John Bull with a hint of Pennywise from IT by Stephen King . We’re screwed tbh.